50 Random Health Tips to Drastically Improve your Life Right Now

As fun and simple as these sound, they truly are a recipe for wellness. So please do yourself a favor and go through this list, pick out your weaknesses, and then strengthen them, one at a time. No rush, seriously. Life is a journey, enjoy it and keep on improving yourself.

1.  Eat breakfast.

2.  Drink enough water.

3.  Eat your veggies.

4.  Eat your fruits.

5.  Eat antioxidants.

6.  Eat alkaline foods.

7.  Don’t’ eat burnt foods. Cook veggies so they are crispy and meat so it is moist.

8.  Eat organic foods, especially animal based.

9.  Stretch, your mind that is. Be open and listen to others before expressing your already-made-up mind.

10.  Exercise or move 30 minutes daily at 60-85% your max heart rate. Knowing how to calculate your target heart rate is a must for this.

11.  Neurobics for your mind. Do things differently to keep your mind challenged and evolving. Do daily things with your off-hand. Park in different places.

12.  Meditate/Ground yourself daily with focused breathing and movements. 5-10 minutes is a great start.

13.  Serve others unconditionally on a daily basis. Trust me, it comes right back at you in amazing ways. Not that that should be motivation to do it though!

14.  If you speak it, mean it and make it happen, especially the small things like being on time when you say you will. Everything that comes out of your mouth should be a promise.

15.  Eat anti-inflammatory foods.

16.  Eat regular small meals throughout the day.

17.  Drink filtered water.

18.  Eat foods that are natural, not processed.

19.  Learn how to stretch properly to decrease your tension and relieve stress.

20.  Do higher intensity workouts with circuit training to help boost your metabolism.

21.  Mix up your cardio with interval training.

22.  Quit smoking. It is linked to just about every human disease.

23.  Use a neti pot before allergy seasons.

24.  Kick the drug habit and use natural essential oils. They easily replace aspirin, cold medicine, allergy medication, and more.

25.  Boost your immunity with laughing. Surround yourself with people orwatch movies/events that make you laugh.

26.  Sleep at least 7 hours every night.

27.  Do a dynamic exercise routine daily to keep the body strong and flexible.

28.  Wash your hands frequently. Use a natural hand sanitizer.

29.  Do not judge others, accept them as a lesson to improve yourself in that area.

30.  Be kind, or don’t be at all. Act as a ripple in a lake. We are all in the same lake.

31.  Follow the 80/20 rules.

32.  Follow the Rules of Eating list.

33.  Don’t drink more than 4 ounces of liquid with your meal, 15 minutes before, or within 60 minutes after.

34.  Eat dessert as its own meal, not after a meal, i.e., combine your foods properly.

35.  Know approximately how many calories you eat per day. Low to normal calorie intake is more related to longevity than anything else.

36.  Set time aside at least twice per week for preparing your lunches and snacks for the week. This should also decrease any need for fast food.

37.  Buy a juicer and make your own fruit and veggie juices. Also great for kids. No added sugar or calories, just fruit and or veggies.

38.  Limit alcohol to weekends or at most 1 glass per day

39.  Plan your meals ahead so chaos can’t stop you from eating well.

40.  Take yourself out of your comfort zone, daily. Growth equals discomfort, why do you think they call it growing pains? You must push past the hesitations that are created from fear of the unknown. Ready, fire, then aim. Otherwise you could be waiting to fire for the rest of your life!

41.  Know what a serving size is when you eat from pre-packaged foods, then teach your kids.

42.  Use fresh, natural smoothies as meal replacements.

43.  Throw away any spices or oils that are over a year old in your cupboard. At best they are useless. At worst they are rancid and unhealthy.

44.  Do not regret anything. Forgive, and accept life as it is. Any illusion of control we have over what happens is just that, an illusion. Trust life, it will take care of you. Life happens FOR you, not TO you. You can make the sourest of things taste sweet if you add enough sugar.

45.  Don’t overeat just because you exercise.

46.  Spread smiles to as many people as possible, starting NOW =)

47.  If you don’t know your purpose or have an intense passion for something, find one!

48.  Make sure to get at least one hug per day. Yes, animals definitely count.

49.  Eat your protein, especially if you don’t like meat or you exercise a lot. Protein is what REBUILDS us.

50.  Have cheat days or meals and enjoy them. Not only does guilt SUCK, it is also very unhealthy and HEAVY to carry around.

Juicing

 

juicer
 
    Have you ever read what is in those “all natural” and “fresh” juices? They are not even close to fresh or natural. So
   without going off on a tirade about them, here is my favorite way to start the day out! And yes, I love coffee, but
   coffee is acidic and this juice is cleansing and alkaline. So it is a GREAT way to cleanse the blood and get your daily
   vitamins in.
   You will need a juicer, so if you do not have one check out the Breville Compact Juicer. It is one of the best
   investments you can make for your health. Now you can drink fresh natural juices the real way, and your kids will
   love it too.
 
   Try this veggie juice recipe for adults (makes about two large glasses):
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 8 large carrots
  • one kale leaf
  • 2 green chard leaves
  • one celery stalk
  • 2 whole apples, cut in half
  • one whole lemon, cut in half
  • one half of a red beet
  • a few sprigs of parsley
   What’s great about juicing with the Breville is there is no need to peel or cut the ends off of the carrots or other
   veggies. Just wash all produce thoroughly!
   
    Here is a recipe your kids will love:
  • one apple
  • one quarter lemon
  • one carrot
  • small handful of grapes
  • handful of spinach
     And our Top TEN reasons to juice:
  1. Enzymes! Aids in digesting, stimulating the brain, cellular energy & repairing tissue.
  2. Prevents disease by keeping the blood more alkaline and feeding it with healthy enzymes.
  3. FRESH, natural nutrients (no added sugars like those you would find in the juices on the supermarket shelves).
  4. Less digestive work s your body can focus on other things, like healing itself!.
  5. Nutrients are absorbed quickly and more efficiently into your body.
  6. Healthy sugar (juices contain simple sugars) that your body can actually use.
  7. Phytochemicals. These are only found in fruits & veggies and prevent specific diseases.
  8. Vitamins and minerals.
  9. Juicing itself is a discipiline that carries over into other health practices.
  10. Used as a meal replacement, juicing can significantly reduce overall calorie intake per day, and therefore increase most people’s health with just that beneift.

 

Homemade Delicious Juice

Antioxidants

Please note there are many more foods, these just have the most per serving.

 

Berries (especially blueberries)

Green leafy veggies (especially kale)

Raw cacao

Sea veggies (sea weed)

Beans (red, kidney, pinto, black)

Quinoa

Apple (red, gala, green)

Sweet cherry

Pecan

Prune

Cranberry

Artichokes (cooked) 

Turmeric

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Walnuts

Kiwifruit

Soybeans (cooked)

Tofu (raw)

Cauliflower (boiled)

Broccoli (steamed)

Winter squash

Summer squash

Green tea

Papaya and pineapple

Ginger

Is Coconut Oil Really Safe? Here’s the Top 40 How’s & Why’s to Use it.

I recommend that you don’t believe me or any of the hype surrounding coconut oil, I sure didn’t, until I tried it for a while. My first experience with it went like this; I was curious about it, so I bought some, I used it, and nothing really happened. The end, or so I thought.

It took me awhile to realize the true benefits of coconut oil and how they differ from person to person. Results also vary depending on how many of the oil’s uses each person takes advantage of, because eating it is only one of many ways coconut oil can improve health. In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, the coconut palm is known as kalpavriksha, meaning “tree that gives all that is necessary for living” and is a “wish-fulfilling divine tree.”

If you are already very healthy with no major issues to deal with, then your experience with coconut oil may be very subtle, or you may find out that your digestion, skin, hair, nails, etc. are nowhere near what they could be with the right nutrients.

