A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools. This Spanish proverb says it all in one line. We have to know our tools first, there requirement and what suits them the most. We have to accept now that in order to live a long happy and healthy life, one has to make many efforts today. It is no more as easy as it was a few decades back. Here are some simple and surprising tips to help you live long.
1. Be choosy about your diet- eat the best and leave the rest
Be it your waistline or your health, the role of fruits and vegetables is irreplaceable. What can be better than the fact that while having taste you can give immunity to your body, right? It is proved that the most searched preventing elements of cancer and heart diseases are there in colorful fruits and vegetables, but it is not necessary that all the fruits and veggies will have same effect. You have to choose the best among a wide variety of all available. As they say “eat the best and leave the rest”. You should go for those which have more than their fair share of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients.
2. Make friend you can not only hang out with, but can also share your problems
Friends are the best emotional support in difficult times. It is important to have some close fiends with whom you can share all your problems. It helps reduce the stress and anxiety which is very common killer in today’s fast moving world.
3. Green tea should be your morning companion if you are interested in living a healthy life
If you ask me to describe green tea benefits in short, I would only say that it is the healthiest beverage on the planet. Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients green tea not only prevents diseases but also improves brain function and make you smarter. Green tea also has the power to protect against various types of cancer. Its health advantages do not end over here; it has effects on reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes by 42%, cardiovascular diseases by 31%, and also has a fair share in increasing our life span. We can say green is what you need to live a long, healthy life with sharper brain.
4. Quit smoking today
The unhealthiest habit today is smoking. You can not even think about living long life without quitting smoking. Smoking is the direct cause of many chronic diseases, and also it reduces our life by many years.
5. Take alfalfa sprouts as snacks in the evening
Alfalfa sprouts are one of the most significant dietary sources of phyto-estrogens, which are beneficial compounds in plant foods that can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. You also get tiny doses of magnesium, iron, folate and vitamin A from a serving of alfalfa sprouts.
6. Citrus foods to bring the antioxidant effect
Citrus fruits include oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits, in addition to tangerines and pomelos. All of us find citrus fruits juicy, zesty, refreshing and delicious but they are much more than that. All the citrus fruits are highly loaded with health advantages. They are a tool to fight weight gain, preventing cancer, maintain a good eye sight, and lessen the amount of medication you need. A study published in 2012 in the American Heart Association’s journal showed that women who ate the most flavanone, mainly via oranges, grapefruits and their juices had a 19 percent lower risk of blood ¬clot related stroke than those who ate the least amount. These also help in reducing stress levels.
7. Papaya is the king of fruits as it is the healthiest among all
If you don’t like the taste of papaya much, then you must talk to your taste buds to rethink. Seriously you will also be convinced enough to do the same after reading its health advantages. Papaya can refresh your eye sight, lower down the cholesterol, improve digestion, aid in diabetes, and boosts your bodies overall immunity. Ask yourself once again the next time you feel like saying no to papaya.
8. Get married soon
Married women are 50 % less likely to die of cardiac diseases, while in men the chances reduce to one third. Marriage also has some positive effects, right! Go ahead and get hitched up for a long healthy life.
9. Go out in sun
Your body does not love the idea of being confined inside the house, then car, office and again back inside the closed room. Sometimes you have to open the windows. Go out in sun as sunlight itself has beautiful healing rays, and breathe in fresh air at least two times a day.
10. Switch off your air conditioner and step out of your room for a while to breathe out in natural fresh air
May be you can manage to go for a walk in the morning and evening or like to do the same in some other manner, but make sure you expose your body to natural environment regularly.
11. Have sex regularly
You have very low chances of dying a premature death if you are sexually active at least twice a week. Apart from all other health benefits, couples with a healthy and active sex life can also look up to seven years younger than their actual age.
12. Work out
All of us are very busy in today’s fast moving world. Nobody has time to relax, but those who cannot manage to find time for exercise will have to find time for illness. This is the main cause behind many serious health ailments. Any machine in this world need regular greasing and servicing. Our body, although it is not a machine, requires some type of servicing. That servicing is given by routine workout that relaxes your bones and muscles. Whether you do it for 1 hour or half an hour, you must have a scope for workout if you want your body to work with the same efficiency.
13. Be optimistic
Your way of thinking and perception of life can make a difference of almost 12 years in you life expectancy. Next time you keep on mourning for something, just bring this fact in mind.
14. Spinach and other green leafy veggies
Do you remember “Popeye the sailorman”? He was seriously on to something. Spinach is really a super food that has unbelievable power ingredients. Bright, vibrant-looking spinach leaves are not only more appealing to the eye but more nourishing as well. The possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more. Someone said very appropriately that “Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon”. Don’t start keeping spinach in a box like Popeye after reading this but make sure you have fresh spinach in your diet.
There can’t be a better way to gain the strength and energy to carry you through a hectic morning schedule than with a steaming bowl of freshly cooked oatmeal. If you are trying to prevent or are currently dealing with heart disease or diabetes, it is the best way to start your day. Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan, which has direct effects on lowering cholesterol levels. Lowering high cholesterol levels can in turn significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
16. Regular health checkups are must
Try to fix an appointment with your doctor regularly, I mean once or twice a year at least. It will give you a signal of in which direction your health is moving.
17. Try to build you immunity with natural health products
Sometimes, even after following everything religiously, due to some hereditary factors and other conditions, we can have major or minor health issues. But if we have a strong immunity and a strong body, its affect will be minimal. In addition to this fighting with that disease would become easier as it would not be able to do much harm to our health.
18. Switch to a healthy lifestyle
In today’s scenario sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot. Recovering will be fast and comfortable as well if you take regular care of your health. Other than food there are a few other habits that influence our health greatly. No matter what you eat if you do not have these in your schedule, you can not stay healthy and your body will be prone to diseases. Have these habits in your routine to live healthily, stay young, fit and enthusiastic.
19. Eat well and also eat on time
Eating good and varied diet is important but timing your meals properly is equally crucial. You can not eat anywhere anytime. Have a schedule and follow that without fail. Never stay hungry for long but at the same time eat to live, do not live to eat and stop eating when your stomach is 80% full. Avoid over eating and chew your food patiently. All this may seem childish but trust me it has a lot of role to play in determining our health.
20. Try to avoid refrigerating things
Try not to keep everything in your refrigerator, especially fruits. And if you are bound to do so, try to consume them the same day or next.
21. Get enough relaxing sleep
Your body does its healing and repairing while you sleep, hence it is mandatory to have a nice sleep in order to get deep and superficial repairs done. No matter how much busy you are, you should have at least 7-8 hours of sleep in a day.
22. Hydrate your body
Your face will glow like a grape if you keep yourself hydrated and on the other hand your body will start shrinking like a raisin if you do not drink enough of water. Water is essential for human body and to stay fit, drink more and more water. At the same time cut down your alcohol and caffeine intake as these two are dehydrating agents and also bring aging faster. Who wants to grow old fast, I don’t think anyone of us love that. So just stay hydrated to stay young.
23. Alcohol should not be your cup of tea
And don’t forget, alcohol is something which gives temporary fun but leaves permanent consequences. The enemy of your long life which makes you look older than your age is alcohol.
24. Have fun in life
This is what all of us are here for- to live our life to the fullest. Scientifically talking taking deep breathes and expanding our lungs to the fullest helps in relaxing our nervous system and that reduces the stress levels. So, love what you do and choose what you can stay happy with.
25. Be an organized person
Those who always try to fix things, and put objects back to their place are likely to live much longer than those who don’t bother about their surroundings. If you are cautious about your money and thoughtful about your future, be happy because you certainly will live a long and healthy life.