Those of us who are on a health conscious path are totally aware that eating lots of raw living plant foods and exercising daily will lead to a long, healthy life.
But what about other lifestyle factors we can adjust toward health goals for the new year?
There are many easy things we can do that are equally as important as what we eat. Walking barefoot or using a corded phone instead of a cordless one or going braless will all support a healthy lifestyle. The results of practicing these simple life changes will range from stress reduction to prevention of cancer, heart disease and other signs of aging.
Rather than medicate diseases, infections and learning difficulties, the approach of eliminating toxic practices will in turn cause health problems to vanish. It makes sense to tweak our daily lives in a way that supports the foundation of our health, focusing on aspects of living that are more natural and inexpensive, and without side effects.
Today we are bombarded with radiation through the use of cell phones and Wi-Fi. A resolution could involve getting rid of cordless phones and turning off the Wi-Fi. Cell phones should not be kept in pockets and TV sets should not be kept in bedrooms. These devices emit huge amounts of radiation which cause disturbances in our sleep patterns and cause inflammation and disease in our bodies. The explosion of cell phone usage around the globe is most likely a cause of numerous diseases, including cancer, autism and insomnia.
Dr. Joseph Mercola points out, “All of the following ailments have been scientifically linked to information-carrying radio waves: fatigue, headaches, sleep disruptions, altered memory function, poor concentration and spatial awareness, Alzheimer’s, senility and dementia, Parkinson’s, autism, and cancer. Children should NOT use cell phones because they have developing nervous systems and thinner skulls than adults, making them especially vulnerable to this type of damage.”
Dr. Stephen Sinatra, co-author of Earthing, calls Wi-Fi signals “the new coronary risk factor” and warns, “Be aware that if you are on a computer at home on Wi-Fi, that is toxic to your body.” Also, Sinatra says his research shows that “men who put a cell phone in a pocket experience a reduction in testosterone within four hours.”
According to the book Earthing, “Humans, as all other living beings, are electrical creatures on an electrical planet, and the ground beneath us is more than something we just stand, walk, play, and build on.” Sinatra recommends plugging into Earth’s healing energies. Because we don’t walk barefoot or sleep on the ground like our ancestors did, we don’t benefit from these powerful healing energies. So what are some simple practical tips for the new year? Go barefoot whenever possible and travel to a warm climate during the winter months to reap the health benefits of physical contact with living things as grass, trees and earth.
Many raw foodists seem mainly concerned with healthy eating but often ignore these simple adjustments in the radiation factor and the bodily harm caused by unnatural lifestyles. These sources of harm are easy to change and will create life-long positive effects on health.
In Dressed to Kill: The Link between Bras and Breast Cancer, authors Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer report “women who wore bras more than 12 hours per day had a breast cancer risk 125 times that of women who never wore bras. The snug fitting bra inhibits the proper functioning of the lymphatic system.” A practical solution would be for a woman to wear a bra as little as possible. If it’s occasionally necessary to wear a bra, wear one without wires. Regular breast massage is also helpful.
In civilized society, we experience stress in many areas of our lives. In a study on “Stress and Aging,” chronically stressed people were found to be biologically from 9 to 17 years older than they realized. This study, done by the University of California, San Francisco, and published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed chronic psychological stress may lead to chromosome changes that can cause premature aging. Practicing deep breathing helps to decrease stress. Just three deep breaths can reduce tension.
Following is a simple deep breathing practice: Inhale slowly, letting your stomach rise for five seconds. Hold, and exhale slowly for five seconds. Practice five times each day for a total of five minutes.
These are only a few of the prescriptions for simple daily changes that can have profound effects on health now and into the future. Along with delicious living through the raw food lifestyle, they make good sense as easy resolutions to bring in the new year.
Karen Ranzi is an author, speaker, raw food consultant, raw food chef and speech/language pathologist who has promoted a raw vegan lifestyle for two decades. She authored and published Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods in 2010 and will be publishing her second book, Raw Food Fun for Families: quick recipes and tips for healthy living, in 2013. To receive Karen’s recipes, tips and well-researched articles, sign up for her free newletter at http://superhealthychildren.com