Do You Take Better Care of Your Car Than You Do Your Own Body…
Would you drive your car without oil or with the wrong type fuel – or with little air in the tires? NO, you would not even try. I’ll bet you take good care of your car to prevent problems and to keep it running smoothly – to prevent it from breaking down – to keep its value up, and to give it longer life. You do this even though, if it breaks down, you could buy another car– it only takes money.
So why don’t we think of the amazing “mechanism” of our bodies the same way! We cannot buy another BODY, yet some people treat it as though we could… ignoring the fact that we each have 75% control over living a younger, longer, healthier life.
Now if you are one of those who say “I want to live ’til I die and do what I want” – then this blog is not for you. However, if you change your mind, come back to me… this blog will still be here :).
With this in mind, I’m listing some maintenance tips that will help keep your body running at peak performance – it IS the most amazing “machine” in the world.
1. Eat Less. Stop thinking “diet” – think “put less food on my plate.” You don’t need special shopping, special menus or cooking. This is step one for losing and maintaining your weight. Next step is to eat healthy. Once you see the pounds drop off from eating less it will encourage you to want to eat healthy. Less red meat, more vegetables and fruits and whole grains. This helps reduce your risk of several health problems, including cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
2. Drinking water is most important…our bodies are made up of 67% water. A doctor once told me a high percentage of headaches are due to not drinking enough water. Water is the best for lubricating and helping to detoxify our bodies each day. Urine should be light in color, never let it turn dark due to dehydration.
3. Don’t use this excuse: “My parents and grandparents were the same, so I have no choice.” Very often, harmful lifestyle habits get passed from one generation to the next. We can’t avoid the genes we inherit, but studies show that genes only account for 25 percent of the aging process. That means that 75 percent of aging is due to lifestyle and environment over which we have control, and, even if you’re unlucky and inherit a disease-provoking gene, there’s often something you can do about it, if you consult your doctor and be proactive.
4. Avoid Excessive Exposure to the Sun. The sun gives us heat, light and energy, and, paradoxically, cancer. Have fun in the sun, but not without a good sun block . . . and wear a hat. Many people of my generation, who grew up thinking soaking up the rays was good for us, now realize how terrible it was as many must treat the skin cancers that had been lying dormant ready to surface from under their skin. Oh, if we had only known. The young people of today still have not learned from this.
5. Take the salt shaker off the table. If you or your family are “salt-aholics,” try to substitute with other seasoning like lemon, garlic and onion powder. Fast foods are full of salt.
6. Get enough sleep on a regular basis. This helps with everything from boosting your energy level to keeping your weight down. Your body repairs itself at night while you sleep, which in turn helps slow the aging process. A recent study showed that 7 hours sleep is optimal for most people.
7. Sweat 3 times a week. Even walking has been found to reduce heart disease risk, balance stress hormones, raise “good” cholesterol levels, and help improve both blood pressure and blood sugar. But it’s best to work up a sweat for 20 minutes for cardiovascular health.
8. Consider the Use of Supplements. As each year passes our bodies are less likely to assimilate food…to get the full nutritional value from what we eat. Fast foods and over cooked foods have much less nutritional value, also. Personally I have always supplemented my diet with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and amino acids.
9. Alcohol…the good and bad. The risk of alcohol abuse for your body increases as you age because your tolerance level decreases. Too much can damage the liver, heart, and brain cells. It is clear is that a small amount of alcohol does benefit the good HDL cholesterol levels as well as helping to prevent blood clotting.
10. Get annual medical check-ups. This is the best preventive maintenance. Medical checkups provide the opportunity to PREVENT serious problems before they occur. This is a very important aspect of my personal health care program. You say you don’t have the time or money? It will take plenty of time and money if you become very sick.
11. Use your brain. It’s more necessary than ever as we grow older. Your brain needs as much exercise as your body to stay sharp and alert, which breeds youthfulness and good health.
12. Happy people live longer. If you are unhappy and can figure out why, you should try to do something about it. Sometimes there’s no quick fix, but once you recognize what is causing your unhappiness you can zero in and work to change it. It’s important to feel good about yourself, to have a sense of purpose in work, even volunteer work, or a hobby.
My favorite saying: “It’s not the older you get, the sicker you become; rather, the older you get, the healthier you’ve been.”
Until next time,
Oleda Baker is a former high fashion model with the famous Wilhelmina Agency in New York City. She is the author of ten books on beauty, health and anti-aging, and a novel, titled Reluctant Goddess. Oleda originally founded her company over forty years ago. Today, OLEDA Limited markets a full range of anti-aging products for Skin, Hair, Nutritional Supplements, Diet, and special makeup. For more of her tips and product information visit www.oleda.com.