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Author: Donald Trafton

Donald Trafton shares better health tips for any age.

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…

Death rays from your TV

Actually, it’s not the rays emitted from your TV that kill you, it’s the negative content.  So, if the majority of your viewing triggers fear, anger, hate or worry, you are wearing down your health and shortening your life. Research shows that even one five-minute episode of anger is so stressful that it can impair your immune system for more than six hours. And, it’s not just the negative content you view on TV that’s bad for your health, it’s…

The Best Beverage for your Health

As you might expect, all the health experts agree that drinking plenty of pure, toxin and contaminate free water should be our number one beverage concern. Because our body is about 80% water, we need to consume between 12 – 15 cups of liquids per day. However, if you’re drinking only water, you’re not getting the antioxidants,  phytonutrients, and other specific nutritional benefits you’d get from other beverages.  Plus, good tasting beverages encourage us to consume more liquids during the…

Facebook and Longevity

Just between you and me it seems I’m spending way too much time on Facebook these days. But it just dawned on me:  if I’m a little smarter about the way I use Facebook, it could be a real benefit in my quest for a longer, happy life. Lots of research into longevity (the science of living a long, healthy life) suggests that quality and quantity of our relationships play a fundamental role. “The benefit of friends, family and even…

The Truth about Chocolate

I love chocolate! …always have.  So imagine my excitement when I started reading about all amazing health benefits attributed to my favorite food. It’s being hailed as a superfood, because it: •    Contains more antioxidants than goji berries, acai and blueberries •    Has lots of minerals, including magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc and manganese •    Increases the levels of some neurotransmitters, promoting well-being and brain health •    Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease •    Reduces the risk of stroke…

Who wants to live forever?

The option to reverse the aging process in humans is very near, according to some scientists. This article in Time Magazine describes the latest research results from Harvard University and concludes: “Researchers have found a way to protect a mouse’s DNA from the damage that comes with aging, and they’re ready to test it in people.” Another anti-aging approach that’s producing positive results right now is all about lengthening your telomeres.  Check out this article from Dr. Josh Axe called…

Why we practice IF (intermittent fasting)

We’ve been practicing intermittent fasting (IF) for about six months now …with very beneficial results.  Don’t you think it’s about time I shared this easy-to-do, beneficial practice with you? According to the publication health.com, “IF is occasional starvation done in a strategic way. Fasting may improve your overall health and extend your life, likely due to the ways that it affects cell and hormone function, according to several studies”. BTW, neither of us feel “starved” in our IF practice, so…

Choosing the best foods …for us.

You’d think it would be relatively easy to do an internet search for the 10 healthiest foods.  Problem is, there’s little agreement amongst the diet experts.  Here’s the results from four expert sources: The Top 10 Healthy Foods (Medical News Today) 1. Apples, 2. Almonds, 3. Broccoli, 4. Blueberries, 5. Oily fish, 6. Green leafy vegetables, 7. Sweet Potatoes, 8. Wheat germ, 9. Avocados, 10. Oatmeal. 10 Foods You Should Eat Every Day (Best Health Magazine) !. Blueberries, 2. Garlic…