WHAT IS A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE?
A Healthy Lifestyle is a lifestyle that helps maintain and improve your health and well-being. There are many different things you can do to live a healthy lifestyle, such as healthy eating, being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and managing your stress. However, a healthy lifestyle is not just about eating healthy and exercising diligently, but also taking care of your “entire self” – your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. And that means caring for you from the outside and the inside.
HOW TO TURN HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Although there are many common ways to live a healthy lifestyle, actually doing it looks different for everyone, and means something different from one person to another. Regardless of what you choose to do, living a Healthy Lifestyle is a key component for disease prevention, well-being, and longevity.
Paying close attention to your diet, physical activity and stress levels allows you to balance all aspects of life and “your whole being” effectively. Below are 10 important things you can do to live a healthy lifestyle :
- Drink More Water
Most of us don’t drink enough water every day. Water is very important for our body to function. Did you know that more than 60% of our body consists of water? Water is needed to carry out bodily functions, remove waste, and carry nutrients and Oxygen throughout our bodies. Because we lose water every day through urine, bowel movements, sweat and breathing, we need to replenish our water intake. Because food intake contributes around 20% of our fluid intake, that means we need to drink about 8-10 glasses a day to stay hydrated.
One way to find out if you stay hydrated – your urine should be colorless or slightly yellow. If not, you don’t get enough water! Other signs include: Dry lips, dry mouth, and urination.
- Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can cause a number of Health problems including obesity, diabetes, and even heart disease. Lack of sleep that can continuously affect your immune system and make you less able to fend off colds and flu. So it’s important to sleep well.
You can do various things to help you sleep better at night. You can avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine before bedtime. In addition, alcohol is known to help you fall asleep faster, too much sleep can interfere with sleep in the second half of the night when the body starts processing alcohol.
Exercise can also help you sleep better at night. Just 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, like walking or cycling, can drastically improve the quality of your sleep at night, but avoid strenuous exercise before bedtime.
- Exercise Regularly
- Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits contain lots of Vitamins and Minerals. As much as possible, you should consume vitamins and minerals through your daily diet. Satisfy your appetite with nutritious fruits such as: Watermelon, Apricots, Avocados, Apple, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Guava, Papaya, Strawberry.
- Reduce Processed Foods
Processed foods are not good because most of the nutritional value is lost in making these foods and preservatives that are added are bad for our body’s Health. Many processed foods contain high levels of salt, which causes high blood pressure and heart disease. Processed food is anything that is not in its raw form. In general, most food in supermarkets is processed – the more ingredients there are on the label, the more processed.
- Breathe Deeply
Oxygen is a vital source of life. You may know how to breathe, but are you breathing properly? Most of us do not breathe properly – we only take short breaths and breathe up to 1/3 of our lung capacity. Full breath is when your lungs are filled, your stomach expands, and there is minimum movement on your shoulders. There are many benefits of deep breathing which include reducing stress and blood pressure, strengthening abdominal and intestinal muscles, and relieving pain in the body in general. Deep breathing also helps better blood flow, releases toxins from the body, and helps a better night’s sleep.
- Reduce Oily and Sugary Foods, Soda, and Caffeine
If possible, reduce your intake of fast food, french fries, donuts, chips, slices, and fried foods. Not only because they can be very fattening (1 tablespoon of oil is 120 calories), fried foods contain acrylamide, a chemical that has the potential to cause cancer. There are better alternatives, such as grilled, steamed, stir-fried, or even raw food.
Reducing sweet foods is also better for your health. These are things like candy, cookies, chocolate, cookie cakes, and jelly donuts. They not only make you full, but also make you want to eat more because of the rush of sugar. Use healthy snacks such as fruits, salads, pure juices, and unprocessed foods.
Drinks with Caffeine are diuretic, which means they accelerate the rate of urine production. This means they don’t hydrate you as well as plain water. Also, soda is not healthy, causes weight gain, and is an artificial stimulant. Replace your soda with water or vegetable juice.
- Stop Smoking or Avoid Passive Smoking
Smoking can greatly increase the risk of lung cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer, heart attacks, and more. Smoking lightly also does not reduce health risks. If you smoke, stop now and do it not only for yourself but also for your family and people around you.