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Author: Donald Trafton

Donald Trafton shares better health tips for any age.

Are You Eating Enough Fiber?

Chances are you’re not getting nearly enough plant fiber in your diet, …but so what? Turns out there are serious health consequences when we lack enough fiber in our diet. Here are six symptoms that will tell you if you’re short (97% of Americans are) : You’re hungry even after you eat, You’re constipated and bloated, You have high cholesterol, You need a nap after you eat, You’re gaining weight in the wrong places, You often feel nauseated, If any…

New Habit = Better Health

If you want to achieve better health for yourself, you’ve got to achieve new habits. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” Jessie Potter (not Henry Ford or Tony Robbins) It’s obvious, isn’t it? Unless you’re willing to change your daily health program, you won’t see any improvement in your health.  You do want to improve your health in some way …don’t you?  Yet, creating a new habit can be challenging.  I…

Rethinking the health benefits of alcohol

We all know about the health benefits of consuming a little red wine each day. Victoria and I have had a glass of red with our evening meal for many, many years.  A few years ago, however, Victoria stopped drinking wine altogether, on the advice of her doctor.  A few months age I too stopped drinking alcoholic beverages …except occasionally.  It’s just not that enjoyable anymore.  And, now I’m aware of the many health risks. Officially, the Feds (U.S. Department…

The #1 Secret to your Best Body …at Any Age

In order to achieve our highest level of health, we would need to be in total control of our cells and genes …do you agree?  Actually,  a sizable body of research shows that we do, in fact control our cells and genes …with our thoughts.  But there’s a big problem.  It seems that for the most part, we aren’t able to sustain the kind of thoughts that would give us optimal health. Why can’t we think ourselves to better health?…

Antioxidants …are we getting enough?

  We’ve all heard that antioxidants are absolutely essential to our good health, but experts disagree on how much and what kind.  Looking at the numerous views, here’s my conclusions: We can tell that we have oxidative stress (not enough antioxidants)  if we are experiencing fatigue, memory loss/ brain fog, muscle/ joint pain, wrinkles, grey hair, decreased eye sight, headaches or susceptibility to infections, which lead to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, gene mutations and cancers, chronic…

The Dire Consequences of Chronic Stress

There is nothing more detrimental to your health and well being than chronic stress.  It’s been linked directly to “depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In addition, stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system (GERD,…

You can prevent Alzheimer’s

You probably know someone (or knew someone who’s deceased now) with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. An estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages were living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, (2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures). That’s a staggering number, and while the vast majority (5.3 million) are aged 65 and older, it’s clear now that Alzheimer’s-related brain changes likely begin 20 years or more before symptoms occur.  So, if you want…

Dream your way to healthier sleep

We all know how important sleep is to our good health.  But I’ve struggled with sleep for many years now, trying to practice better sleep habits. Like: Sticking to a sleep schedule.  Setting aside no more than eight hours for sleep. The recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult is at least seven hours. (We try to get to bed by 8:30 p.m. and the alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m.) Paying attention to what we eat and drink.  …

The very best habit for optimal health

I’m happy to say that in my 82nd year on the planet, I’m very pleased with my state of health.  It’s because I’m practicing daily health habits, like being very selective about food intake, practicing daily yoga, exercise and walking.  But the most effective habit we have is the daily practice of meditation. 15 minutes of guided meditation every morning. Why does meditating have such a huge positive influence?  Because the practice of meditation nurtures the mind, and the thoughts…

Healthy Mouth: Key to a Healthy Body

“There is more going on behind that smile than you know; brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly are only the beginning to a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Bacteria, fungi, and even protozoa can inhabit the mouth, leading to more than just bad breath and cavities. If not treated, these pathogens can cause more severe ailments, from inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis, to cancer.” from  a Speaking of Medicine post, 2015. No question about…