Living Healthy

Lifestyle changes should be slow and steady. Don’t rush in to major change or it won’t last.

There are many factors that affect your health. Some can not be controlled, such as your age or genetic makeup. But making changes in your way of living can have profound affects on your health. Moving towards a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and other serious illnesses.

Here are some tips on healthy living.

  • Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can make you too tired to move, eat healthy and work effectively. Lack of sleep also increases your risk of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Learning to sleep well at night is an important component of living healthy.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fiber. Try replacing all the bad carbs in your diet with good carbohydrates. Eating healthy is necessary for optimal health. Including many colorful vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and other fiber-rich foods in your diet and eliminating the refined foods that are highly glycemic is essential to good health.
  • Drink ample amounts of pure clean water. Start by replacing the intake of other drinks with water. Water is an essential nutrient for a healthy life. It helps to digest food, eliminate harmful toxins and absorb nutrients.
  • Be physically active. A healthy active lifestyle means that you move your body as much as possible. So practice a lively exercise routine or simply go for a walk everyday. Whatever activity you choose, do it regularly for optimal benefit.
  • Take supplements. Research shows that optimal nutrients (above RDA) can slow aging, prevent disease and help you feel better than ever. Therefore include quality supplements to your daily healthy diet. It is important to remember, however, that taking supplements cannot substitute for healthy eating. They must be used in conjunction with a healthy diet for any benefit to be gained.
  • Exchange the bad fats in your diet with good fats. Keep the total intake of fat calories in your diet to around 25% to 30% (the national average is 42%). And remember to choose healthy fats especially with essential fatty acids and omega-3 EPA as well as DHA. Fats such as those found in avocado, nuts, coconut oil, olive oil, walnut oil to name a few are very beneficial for good health. Harmful fats found in animal products and fried foods are detrimental.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Fad diets and pills have no place in a healthy lifestyle. Instead, give emphasis to healthy eating and active living for healthy weight loss.
  • Trade the bad habits for good habits. Excessive sodium, smoking, alcohol, caffeine, bad news and negative people can undo all the good in a healthy lifestyle. Get rid of them.
  • Be positive and optimistic. Your attitude is the driving force behind a healthy life. As Abe Lincoln said, “An individual is as happy as he/she makes his/her mind to be.” So make sure you decide to be happy and healthy for the future ahead of you.
  • Live a healthy active social life. Research has shown that healthy people have healthy relationships and socialize regularly to exchange ideas and offer mutual support. These are very important aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

The key of living healthy is small change. Don’t try to change everything at once. Ease into a lasting lifestyle change that you can live with. Living healthy does take a degree of discipline and commitment but good health will be your reward.

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