Reflexology For The Spirit

Easy Wellness: 10 Tips for a Longer Life

Easy wellness is real and is even easier than you think.

JOB STRESS IS A FACT OF LIFE.  There is a correlation between workplace stress and obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, gastrointestinal problems, asthma.  It’s no surprise that  people are more likely to suffer a heart attack on Monday than on the other days of the week.

So, what can you do to ease the pressure and experience easy wellness?  Easy wellness techniques you can adopt  are easier than you might think.

Go for a walk on your lunch hour.

Take your phone calls while standing up and moving around.

Play relaxing music.

Skip happy hour and go to the gym instead.

Wash your hands at least five times each day with soap and warm water.

Keep your bedroom clutter and electronics free.

Change your sheets weekly.

EASY WELLNESS  EQUALS  HEALTHY WEIGHT.  Being overweight increases your risk for all illnesses and chronic conditions.  Being underweight prevents the body from functioning at peak performance.

GET YOUR ANNUAL FLU SHOT.  AND, AS YOU AGE, GET YOUR ANNUAL PNEUMONIA SHOT AND SHINGLES SHOT.  It’s estimated that over  40,000 people die annually from the flu.  An annual shot can prevent at least some of  these deaths.

GET NAKED!  Occasionally, inspect your body from head to toe.  Look for blemishes, lesions, rashes, and other body oddities that are new on the scene.  Your skin reflects the state of your entire body.  If you will pay attention to your skin, you can catch the signs of underlying internal disease.  Your body will tell you how well you are aging through skin tone, wrinkles, and color.

Expand the skin care routine you devote to your face and neck to include a skin care routine for your entire body.

GET OFF YOUR SEAT AND ON YOUR FEET.   Easy wellness can go beyond the gym.  Is your job physically intense?  Or do you spend most of your time at a desk?  Find ways to keep yourself moving throughout your day.  Your body will love you for this!

DISCONNECT!  At least twice a week give yourself a time out.  It needn’t be too long.  Try for 20 minutes at a time.  Cut off your phone, your computer, your TV, your radio, your doorbell.   Spend a few minutes enjoying your surroundings without interruptions.  Your body, your mind, your spirit will thank you!

QUIT SMOKING – Okay, this may not be easy to do but, once you’ve done it, you’ll be healthier, more alert, richer,  live longer.  If you can get yourself down to 5 cigarettes a day, it’s easier to quit the habit completely.

GET YOUR HEART RATE UP FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES A DAY.    This can be real easy wellness.  One way to do this is to move your body and force your lungs and heart to work harder for 20 minutes every day.  Your entire body will appreciate this effort – including your brain!

COFFEE CAN BE GOOD FOR YOU.  Coffee goes in and out of fashion.  I recommend a reasonable amount of coffee, especially in the morning.  Both coffee and tea have antioxidants which we all need.   Your coffee does not need to include the modern energy concoctions which are overloaded with too much coffee and sugar.  Nor does it need to include any of the fashionable flavors being added these days.

GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF A DNA TEST.  This is easy wellness in action.  You’ll be fascinated by  the information and you’ll also know yourself better.  Results of your DNA test can point you in the right direction for wellness habits.

Results of your DNA test can also point you in a right direction for good nutritional habits.  Through your DNA test, you’ll  discover where you came from.  Eating food in the style of your ancestors can help you nutritionally.  I’ll give you an example.  One of my clients wanted to know what to eat.  He had a DNA test which confirmed that most of his heritage was Jewish.  He had his answer right there!

Another client wanted to know what to eat.  His DNA test confirmed that most of his heritage was Mediterranean.  Well, the Mediterranean diet was a good direction for him to follow.  Sticking with the Mediterranean diet food and cutting out all the other food clutter eliminated a few pounds which he needed to lose.

Thank you for reading this easy wellness article!  Please share it with your favorite social media network.

Thurman Greco

Woodstock, New York

Practical Wellness: 10 Tips You Can Use

With this article , you and I move into part two of  practical wellness tips in the longevity series.  The focus  shifts  to information  less disease focused.   My hope is that you’ll adopt a few, or maybe more than a few,  healthy habits and avoid or discard the habits in your life which lead to illness.

