The letter A:
Apples “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples contain pectin, a soluble fiber, which lowers both blood pressure and blood sugar levels and helps the digestive system. Apples have quercetin, a flavonoid, which helps protect against free radical damage, cancer and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. Apples have vitamin C, helping to keep the immune system strong. Apples can act like a toothbrush, cleaning teeth and killing bacteria in the mouth, which may reduce tooth decay.
Buy organic when possible, the skin contains the antioxidants and fiber, and the Vitamin C is just under the skin.
Antioxidants protect cells from “free radicals” damage. “Free radicals” are extra electrons looking for a place to bond. Antioxidants combine with these electrons, saving the cell from damage (like a an apple that turns brown when exposed to the air, but is kept fresh by lemon juice). Many fruits and vegetables and coffee, tea and dark chocolate are rich in antioxidants.
Aerobic exercise: Aerobic exercise is moderate intensity exercise (think brisk walk) that helps improve your heart and lung capacity. Twenty minutes of aerobic exercise helps build fat burning enzymes. And it can improve your mood, so go out for a walk!
The letter B:
Breathing is a bridge between your conscious control of your body and the more autonomic functions like heart rate and digestion. If you slow your breathing down, your heart rate slows down and your stress level decreases. One way to slow down your breathing is to just pause for a moment after you exhale. See if your belly is soft and rises with each breath, and sinks as you exhale.
Let the exhalation be longer than the inhalation.