5 Simple Rules for Amazing Health
Following a healthy lifestyle often seems incredibly complicated and there is also a lot of conflicting advice. But leading a healthy life doesn’t need to be complicated. To gain optimal health, lose weight and feel better every day, all you need to do is follow these 5 simple rules.
1. Don't put toxic things in your body
This might sound obvious, but you would be surprised at how many toxic things people put their body. While alcohol is fine in moderation, tobacco and abusive drugs are bad for everyone. But an even more common problem today is eating unhealthy, disease-promoting junk foods. If you want to gain optimal health, you need to minimise your consumption of these foods. Probably the single most effective change you can make to improve your diet is to cut back on all processed, packaged foods. This can be tough because many of these foods are designed to be extremely tasty and very hard to resist. When it comes to specific ingredients, added sugars are among the worst. Both can wreak havoc on your metabolism when consumed in excess. In addition, it’s a good idea to avoid all trans fats, which are found in some types of margarine and packaged baked foods.
2. Move, move, move!
Using your muscles is extremely important for optimal health. While lifting weights and exercising can certainly help you look better, improving your appearance is really just the tip of the iceberg. You also need to exercise to ensure your body, brain and hormones function optimally. Lifting weights lowers your blood sugar and insulin levels, improves cholesterol and lowers triglycerides. What’s more, exercise can help reduce depression and your risk of various chronic diseases. Additionally, exercise may help you lose fat, especially in combination with a healthy diet. It doesn’t just burn calories, but also improves your hormone levels and overall body function.
3. Sleep like a baby
Sleep is very important for overall health and studies show that sleep deprivation correlates with many diseases, including obesity and heart disease. So it's important to make time for good, quality sleep. Getting quality sleep can improve your health in more ways than you can imagine. You'll feel better both physically and mentally and lower your risk of various health problems down the line.
4. Avoid excessive stress.
Sometimes a little easier said than done! But the way you feel and how you think is also very important. Being stressed all the time is a recipe for disaster. Excess stress can raise cortisol levels and severely impair your metabolism. It can increase junk food cravings, fat in your stomach area and raise your risk of various diseases. Studies also show that stress is a significant contributor to depression, which is a massive health problem today.
If you suffer from stress and anxiety, try to simplify your life — exercise, take nature walks, practice deep-breathing techniques and maybe even meditation. If you absolutely cannot handle the burdens of your daily life without becoming overly stressed, consider seeing a psychologist. Not only will overcoming your stress make you healthier, it will also improve your life in other ways. Going through life worried, anxious and never being able to relax and enjoy yourself is a big waste.
5. Nourish your body.
The simplest and most effective way to eat healthy is to focus on real foods. Choose unprocessed, whole foods and try to include lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, as well as healthy fats, and oils. If you exercise regularly, eating whole, unrefined carbs is absolutely fine (and essential). These include potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes, quinoa and oats, etc.
It's worth making the effort to choose whole, unprocessed foods instead of foods that look like they were made in a factory.
A healthy lifestyle involves a wholesome diet, quality sleep and regular exercise.
Being healthy is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time, and you need to stick with it for life.