Today I’m posting a top ten list by Dr. Elson M. Haas. I first encountered the work of Dr. Haas when I was in nutrition school. He had written our main textbook called Staying Healthy With Nutrition, a monster text that detailed every property of every known nutrient, how much the average person needs daily delineated by age, how that figure relates to the RDA and much more. It was massive and every page was gold (if you’re into orthomolecular nutrition like I am, anyway). Right away I knew this guy was a top rate doctor and nutritionist. He even co-wrote the Vitamins For Dummies volume. Haas currently runs the Preventive Medical Center of Marin, an integrated healthcare facility in San Rafael, California.
This list is Haas’ 10 Ways to Better Health – 10 simple and straight forward tips to get you in better health. Of particular interest is that half of the list doesn’t deal with food, exercise or adequate rest but with emotion and communication. It’s well known in holistic health circles that one’s health is inextricably tied to one’s emotional patterns and patterns of expression. Some systems have even detailed ties between emotional disposition and specific disease states, but that’s a topic for a different post.
Some of the list may seem kind of obvious to you – there aren’t any jaw-droppers here that you haven’t previously encountered. But as you look at each entry individually ask yourself, “Is this something that I do?” You might be surprised at the number that aren’t part of your daily regimen despite knowing their importance (number 6 is a big one for me!). Remember, knowing these simple tips isn’t enough – they need to be applied to make any kind of difference in your life.
OK, here’s the list:
10 Ways to Better Health (Dr. Elson Haas)
1. Chew your food well and take time to nourish yourself. Eat a balanced diet of wholesome, natural foods.
2. Drink one to two glasses of good water several times a day; first thing in the morning and about half an hour before meals are the best times.
3. Don’t overeat or eat too much food after nightfall, and definitely not much at all within two-three hours before sleep.
4. Exercise regularly, finding a balance of strengthening, stretching and aerobic activities that will help you generate good tone, flexibility and endurance.
5. Sleep well and rest at least 6-8 hours nightly as your body seems to require.
6. Learn to relax and let go of stressful thoughts and frustrating emotions.
7. Work at communicating both your thoughts and your feelings clearly with your friends, co-workers and loved ones.
8. Really try not to say things out of anger when you have differences with another; remember your words can hurt as much as your actions.
9. Keep your attitude UP and try to see the best in your work and your life; if things are not going well, work at improving them.
10. Love yourself and let love in your life; learn to express the wonderful ways you feel about everyone around you!
Plus one here: 8 Ways to Take the ‘Hell’ Out of ‘Healthy’