The type of food that you eat can either fuel your body or act as a slow poison. More and more people are getting sick due to lifestyle related diseases which are partly linked to the vast number of convenient and refined fast foods that people are consuming. Consuming unrefined foods, in their natural state, without additives can prevent or even reverse many lifestyle related diseases.
Regular exercise is vital for a balanced healthy lifestyle. Strive to exercise at least 3 to 4 times per week for at least 30 to 45 minutes. There are several physical and emotional benefits for the human body that regular exercise offers such as the improvement of blood pressure and circulation, lowering of cholesterol, improvement of blood flow in arteries, improvement of sleep, metabolism and controlled weight. Exercise relieves stress and tension, strengthens bones and enhances physical strength.
Water in its purest form is very important for good health and vitality. 70% of our bodies total weight is made up of water therefore one cannot afford to skip drinking water. Our bodies use water for maintaining a proper chemical balance, to cleanse and cool itself off. The average person requires about 8 cups of safe, clean water throughout the day to support their bodies functions. Drinking plain water is the best choice for optimum health. Flavoured or sweetened water, caffeinated drinks and colas have a negative effect on the body because of the type of ingredients that are used or added. Drinking a sweetened drink, for example, is like eating empty calories and contributes to weight gain, blood sugar swings and the body requires more water to metabolize it.
The average person requires up to 30 minutes of sunlight per day. Sunlight has several benefits for your health such as increasing the body’s resistance to infections, killing germs, strengthening the bones and allows the body to make vitamin D. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium from the intestines and deposit it into the bones. Other benefits include improvement of sleep; wounds healing faster and red blood cells functioning better which means increased energy. Aim for small amounts of sun throughout the day because too much sun may lead to sun burn.
Balance and moderation are very important in every aspect of life. Temperate living can be defined as peak physical, mental and emotional well-being. There should not be too much or too little of any physical, mental and emotional well-being issues e.g. overeating, overworking, too much or little play. Avoidance of addictive substances such as alcohol, drugs and tobacco can add years to life. Keep a positive outlook, remain in your faith, live in love with the support of healthy relationships as this will give you peace of mind which contributes to a strong immune system.
Fresh air is vital for your survival as each cell in the body requires oxygen to operate. The air we breathe contains oxygen which is picked up by red blood cells from the lungs and transported to all the cells in the body. Carbon dioxide is then returned to the lungs and out of the body when we breath out. Keep enclosed environments well ventilated so that fresh air can circulate. Breathing in poor air from rooms or areas that are not ventilated properly can lead to depression, irritability, exhaustion and chronic fatigue. Avoid inhaling polluted air from cigarette smoking, factories omitting harmful substances etc. as this will also compromise your health.
The body requires adequate sleep of 7 – 8 hours to maintain a well-balanced mind and healthy body. Sleeping before midnight has more restorative benefits than sleeping after midnight. The immune system is strengthened when you rest enough, healing is facilitated, and the body can renew itself when you rest adequately. Rest is most often compromised due to the demands of the fast-paced life we live in today. Inadequate sleep leads to stress, little disease resistance, irritability and so on.