11 Tips for Healthy Living

11 Tips for Healthy Living

11 Tips for Healthy Living
11 Tips for Healthy Living

Healthy living is all about finding a balance. It is perfectly fine to have a slice of cake with tea or have some pie at dinnertime, and even the occasional ice-cream cone or deep fried southern chicken. However, it is imperative that we recognize when we are taking things too far. Indulgent food should be savored and enjoyed, but only on occasions. It is also very important that we remember that the majority of our daily diet should be healthy and nutritious foods.

Additionally, there is the 'task' of exercising. It is one thing to indulge your taste buds occasionally and couple that with constant exercise, it is quite another to indulge and remain sedentary. The latter does you absolutely no good. Remember, it is all about maintaining a balance. In light of that, here are 11 tips to help you gain that equilibrium:

1. Understand what you are eating

Too often we gobble down foods just because they taste good, without paying any attention to what we are actually eating. Always make an effort to find out what you are shoving down into your system, where it comes from and the effects it will have on your body.

2. DO NOT skip breakfast

How often have you heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? No matter how many times you hear it, it cannot be emphasised enough. Breakfast actually kick-starts your metabolism, helping you to become more alert and focused throughout your day. Make sure it is nutritious and wholesome. For those who are on a weight loss span, this is also very important, because a healthy breakfast helps to curb your hunger throughout the day. If you decide to skip meals, breakfast should not be one of them.

3. Drink those eight glasses of water everyday

As tasteless as it is, many people will complain that they do not like the taste of water. Suck it up, and swallow those eight glasses, your doctors , parents and nutritionists aren't just trying to punish you when they insist that you do. Water is an essential part of your everyday diet. It helps with the process of digestion, washes toxins out of your system and keeps your skin well hydrated. It also helps you to avoid consuming empty good-for-nothing calories from carbonated beverages, energy drinks and juices that we add sugars to.

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4. Stay active!

The campaign about 10,000 steps per day really is not a fad. Staying active is an essential factor to staying healthy, it helps to burn calories and ensure that your muscles remain functional. Cardio workout is also extremely important to your cardio-vascular system. It helps to keep your heart healthy and we all know without a healthy heart we are in a world of trouble. Schedule at least 30 minutes per day to get some exercise in.

5. Get an adequate amount of sleep

Sleep is another underrated factor to our well-being. In an effort to be very productive most of us neglect sleep without realising that the less sleep we get the less efficiently we function. A lack of sleep affects speech, motor functions, our mental capacity and increases attention deficit and irritability. It also prevents our bodies from repairing itself, because it is during sleep that cell repair takes place. Try to get between 7-9 hours of sleep everyday.

6. Get those omega-3 fatty acids

The omega 3s are some of the most essential fatty acids that must be present for several body function to be carried out. They are also essential to the nervous system and brain functions. They can be found in many fish and help to maintain good cholesterol while keeping bad cholesterol in check. If you are not a fish eater then you should take fish oil supplements or stack up on the other foods that are naturally high in omega 3s.

7. Get rid of that sugar habit

In addition to running the risk of developing diabetes, white sugar as well as high-fructose corn syrup found in many products, have absolutely no nutritional value. Eating too much of them increases your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and even depression (sugar highs and lows). Instead, supplement these sugar cravings you might have with carrots and fruits which have natural and healthy sugars. Try to skip those energy bars and energy drinks, because they provided the same sustainable energy that more fresh and whole foods provide.

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8. Floss!

One of the prices many older people pay is bad teeth and gum as they get older. Bad teeth and gum can affect your entire system, and the last thing you want to be losing as you age is your teeth. Also unhealthy gums help to spread bacteria to the bloodstream, and these can later lead to inflammation, infections and even heart diseases. Don't go to bed without flossing to remove food build up in those areas that your toothbrush bristles cannot reach- you will regret it if you do.

9. Pop a probiotic or two

There are healthy bacteria and then there are harmful bacteria. Probiotics help to ensure that there is an adequate amount of healthy bacteria living in the intestinal tract, the female genital tract, while inhibiting the growth of yeast and preventing recurrent infections. Yogurt is the most common probiotic and it does a wonderful just.

10. Embrace some silence and solitude

In a world that is filled with constant distractions, social networking that erodes any sense of self and the may other constant demands that require our attention, physical and mental energies, at the end of the day some quite time is needed. Just take a break from the world to rejuvenate your inner energies and breathe. Without this down time you might find yourself stressed and going crazy.

11. That shower before bed

That shower you take before bed is usually to wash away the grit and grim of the day, calm you down and prepare you for bed. We suggest you amp up the relaxation. Drop a few drops of lavender essential oil in the corners of your shower or add it to the bath water if you decide to take a soak. Lavender oil is a natural relaxant and will help you fall asleep. You can also place a few drops of eucalyptus in your bath or shower, to help open up your airways so that when you fall asleep it is relaxed and you can breathe deeply and easily.

Healthy living means you find that balance, and for that all aspects of your life must be taken into account. Enjoy putting these tips to use.

Make sure you get enough sleep – it's a vital a part of being healthy and directly affects however we have a tendency toll we are able to learn, grow and act in life.


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