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Try Swishing with Coconut Oil

I’m always looking for new ways to improve my health, so when my dental hygienist Jody mentioned coconut oil pulling as being something a little weird, but likely very good for my mouth health …I decided to check it out. That was more than 6 months ago.  It was good advise.  I swish with a tablespoon of warm coconut oil for 15 – 20 minutes …nearly every day.  Outstanding results: healthier teeth and gums, better check ups. According to the…

Give yourself a “Happy” break!

The other day I watched a video that made me feel so good, I had to watch it again.  I laughed a lot (always good for health), and I learned some important things I can use to improve my own health and well being. Of course I want to share it with you, but I need to let you know it’s 32 minutes long. Don’t try to watch it now. Not while you’re trying to get through a ton of…

Enjoy aging …Really?

Celebrating my 80th birthday was huge for me,  because I’ve achieved this milestone with (what many call), incredible health …both mentally and physically.  I’m having a blast! I’ve known for a long time that the very best thing I can do for my loved ones, and for myself, is to maintain my good health and well being as I pile up the birthdays. Actually, that’s true for you too, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you love to live a healthier, happier life? …

Curb your worry …or else.

We all worry way too much …right?  It just seems to be automatic and out of our control.  And we know it’s not good for us, but did you know just how harmful excessive worry can be to our health? Here’s an article from Dec. 27, 2011 Psychology Today  in which David Ropeik starts the article by saying:   “Stress. It is probably one of the biggest risks we face. The more worried you are that you might get sick, the…

What’s my secret?

I love the reaction I typically get from a person I’ve just met, when they learn that I’ve just had my 80th birthday.  Shock, disbelief …and then they’ll ask: “What’s your secret?” My secret(s) is what I’m trying to share with friends like you in this monthly ‘Best Health’ bulletin, in hopes that you’ll benefit. Today I want to share what I’ve learned about the value of taking nutritional supplements.  I’m now convinced that: – We can’t get all the…

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

When I get up each morning, one of the very first things I do is look at my face in the mirror …and smile, for about 10 seconds. This brief little act is a very powerful way to start my day going just the way I want. A Google search on smiling shows numerous health benefits.  Here’s a good brief summary from About Health  Some of the benefits may surprise you. Psychologist Richard Wiseman, in his book The As If…

In Appreciation of Berries

It’s berry season and we’re enjoying a lot of fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries these days.  At least 2 cups each and every day …apiece.  Mostly strawberries and blueberries for the best nutrient hit, but raspberries and blackberries too …for the variety. Not just this time of year either.  We’re able to get fresh strawberries and blueberries nearly all year around now days.  Isn’t that great? Turns out, fresh berries deliver incredible health benefits we can’t get from any…

Stop taking vitamin/ mineral supplements?

In a recent editorial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a group of physicians who reviewed three studies published by other researchers concluded that the types of vitamin and mineral supplements sold by Melaleuca’s competitors are of no benefit to your health whatsoever. Worse than that, they may do more harm than good! Why did Melateuca bring this report to our attention? Because Melaleuca scientists announced this same finding nearly 5 years ago. Turns out, inorganic forms of minerals…

Mindfulness …super tool for improving our health

I ran across a very inspiring post the other day that I just had to pass on to you. Dan Harris, ABC news anchor, shows us why mindfulness is not only a superpower, but the next big public health revolution. Mindfulness gives you the ability to know what’s happening in your mind at any given time without acting on it …which is truly a life-changing skill.  But, it turns out we develop this skill through the practice of meditation. Victoria…

Choosing Good Health

The older I get (I’m nearly 80), the more it’s clear to me that life is all about choices.  Even when Life hands us situations we didn’t really want, we make choices about the way we deal with them …or not. A few years ago when I saw friends and family getting “old” right in front of me, I decided to find a better way …and I’ve been very successful so far. It’s a program of eating right, exercising daily,…