Making the right changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer.
A recent study found that four bad behaviors—smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising, and not eating enough fruits and vegetables—can hurtle you into an early grave, and, in effect, age you by as many as 12 years.
While giving yourselflittle allowances for guilty pleasures once in a while, prolonged practice of these vices, however, may cause several diseases such as hypertension, arthritis, gout, liver problems, and other chronic diseases.
Fortunately, you can do something to correct these and other unhealthy habits. Adopt the following NATURE’S guide to keep your body healthy, fit, and strong.
Don’t go lazy on protecting yourself from daily health risks such as viruses and unpredictable weather. Bring an umbrella, put onsunscreen, or use a mask, if you must. While mild coughs and common colds are inevitable, the first step must always be to protectyou. The best way to do this is through frequent hand washing.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), hand hygiene is the primary measure proven to be effective in preventing health care- associated infection (HCAI) and the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Follow these simple steps on hand washing.
While this is hard to do, a gradual change in your routine will make a big difference. It’s not just about quitting smoking cigarettes or drinkingalcohol; it’s alsoabout quitting the excessive intake of processed, fatty, salty or sugary food.
Processed foods often contain food additives to help improve flavor or texture. But some of these additives are harmful or even life threatening. Harm can come from simply eating the additive, or by eating a certain amount of it on a regular basis. The worst thing about processed foods is that they increase the risk of serious, chronic disease.
According to health-food-site.com, important nutrients and vitamins are lost in food processing. On average, processing usually removes 50 – 80% of nutrients from food. The more steps involved, the more nutrients are lost.
For example, over 60% of vitamins are lost in the extraction of flour from wheat.
In other words, processing usually means removing nutrients, swapping good nutrients for bad, increasing calorie content, and removing other valuable elements like fiber.
Educate yourself. Consider what doctors and nutritionists call The Food Pyramid. Make it as your nutritional guide to help you make good choices for a healthy meal plan.
These foods provide complex carbohydrates, which are an important source of energy, especially for a low-fat meal plan. You can make many low-fat choices from foods in this Group. You’ll need six to 11 servings of these foods in a day.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in various nutrients. Many are excellent sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate or potassium. They are low in fat and sodium and high in fiber. The Food Pyramid suggests three to five servings of vegetables each day. They’re also low in sodium which makes fruit a great snack for people with high blood pressure. The Food Pyramid suggests two to four servings of fruit each day. Count only 100% fruit juice as a fruit.
Nutritional powerhouses filled with fiber and vitamins, fruits and vegetables can lower your risk of heart disease by 76% and may even play a role in decreasing your risk of breast cancer.
When you’ve found all the fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, and juices you need, understand how these foods can be beneficial and detrimental to your health. Remember your Go – Grow – Glow foods? Yes, we are going back to the basics.
Go contains Carbohydrates and promotes stronger body.
Glowis rich in vitamins and minerals, helps smoothen skin, and promotes better vision.
Grow is full of protein and strengthens the immune system.
It will be easy to redesign new daily menu once you’ve done your homework because this is only the implementation part. Make a weekly chart of the food you eat. This way, you’ll be able to monitor properly your daily nutritional intake. It is also advisable to prepare your own food to control what goes into your body. Remember, you are what you eat. Have self-control and keep a positive attitudein your routine.
If you are going to short-distance places, walk rather than take a ride. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go outside and meet the healthy 7am – 10am Sun. Put down your phone and pick up a sport. Exercise. Your body is a machine; keep it working. No excuses. Just do it.
According to a study, regular high-intensity exercise (such as running) can add up to four years to your life. This isn’t surprising given the positive effects of working out on your heart, mind, and metabolism.
While well- balanced diet and physical activitiesis key to a healthier lifestyle, maintenance is just as important. Include in your daily routine also the use of all-natural food supplement, such as the Malungai LifeOil.
Moringa, or more commonly known in the Philippines as Malunggay, is highly recommended to supplement nutrients to your dishes. Scientific research confirms that these humble leaves are a powerhouse of nutritional value. Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain SEVEN times the vitamin C in oranges, FOUR times the calcium in milk, FOUR times the vitamin A in carrots, TWO times the protein in milk, and THREE times the Potassium in bananas.
Thanks to Malungai LifeOil pure Malunggay oil extract, Malunggay’s unparalleled nutrients are now readily available and accessible.
Renowned scientist and expert on Moringa Tree,Dr. Monica Marcu, opined: “Healthy lifestyle means natural… I personally trust plants to keep me healthy and energetic, the way I trust nature to show me the path of wisdom in everything.”
Nature holds the key to health and long life. Use it and go natural to unlock the secrets to healthy living.
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