Health is Wealth

There’s a reason why this saying is so popular. But health is not just the absence of sickness and disease; it’s the overall state of social, mental, and physical wellbeing. Health is about the function and efficiency of a person’s body, spirit, and mind. If a person isn’t leading a healthy lifestyle, they may suffer from problems like diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity, and other concerns. An unhealthy body is also more likely to experience tiredness, and to reach its limit earlier than a healthy one. When it comes to your health, prevention is much better than treating sickness or disease, and it’s deeply important to keep our minds and bodies healthy! Part of prevention is making a conscious decision to practice habits that fuel and protect your body correctly!

The following are a variety of tips to help lead a healthy lifestyle:

Consume a variety of healthy food:
It is very important for our body to get a balanced, healthy diet with all of the vitamins and minerals we need. We can do this by eating different types of foods. People should not rely on fast food or “convenience foods” (often pre-packaged, processed items) to fuel their bodies correctly. Instead, a balanced diet will have lots of vitamins and minerals. 

Drink plenty of Water:
It can be difficult to drink enough water, especially if you prefer things like soda or juice, but since 60% of the human body is made up of water, it’s important to consume lots of it! A person should drink at least two liters of water (just over 67 ounces) per day. If you are struggling to drink water during the day, consider a water bottle that has markings on it to show your progress visually. 

Eat fruits and vegetables:
Fruits and vegetables have high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help keep your body moving and healthy. 

Reduce or avoid the consumption of salt and sugar:
Too much salt and sugar can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can lead to heart disease. Excess sugar consumption can also cause you to be at a higher risk of diabetes (a condition where your blood sugar is too high). 

Control your amount of food intake:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be eaten throughout the day without skipping or fasting, but it’s very important to pay attention to how much food you are consuming. If you aren’t sure how much food you should be eating, you can ask your primary doctor. The amount of recommended calories and portions will be different and based on your weight, age, and other factors. 

Exercise regularly: 
Physical activity is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Easy and simple ways to amp up your activity level are to play outdoor games, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and going for long walks. Experts recommend at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise (like walking) or 75 minutes per week of an activity like running or cardio (Mayo Clinic, 2019). 

Eat more foods with probiotics and fiber:
Foods with probiotics or fiber will help keep your stomach and digestive system happy and healthy. Probiotics are live microorganisms that can improve the “good bacteria” in your gut, and they are found in things that are fermented, like yogurt or sauerkraut. Fiber, also known as “roughage” are foods that are left undigested as they move through the digestive system, which flushes out the body. They are plant-based and can be grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans, etc. 

Other Nutritious food: 
Foods with other great benefits are eggs, olive oil, herbs, and species. 

Ways to Improve your mental health:
Do things you enjoy
– Practice healthy sleep schedules
– Exercise
– Seek help from professionals when needed

Other tips include:

  • Three meals per day- breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 
  • Consume foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free/low-fat milk products, nuts, etc on a daily basis.
  • Choose food that has low salt, sugar, cholesterol, etc. Check the labels of the product packages.
  • Do not overeat when angry or when you are experiencing strong emotions. This may make underlying health issues worse.
  • If you are looking for a vegetarian lifestyle, consult physicians, and make sure you plan your diet accordingly in order to get necessary minerals, vitamins, and iron.
  • Wash fruits, vegetables, and other foods thoroughly before consuming them.
  • Do not eat raw or undercooked meat.
  • Early to bed and early to rise! Healthy sleeping patterns benefit the body and brain.

People who suffer from health issues:
Know your conditions and other health issues thoroughly. Consult your doctor regularly, and make sure you follow a balanced diet that’s been approved by your provider. It’s very important to practice healthy habits like these, to keep your emotional and physical health at its best!

“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”
-William Londen

Sources:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916

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