It is unfortunate that in these turbulent times we often place our health low on our priority lists. The long periods of neglect can lead to some more serious problems, and in such cases it may be too late to react. That is why it is important to be a step ahead and prevent these problems from even occurring.
By implementing some small changes, such as revamping the exercise regime, skin and hair care routine and diet, it is possible to improve your health in a short time period. Being healthy on the inside will, of course, influence how you look outside, and you will get a twofold benefit. Let us see how to get there.
Get Rid of the Processed Food Habit
This may seem a difficult change, whit various forms of processed food lurking around any corner in the city and even from your fridge. Still, if you would know just how bad these ingredients are for your health, you would renounce them this instance.
Research suggests that the “Western diet”, which prevails in countries such as Australia, Great Britain and U.S., leads to obesity and heart related diseases. Eating diet high in processed food can actually take years off your life. So ditch the chicken nuggets, hot dogs, sodas, artificial sweeteners, etc.
… and Replace it with Healthy Food Habit
There is no good substitute for eating healthy. It is the right road to take if you want to be healthy and look well. Make sure you consume plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and fiber. Fresh fruit and vegetables should be the most important ingredients of your diet. Just make sure they are organic, to avoid harmful toxins intake.
Nuts are also very important because they are packed with antioxidants and can help in fighting aging and improving the skin appearance. Make sure you include whole grains in your diet, too.
Did you know that, according to World Health Organization, insufficient physical activity is the number one risk factor for death worldwide? For a healthy adult person, it is recommended to engage in 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous training per week.
Walking has numerous benefits by itself, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, improving focus, preventing and healing depression. That is why you should choose to go on foot whenever you can and opt for the stairs instead of the elevator.
Take Care of Your Skin and Hair
Skin is the largest organ of your body and it is important to take it into consideration when thinking about your health. Hair and nails are important indicators of your overall health and can contribute to your appearance.
During the winter months, it is particularly important to pay attention to skin, hair and nails. You can take care of them from the outside with masks, peels and creams and from the inside by compensating the lack of calcium, with some of the numerous calcium supplements.
Other Things to Change
Getting enough sleep (the optimal amount is 8 hours per day) is crucial for your health and appearance. If you have sleeping troubles, try to solve them with tricks such as taking a warm bath before going to bed, engaging in physical activity, wearing socks in bed, using aromatherapy, listening to relaxing music, etc.
Besides sleep, being hydrated throughout the day is a valuable contributor to your health. No other fluid can replace the benefits of water, so juice will not cut it. Avoid unnatural coffee sweeteners and opt for low-fat milk or black coffee.
As you see, being healthy and beautiful will require some changes. Now, they might not come easy, but when they do, the benefits will be numerous and visible.