The best way to have a long and healthy life is to prevent disease  and promote homeostasis while you adopt  practical wellness tips which resonate with you.

As you  adopt new wellness habits, you empower yourself and   take control of your body and your health.  You’ll be in charge of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self.  Practical wellness tips offered in these articles are often easy to adapt to your daily life.

Seeking a long and healthy life is an everyday proposition made easier when you adapt practical wellness tips which may  change through time.  You can always make improvements   as new theories and practices become the norm.

As you adopt new habits, I hope you’ll consider the long term effects of the new directions you’re taking in your life.

Your body  constantly moves and shifts  which means  you are different every single day from your cellular level on up.  These new tips you adopt can change  your life in small or large ways as your body self regulates toward wellness.

Adapt these practical wellness tips and changes to your age.

As a reflexologist and Reiki practitioner, this ability to change, move, develop means much to me.  That is the heart of healing with the modalities I’ve been studying my  whole adult life.

All of this points toward homeostasis – the balance of all body systems.

CHOOSE YOUR FATS WISELY – One of the most challenging  things I’ve done with this wellness blog is tackle oils.  If you go to the early blog posts, you’ll find articles reflecting how complicated life can get as you stand in front of the grocery shelf and choose a cooking oil.

The bottom line in cooking :  Go with organic oils.    Stay away from saturated fats whenever possible.

That means I buy  organic olive oil.

I avoid saturated  fats .   Whipping cream is not a staple in my diet and I don’t eat much red meat.

Beyond that, things get a bit dicey.  I don’t eat margarine because of the chemicals.  I do eat  butter.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids can be consumed by pills or by the spoonful.  Choose your Omega 3 Fatty Acids carefully because they can be contaminated.  I buy mine at the Village Apothecary here in Woodstock at 79 Tinker Street.  I rely on my pharmacist, Neal Smoller, to educate me about which and how many supplements I should take.

How you deal with fats and oils in your diet is up to you, your health, and how comfortable you are with manufactured foods.

Personally, I’m not comfortable with manufactured foods so there’s not a lot of oil variety in my kitchen pantry.

WHAT ABOUT MINERALS? – The body uses many minerals and they don’t get near the attention that vitamins receive.  Four minerals to concentrate on right now include Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Selenium.

Calcium is found in broccoli, dairy products, pinto beans, and spinach.  If you’re concerned about osteoporosis, this mineral is for you.  Eating foods high in calcium is important.

Magnesium is not found in our diets often.  Unless you eat apples, bananas, beans, brown rice,  leafy green vegetables, and nuts, you should take a supplement.

Magnesium holds off heart problems, strokes, and lack of energy.

Selenium boosts the immune system.  Any mineral boosting the immune system is a friend of mine.

Potassium is extremely important and is found in bananas.  I eat a banana twice a week.  Potassium combats hypertension, depression, muscle weakness, and fatigue.

BEWARE OF THE HOSPITAL! – We are all probably going to be in a hospital once or twice (or even more) before it’s all over.  Lots of things can go wrong in a hospital.  It’s your job as the  patient to know as much as you can about the hospital you are going to be in, the doctor who is going to treat you there,  and the condition you are trying to get treated.

I have reflexology clients who visit my table regularly because they feel it’s important for their overall wellness.  They don’t ever plan to be in a hospital.

Regular reflexology sessions definitely promote homeostasis which is good for disease prevention.  But, for a person to categorically plan to never be a   hospital patient can be an unwise move.  You never know when an accident can put you in an emergency room.

It’s important to know about hospitals and to be insured .  It’s important to have a health care professional that you visit at least annually so you don’t get caught in a situation where you don’t know who can help you or how to communicate with the professionals there.

Hospital is its own language. If you don’t do these things to know the language, you may not  have the vocabulary or understanding to make the best decision for your own health’s sake.

A healthcare advocate is important if you have a major encounter in a hospital  setting.  When you are injured in an accident, or are ill, you may not be alert enough to protect yourself.  And, if you haven’t kept up with modern medicine, you may not be strong   enough to protect your self.

INJURIES, FALLS,  AND  CAR ACCIDENTS – For every person who dies in an accident, fifty or so are injured and live. These fifty or so people may sustain minor injuries or multiple injuries or major injuries. A few of them will be disabled and/or have their lives shortened by the injuries received during the accident.

If you are interested in a long and healthy life, you do not want to be a part of those statistics.  Because most injuries are preventable,  accident awareness can be important to you.

Are you interested in avoiding accidents?  If so, think  back on the things your family and teachers cautioned you about when you were young.

Never drive buzzed.

Always wear your seat belt.

Never swim alone.

Keep stairways free of clutter.

Put non-skid strips in your bathtub.

I think you get the drift here.

DON’T BLAME YOUR GENES! – They count but the choices you make in your daily life count more.   You are in charge of you.  Your longevity is all about knowing that the things you do today affect your future.

If you read  about something which everyone says is good for you and you disagree,  follow up on your feelings.  Ask questions. Get to the heart of the matter.

GET TO KNOW YOURSELF. – Spend a couple of months getting to know yourself and your body better.  Ask yourself some questions and pay attention to the answers you share.  Take some notes.  The goal is to get a close look at your body.  It is unique, the only one like it in the world.

How do you feel in general?

How well are you sleeping?

Do you have any aches and pains?  If so, where are they?

Do you feel healthy?

Is it hard for you to get out of bed in the morning?

How bad is your stress level?

Are you happy?

What do you  want to change in your life?

Ask  your own questions.  based on your individual  age, physiology,  values, beliefs, and  your own personal circumstances.

TAKE SOME MEASUREMENTS! – This should be fun if you are into apps.  Or, if you’re into a fitness watch.  Mine keeps me active throughout the day as it reminds me when I’ve been sitting too long.

With a Fitbit or a Garmin, you can track  everything  you do throughout the day.  This may not be such a bad thing.  The point is that you become more aware of your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual self.

Once you  track  your body’s clocks, you can control  your homeostasis patterns.  Your can track your waking/sleeping cycles,  eating times,  physical activity  patterns,  and medication schedules.

When you do this, your body will function much more efficiently.  It  will  have the opportunity to become finely tuned.

EAT REAL FOOD –  If you can’t understand the words on the ingredients list, the product you are holding in your hand is probably not food.  Most likely, it is a selection of chemicals that have been manufactured and blended for human consumption.

Stay away from these manufactured products if you are interested in health and longevity.

Ideally, the food you eat will be just that:  food. Select foods that are fresh or flash frozen.This means you will shop mostly from the produce aisle or frozen food aisle.

MAKE THE PRODUCE MANAGER, THE BUTCHER,   AND THE WOMAN BEHIND THE FISH COUNTER YOUR BEST FRIENDS –  They will tell you where the food came from, which selections are the best buys.  They know the farmers and ranchers who supply the supermarket with the food you are buying.

When you go to the farmer’s market, get to know the people selling the food in the stalls.  These are the people who are supplying you with the best available, locally grown  foods.

You just can’t get better than this.

EAT THE FOOD THAT WORKS FOR YOU –  Every time I go into my local book store, I see a new selection of cookbooks promoting another new diet/eating lifestyle.  Their practical wellness tips may or may not be included in these cook books.  It all depends on the ingredients that the author suggests in the recipes.  The truth is that I support the diets that depend on fresh, locally grown food.

Important for any diet you adopt:  You must enjoy what you eat.  Traditional diets will outrank any diet that relies on manufactured ingredients.  Processed food is not good for anyone.

Thank you for reading this article.  I hope you enjoyed it.  And, I hope you’ll share it with your preferred social media network.

Thurman Greco

Woodstock, New York

 

 

 

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Wellness: 10 Tips for a Longer Life

Longevity depends a lot on  wellness throughout your life.  So, working to prevent disease helps promote a longer life.  There are many things you can do to promote wellness in your life.  It goes without saying that including Reflexology for the Spirit and Reiki Therapy sessions regularly are important.

PREVENTING COLON CANCER has a dietary component.    Dietary calcium,   selenium and vitamin D are important  for your overall wellness.

Another  thing that may can help prevent colon cancer is the regular use of aspirin.

So, beyond vitamins, and aspirin, what can a person do?  Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables !

