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So what do you need to do to have optimal health as a vegan, vegetarian, or for anyone?

The acronym HELPERS below describes the 7 keys to optimal health and wellness both for the body and the mind. The body and mind are so interconnected that each of these on its own may be important, but as a whole they are indespenisble to reduce your risk of disease and help you live longer and a fuller life. We all want quality of life, not just quanity and these steps followed together are scientifically proven to do just that.

H    Harmful products, habits, & choices to avoid & eliminate
Harmful things: Change those bad habits. Quit smoking, drinking alcohol, and other harmful substances. Alcohol creates a high risk for cancer, as well as spiritual/mental issues. Start doing self-examination - what character traits do you need to eliminate? Slothfulness, dishonesty, etc.

E    Exercise, Sunshine, & Fresh Air
Exercise: At least 3 times per week. Walking is the best exercise, gardening next in line. Schedule it into your day is vital! This is one of the most important lifestyle changes you can make. The aging process can be slowed down by exercise. It helps increase resistance to disease; aid in digestion; increase blood circulation; increase lung efficiency; relieves nervous tension; induces a better sleep; and much more.

Sunlight: builds up the body, improves circulation, and destroys germs; It is a great source Vitamin D and serotonin—vital to positive outlook.

L    Lots of Water –
Lots of water: inside and out. 6-8 glasses per day.Get a bottle and fill it, check it at the end of the day. Every body function requires water. The body uses water to cleanse tissues and cells by collecting impurities and dissolving wastes and eliminating them through the kidneys and colon. Much of our bad breath, body order, memory loss, fatigue, and headaches can be avoided with water.

Thousands are dehydrated and don’t even know it. For every cup of coffee, pop, tea, alcohol or drink with sugar —You need an additional cup of water! These drinks are diuretics and take water from your system. Water on the outside is good hygiene, and therapeutic. Hot wet towels on aches & pains work very well to soothe.

P    Proper Diet
Proper Diet: Eat meals at a regular time, and at least 5 hours apart. Chew your food well, relax and enjoy it. It is better to skip a meal (no snacking) than to eat n a hurry or when upset. Avoid drinking any liquids with or directly after a meal as this dilutes the digestive juices and causes intestinal problems, such as gas, bloating, and acid reflux. Eat a large breakfast, moderate lunch and light supper or skip supper all together. No snacking, it disrupts digestion and causes blood sugar problems. Eat whole foods as much as possible, eliminate stimulates, reduce fats & sugars, and eat more natural foods. Eliminate as much as possible trans fatty acids, refined sugar, baking soda, vinegar, and sugar/milk comb’s. These are all harmful to your body. Simple is best. If the label is long or hard to read, leave it in the store. Eat only a few things both in variety and quantity at each meal, but vary your meals. It is better to under eat than over eat. North Americans overeat and are under nourished. Nutrition comes from the quality of food you eat, not the quantity.

Vegetarian is ideal. If you are trying to reverse disease, you will need to follow a strict diet and exercise program. No animal products of any kind if you are fighting disease. Thousands have reversed diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more by following simple and easy principles you can do at home. No costly treatments, herbs or potions. Some people find their will power is lacking> or their illness is far advanced, a wellness center is recommended for those individuals.

E    Environment –
Environment: what we surround ourselves with. What kind of environment do you live in? One of the best moves you can make is to find “a piece of country living”. If you can not move to the country due to your circumstances, visit it as often as possible. A picnic in the park, etc.

What makes a healthy house? Sunshine & fresh air. Make sure your home has adequate ventilation even in the winter, just because it is cold doesn't mean the air is fresh. We seal the windows, to prevent too much cold, but we also leave one or two windows open all day every day 365 days a year (except perhaps while on vacation).

Economy: simplicity in dress, food, homes, & your life. Using money wisely reduces debt and therefore stress; Use time wisely by scheduling. Save your money for the important things. I have met people who live well below poverty line, are debt free, and take several “vacations” a year . They account for every penny that they spend and realize “If you take care of the pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves.” Scrutinize everything you buy, form toilet paper to perfume. Do I really need this, do I need this brand, can I borrow it, or find it in a second hand store are all questions to ask before purchasing, even the “little” things.

Efficiency: order, regularity, scheduling, and more.

R Rest and Recreation –
Rest: daily and weekly. It is very important to get rest from work in the evening, to share this time with your family. Then you have time to “slow” down and prepare he mind and body for sleep. Choose a time to go to bed and maintain that time regularly. The body expects a routine.

Recreation: time away from work and cares. Take time to build a relationship with your family. You will not regret time spend with your friends n family, but many people regret they didn’t. You are only young once. Will you be able to do the things you want to later if you don’t start now? I can not express strongly enough how important it is to prioritize your life. What are you living for?

S    Spiritual Connection –
Sunny Attitude: cheerfulness & contentment promote health. Strive to have a positive outlook on life.

Serving others: including benevolence and ethics, because of gratitude. Volunteers have a better quality of life, and taking care of others is a wonderful distraction for our own trials.

Salvation: Hope in divine power leads to trusting in God.  This hope brings healing. Healing comes direct from God, not herbs, drugs, or methods. There are natural remedies and even some medications that aid healing and help symptoms, but the power to heal comes from God.

Surrender: Surrendering all, helps remove stress. After all you don’t need to worry about that which is not yours. You don’t need to “battle for your rights”, if you have submitted to God’s plan it is in His very capable hands.

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