Top 12 Health suggestions

Here are my top 12 health suggestions:

  1. Physical activity – be active throughout the day – engage in varied activities that promote strength, flexibility, balance, increasing your heart rate, fun, and stress relief
  2. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables – fresh when possible. Leafy greens, deeply colored produce, cruciferous vegetables should be a part of your daily intake.
  3. Eat foods high in soluble fiber – if you are following the suggestion above, you will probably be getting these. Examples: oats, apples, pears, pumpkin, beans, sweet potatoes, apricots, mangoes, citrus, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, beets, onions, carrots, bananas, blackberries, squash, lentils
  4. Limit processed foods – they are not as nutritious as fresh foods, and frequently have health-negative ingredients
  5. Eat good fats: walnuts, cashews, almonds, avocado, fatty fish, flax, olive, peanut & canola oil
  6. Floss & brush your teeth – there is a relationship between mouth bacteria and inflammation – which may contribute to heart disease, diabetes, premature birth
  7. Relieve stress/enhance your life
  8. Limit sugar and alcohol
  9. Get plenty of sleep
  10. Don’t sunburn your skin
  11. Keep smoke out of your lungs – especially tobacco, exhaust and particulate smoke
  12. Drink water – try not to consume your calories through liquids. Drink water when thirsty

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