takes 20 minutes for your brain to recognize a full stomach. So, wait before reaching for seconds. You don't have to speak Japanese, just stop eating before you get too stuffed to move easily. Get away from the table and say, "I've had enough of this meal."
It's spring-time. Time to get out in the yard. Time to clean up the winter mess. Almost garden time. Gardening is very good exercise. You can enjoy nature and make the world around you more beautiful. Plant flowers, fruits and vegetables, then make new friends in the neighborhood by sharing your extra health boost.
Volunteering can add years to your life also. Lending a helping hand can extend and improve your own life, as well as the ones you are helping. It can make your community stronger. It can make the world stronger. It might make a difference in the world. It will make a difference in your health.
According to Dr. Linda Wright, M.D., "Wellness is created in the way our immune system interacts with our environment based on our genetics and modified by our behavior or lifestyle." You probably know that heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even depression can run in families. Rare conditions, like cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia, may also be passed down. Americans and their families need quality health care they can afford.
As we enter this new year, poised to achieve affordable quality health care for all Americans, a stronger Medicare for seniors and future generations, lower drug costs, and improvement of our long-term care, we should be aware that we need to health ourselves. Begin with a good laugh. Laughing takes the edge off of stress.
Some things that can help are: Cut health care cost with pill-splitting. Get regular health screenings. Early detection of problems can save money. Control blood pressure by getting enough potassium in your daily diet. Protect your eyes from cataracts with sunglasses and wearing a full hat. Things that prevent heart attacks will also lower your risk for strokes. Yearly flu shots and one time pneumonia shots for people 65 and over. Adequate calcium to build and keep bones strong in teenagers and women. Hand washing is the best way to avoid spreading germs and sickness. Talk to your doctor about getting bone density screening for osteoporosis. Rowing is an ideal workout to give the body strength and flexibility. For better protection for your teeth and gums, brush for two minutes. Get enough sleep. If you don't, it will weaken your immune system.
Health and wellness should be everyone's desire. It's on everybody's mind these days as we strive for reforms that Americans need. We need to educate ourselves on prevention and protection against diseases and sicknesses. As an individual, we need to take preventive action for our own health and wellness.
"Wisdom consists of knowing what to do with what you know." Unknown