Staying healthy often seems incredibly complicated. There are advertisements everywhere and several experts who give conflicting advice. However … being healthy doesn’t necessarily have to be complicated. People remained much healthier in the past, before all diet products and “healthy products” took over our society. The rules have not changed since then … our genetics are the same and what worked for people in those times can also work for us now. To have optimal health, lose weight and feel better every day, all you need to do is follow these 5 simple rules.
1. Do Not Introduce Toxic Things into Your Body:
There are so many things in the environment that are toxic to our bodies. Given the addictive nature of some of these things, it is often very difficult for people to avoid them. This includes the usual suspects such as cigarettes, alcohol and hallucinogenic drugs. If you have a problem with one of those … then diet and exercise are the least of your worries. Alcohol is fine in moderation for those who can tolerate it, but tobacco and hallucinogenic drugs are bad for everyone. But what is much more common today is to eat unhealthy foods, which lead to diseases. If you want to have optimal health, what you need is to reduce the consumption of these foods. Probably, the most effective (if not the only) change you can make to improve your diet is to decrease processed and packaged foods. This can be difficult, because many of these foods have been altered by so-called food engineers to make them as addictive as possible. As for the specific ingredients, the added sugars are by far the worst. This includes sucrose and high fructose corn syrup. Both can wreak havoc on your metabolism when consumed in excess, although some people can tolerate moderate amounts. Avoiding wheat can also be of critical importance and this includes whole wheat … which can lead to all kinds of problems. So, it is a good idea to avoid all the fats that require chemicals and that are produced in factories … this includes artificial trans fats, as well as refined seeds and vegetable oils such as soy, corn and sunflower oils.
Summary: You cannot stay healthy if you keep introducing into your body the things that give rise to diseases. This includes the usual suspects such as tobacco and alcohol, as well as certain foods and ingredients.
2. Lift Weights and Stay Active:
It is extremely important for optimal health that you use your muscles. No … it’s not just so you can have a steel abdomen and a bulging vein in your biceps. Lifting weights and exercising goes well beyond just looking good. It is true … if you exercise, it is almost guaranteed that you will improve your appearance and look more attractive to the opposite sex. But these benefits are just the tip of the iceberg … exercise is also crucial for your body, brain and hormones to function optimally. Lifting weights lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, improves cholesterol and lowers triglycerides. It also increases testosterone and growth hormone levels, both associated with greater well-being. Then weightlifting (and other forms of exercise) can help reduce depression and the risk of all kinds of chronic diseases, including obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and many more. Exercise can also help you lose fat, especially if it is combined with a healthy diet. Not only because it burns calories, but because it improves your hormonal state and the general function of your body. Fortunately, there are many ways to exercise. You don’t have to be in a gym. At any time you can do all these things for free in the comfort of your own home if you search on Google or YouTube “exercises to lose weight” or something similar. It is also important to always go out and stay active, especially if you can sunbathe while you are outside (for being a natural source of vitamin D). Walking is a good option and a very underestimated form of exercise. The key is to choose something you like and that you can keep in the long term. If you are completely out of shape or have a medical problem, it is a good idea to talk to a doctor or qualified health professional before starting a new training program.
Summary: Exercise not only makes you look better, but also improves your hormonal status, makes you feel better and reduces the risk of all kinds of diseases.
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.
“It is highly recommended to take the time to sleep well and have a quality sleep”.
If you feel that you cannot sleep properly for some reason, you should see a doctor. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and others are very common and in many cases can be easily treated.
Here are Some Effective Ways to Improve Sleep:
- Do not drink coffee at the end of the day.
- Try to go to bed and wake up at similar times each day.
- Sleep in complete darkness, without artificial lighting.
- Dim the lights in your house a few hours before bedtime.
- You can get more tips in online search engines.
Summary: Having a quality dream can improve your health in more ways than you can imagine. You will surely feel better both physically and mentally and at the same time reduce the risk of all kinds of health problems.
4. Avoid Excess Stress:
Being healthy is more than just taking care of the diet, exercising and ensuring sleep. The way we feel and how we think is also very important … and being stressed all the time is a recipe for disaster. Excess stress can raise cortisol levels and cause serious harmful effects on the metabolism. It can increase cravings for junk food, fat in the abdominal area and increase the risk of all kinds of diseases. There is also evidence that stress is an important factor in depression, which is a massive health problem today. In order to reduce stress and try to simplify your life, I suggest you do some exercise, practice deep breathing techniques and perhaps meditation. If you simply cannot handle the burdens of everyday life without becoming excessively stressed, consider seeing a psychologist. There are many ways to learn to deal with stress. Overcoming stress not only makes you healthier, it will also improve your life in other ways. Going through life worried, anxious and never being able to relax and enjoy is a great waste.
Summary: Stress can wreak havoc on your health, which leads to weight gain and all kinds of diseases. There are many ways to learn to deal with stress.
5. Nourish your Body with Real Foods:
The simplest and most effective way to eat healthy is to focus only on real foods. Choose unprocessed, whole foods that resemble what they are in nature. It is better to eat a combination of animals and plants … Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, as well as healthy fats, oils and high-fat dairy products. If you are healthy, thin and active, then eating whole unrefined carbohydrates is fully recommended. This includes potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes and gluten-free grains such as oatmeal and rice. However … if in your case you are overweight / obese or have started to suffer from metabolic problems such as diabetes or metabolic syndrome, then reducing the main sources of carbohydrates can help you get dramatic improvements. People can often lose a lot of weight simply by reducing carbohydrates, because they unconsciously start eating less. Whatever you do, make an effort to choose whole unprocessed foods, rather than foods that look like they were made in a factory.
You must Include These Habits in Your Lifestyle:
It is important to keep in mind that the “diet” mentality is a bad idea, because it almost never works in the long term. For this reason, it is essential to aspire to a lifestyle change. Being healthy is a marathon, it’s not just a race. It takes time … and you need to stay with good habits for a lifetime.