My 20 Health Tips for 2020

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20 Health tips for 2020 by Dr James Liddell

A healthy lifestyle is an investment that will reward you when everyone is falling apart in his or her old age. Are you ready to move into the optimal health zone?

  1. Eat more healthy

 Start your day with a green juice and go at least 50% RAW

RAW foods benefits

  • More energy daily
  • Lose weight faster
  • Boost your immune system naturally
  • More free time and less time in the kitchen
  • Improve chronic disease management like: diabetes, allergies and many other ailments.
  • Anti-aging
  • Digest food better and absorb nutrients better

Eat organic Foods when Possible

Organic fruit and vegetables contain at least 4x more nutrition and no herbicides and pesticides.

Eat free-range grass-fed protein

Free range livestock is not exposed to antibiotics, cortisone and hormones and are available from selected butchers.

Reduce trans-fat intake to reduce heart disease

  • Avoid fast food that has been deep fried
  • Use oils that has a high smoke point


  1.  Drink good quality water that is free from bacteria and chemicals

Municipal water is chemically cleaned before we use it. Some chemicals stay in the water after the cleaning process DBP (disinfection by-product). There are many different disinfection by-products and only one is monitored – trihalomethanes. DBP`s (disinfection by-products) are associated with cancers of the bladder, colon and rectum; adverse birth effects like spontaneous abortion; low birth weight and congenital malformations.  Is our drinking water safe?


Remember the following about water:

  • In 75% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
  • Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
  • One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
  • Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
  • Water regulates body temperature and maintains bowel movements. It will also build resistance to infection by nourishing the mucous lining of the respiratory tract.


  1. Exercise at least 3 hours per week – 4-6 times a week

The Benefits of Regular Exercise keeps our bodies in good shape, our minds focussed and has long term benefits.  Do something that you enjoy and you will do it regularly.

The Benefits of Regular Exercise

Musculoskeletal system

  • Increase muscle strength and muscle mass
  • Increases flexibility of muscles and range of joint motion
  • Produces stronger bones, ligaments, and tendons
  • Lessens chance of injury
  • Enhances posture, poise, and physique
  • Prevents osteoporosis

Heart and blood vessels

  • Lowers resting heart rate
  • Strengthens heart rate
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves oxygen delivery throughout the body
  • Increases blood supply to muscles
  • Enlarges the arteries that provide blood to the heart muscle
  • Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Helps lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Raises levels of HDL the “good” cholesterol

Bodily processes

  • Improves immune function
  • Aids digestion and elimination
  • Increases endurance and energy levels
  • Promotes lean body mass; burn fat

Mental processes

  • Provides a natural release from pent-up feelings
  • Helps reduce tension and anxiety
  • Improves mental outlook and self-esteem
  • Helps relieve moderate depression
  • Improves the ability to handle stress
  • Stimulates improved mental function
  • Induces relaxation and improves sleep
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Improves sexual function in both men and women


  1.  Meditate at least once a day for 15 minutes – it will assist in managing stress

Meditation and exercise are best and most affordable remedies for stress management. Meditation on a daily basis will keep you cool in the storm. Peace is happiness. Create the discipline to meditate daily and experience peace at all times. What happens in your daily life is a reflexion of what happens inside you. Meditate 20-30 minutes a day.  Start with 5-10 minutes and build it up.

  • Meditate daily at the same time. Meditate before meals.
  • Open eyes wander – better to close your eyes.
  • You can sit in a chair or cross-legged on the floor.
  • Sit straight up – head and chin lifted – arms and hands relaxed in your lap.
  • Sit still, but if you cannot then walk and meditate. When walking, keep your head up, swing your arms, gaze ahead and synchronize your breathing with your walking.
  • Learn to meditate – , and download “HEADSPACE” on your smart phone for guided meditation.


  1. Detox at least once a year

Toxins can make you feel awful and you need to detox at least once a year to get sparkle back into your life


  • Overindulging and bad eating habits (diet high in: refined carbohydrates, sugar and alcohol) can lead to toxin overload.
  • Liver toxicants: alcohol, drugs, solvents, pesticides, herbicides and food additives
  • Heavy metal exposure: petrol, diesel, jewellers, battery makers and printers
  • Microbial compounds: toxins like amines produced by bacteria and yeast in our gut
  • Breakdown products from protein metabolism: toxic waste from protein metabolism is eliminated via kidneys.

  Effect of toxins on your health

  • Migraine and headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Fatigue
  • Slow metabolism and low energy


  1.  Reduce salt and sugar intake and use Himalayan salts in moderation and minimise microwave cooking because of uneven cooking and heating in plastic containers

Salt increases the absorption of sugar and can aggravate oedema. Sodium or a lack of calcium, magnesium or potassium can increase arterial muscular pressure. Sodium and potassium also maintain the body’s water balance, nerve and muscle impulses. Table salt contains too much sodium and no potassium, magnesium and calcium. The imbalance between sodium and potassium is the big problem in salt. A lot of sodium is hidden in processed food, preserved food and cool drinks. Use a balanced salt like Herbamore or Himalayan salts in moderation where you will find a balanced composition between potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium.

  • Sugar is addictive (eight times more addictive than cocaine).
  • It disturbs minerals in your body causing chromium and copper deficiencies,

also problems with the absorption of calcium and magnesium.

  • A rapid rise of adrenaline, causing hyperactivity, anxiety, poor concentration

foul moods in children, and worsens ADHD.

  • Significantly raises total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and

          decreases good cholesterol.

  • Causes drowsiness and decreases activity in children
  • Causes food allergies
  • Childhood eczema
  • Reduces learning capacity and causes learning disorders
  • Anti-social behaviour and other emotional disorders
  • Depression and emotional instability
  • Alters your mind’s ability to think clearly by causing an increase in delta, alpha

and theta brain waves.

  • Increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Toxemia during pregnancy
  • Can lead to premature delivery and a twofold risk of low birth weight infants

in pregnant adolescents

  • Increase the risk of polio
  • Slows down adrenal gland function
  • Hormonal imbalances including increased estrogen in men, exacerbates PMS

and decreases the growth hormone.

  • Decreases insulin sensitivity causing abnormal high insulin levels and eventually


  • Increases fasting glucose levels and causes reactive hypoglycemia
  • Increases liver size by making your liver cells divide and increase liver fat amounts
  • Changes into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than starch
  • High blood pressure
  • Induces cell death
  • Changes the structure of collagen causing premature skin aging
  • Cancer cells thrive in a sugar rich environment. Sugar has been linked to the

development of several cancers including breast, ovarian, prostate, rectum, pancreas,

biliary  tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.

  • Problems with gastrointestinal tract including an acidic digestive tract, indigestion,

mal-absorption in functional bowel disease patients, increased risk of Cohn’s

disease and ulcerative colitis can be caused by sugar.

  • Sugar can cause acidic saliva leading to tooth decay, and periodontal disease
  • Sugar stimulates LPL (lipoprotein lipase) which is a fat storing enzyme
  • Suppresses your immune system and increasing risk of infectious diseases
  • Sugar can contain traces of herbicides, pesticides and bleaches
  • Research has shown it directly affect focusing ability it slows and disables it
  • One spoonful affects short sighted vision for an hour


  1. Know your numbers – have a blood test at least once a year – know your risk and manage it


Vit D





Body weight


Hip to waist ratio


  1.  Relationships – be happy and laugh often

A friendly and smiley face will improve relationships. You will rather talk to a smiley face than a grumpy one. Laughter defuses conflict and improves group bonding. We all love to go home and see our happy pets. Our partners should be like our pets – always happy to see us.


  1. Alcohol – the side effects outweigh the benefits

Short-term side effects of using alcohol include:

  • Can reduced concentration
  • Can affect co-ordination and slower reflexes
  • The loss of inhibitions and more confidence
  • Can cause a flushed appearance
  • Can blurred vision and slurred speech
  • Can intense moods, e.g. aggression, elation, depression
  • Can cause headaches
  • Can cause nausea and vomiting
  • Increase risk of injuries associated with falls, accidents, violence and intentional self-harm
  • Can increase motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Can cause blackouts
  • Increase risk of drowning
  • Can increase risk of fires
  • Can cause alcohol poisoning, coma and death
  • Slows your metabolism and can cause weight gain

Long-term side effects of alcohol

Drinking a lot of alcohol regularly over time is likely to cause physical, emotional or social problems. These may include:

  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Cancer of: mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, bowel (in men) and breast (in women)
  • Heart disease: a range of diseases affecting the heart and blood, and including stroke and hypertension
  • Nerves of the arms and legs can get affected
  • Brain injury: alcohol-related
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Toxic effects on pregnancy or and breastfeeding
  • Leads to poor diet and deficiencies
  • Digestive problems
  • Reduced resistance to disease and more frequent infections
  • Aggravate skin problems
  • Sexual impotence and a reduction in fertility
  • Long term and short-term concentration and term memory problems
  • Aggravate and initiate depression
  • Family and relationship problems that can lead to divorce
  • Reduction in work performance
  • Legal and financial difficulties over the long term
  • Alcohol disrupts the harmony between the chakras and meridians

Alcohol disrupts the harmony between the chakras and meridians

The more you become aware of the effect’s alcohol has on your physical self, the more your consciousness makes this a reality for you. Because of this imbalance, you can notice stronger headaches, aches and pains and a general low energy. This may also trickle into your mental state bringing up negative thoughts, behaviour and swinging moods.

The aura is vulnerable to negative energy

Auras are very sensitive depending on our emotional state. When you drink, it is more difficult for your intuitive self to guide you which may leave you open to the energies of other people and other beings. When your inhibitions are lowered from alcohol you allow your energetic body to be influenced.  Places like bars and clubs don’t particularly carry high vibrations or vibrational beings.

Drink responsibly, don’t drink and drive and if you suspect to have an addiction to alcohol get help. First port of call National Helpline: 0861 HELP AA (435-722).


  1. Smoking

Benefits of quitting – just a few

  • Stop further lung damage
  • Lower cancer risk
  • Lower ED and can improve sex life
  • Reduce risk for osteoporosis
  • Immune system improves


  1. Practice safe sex

 Benefits of safe sex

 Prevent HIV and STD`s

  • Pregnancy
  • Cervical cancer in women, genital and throat cancer in men


 12.Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing

 The flu virus is passed from one person to the other person through fluids from mouth and nose secretions. When we cough and sneeze, those droplets go into the air and germs spread.


  1. Prevent Malaria

We have 198 million cases of malaria worldwide each year. The world population is 7.8 billion, and 3.2 billion people are at risk for contracting malaria. Annually, there are about 584,000 deaths from malaria worldwide and 90 percent occur in Africa.


  1. Don’t use your cell phone when driving

 23% of car accidents involve cell phone use – that is 1.3 million crashes in the USA.   Minimise cell phone use whilst driving.


15.Wash your hands

 Washing your hands properly can help prevent the spread of the germs (like bacteria and viruses) that cause these diseases.


  1. Preparation for food

 It is important that worktops, kitchen utensils and chopping boards are clean before you start preparing food.   If they’ve been touched by raw meat, poultry, eggs or vegetables it is important that you will have to wash them thoroughly.   Please change the dish cloths regularly to avoid any bacteria growing on the material.


  1. Check your antioxidants at least once a year

 The Benefits of Antioxidants

  • Boost your immune system
  • Anti-allergy
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Increase fertility
  • Protect the body against cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Cataracts and Arthrosclerosis
  • Repair and protect damaged molecules like your DNA
  • Chelate heavy metals
  • Stimulate the body`s own genes
  • More energy
  • Supports detoxification


 18. Sun protection

 Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15+. Regular application of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 during the first 18 years of life can lower the risk of some types of skin cancer by more than 75 per cent. But don’t stop slapping it on when you’re older than 18. Apply the SPF cream to all areas – including ears, lips, hands, neck, hands, arms and feet. A sunscreen is not a license for sun exposure – remember no direct sunlight between 9.30 am and 4pm.

 Don’t use sunscreens that contain Retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A) and oxybenzone, they can actually advance skin tumours when exposed to ordinary sunlight.  The best sun protection is common sense: Go inside, or into the shade, when you start to turn pink, or after 15 to 20 minutes.

Checking your skin regularly means you’ll become familiar with what’s normal for you. If you find anything unusual see your doctor right away, otherwise go for a routine skin cancer check annually


  1. Weight management

 There are currently 1 billion overweight people globally

  • 33% of men and 50% of women in South Africa are either overweight or obese
  • Obesity is associated with at least 30 medical conditions – let’s name a few: diabetes, cancers, arthritis, hypertension and gallstones
  • A mere loss of 10% of bodyweight will reduce diseases associated with obesity with 50%
  • More people in South Africa will die of diabetes related causes than aids


 20.  Take your supplements daily

  •  RDA`s are standards set by governments to prevent diseases like scurvy and not for optimal health.
  • The Bateman report of 1985 stated that 85% of people who thought they ate well did not meet the RDA requirements.3
  • Statistically 10% people meet RDA requirements.
  • Modern man’s diet is full of empty calories because of high sugar, fat and refined flours.




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