Discover the Seven Habits of Exceedingly Healthy People

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Ever marvel over friends, family members or colleagues who never seem to get sick? They breeze through flu epidemics, office stomach bugs and colds totally unscathed.

It truly makes you wonder: Is there a secret to outstanding health in the middle of the coughing, sneezing and miserably ill masses?

Absolutely. But you may be surprised as to the reasons.

Seven compelling healthy habits

In the general scheme of life, there really isn’t a magic bullet to great health, although there are certain habits that resilient individuals tend to adopt. Some may be familiar, others a bit more unexpected.

Quality rest

Robust people normally do not burn the midnight oil. Good sleep each night is the foundation for keeping the immune system in top form. Going to bed before 10 p.m. and eliminating exposure to light (especially from computer screens) encourages melatonin production — fostering sound and rejuvenating rest.

A nutrient-dense diet

Not surprisingly, those who avoid sickness almost always consume high quality food, rich in vitamin C and zinc. In the same way, limited sugar intake is also common. Since refined sugar suppresses the immune system, avoiding it makes sense. People who have strong health generally do not live off frappuccinos or candy bars. In return, they are rewarded with exceptional vitality.

Massage, yoga and acupressure

Stress is the bane of health which silently destroys the immune system. Studies have shown that people who frequently get sick are often the most stressed. Health savvy individuals realize that maintain well-being, stress needs to be managed. Massage is a good option. It lowers blood pressure and anxiety — effectively reducing tension and stress. Likewise for yoga. Acupressure is another technique known to boost immune response. One point on the body is particularly important — the thymus. This gland plays a crucial role in the functioning of the immune and lymphatic systems. To stimulate, gently tap the sternum with your index finger 50 times in the morning and evening.

Cold baths

While most of us cringe at the thought of a cold bath, especially in the heart of winter, research confirms that an icy dip significantly boosts the activity of white blood cells — thereby destroying invading bacteria, viruses and harmful pathogens. Cold showers help to support this defensive process as well. Those who are the most resilient to illness also have a tendency to use cold water to invigorate the system.

A positive attitude

Never underestimate the power of a sunny outlook. A study at the University of Kentucky found that participants who have an optimistic attitude demonstrated heightened cell-mediated immunity. When optimism dropped, so did immune response. As it turns out, the most hardy people also have a tendency to look at the bright side of life. If you need an infusion of positivity, a gratitude journal is a good place to start. Further tips on how to cultivate a grateful orientation can be found here.

Really, there is no need to succumb to all the nasty bugs this season. Armed with these seven habits, you too can be exceedingly robust, resilient and the envy of all those who are sniffling and sneezing away.

Article Sources:

http://wakeup-world.com/2012/04/11/ten-health-benefits-of-cold-showers

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.livescience.com/8158-optimism-boosts-immune-system

http://www.acupuncture.com/newsletters/m_nov09/7%20flu

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About the author:

Carolanne WrightCarolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years

Through her website Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. Follow Carolanne on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Please note this article was first published on Natural News.


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  • Good article. Question-why do you mention acupressure but not acupuncture? Acupunctures health benefits are vast and varied, helping the body to maintain optimal health and wellness. As an acupuncturist who also utilizes acupressure on patients, I can tell you that acupuncture has far greater healing capabilities…

  • Hello,
    I only counted 5 out of seven:
    1.Quality rest
    2.A nutrient-dense diet
    3.Massage, yoga and acupressure
    4.Cold baths
    5.A positive attitude

    I would say 6. is Exercise, and 7. Drinking water.
    Cheer!
    Luigi

    • Luigi,
      I agree, you can be healthy, but you need to be able to count to 7!

      Also, cold baths is only good for a certain kind of people, the ‘yang’ constitutions, the stocky, strong, sweating, type of person. I did cold showers for a long time when I was much younger, it turned into a nightmare!

      Everything is relative, don’t take anything at face value, check and see if it works for you!

  • Laura

    I haven’t been sick for at least 17 years. It helps to tell yourself you don’t get sick. The mind is more powerful at keeping us healthy than we are led to believe. What is the first thing people usually say if they get a little tickle in their throat or start to sneeze? “oh oh, I’m getting sick” There you just told yourself you were getting sick. When I experience those kind of things I say ” I always remain perfectly healthy” ..so far so good.. I also do many of the things listed in the article 🙂

  • Jacqueline

    I dont do any of the 5 things listed and I rarely get sick, with flus or stomach bugs (nothing in the last 5 years or so). I have never had,nor will I ever have the flu shot. My trick? I dont know, maybe its as simple as handwashing (I dont use sanitisers) and I use paper towels or my sleeve to open doors when I leave public washrooms and buildings … no handshaking with people I dont know have good hand hygiene and I keep my distance from people who dont cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing, or who complain of feeling unwell in any way. Im sure the 7 items listed are of value, but maybe some people just have a naturally good defense system?