And, finally, getting the dreaded colonoscopy regularly is important.  Colonoscopies are good for early detection and polyp removal  both of which are crucial.    Some people simply don’t want to get a colonoscopy.  I’ve been getting colonoscopies since I was in my 40’s.  The physician, over time, has removed several polyps and that was important.  Wellness testing is high on the list if you’re interested in living a long, active life.

Colonoscopies  have gotten easier  through the years.  And, the prep has actually gotten to be less dreaded   because my Dr. lets me drink vanilla milkshakes on the day before!  Go Colonoscopies!  I was actually a little tiny bit disappointed when my physician told me I don’t have to have another one for years.  I’m not scheduled for another one until I’m 85.

Not wanting to wait until I’m 85 for a yummy, thick milkshake, I’ve decided I can get a milkshake whenever I have to get a medical test or procedure.  I love that new rule!  Medical testing is much, much easier when followed by a delicious, thick milkshake.

PROSTATE CANCER – If a man lives long enough, he’ll either die with prostate cancer or because of it.  So, prostate cancer is in the future for many men.  Prostate cancer is a lifestyle disease, not a genetic one.

So, what can you do?  Vitamins are important prevention habits – especially selenium.  Seafood instead of beef is a good choice.  Fruits and vegetables are important.  To summarize this, a good diet is necessary for longevity wellness.

NEVER WORK BEFORE BREAKFAST –  A good breakfast, eaten every morning can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.  If you’re  interested in wellness, breakfast is on the menu – every day.  First thing.

This is your chance to load up on high-fiber grains, antioxidant-laden fruits,  and whole grain cereals.

A favored breakfast is the world-famous Muesli breakfast.  This will stay with you for hours until it is time for lunch.  And, it’s yummy, too!

BREAST CANCER –  This is a challenge for many women.  Breast cancer has a definite spiritual component.

Reduced to its lowest common denominator, this means  you should do everything possible to keep from running on empty.  I wrote more about this in my book “A Healer’s Handbook”.

A good thing to do is go with early diagnosis and every medical treatment offered whether allopathic, complimentary, or integrative.  Fight breast cancer with every tool offered to you.

Early diagnosis means getting mammograms and breast exams regularly.  No cancelling.  Early detection and treatment is important to your continued wellness.

Keep up with research on cancer preventing diets and exercise.  This means, at the very least, eating lots of fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly.

STRONG LEGS are your best insurance policy for a long, active life.  Two of the best exercises are pedaling the stationary bike and using the leg press machine.

Climb stairs for five minutes every daily.

Balance yourself on one leg daily:  Stand on one leg for fifteen seconds, then alternate legs.

And, finally,  stand up and sit down twenty times in succession.

LOAD UP  – on vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains every day.  Go for as much variety in texture,  and color, possible.   Avoid processed foods as much as possible.

Try not to eat any foods loaded with chemicals and artificial anything.  Chemical laden foods are not good for wellness.

TAKE THE RISK – Eat cold water fish one to three times a month.  This means you should eat about one serving of salmon, trout, herring,  or sardines per week.  Unfortunately, the accumulated heavy metals make eating the fish more often  a health risk.  However, on the plus side, eating the cold water fish once a week can offer real  wellness health benefits.

Avoid farmed fish if you can.  No doubt some  farms are clean but many are not and you have no way of knowing without visiting.

AVOID ALZHEIMER’S – Alzheimer’s is one disease which we all want to avoid at all costs.  There are some things you  can do to prevent the onset of this disease.

Reduce your intake of saturated fats.

Make physical  activity a part of every day.

Spinach and other dark leaf vegetables are said to help prevent the onset of the disease.

Antioxidant rich foods are important.

Turmeric is an important spice to add to your arsenal.

Maintain an active social life .

Learn new things .

WATCH YOUR BACK –  Statistics tell us  that most of us will experience back pain at some point in life.  This can be a problem for you if you’re not focused on your wellness.

Back pain has a spiritual component which you can’t ignore.   Stress is often involved in back pain.  I wrote about this in “A Healer’s Handbook”.

Back pain impacts on your wellness and longevity expectations when it brings on depression,  immobility, and  disability.

One thing you can do is work to maintain strong core muscles.  Strong muscles in the stomach and back will go a long way to a better recovery if you do experience back injury and pain.

