When you think about being healthy, it seems like it should be simple, doesn’t it? You eat natural foods and exercise. That should be enough, shouldn’t it? It often feels that being healthy can be a little complicated. We get conflicted messages everywhere. We shouldn’t drink red wine; we should drink red wine. We shouldn’t lift heavy weights; we should lift heavy weights. And those are just two examples.
Being healthy can be simple, though. If we look back to how things were hundreds of years ago, we can learn a lot. So based on those simple things, here are some guidelines to help you be healthy.
There are chemicals in a lot of things these days. Just look at any food label and you will see what I mean. Do you know what a lot of those things are? A good rule to follow is that if you can’t pronounce it, then you shouldn’t eat it. These things are on processed foods that are filled with artificial everything. If we cook from scratch, using natural foods, we will be on our way to good health. It does require planning and being organised. But it is your health, so it is important to make it a priority. Other things to avoid are tobacco and non-prescription drugs. They are full of toxins that are not good for your body, in any shape or form. These things should certainly be avoided.
Taking care of your body in other ways is important too. As well as what you put in your body, you need to think about what you do with your body. It is important to make sure that we move around and keep active. It can be harder with how work is these days. We sit a lot more and use cars much more than we did. Working out doesn’t have to be about getting a six-pack unless you want it to. It is about getting your muscles stronger, burning calories and getting the blood flowing. This will all help you to be more productive, stronger and even improve things like your posture. All important for good health.
There are some things that you might not realise impact your health as much as they do. Good oral health is important for overall good health. If you have gum disease or tooth decay, it can affect other parts of your body. It can lead to heart problems and even stroke. So making sure you take care of your teeth is a priority. Regularly brushing your teeth and having dental check-ups is a must. When did you last see your dentist? If it was a while ago, think about making yourself an appointment at the dental centre soon.
The final step is to make sure that you get enough sleep. People that sleep for less than seven hours per night are much more likely to overeat and to do less exercise. What are the things that you do to keep yourself fit and healthy?