These days everyone is looking for ways to be healthy. As a society, we have become more conscious of the long-term effects of poor diet and exercise. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and a host of others have been an increasing concern for decades.
People want solutions, but the problem is that everywhere you turn there is a new wonder diet or miracle pill “guaranteed” to bring better health.
Misinformation and data overload make educating yourself on health challenges. The good news is that there are a few basics that apply no matter your body type, age, or any other factor. Here they are:
Drink Enough Water
It is common knowledge that humans are more than 50% water. So just from a numbers standpoint, it makes sense that replenishing your body’s water is a smart idea. In fact, drinking enough water will prevent such things as:
- Heat injury
- Urinary tract infections
- Low blood volume (potentially life-threatening)
Drinking enough water is especially important when the weather is hot, when you are sick, or when you are exercising.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is crucial to maintaining health. It is Mother Nature’s way of helping us recharge our “batteries”.
Specifically, sleep is the time when our organs repair themselves. During the sleep cycle, T-cells (immune cells) roam throughout the body, destroying any invaders (such as bacteria or germs).
And according to Harvard.edu, “chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.” So getting enough sleep is obviously important.
There is some debate about what is “enough” sleep. However, it generally accepted that the average adult needs 7 - 9 hours of quality sleep a night.
This one’s a no-brainer. The human body was designed to be used. Up until the advent of machines and especially electronics, people were physically active on a daily basis.
Computers and automation brought many advantages, but one downside is the vast increase in those who lead a sedentary (mainly sitting or inactive) lifestyle.
The solution is to set up an exercise regimen that you love and then stick to it no matter what.
There will always be an excuse not to exercise. But the result will be an out-of-shape body and a limitation on the activities you can enjoy.
So join a gym, sign up for a class, or exercise from home. What you do doesn’t matter as much as whether you do it consistently.
Take Some “Me” Time
This one may not be as obvious as the others, but it is just as important. Caring for your family and performing well at your job are usually the main focuses of a person’s life.
And rightly so. The ability to help others is one of mankind’s highest callings.
But how well will you be able to care for others if you don’t care for yourself?
Take a few minutes every day to read a book, go for a walk, paint, or whatever else floats your boat. Experiment until you find the things that bring you joy, then allow yourself to focus on them for a few minutes a day.
Food As Medicine
There is a growing recognition among informed adults that true health begins in the kitchen.
The more home-cooked meals you eat, the better your health will be. This is because you have control over the ingredients and can avoid sugar, processed foods, and chemicals.
As a part of the whole “food as medicine” movement, look for supplements (such as adaptogens) made from whole food sources rather than synthetic ingredients. These types of supplements work in harmony with your body’s functions.
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