If you are overweight, lack energy, have poor digestion, high cholesterol and fall into most other categories associated with the average American, then you will often experience DRASTIC and life changing benefits from using coconut oil on a daily basis.

To me, one of the best gifts coconut oil users receive is not directly from the coconut itself, but because coconut oil can replace so many health and beauty products and even some medications, people will be absorbing 100’s to 1000’s of less chemicals and man-made “products” everyday. That is huge when you read about some of the side effects of these ingredients.

I don’t want to make coconut oil sound like it’s heaven sent or going to cure cancer, although it may be and might. My job is simply to filter through as much info and misinformation as possible, and then report back with intelligent summaries and ideas based on my experience, my client’s experiences, science and the latest research. That said, coconut oil is proving to be as good as all of the hype touts it to be.

But first, most of us need to let go of the thoughts that saturated fats are bad for us, clog arteries and increase cholesterol. You can read more on thathere and here.  Once we learn the true science behind saturated fats, we can have some faith that they won’t make us fat, and will actually help our metabolism, reduce inflammation, improve heart and digestive health, lower cholesterol and much more.

If you become brave enough to try this super fatty, taboo food, then the benefits will most likely be right around the corner for you. Remember, the more tools you use to improve your health, the less opportunities disease has to grow in your body.

The 40 Most Popular ways to use Coconut Oil

 *Coconut oil generally has no unhealthy side effects, so it can be used as often as needed and for as long as the applicant finds necessary.

*We are talking about pure, virgin coconut OIL here, not coconut flakes, water and the like.

* A little bit goes a loooong way with coconut oil.

Health

  1. Lubricant. Yes, you know what I’m talking about.
  2. Sun treatment. After being out in the sun coconut oil is known for soothing the skin, as is aloe vera. Coconut oil has great antioxidant properties and helps heal the cells and tissues. Because of the lipid barrier (a layer of fat) that it provides over your skin, it locks in moisture and blocks some of the sun’s damaging rays.
  3. Lice treatment
  4. Research shows that it boosts metabolism and energy. ” In the l940s, farmers attempted to use cheap coconut oil for fattening their animals, but they found that it made them lean, active and hungry” and ” G. W. Crile and his wife found that the metabolic rate of people in Yucatan, where coconut is a staple food, averaged 25% higher than that of people in the United States. In a hot climate, the adaptive tendency is to have a lower metabolic rate, so it is clear that some factor is more than offsetting this expected effect of high environmental temperatures. The people there are lean, and recently it has been observed that the women there have none of the symptoms we commonly associate with the menopause.”
  5. It is an anti-infammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral substance for the body  – especially in the gut and Crohn’s disease. Read more.
  6. It can help hypothyroidism and thyroid function, especially when coconut oil replaces the use of unsaturated fats. This combination will increase enzyme production and promote the conversion of T4 to T3 hormones in the liver.
  7. Stress relief. Massage into your forehead and around your temples, the smell is very soothing and the health benefits plentiful.
  8. Protects against heart attacks, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and strokes. Heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis account for nearly HALF of all the deaths in the United States. Coconut oil and its medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), especially lauric acid, destroy both the bacteria (Helicobacter pylori and Chlamydia pneumonia) and viruses (cytomegalovirus) that are most commonly associated with atherosclerosis. In Sri Lanka, where coconut oil has been the primary dietary fat, the death rate from heart disease has been among the lowest in the world.
  9. It helps diabetes and stabilizes blood sugar levels by encouraging the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Read more and more.
  10. Increases bone and teeth strength. Coconut Oil improves the body’s ability to absorb minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which are needed for the development of bones.
  11. Coconut oil can be used as a kind of liquid bandage because of its antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Application of coconut oilaccelerates the process of wound healing. It is very safe to apply on small cuts and wounds. Apply it to an infection and it will form a chemical barrier and help heal your wounds. It can also be applied on bruises to help speed the healing process.
  12. Reduces the tendency to form blood clots .
  13. HIV and Cancer – it is thought that coconut oil may help HIV and cancer sufferers become less susceptible to viruses.
  14. Helps candida/yeast infections.
  15. Helps digestive problems and regulates bowel movements.
  16. Chronic fatigue and fibromayalgia
  17. Lowers cholesterol. Natural, nonhydrogenated coconut oil tends to increase HDL cholesterol and improve the cholesterol profile. HDL is the good cholesterol that helps protect against heart disease.
  18. Has the potential to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
  19. The antifungal properties of coconut oil can also be used to prevent foot fungus like athletes’ foot, and treat ringworm and diaper rash.
  20. Coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a treatment option for the pain and itching of hemorrhoids.
  21. Strengthens the body’s immune system.
  22. Massaging foot with coconut oil helps to soften cracked heels and increases the beauty of the foot.

