Enjoy Living Life to the Fullest with the “Wealth of Health” By: Bev Filer


Want some scientific tips that are Fun to keep throughout the years? Read on for 10 Tips from an article by Nissa Simon, a health writer who lives in New Haven Conn.

First let me share the wisdom of the children’s writer, Dr. Suess…              ”Fun is good”                                                                                                             

“Today was fun. Today was good. Tomorrow is another one.”

Fun Tips for Better Health:

#1… How about a party? Social connections with friends, family, neighbors or colleagues can help you live longer.  Research has shown that people with consistent, active social lives help sustain you in your ability to reason and remember.  Other benefits with a physical effect may help preserve your ability to perform daily activities. …Study by Rush Medical Center in Chicago).  

Brunswick Plantation has so many social opportunities for those who live here.  You can join a club or activity of your choice from the variety of activities offered.  If you have one you’d like to start, feel free! You can check out the Brunswick Plantation News and Events sent out by the BP POA or our monthly newsletter for more specific info. A good quote for making friends at BP or anywhere…

”Friends are relatives you make for yourself”: Eustache Deschampes

*This is also a location that friends and family from other places enjoy  visiting….Seeing you and the beach! Some folks find they see those friends and family members more here than where they used to live. Grandchildren like it, too! Ask Bob and Connie Layding about “Pap at the beach”.

#2…Does your pet help preserve your health? Pets of all types tend to have a good effect on the health of their owner. Among other things, pet owners are more physically fit and tend to be less lonely and fearful. They also tend to have healthier hearts….Walking your dog, anyone?  According to Alan Beck of Purdue University’s Center for the Human-Animal Bond…”Animals provide us with much the same kind of social support that people do.”

Though people at Brunswick Plantation seem to have a variety of pets, I do see many folks walking their dogs at various time of the day. They look healthy to me! Sunny days and so many good weather days probably make that easier and more frequent than in colder climates.

#3 Do you know the “sweet truth” about chocolate? Chocolate is now considered a little magic for the healthy heart! Of course, they do recommend dark chocolate and limiting yourself to about an ounce a day(Mostly because of calories). Dark chocolate is rich in plant compounds called flavonoids, natural anti-oxidants that help the body’s cells resist damage that may contribute to cancer or other maladies.

In addition, flavonoids help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, raise “good” HDL cholesterol levels and lower “bad” LDL levels- all of which protect against heart attack and stroke. To reap its benefits, choose dark chocolate that contains at least 70% of cacao, or cocoa. : Richard Stein, M.D. , professor of Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.  Who knew that a spoonful of chocolate could be so healthy and be the medicine? Now that is a health tip I can follow through on daily!  They know me well at Callahan’s chocolate counter in Calabash.  Their freshly made chocolate is delicious, especially the chocolate covered turtles!  They even have nuts that are healthy, also. …mmm, good! I must remember moderation though!           That is a key to good health!

 #4 Do you like your coffee black and up to three cups a day? Well, that is now considered healthy also for older adults. Coffee, regular or decaf, appears to lower the risk of dying from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, or pneumonia, according to the new research from the National Institutes of Health. Research from the University of Florida and the University of Miami finds that three cups of coffee a day may protect against Alzheimer’s disease or delay its onset….Just go easy on the cream and sugar. Other research concludes that caffeinated coffee may protect against skin cancer, liver damage, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s. So, here’s to your health with your cup of java! I often get mine at the 18th Hole Restaurant at the Plantation House at Brunswick Plantation.  It is also a good place to meet and socialize, another health tip!

#5 Do you enjoy a little wine when you dine? Well, Cheers! A glass of wine, either red or white, is healthy for your heart! Again, moderation is key…One glass a day for women and two glasses a day for men…Cheers! Good news for those who prefer beer…according to the European Journal of Epidemiology, beer in the same moderation as wine can also be good for the heart. Of course, more than the one glass for women and two glasses for men a day can cause serious problems. So, here’s to your health in a moderate kind of way! Brunswick’s 19th Hole is a good place to wet your whistle after a good game of golf.  And golf is fun…Which is also healthy!

