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3 Keys to Long Term Health

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We all want to live a long healthy life. The key to doing so is to stay active as well as proactive. Think about it. Are you doing all you can to maintain long term good health?

A Lifetime of Good Habits

Good habits may be the number one way to long term health. Simple things like washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, avoiding close contact with someone who is sick, and keeping your fingers away from your face are all good ways to keep germs at bay. Other good lifestyle habits include remaining active and getting plenty of fluids, healthy nutritious foods and adequate sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, everyone should eat vegetables and fruits daily to obtain optimum antioxidant benefits, as well as a variety of necessary vitamins and minerals. A nutritious diet will not only help you maintain a healthy weight, it can also help keep you from succumbing to the variety of diseases and illnesses that thrive on a weakened immune system.

#1 Take Care of Your Self

As we mature, many of us will experience loss of hearing or require eyeglasses. Though these things are commonplace as we age, often they are pushed to the back burner or neglected altogether. Research shows that when such items are not addressed in a timely manner, spirits can take a nosedive. Be vigilant and assess your needs on a daily basis. Taking care of yourself also means keeping physically fit. Staying active and maintaining a well balanced diet is a great way to maintain long term health.

#2 Exercise Does a Body Good

Keeping our bodies fit is one of the smartest things we can do when it comes to our health. When starting an exercise regimen it's important that you know your limitations. Contact your physician to make sure you are well enough to begin an exercise program. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, osteopathic physician, it is a misconception that we all age at the same rate or that there is nothing anyone can do to alter that rate. "One of the absolute best ways to take care of your body now, and as you get older, is exercise," says Mercola. "If you're looking for results, both on the outside and inside of your body, you need to do a variety of workouts, including aerobic and strength training. To burn the most fat during an exercise program, it's important to alternate the intensity of the workout with interval training," says Mercola. Interval training is basically alternating short bursts of intensive exercise with periods of less intensive exercise. For example, alternate walking with speed walking or jogging.

#3 Avoid EMF Hazards

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) from home wiring, airports, substations, power lines, transformers, appliances and computers can cause health issues. Though inconclusive results have been reported, just about everything from brain tumors to forgetfulness and cancer have been linked with the amount of EMF exposure a person receives, and some experts believe there will be more evidence as time goes on. Is there a health threat from invisible radio waves? According to some physicians and researchers the answer is yes. Some years ago, Dr. Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper discovered that magnetic fields were linked to childhood leukemia, and a recent study confirmed their findings. Then, in 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced "At this time such a characterization regarding the link between cancer and exposure to EMFs is not appropriate because the basic nature of the interaction between EMFs and biological processes leading to cancer is not understood."

If anything, announcing that the processes between EMFs and the human body were not understood brought more debate, rather than settling the issue. Furthering the argument, in October 2009, researchers conducted a study with a select group of men who carried cell phones in their pants pockets over a period of six years. The results reported a dip in bone density on the side of their pelvis where the phone was carried. While the bone loss was significantly less than with a disease such as osteoporosis, these findings do raise the probability that bone density can be adversely affected by the electromagnetic fields surrounding cell phones. While there is no guarantee that a healthy lifestyle will ensure longer life, it will certainly put the odds in your favor. Don't you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to do everything you can to live healthy and long?

Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm

http://www.everydiet.org/diet/mayo-clinic-plan

http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/20061101/elders-reveal-keys-to-healthy-aging

http://www.mercola.com/article/emf/emf_dangers.htm

http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/exercises.aspx

http://www.smartshelter.com/RFemfresources.htm

http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/news/20091027/cell-phone-on-hip-may-weaken-bone

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