Count Down Your Age

Thursday, July 05, 2007
By Abbey Khan

countdown_age.jpg Look, feel, and live better than you ever have with Count Down Your Age. Co-author and renowned cardiologist Dr. Frederic Vagnini shares his top ten tips for optimal health from his best-selling book., $24.95.

Never have fruit juice for breakfast. A 6oz. glass of orange juice has 248 calories, 48 grams of sugar, no fiber, and almost no nutrients. Opt for an orange instead – it has 62 calories, 12 grams of sugar and an abundance of nutrients, including beta-carotene, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate.

Make yogurt part of your daily meal plan. Yogurt contains lactic acid producing bacteria that is essential to maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria in the body. This balance can assist in digestion, absorb fats and carbohydrates, fight bacterial infections, boost immune system and even fight bad breath!

Stop eating when you can no longer taste something. Savor each bite of food and recognize when your taste buds are satisfied.

Tap into your work ethic as exercise motivation. Make exercise as routine as getting up and going to work everyday. Similar to your attitude about work, you will feel better about yourself if you work hard and get more accomplished.

Aerobics for your brain. Use your non-dominant hand to perform routine tasks, such as brushing your teeth and shaving. This can increase brain vitality and allows you to better remember new information and retrieve old information.

Avoid the hospital if you can. Hospitals are full of extremely ill people, which increases your exposure to germs. Ask your doctor to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before he/she performs an examination.

Stop kicking the dog! Control your anger, anxiety and stress by simply removing yourself from irritating situations. An easy way to do this is to focus on taking deep, healing breaths. Also, relax the muscles in areas that carry the most tension, such as the eyes, jaw, back and forehead.

Regularly examine your skin and breasts for unusual lumps, moles and freckles. See a dermatologist if you spot moles that you’ve never seen before.

Know your LDL, HDL, and cholesterol counts. Compute your ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol by dividing the total cholesterol number by the HDL number. LDL cholesterol can be lowered by reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet, while aerobic exercise is the key to increasing HDL.

Take notes when visiting your doctor. Ask your doctor the following:
– Cause @ What triggers your symptoms?
– Severity @ Is your ailment horrible, moderate or slight?
– Previous/current treatments @ Have you tried any over-the-counter drugs, dietary changes, etc.?

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