Tips for Healthy Living.
- Protect your hearing from loud music and power tools. If you forget earplugs at a concert, a square of toilet paper folded three times and rolled up will work as a substitute.
- Chew your food well. This'll make it easier for your stomach to absorb nutrients.
- Floss your teeth. You might also try a dental pick, to clean pockets that may develop between the molars and the gums. If you need some motivation, find out exactly what a root canal involves.
- Plaque buildup is remarkably resistant to chemicals, and direct friction is a better way to remove it from teeth. Liquid reduces that friction, so it's best to start with a dry toothbrush, and do the inside surfaces first to cut down on saliva. A brief second round with toothpaste will freshen the breath and provide the relatively minor strengthening effects of fluorine.
- Periodic fasting will relieve your digestive system from the work of metabolism, allowing it to clean and detoxify your body more deeply. Do your research or consult someone experienced before you start. Eat healthy and light foods the night before, and drink tea (especially laxative or cleansing tea) or fruit or vegetable juice during. Stay relaxed and take a quiet walk or do some yoga, and enjoy the surprising mental clarity. Break the fast slowly and resist the temptation to overeat.
- Cool showers are energizing and hot ones are relaxing. Pay attention to which type you really need. A cool rinse at the end of the latter will remove lactic acid from your muscles, help your skin retain moisture, and keep you refreshed and alert. Be careful with the cold if you have high blood pressure.
- Don't eat <40 minutes before bed. Stomach acid may reflux into your esophagus and throat while you sleep, resulting in a sore throat, a hoarse voice, and bad morning breath. Also, your metabolism will slow while you sleep and you may gain weight, and you'll burden your system with extra work that will degrade your quality of sleep.
- Houseplants can help clean the air inside your house. A good nursery will have the more effective ones labelled.
- Many plastics are chemically active. Don't microwave food in a plastic container, and rather than re-using clear plastic water bottles, invest in a Nalgene. You'll notice the difference in taste. Wash the bottle with all your other dishes.
- Municipal water supplies are mainly treated for biological, rather than chemical contaminants. Chlorine is added in excess to kill off bacteria, and an undesirable residual will reach your tap. I'd recommend a Brita filter for drinking water.
- Vitamin supplements should be used to supplement, not to take the place of a healthy and varied diet. Most vitamins are better absorbed from their natural sources.
- Herbal medicines can help with many ailments, and also help prevent them. Do your research first. I take Korean ginseng for energy and general health, and I find herbal tea to be relaxing and tasty whether it's antioxidant or not.
- Relaaaax. Much of our energy is wasted in tension. Deep breathing and meditation are wonderful things.
- Do kegel exercises, for better sex and better health.
- Fresh air and a brisk walk can do a world of good. I know air in the city is increasingly polluted, but indoor air is polluted and stagnant. Furthermore, the skin synthesizes vitamin D from sunlight, and light therapy is used to treat depression. So get outside.
- If you gulp water too fast and it heads down the wrong pipe, lower your head and it'll flow back out. If you have a runny nose and no tissue, tilt your head back and inhale slowly.
- Download "Be Healthy" by Dead Prez.
- If you're going to drink alcohol, be smart about it.
- Eat a protein-rich meal before you start drinking. While you drink, sugar-based alcohol will supply all the energy you need. At the end of the night, eat another healthy meal, to replace all the nutrients that alcohol doesn't supply.
- Alcohol interferes with your water retention hormone, and this drains body water. Notice how your pee turns clear when you drink a lot a booze; this is clean water from your cells draining out of your system. Caffeine also dehydrates you and this makes rum & coke dangerous. Drink a glass of water after every few drinks. If this hurts your image, at least drink as much water as you can before you go to bed.
- IIf you need to puke, your body is trying very hard to tell you something, and you should probably listen. Elevate your stomach above your head, get gravity on your side and get it over with.
- At the end of the night, your body will be working hard to process alcohol, replace lost nutrients and replenish body water. This process slows down a lot if you fall asleep. If you can stay awake until you feel relatively sober, and drink enough water to have some flow out the other end, you're mostly detoxified and rehydrated and you'll feel all right in the morning.
- Be careful with painkillers. Pain is your body's signal that something is wrong, and tylenol masks the problem instead of solving it. Don't give up on real solutions while they're available.
- The following yogic eye exercises will strengthen the eye muscles, prevent eyestrain and improve the vision. Breathe normally while you practice them.
- Look way up, then way down, repeat 5 times.
- Look far left, then far right, and repeat.
- Look to the top right and bottom left and repeat; repeat on the top left and bottom right.
- Look up, then circle your eyes clockwise, slowly twice and
faster thrice. Repeat counterclockwise.
- Hold your thumb a foot in front of your face, focus on it, then look into the distance. Repeat 5 times.
- To finish, rub your palms together to warm them up, and hold them over your eyes without pressing. The heat and darkness will soothe your eyes.
- Don't be fanatic about good health. Self-denial is unhealthy, so if you enjoy chocolate or donuts, feel free to have one once in a while and savor it. However, be aware that bad habits lose all attraction when you fully leave them, not only because you know better, but also because you feel better. A healthy lifestyle does not have to be imposed by the mind; it can be fully and gratefully embraced by the body, if changes are made gradually and their positive effects are consciously enjoyed.