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Diet: To understand the basis of a good diet, you must study nutrition. Specific diets are good for losing weight, but they are not practical for the long term. A diet should make you feel healthy and energetic while maintaining a lean body mass. Body fat tends to store drugs, toxins, and cancer-causing substances. Consuming healthy fat is necessary for proper functioning because the body requires certain fatty acids, which can only come from diet. However, nutritionists advise eating fat only in an uncooked or unheated state.
Exercise:The body is designed to move. Muscles help pump the blood around the body. Sitting in one position for too long causes decreased blood flow and can create muscle stiffness or pain. Move regularly throughout the day, changing position every 20 minutes. Walk those stairs. Park a little farther away. Stand to take that phone call. Stretch frequently. The key is movement, so stretch the joints fully and use your muscles to maintain strength and endurance. There should be a good balance between endurance, flexibility, and strengthening activities.
Sleep:There are four phases of sleep. The deep sleep phase is necessary for regenerative processes in the body. If this phase of sleep is lacking or interrupted, you will not feel rested. Drugs, alcohol, stress, and disease can interfere with this deep sleep. Sleeping pills do not induce normal sleep. I have found deep diaphragmatic breathing helpful in promoting better, more natural sleep. Sleeping on a magnetic pad promotes a deeper sleep and has reduced my husband’s snoring, making it easier for me to sleep. Taking a long walk focusing on the environment and looking at things around you also helps. In other words, don’t think about your problems but merely enjoy your surroundings and observe.
. Each of us must start taking some personal responsibility for our own health. Start today. It is never too late.
Sheila Yonemoto, P.T., has been a physical therapist for more than 30 years, specializing in integrative manual therapy, using a holistic approach. She can be reached at Yonemoto Physical Therapy, 55 S. Raymond Ave, Suite 100, Alhambra 91801. Sheila also offers a Qigong “Chinese Energy” exercise class. Your first class is free. Call 626-576-0591 for more information, or visit www.yonemoto.com.