Our health is one of the many things we take for granted. It’s important to do everything we can to maintain or enhance our health. It’s a lot easier to enjoy life when we are feeling well. Here are some tips to increase your longevity and enhance your quality of life.
Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health but unfortunately too many people still smoke. Of course, if you do smoke, it is very hard to stop. You may not feel like you are in control of it. You are however in control of whom you smoke around. Passive smoking is very harmful. Do not smoke around children or people you care for. Smoke greatly increases their chances of lung and heart disease.
Do not drink excess alcohol. It harms the nervous system, causes liver damage and brain damage. It does make the annual Christmas party more fun, but unfortunately that’s one of the few positives of drinking alcohol in excess. By the way, the level of excess alcohol is likely to occur far earlier than the stage of having a hangover. Binge drinking is the worst. For a typical male, binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks in about 2 hours; for a typical woman, four or more drinks in about 2 hours. Women may be more at risk of suffering brain damage than men. It is thought that for women the damage exists after fewer years than for men.
Our bodies are made up about 75% water, not 75% coffee, not 75% soft drinks. Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. We drink too many things that rot our minds and rot our teeth. Drinking water does the complete opposite: it enhances concentration and the fluoride protects our teeth. Much cheaper than going to the dentist. As for those drinks that contain artificial sweeteners, research shows that some of the proteins in the artificial sweeteners are carcinogenic. Stay away from them.
Eat 4-6 small meals a day. Every time you eat, your metabolism increases and you burn more calories at rest. This helps you to lose weight. As a society we are too overweight and at high risk of heart disease and bowel cancer. Reduce the risk of such illnesses by incorporating healthy foods into your diet. Remember that food pyramid your doctor gave you 5 years ago? That’s the one. Follow that. Forget the fad diets. No one wants to like as thin as Posh Spice, do they? Eat lots of green and colourful foods. Any foods that are white or cream coloured should be questioned.
One easy way to avoid becoming sick is by having good hygiene. Stay away from sick individuals, avoid touching the door handle after washing your hands at the toilets, and do not eat your lunch at common computers. Those keyboards are filthy.
Stress plays a big role in health and happiness. Find things to do to relieve stress. Schedule some “me-time” into your day. Go for walks, listen to music, practise yoga, read a good book. Anything you can to chill out.