8 Health-Boosting Secrets From My Life

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Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

One of the activities that keeps me healthy is relaxing and enjoying life. One of my favorite ways to relax is by fly fishing.Because I write and lecture about health, I’m not surprised when I’m asked about my own lifestyle. I can assure you that I practice what I preach, and I don’t recommend anything unless I’ve tried it myself.

In addition to taking the Awesome Foursome and other nutrients, here are eight things I do to keep myself healthy and you can try as well:

1. Eat a mostly vegetarian diet.
My daily diet consists of two meals and two healthy snacks a day and rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lentils. I also eat fish 1–2 times per week (either: scrod, haddock, Atlantic halibut, or wild Alaskan salmon). Plus, I eat range-fed organic meats and poultry no more than once a week.

2. Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners, since sugar will age you faster, and put you at a greater risk for developing heart disease than cholesterol.

3. Sleep 5–7 hours per night, grounded on an Earthing sheet.

4. Exercise three or four days per week, between 40-60 minutes at a time. My "cardio" days include walking my dog. I also make sure to do my back and abdominal strengthening routines as well as light resistance training with 10-lb. dumbbells, and Pilates.

5. Take the following herbs daily: bromelain (200 mg) and quercetin (300–500 mg), both of which are excellent natural means to prevent inflammation, allergies, and histamine release. I also take garlic (500—1,000 mg as a supplement, or one clove of fresh garlic), and drink ginger tea.

6. Drink red wine (1–2 glasses once or twice a week), green tea (1-3 cups a day), and water (8–10 glasses per day).

7. Practice detoxification. I have a far-infrared sauna in my house, and I try to use it at least once a week. I’ve also made sure the house is outfitted with water, air, and shower filters to remove as many toxins as possible.

8. Relax and enjoy life! I practice prayer, reading, meditation, Thai yoga therapy, listening to soft classical music, fly fishing, walking, cooking, and eating with my wife, playing with my grandkids and the dog, and allowing myself to laugh, express anger, and cry when those emotions surface. It’s all about balance—that’s what counts!

Now it’s your turn: What healthy habits have you adopted?

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