Posture is important.  Take yoga classes with a teacher  interested in your posture.

Maintain a good weight.  Obesity is a strain on your back which you don’t need.

Drink plenty of water to maintain joint hydration.  This may seem like a silly suggestion but your joints  use a lot of water and need you to continually  replenish it throughout the  day – everyday.

The bottom line here is this:  Your longevity wellness depends  on a strong, healthy spine.

EAT LESS MEAT –  I’m certainly not telling you that you have to become a vegetarian, although that may be something that works for you.  However, eating less meat is important if you are interested in longevity and wellness.

Eating  large amounts of meat  regularly plays a part in contributing to diseases you probably want to avoid if your  goal is longevity and wellness.  Meat is implicated in most of the lifestyle diseases found in our culture:  cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia.

THANK YOU  for being interested in your good health for the long term.  Thank you for reading this blog.   Thank you for seeking a healthier life.  For sure,  a healthier life should make your longevity and wellness plans  a real option.

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Thanks!

Thurman Greco

Woodstock, NY

 

 

10 Tips Offering You a Longer and Healthier Life.

When you seek a longer and healthier  life,   you develop spiritual attitudes and habits which resonate with you.   A longevity focused life is a lifestyle.

Before it’s all over, the lists in this blog may seem endlessly  overloaded  with things to do.  But, that’s not the object of this series.  My goal is to offer you information  you can use to  enjoy a longer, healthier life.  Pick and choose  from the choices, as you select the habits that  resonate with your body, mind, emotions and your spirit.

EXCESS WEIGHT CAN RUIN YOUR LONGEVITY PLANS – So, what can you do about it?

For starters, realize that obesity triggers arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol,  etc.  These health conditions  conspire to rob you of your longer and healthier life.

Getting the weight off and keeping it off is  important.  And, getting it off the sooner the better is what its all about.  When I give my library talks about my wellness book “A Healer’s Handbook”, I spend a lot of time talking about all the things you can  do.

Begin by eating  fruits, soups, and vegetables,  Eat as much of these foods as you want and eat smaller amounts of meats and breads as you work toward a longer and healthier life.

Skip chemical laden products that have been manufactured for you to eat.  This means reading the labels.  If you can’t pronounce the words on the ingredient list, then you don’t need to eat even one bite of that product.

USE A SMALLER PLATE – Pile it high with fresh salad greens or vegetables.

For a longer and healthier life, always begin your meal with a soup.

Plate up your food in the kitchen and don’t put serving dishes  on the table with your food.

DON’T TRY TO LIVE WITH A SLEEP DEFICIT.  – A longer and healthier life depends on a rested body.  This is really the heart of the matter.  I’ve written post after post after post about the importance of sleep for you and your life.  And, after this longevity series, I plan to return to a few more blog posts about getting enough sleep.

It all comes down to this:  If you  get enough sleep, you are going to have fewer health problems.   With fewer health problems, you  are on a path to a longer, healthier life.

JOIN A CONGREGATION. – Statistics show us that attending regular religious services  has a strong, positive  health effect resulting in a longer and healthier life.

Congregations offer a community of acceptance to  members, an atmosphere which encourages good mental health, a stable social circle, and  good immune function.

What this says to me is that our spiritual  health is positively affected by a community atmosphere supporting our mental, and emotional beings.

LIVE WITH PURPOSE – Living with purpose influences mental, spiritual, and physical health positively.  The way you live with purpose depends on you and your interests.  The way you choose to give meaning to your life is completely up to you.  Your choices are endless.

Before you get overwhelmed by this, begin by asking yourself some questions.

Does my plant need watering?

Does my dog need walking?

Am I concerned about my environment?

Have I always wanted to……………….?

This amounts  to developing a sense of purpose in life by giving  of yourself in some way for the benefit of others as you seek a longer and healthier life.

GET REGULAR REFLEXOLOGY SESSIONS – Well, of course I would believe this.  I’m a reflexologist.  However,  if you are reading this article and you’ve never received a reflexology session, you can still achieve your longevity and wellness goals without receiving even one  session.

The important thing here is to receive  body work sessions regularly.  And, in all honesty, there are  hundreds of kinds of body work being practiced on our planet today.  What’s important is that you receive some form of beneficial body work regularly.

