Your body is a physical shell that takes you through life. How you deal with your body decides whether it will be bogged down, or flourish. Here we share a few tips to help guide you to a healthier lifestyle.
Drink more water
Our bodies are made of 60% water which makes it essential to all our functions. Additionally drinking enough water (2.7-3.7 liters per day) helps with weight loss. Even when away from home, make sure you carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep affects your concentration, causes premature aging, and leaves you leaving lethargic. Ensure that you get 6-8 hours of sleep daily for a healthy body and mind.
Pick exercises you enjoy
Exercising increases your lifespan, lowers risk of diseases, and aids in weight loss. Picking activities that you enjoy will make you want to do it naturally without the usual worry and hesitation.
Enrich your diet
Cut out processed and unhealthy junk foods. Include more fruits and vegetables for proper vitamin and mineral intake. Fermentable fibers such as those found in unripe bananas, cooked and cooled rice/potatoes help maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Switch out red meat with white meat, as the former has been shown to increase the risk of colon cancer. White meat such as fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamin D which protect against cancer.
Cook your own meals
Not only does cooking your own meals allow you to experiment and modify food to your taste, but also gives you complete control over what goes into each meal, as compared to a sub-standard restaurant or junk food.
Barefoot running/walking helps for better posture, and reduces the stress on your feet and joints.
Purge negativity from your life
Positive mental health is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Cut out toxic people who foster negativity, and ensure that your own negative thoughts do not drag you down either.
Alcohol, being a diuretic negatively impacts brain, liver, and lung functions. Cut out, or at least, cut down in alcohol consumption.
Avoid smoking and passive smoking
Smoking is the main cause of lung, kidney, and oesophageal cancers, as well as heart diseases. Second-hand or passive smoking is just as harmful as actually smoking. There is no risk-free level of passive smoking.
Get routine check-ups
Not all diseases manifest immediately or in the same manner. Get regular blood tests, urine tests, mammograms and pap smear(for women), and colonoscopies, etc. to ensure that your body is healthy.