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How can i best take care of myself?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Self care: Enjoy what you do, exercise, diet, maintain a proper weight, most importantly laugh and laugh at yourself from time to time to keep yoursef honest and humble.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen commented
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Laughter is the best medicine!
Dec 28, 2011
Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Be Engaged: Take time in the day to take care of yourself ie - eat right, exercise, stay connected with family and friends. Most importantly engage yourself in any work and play that you find personally fulfilling. And finally get a good night's sleep whenever possible.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
My top 10 ways.....: #1. Have purpose in your life, #2. Make your health a priority, #3. Exercise 4 or more days/week, #4. Five or more fruits/vegetables a day, #5. Less saturated fats, #6. More complex carbohydrates, #7. Keep your blood pressure under 130/80, #8. Hdl cholesterol >45, #9. Ldl ("bad") cholesterol <100, and #10. See your doctor at least once a year.
Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
AGREE! SIMPLIFY your LIFE. HOLISTIC WAY to HEALTHY LIVING is MAINTAINING BALANCE in EXERCISING the BODY, MIND & SPIRIT.PRIORITIZE your DAILY ACITVITIES. You've heard of the acronym KISS - KEEP IT SIMPLE SWEETIE! SMILE, DANCE,LAUGH,PLAY SPORTS, RELAX,WATCH FUNNY MOVIES, DO SLOW DEEP BREATHING, ENJOY EACH MOMENT for TOMORROW MAY NOT COME, MEDITATE, CONNECT WITH GOD! Check out this inspiring and motivating websites; WWW.THEINTERVIEWWITHGOD.COM and JOKES.COM and watch these COMEDIANS on YOUTUBE- JOKOY, RUSSELL PETERS, REX NAVARETTE,GABRIEL IGLESIAS, GEORGE LOPEZ. LAUGHTER can boost your ENDORPHIN levels which relaxes and soothes the mind and soul just like PROZAC. HAVE A GREAT YEAR!
Mar 27, 2013
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Follow the following: Exercise most days of the week (aerobic work), eat fruits and vegetables liberally, limit saturated fats, increase fish and fish oil intake, have fiber with each meal, get six to nine hours of sleep nightly, keep your weight in check, don't sweat the small stuff, don't smoke or drink excessively (one or two drinks weekly), don't do drugs, do your health screening...And keep your fingers crossed.
Dr. Lorne Bigley
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Diet and exercise: There isn't any real magic to taking good care of yourself. Eating a balanced and varied diet, with many colorful fruits and vegetables will be a good start. Also, a daily regimen of physical activity will go a long way. Doing these will facilitate a long and vigorous life.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
One step at a time!: Get up and move right now! for lunch/dinner only put into your mouth food that you prepare and will promote health. Too busy? It takes planning, but you can start with small steps (not literally) we can help you begin and maintain a plan with tips on healthy living and answers to qs on exercise, healthy diet. I will be working on it along with you. Remember that each fitness break and meal counts.
Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Exercise on a regular basis is essential. Even a daily walk is helpful for weight, mental health and stamina.
Nov 18, 2011
Dr. Scott Mitchell
Bariatrics 23 years experience
Regular Exercise and moving towards being someoneone who does a moderate activity level of 5-6 times per week for 30-45 minutes each time is a good goal to shoot for. You don't have to reach that goal overnight. Find an activity you enjoy, and maybe begin 2-3 times per week and do the activity 15-20 minutes each time and slowly build up from there until you reach your goal!
Feb 1, 2012
Dr. Theresa Henderson
Pulmonary Critical Care 41 years experience
Know yourself: All the doctors here have given you excellent advice however you must first understand yourself to know how to apply this knowledge. You must know your lifestyle, your health problems if any, hereditary problems that may manifest later in life. Knowing this information make a list on one side addressing you and the other side actions you can really take to insure good health. Now take action.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Diet & exercise: Make sure you exercise at least 30 minutes a day, don't skip meals, avoid soda, juice, dairy, alcohol and fried foods. Eat a healthy well balanced diet! also water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you dont feel hungry and they are very low in calories. Get at least 8 hours of sleep at night.
Dr. Scott Mitchell
Bariatrics 23 years experience
Diet and exercise: In order to properly care for yourself you need to exercise about 5-6 times per week for at least 30-45 minutes. This does not have to be vigorous exercise. Simply walking, doing an exercise video, using an exercise video game on wii, xbox360 or kinect suffices as well and is fun. In terms of nutriton, you need to eat healthy (5 servings or more daily of fruits and vegetables) and drink water!
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Avoid Dangers: Avoid sugar, eat whole foods, drink nontreated fresh pure water, exercise, avoid drugs, think kind thoughts, stay off unstable platforms, e.g., skateboards and motorcycles, and do not participate in extreme sports. Avoid using your body as beast of burden in construction and timber industries. Take as much sleep as you need. Live in paradise.

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