If you don’t feel like you have the money for this bodywork, barter the sessions.  I receive a Reiki therapy session every Monday afternoon.  I exchange this session with a student.  I feel like this is one of the most important things I do every week.

And, one of the most wonderful barters I did in my whole life was when I exchanged a reflexology session with an esthetician every week.  What a fabulous time that was!  Alas, she moved out of the state.

The bottom line is that we all need doses of the right touch for a longer and healthier life.  Touch is important to our spiritual development.

MEDITATION IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU  AND YOUR LONGEVITY PLANS.  Do you meditate?  Do you meditate regularly?  If the answer to these two questions was “no” then begin by taking yoga classes.  Yoga and meditation work together very well.

Have trouble scheduling meditation time?  Join a meditation circle or form one where you meditate together weekly.

Meditation is grounding and offers major stress reduction.  The positive health benefits of meditation ripple out to everyone and everything around you.

Make meditation a part of your life.

BRING NATURE CLOSER TO YOUR LIFE – How?

Walks in the park tend to lower your blood pressure.

Plants in your office or home bring their own calm.

Wilderness walks can be restorative.

Add wilderness pictures to office and home decor.

Nature sounds can be soothing as you listen to waterfalls,  bird songs or ocean waves.  My absolute favorite  music is a CD entitled “Dolphin Music” by Ken Davis.  It’s ancient as CD’s go, but I don’t want to be caught without it.

When you do these things, you protect yourself from stress.

BE OPTIMISTIC –  You’ll live longer and feel better about your life when you look on the bright side of situations.

Build good relationships.

Refuse to see a crisis as insurmountable.

Accept change as a part of life.

Seek opportunities.

Maintain a positive view of yourself.

Finally, try to see things in perspective.

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Thurman Greco

Woodstock, New York

 

 

A Holiday Thank You Dear Reader

 

 

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In the spirit of the holiday season, I thank each of you for supporting my work and following my journey to wellness for us all.

This has been a busy year for me.  Without your support, none of this year would have happened.  However, you found my work and you have purchased my book and read my blogs.  I thank you.  Sincerely.

Each new reader who learns something new and useful about  Reflexology  for the Spirit and wellness is important to me.  You inspire me to seek  new ways to expand this learning.   I’m currently blogging articles about longevity, a subject we can all be interested in.  I Hope you find these posts interesting and practical! Thank you.

I hope you’ll continue reading to learn more about Reflexology for the Spirit and wellness. as well as my other projects.     I’ve  spent many hours on the second hunger book.  “The Ketchup Sandwich Chronicles” should be completely finished by the end of 2019.  I’m continuing to blog about hunger in “Hunger is not a Disease.”

That has mostly come to a conclusion so I plan to begin writing  the second Healer’s Handbook soon.   The books outline includes much more  information than I put in the original handbook which is now in it’s second edition.

Thank you again!

Thurman Greco

Woodstock, New York

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10 Easy Ways to Live a Longer Life

Living a longer life is a commitment to a specific lifestyle which promotes good health. Your first step to living a longer life is making this commitment to long-term good health and longevity.

You begin this path to live a longer life and have long term good health when you realize and understand  you can’t just blame your genes for your health.  Your continued good health depends on developing habits and practicing  useful  things regularly that  support your commitment.

Develop your plan for a longer life now.  Plan how your life will be when you are in your 80’s, 90’s, or even 100.  Will you be alert and active with friends?  Will you be living alone?  Will you be mentally alert?

Imagine yourself as a healthy person living  a longer life.  Focus on this goal.  Be ready to make changes in your lifestyle  to achieve the results you want.

Make regular reflexology sessions a part of your life.

For starters, review  your diet.  Are you consuming generous servings of  vegetables and fruits?  Do you eat lean protein every day?  Do you eat whole grain foods, brown rice, nuts, and legumes?   (I’ll cover the diet portion of  a longevity  lifestyle in future posts.)

Meanwhile…

Take care to prevent overeating.  If you eat a proper diet in the proper amounts, you should have energy, you will slow the aging process, and you will postpone or prevent chronic diseases.

If you can prevent overeating, your body will be able to handle more types of stress, something that’s important if you are concerned about living a long life.

