You deserve good health—and you can achieve it without prescriptions or breaking the bank! Written by a practicing naturopathic doctor, this book is designed to put your health back in your own hands with simple, yet effective rules for everything from breathing and eating to getting better sleep and raising healthy children. With a few small adjustments, you too can live a physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy life.

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Title: Rules of Health: Sustaining Optimal Health Through Safe Detoxification, Reaching a Healthy Weight, Managing Stress Effectively, and Achieving Deep Restorative Sleep
Author: Dr. Behzad Azargoshasb
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc
ISBN-13: 9781462122721
Publication date: 10/09/2018


Here is a preview of the, “Rules of Health”

“I believe that you are a smart consumer of health information, which is what attracted you to this book. As a health-savvy individual, you may have realized that true health is best achieved through healthy living habits. We are integrated beings. Every part of our being is connected with every other part. An imbalance in one part will create an imbalance in other locations. This loss in equilibrium can manifest itself both internally within our bodies and exter­nally in our environment. Therefore, we cannot treat the problem at the surface level and expect it to go away. Until all the interconnected organ systems and environmental factors are balanced, the health issue will persist.”

“There is no such thing as perfect health, and if someone tries to sell you on a formula or recipe for perfect health, turn and run. Optimum health lies on a continuum. It is an ever-evolving and dynamic process within you. You will have good days when you feel amazing, physically and emotionally, and you will have bad days when you want to curl up in bed and disappear. But most of the time you will have normal days. That is real life. All you can do as a human being is try to achieve your individual best health, which may be different from someone else’s. If you are on the cusp of healthiness, which is the case for many folks, then you are not alone. It takes time to acquire good health, and it takes effort to stay healthy. My goal is to make it easier for you in your healing jour­ney, so you will have many more days when you feel incredible and are able to overcome health challenges that come your way.”

Some snippets from the Rules for Air:

“To avoid secondhand smoke, which can be just as deadly to the people living in the house as it is to the smoker, make sure people never smoke in the house. Even in the bathroom with the exhaust on is not acceptable. If you have small kids, then they could also get exposed to thirdhand smoke from the smoker’s clothes. Make sure the smoker does not handle a child after smoking. An even better solution is for them to have a separate set of clothes for smoking.”

“Laughter is an exercise for the lungs and greatly increases oxygen intake. Laughter also reduces stress levels and improves natural killer-cell activity within our immune system. To stimulate laughter, you can watch comedies frequently, go out with friends and laugh, or join a laughter yoga club. Think of laughter as medicine that keeps on giving to motivate you to find the funny in everyday situations and laugh to your heart’s content.”

Some snippets from the Rules for Water:

“Just as proper breathing is essential to health, drinking enough pure water is paramount to your well-being, so try to make it a priority in your life. There are two main indicators for adequate water consumption: thirst and the color of your urine. Your body will signal that you are getting dehydrated by the sensa­tion of thirst. Don’t ignore this sensation, and drink a glass of H2O. According to an Australian study, when you have consumed enough water, you will feel resistance in your swallowing reflex and it will become physically more difficult to swallow. So the lesson here is to listen to your body and you will be just fine.”

“The area of your brain that controls thirst and hunger is in a small region of the brain called the hypothalamus, which controls our sleep and sex drive as well. In some individuals, thirst can sometimes masquerade as hunger. The next time you get the urge to grab that bag of potato chips, you may actually need a glass of water. If you want to figure out if your thirst and hunger sensations match up, do the following:…”

Some snippets from the Rules for Food:

“Healthy eating is not about dieting or restricting major food groups; it’s about lifestyle choices, reengineering our eating habits, and self-discovery. If you consider your digestive system as a furnace, then the fire in it is what burns your food to create the energy you need. Some people have this furnace set on high and burn through food quickly, and some are set on low and it takes them longer. People burn calories at different rates. It may seem unfair that some people can eat whatever they want and not gain a single ounce, while someone else will smell a doughnut and gain five pounds. A calorie is not a calorie to everyone. Therefore, just restricting calories is not a smart way to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Giving our bodies the nutrients they need is more important than counting calories. We have to understand our body’s needs and incorporate a holistic approach of healthier food choices.”

