A few things have remained very much the same for those who live long and well, physically.
- You have already noticed the first commonality, many times. Those who live longer and better rarely if ever get all bent out of shape. No matter how huge life's ongoing disasters and challenges, no matter how small, they do not go too far left or right of the center mark.
They accept, and focus on resolution rather than resentment and complaint. The identical brain energy used to focus on the problem is persistently channeled into the solution. No matter what doctors, professors or researchers tell you, we have known for thousands of years that the absolute number one cause of death on earth is stress. It is identifiably the single greatest cause of heart problems, back problems, gastrointestinal disorders, skin problems, and more.
Diabetes is one of many health challenges that are directly made worse by sustained stress. Sometimes, these often cause the disorder or disease. That's how powerful stress is, chemically. That's "distress," versus "eustress," which is the opposite of the disastrous variety. Eustress yields a somewhat equal and opposite result. Feeling good is always healthy for the immune system and all that it supports.
One thing we've to comprehensively understand is that ulcers are NOT caused by what you eat, rather by whatís eating YOU. Dr. Sarno and so many others have conclusively proven with, get this -- thousands of individual patients Ė that literally 99% of all back problems are caused by stinking thinking. Stop thinking your doctor is God; sheís NOT; heís NOT. Many people have addressed hypoglycemia and insulin simply by making better choices, better decisions, and without having to relinquish all of life's sweetest treats. Remember, all of our answers here come directly from those who live longer, better lives.
Water, Water, such sweet elixir of life!!
- Next, they drink more water than you do. Considerably more water than you. If you honestly don't know that you're not drinking enough water, you're either ignorant, which we can instantly fix, or stupid, which is up to you to fix.
Water, and not bread, is the true staff of life. You can live without food for months and even years, you cannot live a single month without it, and probably not much more than a week. You use about eight gallons of water to flush a toilet to make it clean. Can we agree that it's wise to flush the toxins and poisons out of your body by the same natural method? If you removed all the water from the human body, you would have a small amount of material left, literally small enough to fit into the palm of your hand. Just as surely as you know that water unreplaced becomes stagnant and filthy, even toxic, do you not know that the water in your body is subject to the same degeneration? CHANGE YOUR WATER MORE OFTEN!
The Power of Air - The GREATEST SHORTCUT MrShortcut has ever found !
They do as a rule tend to breathe more intelligently than you do, in at least two different senses of the phrase. For a number of years I chose to smoke at least ten home-rolled cigarettes a day (1,600 chemicals NOT added to my lungs) and I can still blow a match out, with my mouth open, from a full twelve inches away. When I exhale, I do so thoroughly, ridding myself of far more toxins than five nonsmokers who don't breathe correctly. I take in more oxygen, my brain functions more efficiently AND creatively, which is why, since re-adopting this practice, I've been able to learn to play and compose for piano, guitar, and harmonica; create at least ten to twenty new columns and essays every week, along with 45 to 48 other regular activities per week where my output is no less than ten times what yours is. Iím not smarter than you; I simply breathe more, and breathing more means feeding the brain more of its single favorite food. Don't ever kid yourself into thinking that breathing has no impact on our intelligence and creativity. The impact is nothing less than profound. Best of all you can use this shortcut, this true PowerGem, to being reaping benefits in the next minute or two.
You will definitely notice the difference quickly, so imagine how much greater and positive the impact of breathing more and breathing more "intelligently" will have on you when you repeat the practice several times per day for weeks on end.
Whew! Weeks on end? Every day? Bet your bottom dollar that your IQ goes up, your creativity zooms up, and your problem-solving capabilities are measurably faster and better. That means both a quantitative and qualitative burst of boost.
Place five hundred people in one room, people who enjoy so-called "IQ's" in excess of 170. Not one of them will disagree about the depth and breadth of influence on your brain's performance we find in better respiratory practices. It's fast, powerful, healthy, and, oh, yes, totally free.
That this huge source is free not only explains why your doctor rarely if ever mentions this to you, it also explains why you yourself have underestimated that which we all take for granted: the simple act of breathing. Sorry, but it appears that you've forgotten how, haven't you? Properly, that is.
Every baby born knows how to breathe: all the way out; all the way in. By the age of 12 or so, when we become so keenly psycho-socio-sexually aware of ourselves, our breathing patterns become pitiful, and health-degenerative. An observable analogy might be the seven-year-old, who, hearing the teacher ask a question, is straining in the seat with arms waving, URGENTLY needing to display his or her knowledge to the teacher. At age 12, that same child is still sticking that arm in the air, with the enthusiasm muted by that unvoiced concern, "Oh, gee, I hope I donít get it wrong in front of everyone" (refer to Maslowís hierarchy of human needs: not being made a fool of is more important to us than a half-dozen other seemingly vital requirements). By age 17, when the teacher asks that question, both of the studentís hands are firmly tucked underneath the other arm, clasping self tightly, concomitant with the thought, "Ooooh, no; Iím not making a fool of myself in front of the class."