Beauty

23.  Leave in hair conditioner. Massage coconut oil into your scalp to revive limp hair and to rid the scalp of microbes that can harm your roots. Use the oil as is, and leave in your hair for at least an hour and then shampoo it out to remove the oiliness.

24.  Shaving cream

25.  Helps reduce lines, scars and wrinkles in the skin. The Coconut Research Center claims it can help prevent age spots, sagging skin and wrinkles.

26.  Deodorant

27.  Sun screen

28.  Improves the condition of your hair. Rub some on your scalp before a shower to prevent and treat dandruff. Mix some in your conditioner to help moisturize it, or put some on the ends of your hair to keep them healthy.

29.  Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and body lotion. Apply it to your body anytime or after a bath or shower to help lock in moisture, combat wrinkles, skin discoloration, and the effects of sun damage and aging.

30.   It makes a great lip balm.

31.  Great as a massage oil and cuticle oil.

32.  You can make a body scrub out of it by mixing it with sugar or salt.

33.  Makes a good makeup remover.

Cooking – Top 7 Uses

Coconut oil is the most stable oil and has a long shelf life, plus contains many antioxidants. It aids digestion and helps in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. It contains less fat than other cooking oils, and the fat it does have is easily converted into energy. Coconut oil can be used for baking, frying, eating off the spoon and stir-frying. Coconut oil is solid when it’s stored below 76 degrees Fahrenheit. When solid, it can be used as a substitute for shortening or butter.

34.  Mix in smoothies (1tsp-1 tbsp).

35.  Sauté veggies (not so good with onions and garlic though).

36.  Whip into sweet potatoes, hot or cold.

37.  Use as the oil base for cooking popcorn.

38.  Use instead of butter to cook pancakes.

39.  Eat right off the spoon.

40.  Coconut ice cream.

Check out many more recipes here.

What kind of oil is best?

My favorite and most healthy are the oils made from centrifuge extraction and cold-pressed, both virgin coconut oils. The best place to get them seems to be from Wilderness Family Naturals

They both have their benefits above and beyond any other type of coconut oil. The centrifuge extracted oil has the highest % of the healthy fatty acids, while the cold-pressed has the highest amount of micro-nutrients from the coconut.

The Nutrition No No List

Do not read this article if;

  • You are not committed to your health.
  • You think health can come in a box, can or processed package.
  • You think organic is over rated.
  • You think fast food is convenient.
  • You are only willing to make changes that are comfortable to you.
  • You are looking for the secret to health.

            It is time to cut the nonsense and own up to the fact that most of us already know we should not be ingesting what is on this list, and yet we do. Why? Probably because of this excuse and that excuse….trust me, I’ve heard them all, or at least enough to encourage me to write something a little more abrupt than the average article saying “these are bad for you so don’t eat them.”

