As simple as it seems, eating a colorful diet of 70% fruits and vegetables and reducing the “white foods” such as pasta, sugar, bread, rice and potatoes is a simple philosophy for maintaining an anti-inflammatory life. Instead, eat brown rice, whole grain bread, purple or sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables.
As more and more people develop sedentary lifestyles in the computer age the incidents of chronic disease increases. Simply going on several walks a day can vastly improve one’s longevity.
Stretching in any form is helpful in maintaining the integrity of the spine and muscles of the body.
As we get older, resistance training is important to strengthen your muscles, and in particular, to prevent osteoporosis. I personally find it helpful to use machines for training, but certainly there are other methods of resistance training that are effective.
People that are outside frequently and get repeated sun exposure, generally tend to have lower rates of chronic illnesses and a better mood and outlook on life. I only wear sunblock when I am going on fishing trips or am out in the sun for extended periods of time but not when only going for short walks outside. People who have repeated low-grade sun exposure also tend to have a lower rate of viral infections and cancer.
Walking on uneven surfaces tends to improve balance and posture. It also strengthens core and small muscles that have often atrophied in urban populations where concrete is the norm. The human body was not bulit to walk on concrete, but to hunt game on the plains. Realizing that this is not practical today, I take advantage of every trip to the beach by going for walks in the sand.
I had teh good fortune to sit through a lecture by Dr. Huizenga who is the doctor for the TV show “The Biggest Loser.” He described how he was able to reduce the amount of type II diabetes present in the overweight participants simply by doing two workouts a day and working on resistance and core training. Increasing the amount of muscle in the body relative to fat, reduces insulin resistance. I usually go for a walk before lunch followed by a second more aggressive workout late in the afternoo
Acidic people tend to get cancer, alkaline people tend not to. This can be best applied by following rule #1 – eating colors, as most colorful foods, with the exception of tomatoes, tend to be alkaline. Alcohol and hard liquor in particular tend to be acidic.
Hopefully these tips may help some of you enjoy more productive lives!