Giving Weight to WHOSE opinion?
- Majoring In Minors - who hasn't played that song? --
The analogy to breathing is made because weíre so hung up on what other people think that we literally prioritize their opinion over our own well-being. When the boss or company is coming, you rush to make the house neat, and yourself presentable. When was the last time you rushed to make the house nice for your kids or spouse to come home to a thoroughly presentable environment? And so it is with our reduction in proper breathing based on our emotional concerns about what other people are doing, saying, or einking.
Fact is, we permit the smaller cares of life to become magnified into anxiety-producing, respiration-reducing events that definitively accelerate aging, and a host of physical symptoms of that anxiety, which include back problems, stomach problems, kidney problems, skin lesions, and so many other physical challenges that you can rid yourself of in rapid, organized order.
In effect, we relinquish control over crucial functions in subservience to other peopleís opinions, and that kills thousands and thousands and more thousands of Americans every month. You are free to pick from which cause of death you believe is more prevalent: death by poor stress management, or death by poor diet management. Either way, we're not talking about a mere hundred deaths per day, UNNECESSARY and premature deaths; we're talking about several thousand people dying every single day from heart disease, which is rarely congenital, and most often from poor stress or diet management.
When we choose to shortcut the psychoanalytical process and just jump into acceptance that most overweight humans are overweight because of one or more of a dozen issues you may not yet be ready to deal with, it is still simple enough to use healthier shortcuts, in fact the healthiest shortcuts, to certainly achieve fast, powerful improvements by reverting back to the most basic of all human tools.
Re-teaching yourself how to breathe properly is the first, and by far most effective shortcut you can take towards adding to the quantity and quality of your life; how long you live, and how well you live.
Exhale completely, and inhale completely. If youíre that challenged by this vitally urgent requirement for a healthy life, challenged at the thought and deed of breaking out of your (ridiculously uncomfortable) comfort zone, then try one simple device and reap the benefits instantly, and within a day or two, measurably.
The device? Itís called PRACTICE!! Almost precisely 90 percent of the people who read this will nod their heads and agree. They are the idiots, proven by the other 10 percent, who nod their heads and take action.
This very minute, before you even make a commitment to do it ten times per day, start with once; start with the first occasion in too long. Right now, as you read this, force all of the air out of your lungs. When you think your lungs are emptyÖ think again; there are still AT LEAST two quarts of air left in your lungs that are dirty and in life-saving need of being replaced NOW.
Keep pushing that air out. Keep pushing. Believe me, no matter how empty you think your lungs are, you can find more to push outÖ. And if you were offered a hundred grand to push more air out of your lungs than five other contestants next to you, you're quite likely to amaze yourself with how much exhalation youíre capable of.
OK, youíve hit the point of being certain that thereís no more air in your lungs. Slowly, and evenly, breathe allllllll the way in now, through your nose, refilling your lungs. Thatís it!!!
Just once is all youíre asked to do. Once. In an hour or so, do it again. Obviously, itís best to do this outside, where youíre getting fresh air. Never mind all that city pollution: itís far healthier than the air you havenít even been breathing by virtue of the insanely shallow breaths youíve been taking for years!! Doing it inside, however, is fine, as long as youíre not in a room filled with smoke or chemical vapors.
If I were you, Iíd be getting very excited, because, having read this far, it means you DO care enough to want to glean benefits from shortcuts, and guess what? This one PowerGem brings a slew of benefits you havenít even guessed at.
Breathe More and You Will Live More
Engaging in proper respiration INSTANTLY boosts several brain functions, and for those who perform one absolute respiration (all the way out and then all the way in ) again, just one full respiration -- several times per day -- for the next 22 days? You will find that your thinking is clearer, faster, and by a powerful measure, more creative. This never fails, it works for one hundred percent of the people one hundred percent of the time. Yes, the more you breathe in and out per each lung function or lung cycle, the higher your intelligence grows.
Stands to reason, therefore, that breathing longer means living longer
Nothing can change the fact that, from the precise day that I began breathing a bit more the way I did in my first year of life, my mind and body have responded far beyond what any examiner thought was viable, let alone likely.
Your brain requires only two forms of food: tiny amounts of glucose, and enormous amounts of oxygen. The more oxygen you feed the brain on a consistent basis, the more it produces for you. When you understand that your brain is working considerably faster, more creatively, and more efficiently, you never want to go back. Unfortunately, we are human, so we require a habit before it becomes second nature. Breathe all the way out, breathe all the way in, and watch the results. One great way to measure it is to write down a whacky wish you might have, and try to produce twenty ideas per day on it for five days. Practice better breathing for 22 days, and then try the "whacky wish" test again. You'll be astonished.
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