I hope you don’t mistake my passion for this topic with ranting and raving, but since I am losing friends, family and clients every year at an alarming rate to cancer and disease for “unknown” reasons, every little bit counts. I know it may seem difficult and maybe even extreme, so if you need to take baby steps, great, do that. Just do whatever it takes to get this list out of your system before it is too late to rid your body of them. This is a great start to helping your body cleanse itself.

My job is to challenge your views on health and make sure that YOU are the one making the decisions when it comes to your health, and not the government, popular magazines, famous people or anyone else.

No matter what the reason, if you are eating any of the following ingredients/additives and you would like to be healthy, please stop consuming them right now. It’s that simple. You cannot be healthy if you routinely consume any of the following 14 items.

I am not going to list the details of why these additives and other toxic ingredients are terrible for you, because if you need to know WHY you shouldn’t have artificial coloring in your blood stream, then you’re just not ready yet. Maybe you need to do some research on your own first (all of these can be Googled); I know I had to before I believed any of this stuff! Otherwise, just put your faith into my 17 plus years of research and reputation and simply eliminate this list NOW =).

Ok then, that was a little on the serious side, but hopefully now you understand my passion for your health and how important this knowledge is for you to thrive in life, not just survive and get by. Before we get to the list, check out a few of the problems that the things on The No No List can cause, i.e. reasons for you and your family to stay away from them!

  • Food allergies,
  • Increased waistlines, obesity and weight gain
  • Decreased absorption of minerals and vitamins
  • Cancer
  • Toxic reactions
  • Nervous disorders
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Lowered immune function
  • Cavities
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Exaggerated PMS symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Itchy skin
  • Dizziness
  • Respiratory issues
  • Digestive disorders
  • Circulatory dysfunctions
  • Coronary problems
  • Hyperactivity and ADD in children
  • Visual and learning disorders
  • Nerve damage.
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Hair loss
  • Behavioral problems
  • Fetal abnormalities
  • Growth retardation.
  • Diarrhea and anal leakage
  • Heart disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Impairs fertility
  • Miscarriages and birth defects

Here is The NO NO LIST….in no particular order. It is up to you to read labels and find out where you are getting them in your diet. The goal is not to be uptight about this list and feel guilty every time you have something on it. The goal is to slowly train your habits so that this list is naturally avoided.

If you eat fresh, whole, organic foods, you won’t have to worry about any of this.

  1. Artificial Sweeteners
  2. Refined Sugar
  3. Pesticides
  4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  5. BHA and BHT
  6. Sodium Nitrate and Nitrite
  7. Soda
  8. Artificial Colors
  9. Olestra (Olean)
  10. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)
  11. Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Trans Fat)
  12. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  13. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  14. Growth hormones in animals

Primary Nutrition

Now it is time to talk about what nutrition really is. What is your definition of nutrition? If you look it up chances are the definition will be something about food and eating it.

There are two descriptions of nutrition that make sense to me and have changed the way I look at what I eat and most importantly how I act.

The first is from The Integrative Nutrition Institute of New York, which talks about nutrition coming from two places; food and life. More specifically they break it down into the following;

PRIMARY NUTRITION = Spirituality, Career, Physical Activity  & Relationships

SECONDARY NUTRITION = Food

 

Their philosophy is that if we fill up on primary nutrition, our cravings and need for food, or secondary nutrition, will diminish to more natural urges.

My other favorite definition of nutrition comes from Dr. Gabriel Cousens who explains in his book “Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet” that nutrition can be thought of as; all types of energy available to us.

Dr. Cousins states “…nutrition is what we absorb into our overall body, mind, and spirit from the different density levels that have precipitated from our cosmic force.” And he adds that these density levels, or energy sources are;

1. Cosmic energy, universal consciousness, God, etc.

2. Sunlight (least dense energy)

3. Oxygen

4. Sexual energy

5. Earths geomagnetic fields

6. Food (most dense energy)

 

We absorb these energies through various locations (portals) in the body, most importantly1;

1. Crown of the head

2. Seven chakras

3. Nose (oxygen)

4. Mouth (food and oxygen)

5. Eyes and skin (sun)

6. Sexual organs

7. Feet or any other part touching the earth (earth’s geomagnetic fields)

 

The functioning efficiency of our energy receiving areas/portals is directly related to our mental, emotional and spiritual health. Furthermore, the more “in-tune” these components are, the more energy/nutrients we can assimilate into our system.

