Everybody longs for it- a longer, healthier life. But how exactly does one achieve this?
Here are a few tips on how you can make your life healthier, longer, better and generally happier.
Drink more water- Water is necessary for our daily bodily functions, it is essential to replenish the water that we lose every day when we breathe, sweat and excretion.
Get enough sleep- When you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more. Usually it’s junk food. Get enough rest and you won’t need to snack to stay awake. Also, lack of sleep causes premature ageing, and you wouldn’t want that.
Exercise. Not just a few times a week, but every day. Movement is life. Research has shown that exercising daily brings tremendous benefits to our health, including: increase of life span, lowering of risk of diseases, higher bone density and weight loss. Increase activity in your life. Choose walking over transport for close distances.
Eat more fruits. Fruits are a plethora of vitamins and minerals. Do you know that oranges offer more health benefits than Vitamin C pills? Taking in synthetic supplements are not the same as consuming the foods direct from nature.
Eat more vegetables. Like fruits, vegetables are important for the well being of our health. Experts suggest that we should have 5-9 servings of fruits/vegetables, and unfortunately most people don’t even have at least 5 servings! Some of my favourite vegetables include: Kidney beans, black beans, long beans, French beans and carrots. What are your favourite vegetables and how can you include more of them in your diet today?
Cut down on processed food. Processed foods are not good because:
(1) most nutritional value is lost (2) the preservatives added are bad for our health. Many processed foods contain a high amount of salt content, which leads to higher blood pressure and heart disease.
Avoid negativity– avoid negative people, thoughts and all things that make you unhappy. For mental health and general well being, keep negativity away from you.
Avoid alcohol- alcohol is a diuretic which means it promotes the production of urine, which leads to the loss of water from the body. It has also been repeatedly proven to have negative effects on our body and health – impacting the proper functioning of our brain, liver, lungs, and other major organs.
Stop smoking- it has been extensively proven that smoking is detrimental to health, severely increasing the risk of lung cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer (of our gullet), heart attack, and more. Smoking “light” cigarettes does not decrease health risks. Bottom line – if you’re a smoker, quit for better health for yourself, your family and friends. If you don’t smoke, stay that way and don’t start.
Have like-minded friends- When you are on your journey to improving your health, it is advisable to surround yourself with people who have similar goals and values as you. This way you will create a support system that will keep you honest and on the path.
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