By Michael A. Smith, MD
In case you weren’t aware of them, our Health Advisors offer free health and nutrition help for our customers and members via phone or e-mail 7 days a week. As a matter of fact, you yourself can call them right now if you’d like at 1-800-226-2370.
Anyway, since they’re so good at what they do, we figured we’d give them a chance to share some of their knowledge here. We really hope you enjoy their tips and find them useful.
- If you have problems swallowing softgels, take them with warm water or hot tea. They slide right down.
- Do fish oil supplements repeat on you? Try freezing the softgel before taking it.
- Can’t sleep? Two hours before bed turn off bright lights and electronic devices — that includes the TV. And don’t check e-mail, it’s a stimulant. Read a book instead.
- Suffer from nasal allergies? Use HEPA certified allergen air filters and hypoallergenic bed sheets and covers. It’s amazing how well they actually work.
- Cook slow and low. That is, cook food slowly at lower temperatures to preserve all of the nutrients.
- Think of healthy eating as a 5-day workweek: during the week eat healthy, then on the weekends you can indulge a little. That’s 5 healthy days versus 2 not-so-healthy days.
- Need a snack? Try eating 3–4 celery sticks with peanut butter. It will curb your appetite without ruining your diet.
- Did you know that brushing your teeth curbs appetite?
- Stand on one leg for 1 minute three times a day. Repeat with the other leg. This has been shown to support healthy bone density.
- Don’t make exercise a job. Play outside. Basketball, softball, flag football, tennis, golf, anything! It all counts as exercise. Have fun. The key is to be active.
- Keep your mind sharp, it’s the secret to longevity. Learn a new skill. Learn how to speak a new language. Take a class at your local community college. Never stop learning.
- People say, “I can’t exercise because my joints hurt.” What they actually mean is, “My joints hurt because I don’t exercise.”
- Drink the leftover water from cooking vegetables. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals.
- Try eating half as much as you normally eat.
- Step away from the scale. A better indication of weight loss is how your clothes fit.
- Eat slowly, breathe deeply and move your body.
- Drink water before eating. It fills you up, so you eat less.
- No matter how old you are, where you live, or what season it is, supplement with vitamin D.
- Take all three foundational supplements: a multivitamin, omega-3 fatty acids and ubiquinol CoQ10.
- Ways to eat vegetables, in order from the most nutritious to the least: fresh and raw, fresh and steamed, frozen and steamed, frozen and boiled, preserved in a can.
- Don’t overeat. When you’re satisfied, stop eating and get up from the dinner table and take a walk.
- Use resistance bands to exercise major muscle groups while sitting at your desk.
- Grass-fed beef contains significantly more omega-3 fat than grain-fed cows.
- Sleep when you’re tired, eat when you’re hungry and drink water when you’re thirsty.
- There are no magic bullets.
Have any questions about any of the tips in this post? Ask away in the comments!
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