Prevention is key. Society today wants a quick fix for years of not-so-healthy behaviors and is waiting for the next miracle cure. People do not realize that doctors gain no economic benefit by pushing prevention over drugs and surgery. Maximum wellness comes from healthy habits daily. For these reasons, among others, compliance is key with prevention and maximum wellness.
Rather than dwelling on what damage has been done, focusing on what can be done to reverse it, is the better route to go. Positive energy is always better than negative. For most this may seem like quite a challenge, since everyone is unique in pattern of bad habits and poor lifestyle choices. Conditioning is hard to break, but the key is that the power to break a habit belongs only to the person who made it, and turnaround amounts to stopping unconscious behavior and developing new conscious patterns. Once the mind begins to pay attention, the brain is able to build new neural pathways to reinforce what has been learned.
Recent studies show that even the smallest of changes can have huge impact when it comes to maintaining and improving health. Whether it is the technique, timing, or the type of food eaten, here is a fine tuning of behavior to obtain the best result.
1. Take a caffeine nap. Research has shown that drinking a cup of coffee before you take the recommended 20-minute afternoon nap will help you wake up refreshed because it takes 20 minutes for the caffeine to enter your bloodstream. You will wake up alert and refreshed.
2. Walking backwards. Yes, this sounds odd, but research has shown that when you walk backwards it increases the ability to focus; so not only is this physical exercise, but mental exercise as well.
3. Eating a healthy diet is known by everyone, but not everyone knows to eat a low-glycemic carbohydrate diet before exercising. By doing this, as much as 55% more fat can be burned during exercise. Reach for whole grain produce and avoid refined and sweetened sport drinks, which can slow fat-burning potential and spike blood sugar. Excellent examples include Greek yogurt, fat free milk, egg whites, and peanut butter.
4. Remember to floss when you brush your teeth. Studies show that bacteria is thought to enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation in arteries. Studies have also shown those who have higher amount of bacteria in the mouth are more likely to have thickening of the arteries.
5. Move around. Exercise is the "fountain of youth." You do not have to be a gym rat to gain maximum benefits from only 30 minutes a day of exercise. Exercise is proven to sharpen mental acuity, as well as strengthen muscles and bones.
6. Eat your breakfast. What is eaten for breakfast is as important as whether breakfast is eaten at all. Go for a serving of whole grain products, which has shown to help reduce incidence of diabetes.
7. Do not skimp on sleep. Having at least 7 to 8 hours a sleep is necessary. It regulates and heals cells. In addition to making skin look smooth and refreshed, it can add years to life span.
8. Live like a Seventh Day Adventist. With a life span averaging 89 years old, it is not a surprise when they follow a mantra of cherish the body that is on loan from God. Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables combined with plenty of exercise seems to be doing the trick since this group lives approximately a decade longer than the average person.