Every year we vow to get more fit, to lose weight and to be happier. This post is dedicated to all of you Green Health Spot fans out there who are commited to living a healthier and greener life. Here are some suggestions I have that can make a huge impact on your future health. Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
10 Super Healthy Things to Do For 2010
- Eliminate all Parabens From Your Skin Care Regimen
Don't know what a paraben is? It's a preservative in skin care lotions, creams, shampoos etc that has been linked to breast and other hormonally active cancers. Take the time to go through your skin care regimen and eliminate the parabens. This includes methyl-, ethyl- and propyl- parabens. We've talked about this in a previous post, read it all in our "Beauty and Breast Cancer" post.
- Eliminate Fluoride from Your Toothpaste
Worried about cavities? Xylitol is terrific at preventing cavities without the toxicity of fluoride. This is especially important in children. Dr. Wang has talked about this in her Toothpaste Woes post.
- Cut out All Sodas from your Diet, yes, including diet sodas
Regular sodas, juices and sweetened drinks lead to weight gain, diabetes and a suppressed immune system. Diet soda, particularly aspartame or "Nutra Sweet" is linked to lymphoma, leukemia and at the very least acts as an excitotoxin in the nervous system. This makes ADD and ADHD worse in kids. Worst of all, aspartame turns into formaldehyde in the body leading to a number of toxicities. Read more in our post about Aspartame and Leukemia.
- Deal with Your Irregular Bowels
This is probably at the top of healthy things to do for yourself this year. Learn what a healthy digestive system should be like and work toward resolving any digestive system. Most of the world's ailments can significantly benefit from avoiding antibiotics and healing the digestive system. If you don't know if your digestive system is functioning normally, read our post on Let's Talk About the Unmentionable...Just What IS a Normal Bowel Movement. What your have always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.
- Get your 10 Minutes in the Sun
Or take a Vitamin D supplement. Or both. Vitamin D is SO important to your immune system and bone health, it is impossible to overstate it's necessity in our health. The lack of vitamin D contributes toward Autism, ADHD, cancers, osteoporosis, frequent infections etc. This is a fat soluable vitamin mostly produced in the skin when sun and its UV rays affect the skin. Don't continuously use sunscreen because it blocks the production of vitamin D. If you are at risk for melanoma or other skin cancers, take a vitamin D supplement. 10 minutes a day in the sun is much more helpful to your health than you could know. For more details, read our Sunshine and Prevention of Cancer post.
- Toss Your Teflon Coated Cookware
Do your immune system a favor and finally toss that Teflon coated cookware and replace with stainless steel, glass or ceramic coated cast iron. Teflon in your food has a major impact on your immunity. This is a life decision. Start by tossing just one pot or pan and commit to replacing one every month. Pretty soon, you'll have a whole new healthier collection of cookware. While you are at it toss your plastic cooking utensils in favor of stainless steel, bamboo or wood. More on teflon's effect on your immune system here.
- Adopt the Safe Fruit and Vegetable List
Organic fruits and vegetables are expensive. Make sure that you are buying organic for the top 12 fruits and vegetables that are most contaminated with pesticides. Here is the list of the top most contaminated fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid Tuna and Farmed Salmon
Fish we have learned has always been "healthiest" for us to consume. Unfortunately, this is not as true as it once way. Fish offers a lot of omega 3 fatty acids which we need for a healthy body. Because fish was never farmed their omega 3 fatty acids were high in their flesh. However, farmed salmon is one of the most toxic foods you can consume due to their high levels of PCBs, heavy metals and pesticides. Tuna, because of their large size also are high in the heavy metal mercury. We have talked about how much tuna is safe and have a very cool tuna calculator for you to use. Optimally, you should eat as little tuna as possible but at least with this awareness you can tell how much you can eat and still stay within the FDAs recommendation guidelines. Here is the tuna calculator post.
- Avoiding Food Additives
My dad was right when we were kids. He was a chemical engineer and since we were little he had read that preservatives and artificial flavors and colors lead to cancers. So he strictly read labels and wouldn't let us eat anything with colors or artificial flavors. Of course we begged for multi-colored M&M's, Twinkies that last for decades unrefrigerated and Jell-O but to no avail. Read this guide to food additives, it's for those of you who are truly dedicated to having a healthy diet. At the very least, avoid nitrites in your bologna and bacon. Your body will certainly thank you.
- Avoid Soy Containing Products
Soy is everywhere. First touted as a healthy food we are learning that the research was tainted and incorrect. Fermented soy products are still fine like miso and tempeh, but soy in large amounts in varying shapes and sizes are certainly a health concern for your thyroid, pancreas and breast/prostate. For more information, read our spotlight on Soy
Here is a list of supplements I highly recommend for the average person.
- Liquid Life: for mitochondrial support
- Amino ICG: for increasing glutathione levels
- Vitamin D: 2000 iu at least per day, with food
- An effective probiotic: my favorite is HMF Replete, take one packet per day for 1 month.