#6 How about the latest research on sex and aging? According to the research, you’re never too old.  Some benefits include: The brain releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that act as painkillers and reduce anxiety, and also prompts the release the substances that bolster the immune system.  According to a study in the journal Society and Mental Health, sexual activity is associated with lower levels of depression in men and women.  So, living life to the fullest is healthy in every way!

#7 Does music in the air make you smile? We can actually hear music before we are born, and continue to respond to it all our lives. It affects our health, and listening to your favorite music may be good for your heart. Emotions aroused by joyful music cause tissue in the inner ling of blood vessels to expand, increasing blood flow…according to researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  Music also brings on sound sleep, boosts mood, and reduces anxiety. Studies show that patients feel less pain and need less pain medication after surgery if they listen to music while recuperating.

I have often heard music referred to as the Universal Language. It is appreciated by all cultures if a variety of ways.  There have also been musical exchanges between countries that have a difficult history. One that comes to mind is an American Symphony visiting North Korea. They were welcome and communicated through music. Music makes the world go ‘round and improves your health with its melodic sound! It is just one more way stay healthy now and always!

#8 Do you enjoy a mid-day nap? According to New York’s Weill Cornell Medical Center, a mid-afternoon nap can help improve your mood, memory, alertness, and learning – and it won’t interfere with your sleep at night. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, find that a 90 minute siesta clears the brain’s short-term memory storage center and makes room for new information.  A 20-minute nap improves alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy. Sipping a cup of coffee before closing your eyes will help you wake up alert. It takes 20 minutes for the caffeine to enter the bloodstream, so its effects start to kick in when you wake….Coffee, again, who would have thought it? Even a six-minute micro-nap may help improve memory, according to a German study.

I used to say, “You can tell you’re middle-aged when sleep is a form of recreation. “  Knowing the benefit of naps is a good thing. In warmer climates, taking a mid-day nap has often been acceptable. I recall when I was teaching in Okinawa, that Japanese workers who were working on outside would stop and take a little nap after lunch. After all, Okinawa has the record of having one of the healthiest populations late into life! Those naps, as well as other aspects in their life-style, may be part of the reason. I can see the wisdom in that! Take a nap and feel refreshed…and more productive… the rest of the day! We can learn a lot from other cultures!

#9 Do you feel better when you spend time connecting with nature? “Staying in touch with nature is essential for good health,” says University of Illinois researcher Frances “Ming” Kuo. He is also the author of an overview of the research of relationship between nature and human health for the National Recreation and Park Association. ‘Much like eating greens provides essential nutrients, so does seeing and being around green”, Kuo writes. As little as five minutes a day walking in a city park, cycling, gardening, fishing, boating, or other outdoor activity can boost your mood and sense of well-being, according to a study from the University of Essex, England.

I see many people at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort out walking and biking every day…Enjoying the lovely landscape all around us. Of course, there are always golfers out enjoying nature, as well. No wonder I see so many smiling faces here! Nature is natural and good for everyone’s health!

#10 Are you careful of what household sprays and cleaners you use?  You should be careful of buying products that contain the antibacterial agent triclosan. According to the research from the University of Michigan, antibacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soaps in ridding your hands of germs and preventing illness. Washing your hands in warm water with plain soap for 20 seconds will do the job.  They say one should cut down on sprays that clean furniture, polish glass and perfume rooms. Researchers in Europe found that adults who use household products once a week or more increase the risk of developing asthma by 30 – 50 %.  I think the message here is to read labels carefully. Clean and cream with Care!  Also, clean air and improved air quality is one of the features of our new Energy Star condos and town homes.  Automatic fresh air intake and stale air exhaust coupled with highly efficient air filters make this possible.

 I found these Scientific Tips for Good Health very interesting and thought-provoking. I hope you did, too! Have you have read articles with other interesting information and ways to maintain good health?  Please do share them with us in the comments section! We’d love to hear from you!

I also believe in the health benefits of massage and yoga…More on that in the future!

Remember the Wisdom of the Ages: “The Greatest Wealth is health”: Virgil

“Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure.” Jewish Saying

 Have you a saying about health and friendship that you would like to share?  Please share under comments…Sharing is Caring!

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