Custom the Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle

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Healthy Lifestyle
Living a healthier life can not only extend your life, it can also improve the quality. Feeling physically better and having control over your own life can greatly increase your mental health as well. Although there are some aspects of physical and mental health that are beyond an individual's control, there are many things that people can do to improve their quality of life. Some things that can help people reach this goal is nutrition and meal preparation, exercise and physical fitness and maintaining regular check up's with doctors. Our bodies, like cars, need fuel to run. And like cars, the quality of the fuel that we use can affect our performance. Making sure that you are giving your body all the fuel it needs and the best quality fuel you can will improve how your body runs and feels. Our "fuel" comes from food and the nutrients that food provides. A number of government agencies in the United States (including the Food and Drug Administration [FDA], Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Agriculture) have spent years researching proper nutrition and developing guidelines for food intake. They have come up with seven general dietary guidelines for healthy adults. These seven general guidelines are Eat a variety of foods to get the energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber you need for good health. Maintain a healthy weight, This can lower your chances of having high blood pressure, heart disease, a stroke, certain cancers, and the most common kind of diabetes. Choose a diet low in fat and cholesterol; this can lower your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. A diet low in fat can also help you maintain a healthy weight. Choose a diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits, and grain products. These types of food provide needed vitamins, minerals, fiber, and carbohydrates, and are generally lower in fat to help you maintain a healthy weight. Use sugar in moderation, sugar has many calories and few nutrients and can contribute to tooth decay. Use salt in moderation, this helps lower your risk of high blood pressure. If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation. Alcoholic beverages supply calories, but little or no nutrients. Drinking alcohol is also the cause of many health problems and accidents and can lead to addiction. While having a healthy diet can improve your overall health, it is important to remember that even healthy foods can sometimes make you sick if they aren't prepared properly. Foods that haven't been cleaned, stored, or cooked properly can become home to bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. Buy fresh products that have been stored properly. Many products such as dairy (milk, eggs, yogurt, and cheese), meat, poultry, and fish have a 'sell-by' date printed on the label. Check the sell-by date on products before buying -- stores should not be selling products that have expired (and you should not be buying them) because it means the food may be starting to spoil. Similarly, dairy products and meats should be stored in refrigerated or frozen sections to prevent spoiling. Don't buy a product if it looks like it has been sitting out or doesn't appear fresh. When buying raw fruit and vegetables, buy the freshest available and wash them before eating; Don't choose fruits or vegetables that are starting to mold, and remember to wash them when you get home and before you eat them. Even if your food comes from a store that is clean or in a package that says 'pre-washed', you don't know who or what has touched them before you. Don't buy food, drinks, or medicines if the packaging has been damaged. While a slightly crushed box of cereal may not be cause for alarm, in general you don't want to buy packaged foods that have been damaged. Some types of food, for example canned or jarred foods, may start to spoil if the can or lid is dented. And sometimes people tamper with foods (or medicine) in the stores. A good rule of thumb is to never buy...
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