“Have you ever noticed that when you bring certain fruits home from the supermarket, they can sit on your shelf, sometimes for weeks, without rotting? As you may have realized, depending on where you live, most produce travels a long distance, especially in winter, before getting to its final destination. That means most of these fruits are picked raw and still don’t have their enzymes activated, something that would happen if they matured naturally. These enzymes are what ripen the fruits, releasing the full taste as well as making the nutrients more bioavailable. Buy local farm fruits and vegetables in season and see how fast they will ripen. Not only that, they taste much better and are more nutritious.”

Some snippets from the Rules for Sleep:

“It may interest you to know that sleeping less has been independently associated with being overweight. It reduces the satiety hormone leptin and increases our appetite stimulator hormone ghrelin, which increases our hunger, especially for carb-rich foods, and this can lead to weight gain. Observe your­self the next time you don’t get a good night’s rest. Do you crave high-sugar or high-fat foods? Studies also show that sleeping less than seven to eight hours increases your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. That may explain why most heart attacks happen on Mondays. The added stress of going back to work, combined with sleeping less, may be the triggers.”

“Generally, sleep between three and four hours after dinner. Going to bed on a full stomach can interfere with sleep and cause indigestion. On the flip side, going to bed hungry can also disrupt your sleep. If your last meal was more than five hours before bed, eat a light, protein-rich snack, such as a handful of nuts, an hour before bed. This will keep your blood sugar steady and prevent a middle-of-the-night cortisol spike, which can wake you up.”

Some snippets from the Rules for Exercise:

“The research on stretching is inconclusive. Furthermore, stretching before exer­cise does not seem to reduce the risk for injury. If you are concerned with main­taining range of motion for your joints, then stretch after you finish your exer­cise routine, while your muscles and joints are still warm and pliable. Also, hold the stretch for at least ten seconds and let it gradually release with your own body weight. Do not apply more force. The sensation should be of a dull pres­sure or pull. There should never be an intense pain when stretching; if there is, you are probably applying too much pressure, or there might be a bigger issue…”

“The time of day you exercise is not as important. If you exercise at night and can sleep like a baby afterward, then go for it. However, if it makes falling asleep difficult, then don’t exercise at night. The best time to exercise is when you have the most energy during the day. If losing weight is your goal, then exercising in the morning before breakfast will tap into your fat reserves for energy and help speed up fat loss.”

Some snippets from the Rules for Stress Management:

“…Our minds are constantly churning out thoughts like a factory. And thoughts lead to emo­tions. Some thoughts generate stronger emotions than others. If you experience undesirable thoughts on a regular basis, they can spiral down a negative path if left unchecked and lead to feelings of helplessness, anxiety, and depression. One of the most important things we can do is monitor our day-to-day mental activity. The beauty of observing your thoughts is that the more you look at them, the less frequent they become, just like smoke disappearing as you look at it…”

“Your breathing is the only vital body function that is both voluntary and involuntary, meaning that you can control your breathing, and if you let go, your body will take over. Because of this connection, controlling your breath is a direct path into controlling your mind. Slowing down your breathing is one of the best ways to overcome the stress response. Breathing correctly is the first step…”

“Nature is such an important tool in counterbalancing our stressful lives that it is being supported and used in Japan as a therapeutic mode of stress management. The practice of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” has been in use for some time in Japan. During shinrin-yoku, participants take guided tours in forests, where they engage with and appreciate their surroundings using all their senses. This behavior seems to reduce and normalize blood pressure and improve the immune system of the participants. These health benefits have been attributed to organic compounds, given off by the trees, that the participants would inhale naturally during their walks.”

If you liked what you read consider adding this book to your healthy living arsenal or getting it for someone you care about. The strategies thought in this book are time tested and a must have for empowering you to take charge of your own health.

From Behzad Azargoshasb’s Rules of Health: Sustaining Optimal Health Through Safe Detoxification, Reaching a Healthy Weight, Managing Stress Effectively, and Achieving Deep Restorative Sleep (Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, Inc., 2018). Used by permission.