It was a wise man who first coined the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. It’s not hard to introduce some basic healthy habits into your life. If you want to live healthier, eat better, or just have a more positive outlook , the below simple habits can be used by anyone to set the foundation for the blessing of good health through a prevention-based lifestyle.
Moderate Exposure to Sunshine
In our quest to avoid cancer and wrinkles, we have overlooked the health benefits of healthy exposure to life-giving sunshine. As it turns out, too little sunshine is more likely to cause health problems than too much. The sun is a better source of vitamin D than any known foods, and Vitamin D is essential for bone, heart, and immune system health. Be sure to wear sunscreen to protect against sun damage in long exposures.
Drink More Water
Chronic mild dehydration is more common than we realize. Not only does this cause a drop in energy levels, it affects several body processes like tissue regeneration and detoxification. Think about it; our bodies are 70 percent water. a good rule of thumb is to drink eight cups a day or half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds drink 80 ounces of water a day.
Get Adequate Sleep
Enough sleep is essential for a healthy body and mind. Enough means 7 to 8 hours every night generally for most adults. Too little sleep lowers hormonal levels and neurotransmitter responses. The result can mean poor work performances, depression, and anger. Turn off the TV, and put away the smartphone and alcohol before bedtime. Try warm milk or chamomile tea to help induce sleep.
Get Enough Exercise
Plenty of research exists to prove that even light to moderate exercise increases our chance at a long, healthy life. Strive for 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 times a week. This goal can be accomplished with aerobic routines indoors or walking outdoors. If you can find a way to have fun at the same time by hiking, biking, or swimming, you will be more likely to participate. Keep in mind that exercising outdoors can help with the goal of getting enough sunshine in your life.
“You are what you eat” is a saying that has been around for a long time for a good reason. Good nutrition is essential to good health. These days, this means more than a balanced diet including all the food groups. Avoid foods from animals mass produced in squalid conditions. These methods produce diseased animals that lead to toxic foods for us. Buy organic foods and avoid boxed foods which are likely full of GMOs.
All of these basic good health rules can improve your quality of life dramatically. Don’t kill the effects with abusing alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. 449 Recovery suggests you seek help for addictions to bad habits rather than try to quit cold turkey. In time, you’ll be living a healthier, more balanced life.