We often hear that Health is wealth and there is no doubt that it’s true. It doesn’t matter how much money you make but at the end If you’re not healthy, you’re not going to enjoy it. But here’s the thing – living healthy isn’t as difficult as most people think. In fact, with little steps in the right direction, healthy living may be one of the easiest things to achieve.
So, in this article, I’ll take you through simple, yet uncommon, but proven ways of kicking your health up a notch. Let’s get into it.
- Adopt a Pet
Alright, pets can be scratchyand downright messy at times, but that’s not all about them. Pets can also save your life, at least so says the experts. Many leading experts say that Pets lessen our stress levels, resulting in decreased cortisol production, reduced blood pressure lower risk of heart attack. But that’s not all – there are so many other science-backed reasons why you should consider owning a pet… especially if healthy living is your goal.
Pets can help you stay active. If you need motivation for exercise, a pet may be all you need. In a particular study, the researchers found that almost half of dog-owners effectively exercised for half an hour each day for at least five days a week. Pets can help to fight depression. Another good news is that pets can help with depression as well. According to a study conducted on college students going through depression, there was a 60% reduction in depression symptoms after the participants spent a few hours with a therapy dog.
- Start a Garden
You probably didn’t think you could improve your health by getting your hands into the mud but as far as scientific evidence goes, gardening can actually benefit your health on so many levels. Here’s how:-
It exposes you to vitamin D. Among other things, vitamin D helps to strengthen the bones and immune system. Also, gardening is a great form of exercise. If you want to work out without even being conscious of it, then all you need is gardening. Gardening is a nice form of aerobic exercise that gets you breaking a sweat without even paying attention. The various moves involved, such as bending, twisting, squatting all work various muscle groups and help to improve stamina and flexibility. It can help to fight loneliness. and can have a huge impact on mental health as well. In many occasions, people who keep a garden have reported improved mood.
So, you’ve probably heard how sleep is so important for brain health and productivity, right? Well, it’s true! There is no substitute for quality sleep when it comes to maintaining good health. Apart from messing up your brain chemistry, sleep deprivation can affect your appetite, increase stress, induce insulin resistance and increase the risk of weight gain and obesity. So, whatever you do, no matter how busy you are, don’t substitute anything for a good night’s sleep. Experts recommend 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Have trouble sleeping? No worries, I’ve got you covered. Here are a few things to try for a better night’s sleep:-
- Stay away from electronic gadgets close to 1-2 hours before bedtime. The blue light emitted by smartphones, computers, and TV has been shown to affect sleep quality.
- Maintain a regular bedtime. It allows your internal clock to function properly and release the sleep hormone (melatonin) when you need it.
- Take a warm bath before going to bed. It helps to relieve stress and improve sleep quality.
- Take a Melatonin supplement. It is a natural sleeping aid that works effectively with your body to improve sleep quality.
- Ditch the Diet, Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle Instead
It’s that simple. Sure, any form of dietary restriction that results in taking significantly fewer calories will help you lose some weight in the short term. But in the long term, most diets just fall like a pack of cards! So, what should you do? Well, instead of focusing all your attention on this diet or that diet, why not just make positive lifestyle changes. Take a daily walk to the park, dance around the house when cleaning or cooking, ditch the cheap McDonalds doughnuts and eat fresh fruits and veggies instead. These seemingly simple lifestyle changes are way more effective and easier to maintain in the long-term than a restrictive diet. However, what you eat really matters too. If you really want to be healthy, you need to ditch refined junk foods and switch to clean, whole foods instead.
Nuts are particularly helpful. So, if you need a healthy snack to keep your mouth busy, without endangering your waistline, roasted almonds may be all you need.
- Eat More Eggs
Okay, so you’ve probably heard how eggs add saturated fat which are bad for health. Well, that is just nonsense. Eggs are so nutritious that they are sometimes even referred to as “nature’s multivitamin.” Eggs are usually discriminated against because of their high cholesterol content. But guess what – studies have shown that this has no effect on blood cholesterol in most people.
What’s more? In another study involving over 260k participants, it was observed that egg intake had absolutely no association with the risk of heart disease. What more do you need, right?
- Take Care of Your Gut
Okay, listen up – the pillars of your health are founded in your gut! Almost every imaginable health condition originates from a problem in the gut. But how’s that even possible? Well, the gut is home to millions of bacteria referred to as the Microbiome and these bacteria hold the key to your ability to adequately digest and utilize food, immune response and a host of other important stuff.
Interestingly bad lifestyle choices like eating junk foods, stressing yourself excessively and sleep deprivation and excessive antibiotic use can all have a negative impact on your Microbiome. So, what happens when you piss off the bacteria in your gut? Well in most cases, your metabolism gets affected and you gain weight. But in darker cases, the immune system gets compromised and that opens the door to various diseases.
Okay, how can you take care of your gut? Here’s a low down:
- Eat plenty of fiber. Fiber serves as food to the bacteria and it can also help to mediate the proper passage of food along the gut. High fiber foods include popcorn, oats, almonds, carrots and chia seeds.
- Eat slowly. It will aid proper digestion and absorption of nutrients, which promotes gut health.
- Take a probiotic supplement. Probiotics are supplements containing good bacteria that can help to promote the balance of the microbiome. Just be careful and ensure you get the right one.
- Drink more water. The good bacteria love it. It also helps to keep the lining of the intestines nice and healthy.
The Bottom Line
Living healthy isn’t as hard as most people would have you believe. Sometimes, it comes down to the simple, overlooked things.
So, now get to work, go on, plant a garden, adopt a pet, eat some eggs, hit the mattress, walk around, drink some weight-loss tea, make some changes in your pantry. Just do something and it doesn’t need to be a big step, start at your own pace. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. One thing is certain though – you can achieve your health goals with a little work, of course. You’ve got this!