By Dr. Dana Myatt
Here are a half-dozen of my favorite free (or really cheap) “Health Hacks” – How you can stay healthy without spending a lot o’ bucks…
1.) Deodorant. Aluminum and other unsavory ingredients in most deodorants pose a potential health concern. What to do instead? Diaper rash cream. Or more specifically, zinc oxide ointment which is not just used on babies bottoms but also on wounds and infections.
Just dab a pea-sized amount under each arm after bathing. The effect lasts many people for several days.
Why does this work? Because zinc — an essential mineral for humans — is toxic to bacteria. It is bacteria that cause under arm odors.
We like the simplest cream, zinc and nothing else. No fragrances. Creams seem to rub in easier than ointments. Here is one that we like: https://www.emersonecologics.com/Products/EmersonMain/PID-W96652.aspx that can be purchased directly from our distributor, Emerson Ecologics. (You will need to create an account, and use the password ‘ health ‘ to access these doctor-grade products.)
Or check your local pharmacy. Zinc ointment is cheap, cheap, cheap and highly effective.
2.) Free Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for immunity, bone health, cancer prevention, diabetes prevention, strokes prevention and reduced risk of all cause mortality! To get the full story, visit our medical white paper on Vitamin D here.
The good news? Vitamin D is a "freebie." Scientists have found that the skin produces approximately 10,000 IU of Vitamin D in response to as little as 30 minutes of unprotected summer sun exposure.
But what if you live in Minnesota and its winter? Vitamin D supplements are inexpensive insurance. Get the good stuff since vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and stores in the tissues. (I always recommend getting "the good stuff" anyway). You can take 5,000IU per day for many months without getting anywhere near "too much." Obese people need even more, around 10,000IU. Go read the vitamin D paper at the link above for exact doing guidelines. But whatever you do, get enough vitamin D!
3.) Donate blood. Give up some red, lower your risk of heart disease. Ferritin is the storage form of iron. High (even "high normal”) iron levels increase free radical production and is highly associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease. Serum ferritin is one of the strongest risk predictors of overall progression of atherosclerosis. Healthy levels are between 25-80; around 50 may be optimal. These levels are well below the "normal reference range" of conventional medicine.
To see my references and learn more about how and why this works, visit this our Longevity Lab Test page.
The easy way to lower ferritin is to donate blood 3-4 times per year. Blood donors have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular events, making this simple hack a "win-win."
4.) Get enough sleep. Your body produces the powerful antioxidant hormone melatonin during sleep. Melatonin is one of the only antioxidants that crosses and protects the brain. Other antioxidants are helpful but do not cross the "blood-brain barrier" and so do not help protect the nervous system.
So, set yourself a regular, reasonably early bedtime and stick with it – no late-night TV or other distractions. Aim for a good solid 8 hours of sleep each night – sleep deprivation results in hormonal imbalances which can lead to weight gain, mood disorders, higher risk of cancer and increased risk of neurological disease to name just a few. “Sleep aids” (drugs) like Lunesta, Ambien, and others are dangerous. How dangerous? Try double the risk of death.
We have written extensively on the dangers of these drugs, and your alternatives to achieve a good, drug-free sleep. Learn more at HealthBeat News.
5.) Drink some Joe! In a recent study published in The American Heart Association’s medical journal Circulation, researchers found that people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower risk of premature death compared to people who didn’t drink coffee.
Earlier research has shown that coffee helps prevent stroke and some types of cancer, reduces the risk of Type II Diabetes, improves cognition and mood, enhances physical performance, lowers risk of neurological disease (Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s), and helps burn fat. What’s not to love?
6.) Grow a healthy "gut garden." Supercharge your immunity with a plentiful garden of good bacteria. Gut flora is essential to a healthy immune system. Conventional medicine has finally recognized what holistic docs have known for years: a healthy population of good bacteria in the gut is a powerful immune modulator. Learn more about that here in our previous HealthBeat News article.
A general immune-enhancing dose (especially important over the Winter months) would be 1-2 caps of 35 Billion Probiotics taken with meals.
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