Because meditation creates harmony within, it has been said that “meditation is the key digestive process through which the life force is taken into the system. 1

DON’T WORRY, this is not a philosophical speech! Rather an educational piece on the many possibilities for improving health. If you’ve made it this far, you are definitely interested in improving your health and that is what this journey is all about; learning as many different ways to be healthy as possible and choosing which ones feel right for you.

I encourage you to keep an open mind and practice all of these components for at least one month. Our weaknesses often lie in the shadows of our doubts.

Here is a summary of the two definitions of nutrition.

 

 

Primary Energy

 

 

Secondary Energy

  • Sun
  • Fun
  • Love
  • Family
  • Career
  • Friends
  • Oxygen
  • Sexual energy
  • Earth’s energy
  • Physical activity
  • Spirituality/God/etc.
  • Food
 

 70-90% Total Energy Source

 

 

10-30% Total Energy Source

 

The main issue people face with food and energy comes from focusing on food to fulfill a lack of energy. This lack of energy or hunger for fulfillment is however usually stemming from inadequate energy from the primary nutrition components, which leads us to fill up on secondary nutrition, food!

 

Three keys to reaching an ideal body weight and being healthy are:

1. Making sure our primary nutrition is taken care of

2. Education about eating right

3. Commitment and discipline towards eating to live, not living to eat

 

Goal # 1 = Increase Primary Nutrition!

 

Write down three things from each energy source (primary and secondary) that you want to work on. Use the examples listed here to get an idea of where you need the most work.

Have fun with this, it can have long lasting effects which encourage new and healthy habits for the future.

 

Primary

Secondary

  • Get outside (sun)
  • Practice giving hugs, support, etc. for no reason (unconditional love)
  • Spend more quality time with friends or family
  • Go for meditation walks (earths energy & exercise)
  • Abstain from sex for a week in efforts to harness that energy into love
  • Practice eating less (spiritual)
  • Focus on your faith and purpose
  • Mend or end unhealthy relationships
  • Hiking, walking barefoot, going to the beach, etc. (earth’s energy)
  • Breeaathe (oxygen)
  • Carbs/protein/fat (balance)
  • Vitamins  and Minerals (need more)
  • Water (need more)
  • Omega 3’s (need more)
  • Anti-oxidants (need more)
  • Sugar (need less)
  • Caffeine (need less)
  • Alcohol (need less)
  • Drugs (need less)
  • Red meat or pork (need less)
  • Fruits and veggies (need more)
  • Any other food derivative
1. Dr. Gabriel Cousens –  “Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet

Nopales (A, AB, B & O)

What are Nopales you may ask?

It’s a prickly pear leaf, native to Mexico. The spines are removed from the leaves and the cactus is typically chopped up and used in Mexican dishes such as: huevos con  nopales (eggs with nopales), salsa or in soup.  We found our organic Nopales at the local farmer’s market in Aptos, CA but you can usually find them in Mexican grocerias.

The following recipe is suitable for ALL blood types and works perfectly with the Autumn cleanse.

Ingredients:

    • 2 Nopales leaves, chopped in bite size pieces
    • 2 medium sized zucchinis, chopped
    • 2 yellow crookneck squash, chopped
    • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
    • handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • olive oil
    • salt to taste

 

Directions:

In a skillet on medium low, heat the olive oil.  Add onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for a couple minutes more. Add zucchini, yellow squash and nopales and cook until tender.  Add the cilantro and stir until combined.  Flavor with salt.

You can add a scrambled egg or two to make a warm, nutritious breakfast meal or any of your favorite spices that work well with your blood type.