Living a healthier life in these 5 simple steps

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There are various ways to live a healthy life. Taking care of yourself should be a priority. We must all recognize that our personal health affects the people and environment around us.

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Get rid of the unhealthy habits already! Stop the littering. Get rid of the bad eating and sleeping habits. Practice good hygiene. Keep yourself and your environment habitable. When you take care of yourself and your environment, you’ll help take care of the world.

Below are five ways to live a healthy, environmentally friendly life

1. Practice preventive care

You probably are used to seeing your doctor twice or more times in a year, treating your water to ensure you have clean water to drink, taking the right kind of food and dietary supplements to stay healthy, etc. But do you know that daily preventive care you should practice should include sun protection and reducing your risk of obesity?

According to Dr. Dean Giannone, a specialist in internal medicine, “Obesity can compromise the heart, the lungs, the liver, the knees, the hips, the ankles, the muscles, and the spine. It can affect your sleep, making you tired and inattentive during the day. And oh yes, it can shorten your life expectancy.

”Obesity and its risks are incredibly dangerous to your health: the leading causes of death in the world are related to heart health, which is affected by obesity. By establishing a healthy diet and exercise routine, you can prevent obesity and other cardiovascular risks.”

“UV light is damaging to skin and undoubtedly a cause of skin cancers, so sun protection is always important,” says Plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan McIntosh.

So don’t forget to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothing (like a hat or an umbrella!) if you’ll be out in the sun.

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2. Eat clean and healthy

Eat nutritious diets to stay healthy. Stick to whole food. Cut down on your sugar intake and stay away from fatty food. Doing these will help you live a healthy life.

“Avoid or limit simple sugars and processed carbs, including flour products, because they cause your blood sugar to spike, provoking your body’s insulin response and promoting weight gain. You can consume good fats like olive oil and coconut oil in sensible amounts, and don’t forget to eat a rainbow of organic vegetables,” says Doctor Su Fairchild, a specialist in integrative medicine.

3. Stay hydrated

 Yes, stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water. Some people don’t take water, rather they prefer taking soft drinks or juice. Stick to water and avoid the health risks involved with processed foods.

Benefits of drinking water include:

  • Avoiding unnecessary calorie intake and the effects of caffeine and alcoholism
  • keeping your kidneys flushed, reducing urinary acidity for people with sensitive bladders, and
  • Saving money!

Avoid soft drinks like soda and excess juices because of the calories. People who drink a soda a day increase their diabetes risk by 50%, and those who drink diet sodas increase their risk by 20%.

4. Take your exercise outside

Take your exercise outdoors. Go for a run, and if you feel running is too hectic for you, take a walk instead.  It helps to improve your cardiovascular health. Outdoor workouts helps your body produce vitamin D.

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5. Manage your stress

Stress is a health killer. If you want to live a long and healthy life, do away with stress. Be happy. Think less, rest and sleep well.

Dr. Lori Wagner an internist says, “Don’t let stress get in the way of taking care of yourself.” Managing your stress can include taking breaks, staying organized, and doing five-minute meditation sessions at your desk.

By controlling your stress levels, you control your response to stress: overeating, undereating, over caffeinating, skipping the gym, etc. Stress impacts your health and your relationship to your environment, so put a check on it.

 

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