How was your health like over the past twelve months? Take an honest assessment of your health and dietary habits by going through the following questions:
1. Did you have enough energy to finish an entire work week with a bang in the whole of 2010?
2. Did you cook the majority of your meals or were you fond of buying food from fast-food chains?
3. Have you been eating at a healthy-sized portion?
4. Were you ever serious about paying attention to food labels and keeping a look out for fat and sodium?
5. Have you been physically active or have you even had a dose of light exercise daily?
6. Did you manage to quit smoking and control your alcohol intake?
7. How many "goodnight sleep" did you have all throughout the year?
8. Do you think you were 75% most of the time happy this year?
Take this easy-to-remember Health Survival Guide to help you live a healthier life this year:
1. Know your hormones and strive to keep them in balance
Hormonal balance is one of the major foundations of health. It is key to a long and healthy life. Though your body is designed to check and maintain its own hormone levels, many external factors can have these levels askew. Age, chronic stress, infection, anxiety and depression, obesity, wrong diet, sleep deprivation, hypoglycemia, chronic pain, and inflammation are among the common conditions that disrupt your hormone balance.
A healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet will help you keep your hormone levels in check. Enough supply of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids can help maintain good hormonal balance, too. You also have to reduce your intake of dairy products and meat as animal fats store chemicals which can affect the activities of your hormones.
2. Avoid chemicals and detoxify your body.
Every day, you encounter a large deal of chemicals affecting your health. Most of these chemicals can disrupt hormonal balance resulting in a series of health problems. Prolonged exposure to these harmful substances can cause significant effects to the nervous system and immune system. Illnesses associated with too much chemical exposure include adult and child cancers, numerous neurological disorders, immune system weakening, autoimmune disorders, asthma, allergies, infertility, miscarriage, and child behavior disorders including learning disabilities, mental retardation, and hyperactivity.
It is necessary to detoxify your body regularly. Taking detox measures will help you unload the toxins in your body and prevent your body systems from getting overworked.
3. Maintain a good sleeping habit.
Allow your body to heal naturally by giving it the rest and sleep it needs. During sleep, your body rejuvenates and gets the whole system ready to face the errands of the next day. If you maintain good sleeping habit, you constantly give your body a dose of repair every night.
4. Proper nutrition.
Changing your eating habit is the best way towards health. Not only does it keep your hormones in balance but it also boosts your immune system to help your body fight off disease. What you feed your body is reflected on your outside appearance and performance. Being fully nourished with the essential nutrients makes you feel and look vibrant and young.
5. Practice stress management - Practice the way of love to manage stress.
Stress is the biggest enemy of good health. It is often called the silent killer and expert stealer! It can steal your joy, energy, and can gradually kill your positive midset. More so, it has direct effects to your physical health. Stress doesn't end its havoc with draining you mentally. It can lead to chronic diseases and metabolic syndromes. Yes, it is true that short term stress raises your adrenal cortisol levels, which is a good practice to help your body cope. However, long term stress keeps cortisol high, which then subverts your metabolism to accumulate fat and burn muscle for energy, thins the bones, ages skin prematurely, and degrades brain tissues.
You must find your way to manage stress before it takes over you. You can embark on a new hobby or try a new adventure. Never fail to unwind and catch up with your circle of love. Relationship-building is a great stress-reliever in itself . Nothing beats having that inner joy.
Always have a "me-time"! This will prevent you from being overwhelmed with work and life's pressures. Meditate and have an in-depth connection with yourself. Check what you need to improve on then, know what you want. This kind of self-agreement will keep you on track. Dream and aim high. Experience the goodness of nature; recall the things that can generate the feeling of being thankful. Treat yourself and make yourself king from time to me. Be happy! Everyone is entitled to have his own kingdom in his lifetime.
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