Incorporate these 10 steps into a health plan that simply keeps the rust and sticky stuff out of your body and strengthens your garbage disposal—or immune system.
1. Make health your hobby.
Study every organ of your body and learn how to take care of it. Create your own personal maintenance manual—and follow it.
2. Move more, sit less.
Exciting new medical discoveries have shown that when you exercise, blood flows faster across the lining of your blood vessels, called the endothelium. Your endothelium is like having a giant pharmacy inside your body. New research has shown that when blood flows faster over the surface of your endothelium, it opens your giant pharmacy and releases natural internal medicines, such as those that lower the "highs" (high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar) and raises the "lows" (such as depression). To keep your pharmacy open and to release your natural internal medicines, get moving!
3. Graze on good foods.
Follow the rule of twos: Eat twice as often, half as much and chew twice as long. Grazing throughout the day on frequent mini meals rather than gorging on a few big meals improves nutrient absorption, lessens heartburn and helps weight control. An interesting study showed that people eating the same foods and the same number of calories lost more weight when they ate six mini meals instead of three big meals.