By Nurse Mark
I remember my grandfathers – both of them. My maternal grandfather was a watchmaker. The old-fashioned kind of watchmaker, who could actually make a functioning watch out of brass and steel – not just a fumble-fingered clerk who might not be able to replace the battery in your new electronic watch without destroying it. In fact, Grandpa Pass wouldn’t have those newfangled quartz watches in his shop.
Grandpa Pass didn’t own an automobile either. He really didn’t need to. His home was about a mile and a half from his watch and clock repair shop and he walked to work in the morning and back home again in the evening – rain or shine, every day of his working life.
And that working life spanned many decades. Grandpa Pass died in his 85th year having enjoyed good health right up to his final days.
Did Grandpa Pass plan it that way? Was he some sort of a health nut or fitness buff? Hardly.
Grandpa Pass worked at a very sedentary job – hunched over a workbench manipulating the tiny pieces of clocks and watches. He would occasionally stand to serve a customer at the counter, but there was no great physical labor to his work.
So how did he do it? What was the secret to his remaining healthy and free from doctors and drugs right up to the end?
Perhaps it was that mile-and-a-half of walking – about 30 minutes – twice a day, every day, for decades.
According to a study just released by researchers at Imperial College London and University College London using data from a survey of some 20,000 people across the U.K., people who walk to work are 40 per cent less likely to have diabetes than those who drive.
And it’s not just diabetes – they also found that people who walk to work were 17% less likely to have high blood pressure than people who drive. And of course, the walkers are far less likely to be overweight too.
Wow – the drug companies would love to be able to sell a pill that would do all that!
Moderation: the secret to longevity and health?
Grandpa Pass was not an exercise fanatic – in fact, he really didn’t “exercise.” He just walked a half-hour or so each way to work and back. That might be called “moderate” exercise.
He enjoyed the healthy, fresh foods that Grandma Pass prepared for him – in moderation.
Perhaps there are lessons in this for us in our more modern world.
Not everyone lives within a mile or two of their work so as to be able to walk, or even 5 miles which would be bicycling distance.
But we can all find a half-hour or so each day for some moderate exercise.
Not everyone has access to all those farm-fresh, wholesome, and natural foods that Grandma would prepare from scratch preserving their nutrition and freshness, either.
But we can all eat in moderation, and we can all make sure that we make up for the nutritional depletion that has come from or modern industrial farming methods – even the USDA is acknowledging that two-thirds or more of Americans are mineral and vitamin deficient.
Making sure that we get all our vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients is the easy part – with a basic daily regimen of:
- An optimal dose multiple vitamin, mineral, antioxidant and bioflavonoid formula.
- A green food formula that provides flavonoids and phytonutrients.
- High-potency Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Dr. Myatt has put together a time and money-saving package of essential daily supplements – her Maxi Health Foundation Bundle – that saves you from having to shop around and drive all over town in order to find the best-priced , highest quality, optimal dose supplements. Each Maxi Health Foundation Bundle is a one-month supply of these essential health-saving nutrients for one person – at a substantial savings compared to locating and buying these items separately.
We’ll help with the vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients – the exercise is up to you!
Anthony A. Laverty, MSc, Jennifer S. Mindell, PhD, Elizabeth A. Webb, PhD, Christopher Millett, PhD.: Active Travel to Work and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the United Kingdom. http://www.ajpmonline.org/webfiles/images/journals/amepre/AMEPRE_3837-stamped-080613.pdf
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