Healthy living doesn’t usually come naturally because there are many temptations that lead to bad habits and after that, to bad health. While it is fatally easy to get into those bad habits, it seems somewhat harder to establish the good ones, mostly because they are the opposite of what we’ve become used to. However, if you do a thing for 30 days, experts tell us it becomes a habit, so try following one or more of these simple tips for a month and see what happens.
- Drink more water. Water helps to flush the toxins out of the body and cleans the kidneys, one of our waste disposal units. Water keeps your body hydrated and helps to carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. It also helps to keep the skin looking young and fresh and helps you to lose weight. What’s not to like about that?
- Eat a healthy diet including fresh fruit and vegetables. Don’t overcook food as that destroys the nutrients in it. Have raw or lightly steamed vegetables for the most nutrients. Brightly coloured foods generally have a lot of antioxidants to keep you healthier.
- Have plenty of sleep. If you are constantly tired you become bad-tempered. You’ll also gain weight, since your body craves food to compensate for that tired feeling. Lack of sleep will make you age more quickly, since when you sleep your body restores itself.
- Find time to relax and live in the moment. In other words, stop and smell the roses so your stress levels are reduced and you feel calmer. Stress that goes on for too long contributes significantly to many serious diseases.
- See the dentist. Make sure you get dental work done on a regular basis to avoid gum disease that can cause a lot of unpleasant infections in your body.
- Likewise, have medical check-ups regularly, especially as you get older. This will catch an increase in blood pressure, heart disease and other things that can have a poor effect on your health – or be fatal.
- Get enough exercise. Exercise keeps you healthy by reducing blood pressure, exercising your heart muscle, preventing or alleviating joint stiffness and reducing weight. Pick one you love doing or you will find it difficult to stick with it.
- Cut down on eating processed foods, including cereal, bread and meat. These foods don’t have near the amount of nutrients the advertising claims for them. In addition, the high amounts of chemicals, salt and sugar in them are bad for your health.
- Do things you love doing whether it is craft, reading, running, swimming or just talking to other people. When you do what you like it makes you happy and that is good for your health.