Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits
Staying healthy doesn't happen by accident. It's the product of healthy habits practiced everyday. This could mean opting for an apple instead of chips with lunch, limiting your TV time, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or setting health goals each month. Healthy living is a choice, and one that's easier to make than you think.

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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Moving more is tough, since lots of what you have to do or want to do involves sitting. But breaking up endless time on your bum, even for a few minutes, breaks up the bad body effects. Key enzymes move, blood flows, mind and muscles flex. This is all it takes:
    • Get up and move at least every 30 minutes. Get more water or coffee or a banana or the mail. Cruise the hallways. Pace when you're on the phone. Stand and stretch. (Just standing or even fidgeting helps.)
    • Go ahead, watch your favorite shows. Just don't sit there. Cook, fold laundry, empty the dishwasher, get up and dance to the theme music, ride a stationary bike (replace the couch with one).
    • Is the TV thing that important? You bet. This research also just came in: Staring at the tube for an average of six hours a day (versus none) shortens your life by 5 to 10 years.
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    A , Herbal Medicine, answered
    The Ayurvedic science of rasayana focuses on rejuvenation and longevity, aiming to reverse the degenerative process and ensure the healthy journey of lymph into the body’s most precious substance: ojas. Nicknamed the longevity, immunity or vitality fluid, ojas is said to be a golden liquid stored in the heart which is our body’s source of core radiance and strength. Decreased levels of ojas are caused by heightened stress levels, lack of rest, improper self-care, and excessive activity. Replenishing the ojas and thus enhancing longevity is a process of nourishing yourself with excellent self-care including nutrient-rich foods and herbs, ample rest, stress reduction, and practices such as being compassionate and loving toward others. In addition, perhaps Ayurveda's most cherished longevity herb is called Shilajit. Shilajit, when mixed with ashwagandha and amalaki is Ayurveda's most classic longevity herbal formula which we call Regenerate. Studies have shown that shilajit boosts the energy production of the mitochondria of cells which increases cellular energy production and stamina.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
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    A , Neurology, answered
    Remember - no one's perfect. Expect that you'll land in the dog house now and then by eating too much, sleeping too little, watching television instead of walking Sandy - your dog, or isolating yourself. When this happens, lick your wounds for a few minutes, then get out of the dog house and back on the path to better health.  Expect some bumps along the way and most importantly remember - your health will improve even with small, consistent changes in your lifestyle habits. The more improvements you make - the better your health. But every little bit helps. So if you're having a bad day or bad week - don't despair - don't give up - don't just sit in the dog house. Get up - get outside - get moving - get engaged with your community - and get healthy.
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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    In general, the more freedom of action you have in a job -- that is, the more control you have in decision-making -- the younger that job makes you. Chicken cutters, for example, have no control in decision-making. They have to cut so many chicken parts per minute. They can't decide which ones to cut and which ones not to cut, and they have time pressures. They also have to use a sharp object that could cause injury. That's a job that makes you older. A bus driver clearly doesn't have much control in deciding where to drive the bus, either. He or she is assigned a route. In contrast, a teacher can decide what he or she is going to teach. Even though trying to control unruly kids sounds like a very stressful occupation, teachers tend to live a long time, and without disability. So do people who work excessive hours, but who also enjoy their work and have control over decisions concerning the work they do. These people have younger RealAges (physiologic age). The goal is to have work that makes us younger. If your job makes you older, you are definitely being overworked and underpaid!
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    A , Psychology, answered
    For most people trying to change health habits, motivation for making behavioral changes tends to wax and wane. Motivation is dynamic over time, and as a result, it requires some ongoing attention. There are several effective strategies that will keep motivation going. One is to remind yourself frequently about your reasons for wanting to eat better or exercise more. Consider the following questions: How do you want to feel 5 years from today? How healthy do you want to be? How do you want to look? How physically fit do you want to be? You might benefit from writing your answers to these questions on a sheet of paper, so you can review them often to remind yourself of the benefits of making healthy changes. More motivational questions include: What are you doing today to become the person you had in mind when you started making lifestyle changes? What steps are you taking right now to ensure that you become that person?

    Doing these simple motivational exercises will remind you why you started to make behavioral changes in the first place, and they will give you that little boost of motivation you need to keep going. Motivation can build on itself, too. If you catch problems early, stick with the following: setting a goal, monitoring your progress, arranging your world for success, recruiting a support team, and treating yourself.  Also, think about boosting your motivation along the way to help prevent drifting back into old behavior patterns of eating to much and exercising too little.
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    A , Physical Therapy, answered
    We know from experience that creating new habits takes time and energy. Not much solid scientific evidence tells us exactly how long it may take, however. A preliminary study of 96 participants reporting daily for 12 weeks on new eating, drinking, or activity behaviors they had adopted found it took 18 to 254 days before the action became automatic—that is, a habit. The average was 66 days.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    The rule of thumb actually is that I don’t want you eating within three hours of bedtime. What I want you to do is go to bed light. Go to bed just about when you are going to get hungry but you’re not quite hungry yet. I could snack but I won’t nosh. That’s where you want to be. Because when you go to sleep, you will be just as hungry as if you had those potato chips. But you won’t have had the calories.
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    A , Psychology, answered
    We are the reason that we're unhealthy. Every one of us has some level of control over our own health, but we've been ignoring the root of so many of our health problems: our behavior. With all the talk about increasing health care costs, chronic disease, and diseases caused by lifestyle, there has been little discussion about how people can change their habits to improve their health. We've heard that health habits are important and that we should change them, but how?

    The degree to which our behavior affects our health often surprises people. In our work as psychologists, people often ask us about genetics. They say: "Don't genes determine a person's health?" Genetics are important. Your genes set the stage for how behavior affects your health. Think of your genes as the hand of cards you have been dealt. If you have a good set of genes, you can do unhealthy things and still live well. If you were born with a set of genes that make you susceptible to health issues, you need to make the effort to be as healthy as possible, because the cards are stacked against you.

    Consider heart disease. It has a genetic component, but behavior can dramatically influence its development. If you have genes that make you susceptible to heart disease and you smoke, drink too much, and never exercise, what will happen? You'll most likely develop serious heart problems. If you have the same genes and you keep your weight in check, exercise, drink in moderation, and don't smoke, you may never have heart problems. We can say the same thing about diabetes, obesity, and many other conditions.
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    A , Gastroenterology, answered
    Self-healing through the power of positive belief is increased by three key factors. The first factor is belief and expectancy on the part of the patient. This occurs when the patient has a strong belief in the positive benefits of the treatment (whether it be a drug, procedure or other treatment). The second factor is belief and expectancy on the part of the caregiver. This occurs when the doctor or caregiver has a strong belief in the positive benefits of the treatment. The third factor is belief and expectancy generated by the relationship between the caregiver and the patient. When the patient and the doctor believe and trust in one another, self-healing is heightened.

    By utilizing these three factors, you can increase and augment the healing power of your beliefs. You can also see why it is so important to have a doctor you trust and a treatment plan you have faith in.