Develop a daily walking routine.  Walking 10,000 steps each day will increase blood flow to the brain  resulting in an improved memory.  How can you do this?  Walk more.  Walk during your lunch hour.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Make it a goal to get off your seat and on your feet.  Choose volunteer activities which require walking.

Take your vitamins!  But, not just any vitamins.  You don’t want to waste your money on nutrients you don’t need.  Do  some research.  Make your knowledge current before you decide which vitamins to take.  I’ll share more information about minerals and vitamins in future blog posts.  For now, I suggest you look into vitamin D3.  Find out for yourself if  that’s a vitamin you need.    When you take your vitamins, take them with food to promote absorption.

Take an aspirin a day…if your healthcare provider says it’s okay.  I believe  aspirin in moderation on a daily basis can help prevent diseases such as heart attack  and some form of cancer.  But, again, don’t take my word on this.

Hope you are enjoying this new series of posts on longevity!  If so, please share them with your preferred social media network.

Thanks for reading!

Thurman Greco

10 Easy Wellness Tips for Your Self Care

Self care is all about realizing that we need to take care of ourselves to function optimally in our lives.  For many, self care is being selfish.  This is simply not so.  Eating properly, resting, getting proper exercise, smelling the flowers…these things are not selfish.

Lower back pain?  Try not to overdo the bed rest.  One or two days seem to be the best amount of time. to be off your feet.  Lower back pain is a spiritual situation.   Try to get up and about asap.  Self care is needed when your lower back hurts.

Are your cholesterol numbers less than ideal?  Try to exercise regularly.  Can you lose weight?  That will help, too.  Eating fish helps.  And, finally, omega-3 fatty acids really help.

Get your annual flu shot.    Every year, I encounter people who come down with the flu.  Most of the time, these people neglected to get their shot.  And, getting a flu shot does not immunize a person for life.  A flu shot must be repeated annually.  This can be a bore.  However, I’ve gotten a flu shot annually for the last 20 years or so and,  somehow, don’t seem to get the flu.

Worried about toenail fungus?  Keep your feet clean and dry.  Wear well fitting shoes and socks.  Snug, poorly ventilated shoes and damp, sweaty socks are a breeding ground for athlete’s foot.  Go barefoot if you can.  If you do have toenail or foot fungus, and if it is painful, it’s time to see a dermatologist.

To keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, brush your teeth often.  Brush your teeth after you eat with a soft bristled brush.  Tooth brushing is essential for good self care.

Do you have hay fever?  Cut back on alcoholic beverages during pollen season.

Do you chew gum?  Chew sugarless gum to fight tooth decay.

Concerned about carpel tunnel syndrome?  Keep your wrists straight when working with your hands.  When you work on a keyboard, make sure your fingers are lower than your wrists.  Carpel tunnel doesn’t always require surgery.  A good body worker or physical therapist can often help you.

Buy your shoes in the afternoon when you’ve been on your feet for a few hours, and always have your feet measured.  Know which foot is larger and fit your shoes to that foot.  That way, you’ll have a more accurate shoe size and fit.

Pinkeye and other eye infections can be extremely infectious.  Use care.

Always first on your list for self care is regular reflexology.

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10 Wellness Tips to Improve your Fitness

Fitness is a journey.  It is  a way of thinking, moving, believing, acting.  Fitness is forever.

The most important, bottom line, rule about fitness is to Be Active!.  There are many, many different kinds of exercise and diet.  But, whatever lifestyle you choose, the most important thing is to Move!.

Regular exercise fights physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual decline.  Whatever you do, include several brisk walks each week.  Over time, this regular brisk walk can improve your fitness and  “add years to your life and life to your years”.

Concerned about your risk of stroke?  Add a daily walk to your life.

Are you getting too many colds?  Exercise regularly and moderately to boost your immunity and improve your fitness.

Whenever  possible, take the stairs.  You’ll use more calories and build muscles at the same time.

Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty.  When exercising, drink 4 to 6 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes.

Do you have osteoarthritis?  The best thing you can do is exercise.  Check with your physician or physical therapist.  Contact the Arthritis Foundation.  Then, exercise, exercise, exercise.

