by Dr Elaina George, MD
Instead of waiting for the outcome of the healthcare debate to decide your fate, use some simple common sense strategies to take back the power to control your own health.
- Start exercising
An increase in activity of as little as 20 minutes 3 times a week can make a difference in your risk of heart disease,
diabetes and obesity. You don’t have to get fancy with a gym membership. Try taking the stairs at work instead of the
elevator, or park further from the entrance when you go to the market or mall.
2. Eat Smaller portions
You may not want to give up your junk food or fried food, but try to limit your portions. Instead of buying a six pack
of soda, buy a two liter bottle. You can better control the portions along with your intake of calories.
3. Drink more water
The average person should be drinking 1 ounce per kilogram of his/her weight in water per day. (1 lb = 2.2kg).
Studies have shown that people eat more when they are dehydrated because the signals in the body can confuse
hunger with thirst. If you are hungry, try drinking an 8-12 oz glass of water before you decide to eat that snack.