“Scientists are racing against time to find cures for chronic and often fatal lifestyle diseases. But we can also take preventive measures to protect ourselves from them.”
Here, PSST.ph shares six simple but effective ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle:
Eat a balanced diet
Go for variety in your food choices, choosing a balanced mix of good fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, and fiber in your meals. Vegetables and fruits are good sources of nutrients. Avoid junk foods such as chips, packaged meat products, processed foods and high-sugar containing sodas.
Regular physical activity helps improve blood circulation, lung capacity, and muscular strength. A stronger body means a stronger immune system. Try going for a brisk walk or playing games with our kids. If you can’t afford expensive gym fees, you can also try joining mall-based or community based yoga or Zumba activities. If you’re not into it, you can try Taichi.
Get enough sleep
A good night’s snooze helps our body to relax, repair, and recharge itself after a hard day’s work. It is at night time that our body regenerates cells. At least, an average of seven to eight hours of sleep a day is considered sufficient rest.
Quit your vices
Cigarette smoking is associated with chronic diseases like cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Alcohol, especially if taken in excess, can harm your internal organs, like the liver and kidney.
It’s equally important to stay hydrated because about 70 percent of our body is composed of water. That’s why it is important to drink enough fluids to function properly. And when we say hydrate yourselves, we mean clear colorless water and that means, no coffee, tea or soda or any colored drink counts.
Go for regular medical checkups
Sometimes our bodies won’t give signs that something is wrong wit us. And at times, even if it does, we tend to brush it off or ignore them. Even before we start to feel the symptoms, it is important to have a regular medical consultation with a trusted physician.