- EAT WELL:
We are what we eat. Eat healthy to be healthy. When possible, eat real, organic, whole foods. Think beans, grains, fresh vegetables and fruit. Avoid highly processed foods or foods high in fat. Buy organic dairy products to avoid hormones, antibiotics and chemicals.
- DRINK MORE (water, that is):
Water makes up 65% of our body mass and plays a crucial part in keeping us healthy and alive. Most people don’t drink enough water. The body needs 8-10 glasses of pure, unchlorinated water. Other liquids like coffee and tea are not substitutes for water. Drinking enough water enhances longevity because it eases stress on your vital organs.
- MOVE YOUR BODY:
Moderate amounts of exercise keep everything in the body moving, and movement equals life. You don’t have to become an Iron Man. Just add 15-20 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week. Walk, job, ride your bike or jump on the trampoline. As long as it moves your body, it counts!
- REST YOURSELF:
We live in an over-achieving society that values doing over being. But without the proper rest we can’t keep pace. Take time to rest your body, mind and spirit. They will reward you with a long and happy life!
- FILL IN THE GAPS:
As much as we try to cultivate healthy habits we can’t always cover all the bases. Make sure you fill in the nutritional and physical gaps by adding organic, wild-crafted AFA blue green algae products to your daily diet.
- BREATHE PURE AIR:
As much as possible avoid air pollutants, which can really harm the lungs. The lungs govern our life force, or chi, and damage to the lungs affects our longevity and energy level. Avoid second-hand smoke and other kinds of common pollutants.
- LET GO OF THE OLD:
In tribal times people took time at the turn of each season to release the old and celebrate the new. This process prevents old issues and illnesses from building up over time. If you are constantly on the move, taking a little time to be quiet and sacred can add years to your life.
- REFUSE TO “DO” STRESS:
Stress is a default condition that most of us fall into – we are not forced to be stressed. We can choose to be joyful under all conditions, which by Law of Attraction calls even more joyful situations into our lives. Sound good?
- LAUGH MORE:
In yoga, practitioners use the Lion Pose (sticking your tongue out, shaking your head and roaring) to release tension and stress. Laughter does the same thing, and it’s cheaper than therapy! Want to live long and well? Laugh – lots!
- RESCUE REMEDY:
This flower essence by Bach (also called Five Flower Remedy) can literally save your life. It can start your heart or rescue you from the brink of a panic attack. Buy it in almost any health food store and carry it with you always. Take 4 drops under the tongue for any kind of trauma (mental, physical or emotional).
By guest contributor Barb Swanson (author of Beyond Foods: The Handbook of Functional Nutrition) All vitamins are essential. I’m focusing on B12 for two reasons: