There are no guarantees that living a healthy lifestyle will add years to our lives. But one thing is fairly certain – if we take care of ourselves with a healthy diet, exercise, and a good attitude, the quantity and quality of our lives will be greatly improved. It could mean the difference in being a 70-year-old who can tumble with the grandkids or being 40 and feeling like you’re ready for retirement.

Americans spend less of their budgets on food than anyone else in the world. Unfortunately our “cheap” foods are often high in fat and low in nutrition. The natural flavors and vitamins nature provides have been processed out and replaced with artificial flavors and high amounts of sodium. These foods are cheaper because they have a long shelf life aided by chemical preservatives and additives.

Hippocrates said, “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal your patient with food.” That advice is just as sound today as it was then. A little extra care in the selection of foods we eat can have a significant impact on our health.