How healthy are you? If you don’t know, think about the following questions. Do you have a healthy diet? How often do you exercise? How much water do you drink every day? How much sleep do you get?
Your body is your temple, that is why it is imperative to live a healthy life. Even if you look good on the outside, if you repeatedly abuse your body with unhealthy food and a lack of exercise, it will deteriorate quickly. More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese. That’s pretty scary, considering that just some of the risks of being overweight or obese are type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and cancer.
Good health is not just about exercising regularly and eating right- your mental health, self-image, and lifestyle effects your overall health. We have created a list of tips to help you live a healthier life.
1. Drink water
Over 60% of your body is made of water and water influences 100% of your body. You lose water every day through urine, perspiration, breathing, and bowel movements so it is important to refuel your body by drinking enough water to keep everything working. Some benefits of drinking enough water are it promotes weight loss, it fights fatigue, boosts your mood, prevents headaches, and it keeps us more alert. The amount of water you need to drink depends on your physical activity and your weight, but generally, we need half a gallon a day. Some signs that you don’t have enough water in your body are dry lips, dry mouth, and dark colored urine. If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding some lemon! Lemon water has many amazing health benefits because it helps with digestion, detoxification, and it rejuvenates your skin and heals your body. So, what are you waiting for? Go get a glass of water before you continue reading!
It is important to exercise every single day. Regular physical activity helps control your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, improve your mental health, and it increases your chances of living longer. Increase the activity in your life by taking the stairs, walking to work, join a fitness class, or pick up a sport of your liking!
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Fruits and veggies are full of vital vitamins and minerals. And no, taking synthetic supplements do not provide the same benefits as consuming fresh fruits and vegetables. Experts suggest that you should have at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day. Check out our podcast interview with Dr. Thomas Cowan and find out the unique way he gets more vegetables in his diet.
4. Eliminate processed foods
Frozen, boxed, and canned foods are just not good. They have little to no nutritional value and all the added preservatives are horrible for our health. When looking at the ingredients of processed foods, they often contain preservatives, colorants, flavor, and textures- all of these ingredients are made from chemicals. Processed foods have a lot of sugar and salt, which causes high blood pressure, heart disease, and weight gain. The most alarming quality of processed foods is that they are addicting. Highly-consumed junk foods can take over the biochemistry of your brain leading to addiction, causing over-consumption. Additionally, eating processed foods can cause people to become irritable and angry. The bottom line is to have a healthier body and mind, cut out the processed foods. Trust us, you will feel a lot better.
5. Go organic
Going along with cutting out processed foods, eat organic foods. USDA Certified organic foods are free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, chemical food additives, and genetically modified organisms. Yes, organic foods tend to cost more, but would you rather save a few dollars to put chemicals in your body or spend a little bit more to have a cleaner, healthier body?
6. Purge negativity from your life
Negativity is not healthy. Whether it is negative thoughts about yourself, unhappy thoughts, or negative people in your life, you need to purge. A great way to get unhappy thoughts out of your mind and body is to write them down. When you get frustrated, try journaling it. Write down your deepest thoughts just to get them out. To purge the negativity of yourself, consciously listen to the negative thoughts you have without judgment. When that little voice in your head starts saying something negative, just listen without it affecting your mood and actions. It is important to remember that a thought is not a fact. Additionally, get rid of the toxic people in your life. Positive mental health is key to living a healthy life, so if you have a friend who is extremely negative or critical, let them go.
7. Control your stress
Take a deep breath, let it go, and repeat. If you are living, you have stress. Stress is not necessarily a bad thing, but high amounts, especially over an extended period of time, has serious negative effects on your health. Stress can lead to headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, insomnia, and stomach problems. Studies suggest that stress can actually bring on or even worsen certain diseases! Long story short, it is not good. You can control your daily stress by first identifying the causes and create steps to reduce the levels of stress. A good method to helping your body and mind when you are feeling extra stressed is taking a couple of minutes to practice deep-breathing techniques. Additionally, yoga is a great outlet to reduce your stress.
8. Take gradual steps
Nothing good comes easy. Make gradual and continuous strides toward improving your health. A lifestyle change takes time and work. Start by making a list of the goals you want to accomplish and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t succeed right away. Set small, time-oriented goals and track your progress to work toward the big picture of a well-rounded healthy lifestyle.
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