We often hear about the benefits of healthy eating and having a healthy lifestyle. But how committed are we to actually making this happen? Most people genuinely do believe in the power of healthy living, so why do many of still struggle with maintaining this lifestyle?
In this article, we are going to share with you a guide to being your healthiest self.
Water is, quite simply put, life. The human body needs about 7 or 8 glasses of water a day. The most important function of water, as you may well know, is hydration.
But do you know that water also helps to flush toxins from our bodies, while regulating our body weight and keeping our blood sugar balanced? It also keeps our skin looking fresh and smooth and prevents wrinkles.
Eat More Fruit and Vegetables
We have heard this a thousand times, that’s because it is a very vital part of maintaining our health. Fruits and veggies are full of antioxidants and vitamins that play essential roles in boosting the immune system. Antioxidants play important roles in detoxification which helps us maintain healthy skin and optimum organ health.
A diet rich in fruit and veggies increases our chances of fighting against diseases. Make sure to eat different kinds but avoid drinking too much fruit juice as this is a source of too much sugar (which is bad for you).
Full Body Exercise
Yes, full body. Ensure that every part of your body feels the impact of your exercise. Full-body exercises work is intended to work a variety of the body’s muscle groups at once for the best overall results.
Exercising enhances bone density, stimulates the production of endorphins (feel-good hormones) and keeps the heart healthy. This one is tough for many people, but the hack is to choose an activity you like. Even simple changes like walking, instead of taking a car, or using the stairs, rather than an elevator, can do wonders.
Get Enough Sleep
Nobody is a fan of the zombie look in 2020. Even worse than the zombie look is how your health suffers when your sleep is inadequate.
Poor sleep has been linked to high blood pressure, poor concentration, a weakened immune system, mood changes and a low sex drive. At least 7 to 9 hours of sleep are essential for a healthy lifestyle.
Protect your Mental Health
Do not neglect the mental aspects while enhancing the physical aspects of staying healthy. Take breaks when you are stressed, have a loving support system, spend time with friends and family, read books, listen to good music and get therapy if you need to.
Mental health is such an important part of overall health that I cannot be ignored. Further, if you allow tour mental health to deteriorate without proper care, then this is going to affect your physical health too in the long run, which will mean all of your hard work to keep your physical body in shape, will be wasted.
Avoid Processed and Fried Foods
Processed sugars found in soda, candy, pastries, cereal and cakes should be taken minimally, if not eliminated altogether if you can. Many processed foods contain harmful chemical additives and trans-fats, which are also very bad for your health.
Deep-fried foods such as fries, burgers, and doughnuts should also be reduced in one’s diet. Swap processed sugars for natural substitutes such as honey and stevia. Drink more water and fruit-based smoothies instead of sodas.
Get Health Insurance
When all is said and done, the next thing to do is to protect against what we cannot foresee. Health insurance saves you and your family unnecessary stress when major health issues such as accidents and serious illnesses such as cancer arise. It gives you access to fast-track treatment, first access to new cutting-edge medication and treatments and helps and support from medical staff whenever you need it.
Taking care of your health is vital to ensure a good quality of life. Whether you are in, you are young or old, in good health or bad – you can change for the better and achieve your healthiest self.