1. Have a yearly check-up with your doctor to detect diseases in their early stages when they are curable.
  2. Nurture your immune system – it is your greatest health asset. The immune system requires adequate amounts of zinc, selenium, iodine, vitamin D and vitamin C and yet many people are deficient in these protective nutrients; no wonder many types of cancer have increased dramatically over the last decade.
  3. Become a relative of the rabbit family – what I mean is, make sure you eat a variety of raw and cooked vegetables and fruits every day; this will greatly reduce your risk of infections, cancer and liver disease.
  4. Get some sunshine regularly – this will allow your skin to manufacture its own vitamin D, and this vitamin conserves bone density and reduces your risk of cancer.
  5. Get adequate amounts of good quality sleep by retiring before 11 pm. This increases your chances of getting more REM sleep, during which your brain detoxifies itself chemically and psychologically; thus, you will have less stress and anxiety and a clearer mind. Your adrenal glands restore their supply of hormones when in deep sleep. If you struggle with getting good sleep, see my book Tired of Not Sleeping for several answers and solutions.
  6. Keep your blood pressure in the normal range with a combination of regular exercise, drinking plenty of water, taking a magnesium supplement and if needed, blood pressure reducing medication. High blood pressure is a killer.
  7. Have fun and enjoy your life. If you are lucky enough to get to 60 years of age, you realize that life is quite short and you have spent a large part of it working too hard and worrying excessively. Work on your self-esteem and tell yourself you are fantastic! I do this daily, and I even have a few folks believing it now- but most importantly, it gives you the courage to be yourself!
  8. If you have to have a surgical operation or make a decision to take a long term or potentially toxic medication, make sure that you get two or more professional opinions. Nutritional medicine can often work well, either as an alternative to drugs or in conjunction with drugs, thus enabling lower doses of drugs to be used. This is why it’s called complementary medicine.
  9. Take time to improve your mental ability by engaging in mentally challenging sports, hobbies, new courses, crossword puzzles, games, etc. The brain is like a muscle – use it or lose it!
  10. Take care of your liver, as it is the organ of longevity. One of my favorite sayings is “Love your liver and live longer”. The liver is like a furnace, providing energy for the rest of the body. The liver is the filter and cleanser of your bloodstream and protects your immune system from overload. The liver is also the major fat-burning organ in the body and helps to keep your weight down and your cholesterol levels in the normal range. A healthy liver helps to regulate blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes. Don’t abuse your liver with excess alcohol or sugar, as if you get a fatty liver, it will no longer be the organ of longevity. My 15 Day Cleanse program is designed to improve the health of your liver, gut and immune system. It should boost your energy levels and help you lose weight.

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.