While President Obama is working hard on his pledge to make healthcare more affordable for all, we can do our part at home by keeping ourselves well to ensure good health throughout our lives.
1. Eat right: Sugar, white flour, and factory-made trans fats wreak havoc on the immune and cardiovascular systems. Eliminate them from your diet. Eat twice as many vegetables as you do fruits. Drink water, not juice or soda.
2. Exercise: The prescription is five or more days a week. Give equal time to strength training as you do cardio. Also, step up your cardio routine with interval training.
3. Get enough sleep every night: The magic number for most is between six and eight hours a night. You should wake up feeling rested and refreshed in the morning. Not getting enough shut-eye suppresses the immune system, setting the stage for illness and higher cortisol levels, which is a stress hormone that packs on fat.