(BY ROSELINE ONWUKAH, ABSUTH)
Health as defined by World Health Organization is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Many factors affect your health. Some you cannot control, such as your genetic makeup or your age. But you can make changes to your lifestyle. By taking steps toward healthy living, you can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and other serious diseases. For example, • See your doctor for regular screenings, not just when you are sick • Maintain a healthy weight
• Eat a variety of healthy foods, and limit calories and saturated fat • Be physically active
• Control your blood pressure and cholesterol
• Maintain a high level of hygiene (Environmental and Personal hygiene) • Eat as close to nature as possible, focusing mostly on organic plant based foods, but not too much. • Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
• Sleep 7-8 hours every night because your brain needs at least 6hrs of uninterrupted rest/sleep. • Take a good quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. • Worry less: When you have a negative thought, replace it with a positive one. Optimism is healing and pessimism will make you sick. • Do what you love as often as you can. Travel, dance, write, paint, play music. • Surround yourself with awesome people and spend more time with those you love. Love is the best medicine. • Let go of anger, regret, guilt or any other emotion that isn’t serving you. These lead to diseases of the mind and body. • Live a non-toxic lifestyle. This includes avoiding unnecessary drugs and chemicals, quit smoking.
A healthy diet needs to have a balance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals to maintain healthy organs, bones, muscles, nerves, and to produce hormones and chemicals that are necessary for the proper function of organs without inducing toxicity or excessive weight gain from consuming excessive amounts.
Here are three reasons why following a healthy diet is important:
1. to maintain health by preventing loss of muscle strength, bone mass, and vitamin deficiency states; 2. to prevent diseases such as heart attacks, diabetes mellitus, strokes, obesity, osteoporosis, and certain cancers; and 3. to help control and/or treat chronic diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, and celiac disease. Let’s take a look at the 3 most common diseases in our society.
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb. Pregnant women can also get diabetes, called gestational diabetes. You have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes if you are older, obese, have a family history of diabetes, or do not exercise. A blood test can show if you have diabetes. Exercise, weight control and sticking to your meal plan can help control your diabetes. You should also monitor your glucose level and take medicine if prescribed. The symptoms of type 2 diabetes appear slowly. Some people do not notice symptoms at all. The symptoms can include • Being very thirsty
• Urinating often
• Feeling very hungry or tired
• Losing weight without trying
• Having sores that heal slowly
• Having blurry eyesight
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