During my extensive travel around the country, I've met some interesting people. Many of them were inquisitive about their health. But to my surprise, the discussion oftentimes centered on their search for the elusive "fountain of youth."
Conclusion? People will go to great lengths to try to slow down the aging process.
Breaking news: There is no such thing as the magical "fountain of youth."
Typically, the harmful effects of tobacco smoke are associated with diseases and conditions that affect the lungs. Hidden behind the tobacco cloud are dangers lurking for the human heart as well.
It is possible to defeat these preventable diseases and live a healthier, normal, and productive life once tobacco use is removed from the equation. The most obvious solution to avoid heart and lung diseases caused by tobacco use is to quite smoking altogether.
If you are having trouble quitting, however, there are other ways to wean yourself off this deadly habit. Such remedies include:
The death of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student at King College Prep High School on Chicago's South Side, is finally receiving the national attention that it deserves. An honor student and majorette in her school's marching band, Hadiya had recently participated in President Obama's inaugural parade in the nation's capital.
After leaving school on Jan. 29, Hadiya was shot and killed in a park after she and friends sought shelter under a canopy when it began raining. She was killed about a mile from Obama's Chicago home. Hadiya's father, Nathaniel Pendleton, summed up his loss this way: "They took the light of my life...She was destined for great things and you stripped that from her."
There is a Whole Foods store about three blocks from my home, and around the corner from my gym. I am enamored by the displays of produce, the red peppers contrasting the yellow ones, the kale, chard, and collard glistening from their morning sprinkle. I love the way the fish gleams back at you, char and salmon, swordfish and tilapia. When I walk over to the prepared food, I grin at the ways the veggies are layered with cheese, crumbs, and so much more. They have sandwiches that I identify with, ingredients that I salivate about.
And now I must declare that I would rather drink muddy water or sleep in a hollow log than to indulge in whole foods.
"Eat your vegetables" are words we have heard the majority of our lives. They came from grandparents and parents. We still hear those words today. However, the vegetables come to us in different ways now. They come in the form of processed foods, dried foods, and, in most cases, they aren't veggies in a package, just a picture on the box.
There are great benefits to eating vegetables. They are essential for a healthy lifestyle and provide needed nutrients. They also include vitamins and minerals, plus fiber and phytochemicals that are important to strengthening the body's overall immune system.
When then Sen. Obama was running for president, many of his critics accused him of being a Muslim – as if being a Muslim in a country that prides itself for its freedom of religion is a bad thing.
In fact a Pew Research Center poll taken October 2008 found 16 percent of voters who identified as conservative Republicans thought he was, despite numerous photos of him and his family attending a traditional Christian church.
Now that the Super Bowl is over, it's time to move forward with the game of life. Each of us should focus on the things that are important to our overall health – such as exercising and eating healthy – to keep diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and stress from ravaging our bodies.
Some people may be looking for an oasis in the desert or a quick fix to their health problems. In reality, regardless of the problem, it's what you consume that can cause debilitating diseases to sack your body. In fact, it's the foods that you thought were good for you that are causing the problems.