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Healthy Daily Habits, In Addition To Brushing & Flossing

Posted by Dr. Paul Grussenmeyer on

In addition to doing a stellar job of brushing and flossing (shouldn't do one without the other) at least after breakfast and before sleep at night, there are other healthy habits to adopt.  These will help you to live longer and healthier without drugs and surgery, thereby affording a quality of life not obtainable by any other methods.

Improve your eating habits, being especially careful around the Holiday temptations.  Reduce the "whites" (sugar, flour, processed table salt), staying away from dried fruits & sugary fruits, increasing the amount of vegetables (especially colored ones) - organic and minimally cooked where possible, avoiding synthetic fats, using more organic & unrefined coconut oil, and organic meats for starters.  We call these positive eating habits.

Consider your routine daily habits.  Have positive social interactions, so your stress levels will be reduced, thereby keeping the body's cortisone levels from your adrenal glands down.  Participating in your religion and family, sharing what causes you stress, and not dwelling on the negatives & things you cannot control helps greatly with your overall health and longevity.  Keep your expectations of everything lower than in the past.  It will make you much happier.  My definition of happiness: When reality exceeds your expectations.  That is why some people with everything are miserable and people with seemingly nothing can be super happy.

Make things more difficult for yourself.  Wherever possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.  Ride a bike instead of taking the car for short trips.  Walk, instead of biking.  Walking is much better than running, especially as you age.  Running wears out your knee and hip joints prematurely, as they are pounded on hard surfaces and twisted on softer, uneven surfaces.

There are four categories of daily exercise to do, if you wants to stay healthy and live well into your 100's without being in a wheel chair, drooling, and wearing Depends.  

1.  Endurance, a.k.a. Aerobic exercise: harder workouts, hiking, and swimming to increase your capacity to process oxygen.

2.  Balance, a.k.a. Agility: yoga, tai chi, or your own balance routine like standing on one foot to pull on your socks every day, to avoid falls and hip fractures which shorten the lives of the elderly. 

3.  Strength:  moderate weight lifting, including electronic muscle stimulation, to strengthen your bones.  Note:  I like the Russian Electronic Stimulation.  It works deeper on the muscles than any other form of electronic stimulation.  The Russian Olympic team uses it to build muscle mass.

4.  Flexibility:  stretching exercises to avoid injuries in whatever you do during the day.

Always get enough sleep, meaning 7 to 9 hours per night no matter what your age.  It keeps your immune system functioning better, reduces the risk of heart attack, and recharges your brain.  During your sleep you need to reach the delta sleep phase for your sleep to have the desired effect.  If you have sleep apnea, you will not get enough, or any, of this necessary rejuvenating form of deep, slow wave, delta sleep.  Check my website ( http://cherryhilllaserdental.com/sleep-apnea/ )under sleep apnea and snoring, for ways to treat those serious sleep problems.