Urban living and modern life can place enormous stresses and strains on both the mind and body. It can expose us to toxins from air pollution and unhealthy working environments. Over time, poor eating habits can affect your weight, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, insulin regulation, emotional health and your immune system reaping a bitter harvest such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, liver failure, kidney problems and other diseases.
Every area of life requires balance to have a healthy body and a sound mind that functions in complete harmony. The promotion and maintenance of good health requires taking control of yourself and your life. A well-balanced, nutritionally rich diet is the foundation of good health, abundant energy and vitality that makes you feel good.
Health Through The Laws Of Prevention
Prevention is always far better than the cure so it is better to treat your health with the respect it deserves. The human body needs different building materials at every age of life. From our foods we get the essential nutrients out of which the bones, muscles, nerves, skin and all the internal organs are formed. We also derive the energy we need in carrying on all the activities of life. If these essential nutrients are not present in our daily diet, we are likely to suffer from some deficiency and sooner or later we may find ourselves with health problems.
With busy lifestyles it is all too easy to neglect our diets. Many people do not always select the right foods for good health. It is important to keep the body functioning smoothly and efficiently through a constant stream of essential nutrients from a wide variety of nutritious foods from all of the main food groups. Do not rely on processed, convenience foods with all their chemical additives, extra salt, fat and sugar.
No one food will provide all the nutrients we need. A well-planned, balanced, diet will provide the essential nutrients needed for the growth and repair of the body. Carbohydrates (including fibre), protein, fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and water all have there own specific health giving functions necessary to maintain health and well-being.
The waistline is the truest indication of the body’s condition. The smaller your waistline, the longer your lifeline is a popular adage that has real meaning. Being overweight increases the risk of high blood cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes which in turn increase the chances of damaging the arteries, clogging them up and precipitating a heart attack. A sensible diet and exercise plan is the quickest and healthiest way to a well-tapered waistline. A diet to lose fat however, must still be a balanced meal plan as starvation diets are neither productive nor healthy.
A Healthy Lifestyle
-high-fat, high-salt, high-sugar foods, drinking excess alcohol, smoking and, lack of exercise gradually take their toll over time
-maintain a healthy weight
-a regular walking program is one of the best ways to relieve stress, aid proper circulation of the blood and provide gentle exercise. One can indulge in it at their own pace and enjoy the scenery
-develop good everyday living habits of personal cleanliness, fresh air and sunshine
-proper rest and relaxation and the right amount of sleep provides energy, clear thinking, alertness and leaves you refreshed
-creative activities contribute to the enjoyment of life, make free time more interesting and provide a healthy and enriching diversity
The Important Personal Assets
-peace of mind
-a clear conscience
Caution: Before undertaking any program of exercise or change in diet, consult your doctor.
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