10 Tips to Live a Healthier Life

July 8, 2013 No Comments »
10 Tips to Live a Healthier Life

1.     Stay Positive

Listen in on the thoughts that come up in your mind and get rid of the negative thoughts. A lot of eating happens because one feels unhappy, so by staying in a positive mindset you cut out that unhealthy dependence on food to be happy.

2.     Drink more water

Water is essential for our body to function. About 70% of our body is made up of water. Water is needed to carry out our body functions, remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since we lose water every day through urine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing, it is paramount that we replenish our water intake.

3.     Meditate

Meditation quietens your mind and calms your soul. Studies show that meditation is associated with improvement in a variety of psychological areas including stress, anxiety, addiction, depression, eating disorders and cognitive function, among others. There’s also research to suggest that meditation can reduce blood pressure and chronic pain.

4.     Breathe deeply

Oxygen is a vital source of life. You may know how to breathe, but are you breathing properly? Most of us don’t breathe properly; we take only shallow breaths and breathe to 1/3 of our lung capacity. Athletes are coached proper breathing techniques to get their best performance. A full breath is one where your lungs are completely filled, your abdomen expands and there’s minimum movement in your shoulders.

5.     Get enough sleep

When you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more. Usually it’s junk food. Get enough rest and you don’t need to snack to stay awake. Also, lack of sleep causes premature aging, and you wouldn’t want that right? Right.

6.     Exercise

Movement is life. Research has shown that exercising daily brings tremendous benefits to our health, including increase of life span, lowering of risk of diseases, higher bone density and weight loss. Increase activity in your life. Choose walking over transport for close distances. Join a gym or take up a sport of your liking.

7.     Barefoot walking “Earthing”.

The foot contains an intricate and sensitive network of nerves and acupuncture points. Because of this, the feet are especially adept at picking up free electrons. There have been many proven positive benefits of barefoot walking; from anti-aging, sound sleep, heightened clarity, a calm nervous system, accelerated healing from injuries among others.

8.     Eat small meals throughout the day

Choose several small meals over a few big meals a day. This balances out your energy distribution throughout the day. In general, eat when you feel hungry, and stop when you’re full. You don’t need to wait until “official” meal times before you start eating. Listen to your body and what it tells you.

9.     Juicing. 

Juicing is where you extract the juice from vegetables / fruits (via a juicer machine). Since the fibre is stripped away, you are literally drinking the nutrients and minerals directly from the juice. Juices and smoothies complement each other; the former gives our digestive system a break while the latter gives us the fibre which aids our digestion.

10.  Eat organic.

There are many benefits of choosing organic foods and products. These include higher levels of antioxidants than conventional foods as well as less or absence of harmful chemicals and preservatives. An especially important aspect of organic produce is that it contains fewer pesticides or no pesticides at all. This is important especially for children since babies and toddlers eat more food and drink more water pound for pound of body weight and they have a less developed immune system when compared to adults.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”  – Jim Rohn 

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