Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What are some healthy habits that will ensure I live a long life?
A: It takes 14 to 21 days of repetitive behavior to form a new pattern in your brain. Once the pattern is formed, it becomes an automatic behavioral response. As you develop new healthy habits, they will begin to replace bad habits.
Here are some habits that will transform and rejuvenate you:
· Start every day with a wholesome breakfast. Eat five small meals a day. When you eat smaller portions five times a day, you deliver a steady stream of nutrients, blood sugar, and energy to your body throughout the day. Make sure your dinner is light and eaten no later than 7 pm.
· Climb the stairs instead of using elevators. The health benefits of a daily exercise program cannot be stressed enough. Regular exercise can help promote physiological well-being, strengthen the immune system, maintain joint mobility, increase energy – and the list goes on.
· Get enough sleep. The average adult needs 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep every night.
· Drink 8 glasses of fresh filtered water every day.
· Unwind with meditation. Stress is the root cause of most of the diseases that shorten our life span. Meditation is a powerful way to manage your stress level.
You may also find the “Five Elements of Health” and “Enduring Youth” herbal supplements from Traditions of Tao helpful for tuning up your entire body and reducing the effects of stress. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.