10 Ways To Become A Healthy Person
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Health is a state of complete emotional and physical well-being. Becoming healthy and staying healthy has a lot of factors. These include genetics, environment, relationships, and education.
There are two common types of health; physical health involves physical well being such as maintaining physical fitness, which can protect and develop the endurance of a person’s breathing and heart function, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition.
Mental health refers to a person’s social, emotional, and psychological well being and as important as physical health.
Here are 10 ways on how you become a healthy person:
1. A healthy smoothie for breakfast.
Mornings are the busiest time of the day, taking kids to school, going to work, or feeding the pets. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you need to have the energy to start your day.
Smoothies have become popular these days, and you might want to try it too. The really good thing about smoothies is that you can get all vitamins, nutrients, and especially the fiber from fruits and vegetables as compared to fresh juices.
Most of the fiber in fruits is found on its skin or juice pulps; using juicer only leaves you with liquid juices, and the rest are thrown away. Making smoothie, on the other hand, lets you consume all the fiber from fruits and vegetables that go into the mix. And fiber is essential to help slow digestion, which keeps us feeling full longer and stabilizes sugar levels.
2. Avoid sugary drinks.
Sugary drinks contain added sugar, artificial flavoring, and sweeteners. Too much consumption of sugar can lead to serious health problems.
According to the Boston Public Health Commission, drinking a large amount of sugary beverage can:
-increase the risk of gaining weight and developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and gout,
-children who drink carbonated sugary beverages have almost double the risk of dental cavities,
-and drinking just one 20-ounce bottle of a sweet beverage per day can result in gaining 25 extra pounds per year.
It’s easier said than done. You can start by consuming less, and then slowly; you can remove it from your food.
Here’s a read on the 7 foods that can decrease your sugar cravings.
3. Drink more water
Staying hydrated is very important to our body; that’s why it is recommended to drink 8-ounce glasses or equivalent to 2 liters of water per day. It can help you lose weight loss, may help prevent and treat headaches, helps maximize physical performance, may help treat kidney stones, and many more.
4. Healthy snacks
Aside from having three meals a day, snacks in between are also part of it. Most of these foods come from package snacks or processed food with lots of preservatives, artificial flavorings, and other ingredients that may not be good when consumed too much, and this is what most of us buy because it tastes good, and we love it.
Opting for a healthier snack might be difficult for some, which I think is reasonable, but if you want to be healthy, I think you might consider banana, some dates, nuts, fruits, and fresh green salads for a start.
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5. Meal planning
Meal planning saves you time in food preparation because you have prepared it earlier, you know what foods you consume in your body since you choose healthier options, it saves you money for only buying what you need, and it controls your eating habits as well.
Although this might not be for everyone, I know, because sometimes it’s a bit stressful thinking of what to cook by next week and the week after and also preparation might take some time but if you wanted to be healthy then try it then.
6. Mindful Eating
Mindful eating is a powerful tool that helps you eat healthier with minimal effort — Healthline.
Mindful eating reduces stress, increases enjoyment, easier digestion, reduced food cravings, you have control over your food instead of it controlling you, and you’ll enjoy eating your food at the moment.
Eat slowly, savor the food, and enjoy it.
I also talked about mindful eating here.
7. Move more.
With busy schedules, some people find it hard to do exercises. Even so, it is something that you need to find time to do so. You can go out for a walk. When you’re sitting too much, you can do some stretch exercises, or instead of using an elevator, why not take the stairs. These simple exercises can significantly improve your health and well being.
8. Take supplements
Many people still struggle to meet their daily nutritional needs through foods alone; although whole foods contain a variety of nutrients, there is still a need for supplements.
Soluble fiber like glucomannan can help you stay fuller for longer, reduce blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels. Fish oil supplements are linked with a lower risk of heart disease, less chronic inflammation, and better mental health by Healthline.
9. Have a good night’s sleep.
Before turning in to bed, try to unplug your devices. A night of good sleep can improve concentration and productivity and improves immune function. Sleep loss can reduce your ability to interact socially, and an inadequate amount of sleep is believed to caused depression and sleeping disorders like insomnia.
People with less sleep duration tend to gain weight significantly and a strong risk factor for obesity.
That is why sleep is important.
Have you been stressed lately? Or are you always stressed out? Have you heard about meditation?
Meditation is simply relaxation, and you don’t think of anything else at all. It helps you calm your mind, improves your communication, gives you better clarity, and it rejuvenates the mind and body.
To achieve a calm mind and body, practicing meditation is necessary.
Take a seat. Set a time limit. Focus on your breathing.
“Health isn’t about being “perfect” with food or exercise or herbs. Health is about balancing those things with your desires. It’s about nourishing your spirit as well as your body. “– Golda Poretsky