Worried about falling?  Protect yourself by developing the strongest thigh muscles you can.  Strong thigh muscles will reduce the injury you might experience from a fall.

Don’t have time for exercise?  Turn your coffee break into  10-minute workouts.  These short breaks can offer a lot of fitness for not a lot of work.  You can climb stairs for 10 minutes.  Or, you can jump rope or have a quick run.  Park your car 10 minutes from the office and walk those 10 minutes.

Drink as much water in the cold as in the heat.

Replace worn exercise shoes.  Your fitness shoes are worn out long before you see wear on the outer sole or upper shoe.

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10 Wellness Tips for Your Self

There are many, many things you can do to keep yourself healthy.  Staying healthy will help you maintain your youth.  Many of these wellness tips are so easy you won’t even realize you’re promoting your good health.

Have a cold?  Skip the antibiotics.  A cold is a viral infection.  Antibiotics are only good for bacterial infections.  So…save your money.

Looking for a cold medication?  This wellness tip can also save you money.  Avoid the medications that multi-task.  Simple medications cost less and focus on the symptom bothering you most.

Hot tea is good for making your throat feel good when you have a cold.  Saline nasal drops help your nose feel better, too.

Don’t spread your cold germs around.  Wash your hands frequently and don’t share your eating and drinking utensils.

When you come down with colds and/or hay fever, take the evening off.  Climb into bed early and sleep an extra hour.

Don’t store your meds in the bathroom.  Bathrooms tend to be too humid and too hot.  These two conditions encourage deterioration.

Now might be a good time to quit smoking.  Have you tried to stop smoking several times, this time switch to a pipe for a while.  But, think of this as only a step toward freedom because pipe smokers and cigar smokers not only suffer from lung cancer but also get throat and mouth cancer.

Don’t take acetaminophen for an extended period of time without consulting with your primary healthcare provider.  Long term regular use of these pain relievers can damage kidneys and liver.  Occasional use of these drugs are safe for most people.

Make sure your smoke detectors are in working order.  Replace any smoke detector that’s more than ten years old.  If your smoke detectors are younger than ten years old, get an aerosol spray tester at a hardware store that simulates smoke.

Avoid raking leaves if you have allergies.

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10 Wellness Tips for Better Health

Wellness is something we should all be interested in.  We can all increase our health awareness through wellness..

Following are ten easy things you can do to  promote your wellness.

Not all muffins are created equal.  Read the labels so you choose a  muffin which is more nutrition and less junk.  Look for a muffin which has less than 500 calories and at least contains whole wheat flour in addition to eggs, butter, and other healthy ingredients.

Like baked potatoes?  To get the most nutrients from your favorite food,  eat the skin too.  Ounce for ounce, the skin is where you’ll get more fiber, iron, potassium and B vitamins.  This is wellness in action!

Eat foods rich in vitamin C every day.  Besides oranges, the best sources of vitamin C are asparagus, blackberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, mustard greens, peppers, strawberries, and tomatoes.  These foods help protect against cancer and other diseases.

While you’re at it, eat at least five other fruits and vegetables daily.  Make sure these  five servings are high in antioxidants.

If you’re concerned about urinary tract infections, drink ten ounces of cranberry juice cocktail daily.  While this won’t substitute for medication, cranberry juice cocktail taken daily will help reduce infection rates over time.

Looking for low-fat cookies?  Try fig bars.  They’re both low in fat and high in fiber.

Like to bake cakes and brownies?  You can reduce the fat in the recipe when you substitute applesauce or fruit puree for the oil, margarine, or butter in the recipe.

Low-fat milks are not created equal.  If your concern is fat content, go for nonfat or 1 %.

Frozen fruits and vegetables are tasty, nutritious snacks.  Frozen bananas, strawberries, strawberries are delicious!

Try a new fruit or vegetable every month.  At the end of a year, you’ll know a lot more about food than you do now.  And, the chances are that you’ll have new favorite foods!

Read labels on frozen breakfasts.  Some are very high in fat.  Others are also very high in calories.  Go for the less fatty products.

So!  Here you have ten suggestions with a bonus thrown in for good measure.  I’ll be sending along other easy wellness tips along in coming blog posts.  Hope you enjoy them all!

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