Suzi's Sexy Secrets: 7 Smart Health Choices For a Long and Happy Life

Suzi asks Dr. Machelle Seibel about his creative approaches to help women stay well.
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Suzi’s Sexy Secrets: 7 Smart Health Choices For a Long and Happy Life

Suzi asks Dr. Machelle Seibel about his creative approaches to help women stay well.

-Suzi Kirsh

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Looking for some creative approaches to staying well? Dr. Machelle Seibel, America’s most innovative health educator and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts, has just the tips you need! Whether you’d like to learn some lessons about stress management, maintain a healthy weight, or sleep better, Dr. Seibel’s got you covered. “It’s better to stay well than to get well,” says Dr. Seibel. “Little differences like healthy eating and stress reduction can make a big difference in how you feel.”

Here are Dr. Seibel’s 7 tips:

1. Manage your stress.

Stress causes 85 percent of all primary care office visits. We’re all super-stressed as we deal with elderly parents, financial concerns due to the economy, balancing work and life, or the dating scene. Stress directly impacts inflammation, which contributes to a number of chronic diseases. Ladies who are stressed often feel tired, worried, depressed or anxious. These simple tips that can help reduce your stress:

• Be sure to get a good night’s sleep. 70 million American adults get too little sleep, which contributes to the greater incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

• Find a quiet place and do some slow deep breathing for one to three minutes.

• Take a brief walk (15 to 20 minutes) during the day.

• Take a hot bath or shower to relax your muscles.

• Spend five minutes doing some simple stretching exercises as you practice deep breathing to slow your heart rate and reduce anxiety.

• Listen to relaxing music.

• Do yoga or meditate.

• Get a massage.

• Make some social time for interacting with others during part of your day.

Cross things off your “to do” list so that your mind is free to focus on the tasks ahead.

• Spend an hour before bed winding down with a cup of calming decaf tea like green or chamomile.

Check out this handy (and free!) eBook for more tips!

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2. Weight control: Not too fat, not too thin.

Weight has a lot to do with your health. Both obesity or excessive thinness can shorten your life. Optimum health comes by keeping your weight in a safe middle range. Doctors determine who is too fat or too thin by using the Body Mass Index or BMI. Check out online BMI calculators like this one (LINK to plug in your height and weight and find out where you stand. Then give these weight control tips a try:

• Drinking one less soda a day might help you lose 10 pounds in a year.

• Throw out “white” foods and replace them with “brown” ones: Trading things like brown rice and whole wheat bread for white rice and bread can make a world of difference!

Fast food? Not so fast. Take fast food out of your diet completely. It’s full of sugar and trans fats, and Rancid Omega 6 fats that can clog your cell walls, which doesn’t let your body detox properly. Most fast food also contains toxins that are bad for the heart and arteries and chemicals like MSG. Not good for your system! Does this all sound too technical? Dr. Seibel’s music video at explains it in musical terms. Rockin’.

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3. Optimize your vitamin D levels.

Safe sun exposure is a powerful and inexpensive intervention that can have profound benefits on your health. Enjoy about 15 minutes of exposure to natural sunlight daily—it’s essential for mental health, bone density, vitamin D production and general nutrition. Ask your doctor to check your vitamin D level and start taking a vitamin D3 supplement if it’s too low.

More healthy tips, including how to maintain a healthy pH and which probiotics to use, up next!

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