Continuing with some lessons and recaps from the 2009 Women’s Conference in Long Beach, California, today’s post is dedicated to your health. The afternoon breakout session I attended, moderated by Dr. Mehmet Oz, was about leading a healthier life, so that your stress levels don’t affect your wellness or even kill you.
“A Women’s Health Feeds Her Strength.” - Dr. Mehmet Oz, California Women’s Conference 2009
Besides for wearing a pink tie and pushing the fact that for women to be healthy they need a “healthier world,” Dr. Mehmet Oz is a professor at Columbia Univeristy and stresses the following:-
- 90% of change is emotion
If you cannot will yourself to do, you won’t. Bad or good. You know that saying, “mind over matter?” It’s the same thing. If you live an healthy lifestyle, or are in a situation that you feel you cannot or will not get out of — you will not. You have to feel the urge to want too.
- Have an upbeat message
If you have an upbeat message, sunnier things will come your way. Think about basic human nature — if someone is horrid to you, you’ll be horrid back. If you are pleasant to someone, more so than likely, they will be pleasant back. If you have an upbeat message to, for and about your life, you will attract those same types to you.
If you help others, they will help you. Think about this, if you aim to be healthy, you aim for goodness in your daily life, and you try to help others achieve the same thing — then it will be beneficial to you both.
- Be Active.
Well, no one ever released stress, lost weight or reduced their cholesterol by sitting down on the couch, now did they?
One of the things that really stood out to me was that Dr. Oz showed the audience a clip of an upcoming show where he ventured to Houston, Texas.
Did you know that Houston is the number one state in the nation for uninsured people? The scenes were scary and heart-breaking. Part of his video showed a little baby girl who was born with a hole in her heart. It made me want to cry.
One of the most important partners to this video, was an outline of how to make all of your doctor’s visits worth it:-
- Know your medical history, so you can answer questions properly.
- No doctor is ever truly going to be “Dr. Right.” So be safe, take care of yourself and get a second opinion.
- If you are going to the doctor and are concerned about something specifically, or life-threatening, or anything that makes you uncomfortable, take someone with you. Someone you can take into the doctor’s office with you who will be your advocate. This person will ask all the questions you might forget to ask because you are too flustered.
- Know what medications you are on, allergic too and know about your healthcare and insurance policies.
That being said, Dr. Oz’s 5 steps to living longer?
“Don’t be a boat sailing without a captain.”
1) Your blood pressure — keep it leveled. Ideally 115/75.
2) No cigarettes or other toxins in the body. Period.
3) Exercise for 30-minutes per day, each day.
4) Get on a health diet that is easy to love. If you hate your diet, you don’t do it…more than that, you won’t be faithful to it.
5) Control your stress levels. You are the only one who can truly control this and it’s probably the hardest to do.
Did you know…
“People with thin thighs die more frequently…”
that others because this means that their bodies are too frail.
Did you know…
- Your kidneys regulate your blood pressure? Keep them healthy.
- Excessive fat = obesity = poison for your liver = unhealthy you.
- Fiber is the best thing eat in the morning for breakfast (ex. oatmeal), it will hold you over until lunch.
- Your ‘diet’ has to be easy, it has to be friendly to you or guess what? You won’t do it.
- Get rid of the empty calories from your diet, like soda…they only create more fat.
“You have the power to regenerate your body.”
The Biology of Blubber:-
If you can cut down your calorie intake by 100-125 calories per day, in order to get rid of excessive weight, that amounts to 12 pounds per year.
When your body thinks it’s not getting food, it will store what it has.
Think about this, if you eat a light snack about 30-minutes before you eat lunch (ex. a few grapes, handful of nuts), you won’t overeat your meal. Thus, you won’t give your body extra fat, but just the right amount of energy it needs.
“It’s fine to make mistakes, just get back on track.”
- Aging is a side effect of life.
- Fraility will kill you.
- You body is built to break and repair.
If you can’t walk a quarter mile in 5 minutes, you are of a 30% higher risk of death in the next year.
Scary isn’t it?
Can you touch your toes without bending your knees? That’s a good thing if you can.
Did you know…
Deep sleep increases growth horomones.
Learn to sleep properly:-
- Dimming the lights
- Wear loose clothing
- Sleep in COOL conditions
- Reduce ambient noise
- Surrender to sleep
“You can die more from lack of sleep, than lack of food.”
According to Dr. Oz, your body can go for days, even up to 40-50 in some cases, without food. But people who haven’t slept in a week — that’s a call for death.
The Must Have Supplement List:-
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, E
- Green Tea
- Probiotics –> Seratonin causes depression, so get yourself some probiotics to counter what you are lacking.
And Swine Flu? aka H1N1?
While, some people are for it and other people are against it. Just remember the choice is yours.
Dr. Oz got his shot(s).
What I love about Dr. Oz is that he is his own excellent PR. Unlike a lot of other ‘professionals’ out there, Dr. Oz doesn’t need the ‘ ‘.
He speaks his mind, speaks the truth and encourages those who listen to him to get a second opinion.
Dr. Oz isn’t a part of the television machine, per se, and unlike other professional personalities (Dr. Phil, for example), what you see, is basically what you get.
That’s the mark of a true person and the mark of a transparent brand.
It’s like Disney. They tell you flat: love us or hate us, we are still us. It’s up to you to come hither.
And for us, what is, as is — well, that’s extra brownie points in your court.
Find out more about the California Womenâ€™s Conference here.
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