45 Tips to Live a Healthier Life

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    45 Tips To Live a Healthier Life

    How healthy are you? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly?Do you drink at least 8 glasses of watera day? Do you get enough sleep every day?Our body is our temple, and we need to take care of it to have a healthy life.Doyou know that a shocking over 65%of Americans are either obese or overweight? Thats insane! Think of your body as your physical shell to take you through life.If you repeatedly abuse it with unhealthy food, your shellwill wear out quickly.While you may look okay on the outside, on the inside,your arteries are gettingclogged up with cholesterol and arterial plaque . Thats not a pretty sight!Life is beautiful and you dont want to bog yourself down with unnecessary healthproblems. Today, your vital organs (kidney, heart, lungs, gall bladder, liver, stomach, intestines, etc) may be working well, but they may notbe tomorrow. Dont take your good health today for granted. Take proper care of your body.Good health isnt just about healthy eating and exercise it also includes having apositive mental health, healthyself-image and a healthy lifestyle. In thisarticle, Ill share with you 45 tips to live a healthier life. Bookmark this article and save the tips, because they are going to be vital in living a healthier life.1. Drink more water . Most of us actually dont drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our body to function Do you know over60% of our body is madeup of water? Water is needed to carry out our body functions, remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since we lose water every day throughurine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing, we need to replenish our water intake.

    Furthermore, drinking more water aloneactually aids in losing weight. A Health.com study carried out among overweight/obese people showed that water drinkers lose 4.5 more pounds than a control group. The researchers believe that its becausedrinking more water helps fill your stomach, making you less hungry and less likely to overeat. I agree with that, and I have an added take that your body tries to retain whatever water you take when you dont take in enough water, leading to increase in weight. Whereas when you regularly drink water, your body knows that its going to get its supply of fluids, so it doesnt try to retain more water.The amount of water we need is dependent on various factors such as the humidity, our physical activity, and your weight, but generally we need 2.7-3.7 litres of water intake ! Since food intake contributes about 20% of our fluid intake , that means we need to drink about 2.0-3.0 litres of water, or about 8-10 glasses(now you know how the 8 glasses recommendation came about!). One way to tell if

    youre hydrated your urine should be colorless or slightly yellow. If its not, yournot getting enough water! Other signs include: Dry lips, dry mouth and little urination. Go get some water first before you continue this article!2. Get enough sleep . When you dontrest well, you compensate by eating more. Usually its junk food. Get enough rest and you dont need to snack to stay awake. Also,lack of sleep causes premature aging, and you wouldnt want that.3. Meditate . Meditation quietens your mind and calms your soul . If you dont know how to meditate, dont worry learn how to meditate in 5 simple steps .4. Exercise . Not just a few times a week, but every day. Movement is life. Research has shown that exercising daily brings tremendous benefits to our health ,including increase of life span, lowering of risk of diseases, higher bone density and weight loss. Increase activity in your life. Choose walking over transport forclose distances. Climb the stairs instead of taking the lift. Join some aer

    obics classes. Take up a sport of your liking (see tip #5)5. Pick exercises you enjoy . When you enjoy the sports, youll naturally want todo them. Exercise isnt about suffering and pushing yourself; its about being healthy and having fun at the same time. Adding variation in your exercises will keepthem interesting.6. Work out different parts of your body . Dont just do cardio exercises (such asjogging). Give your full body a proper work out. The easiest way isto engage insports, since they work out different muscle groups. Popular sports include basketball, football, swimming, tennis, squash, badminton, frisbee, and more.7. Eat more fruits. Fruits are a plethoraof vitamins and minerals. Do you know t

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    hat oranges offer more health benefits than Vitamin C pills ? Taking in synthetic supplements are not the same as consuming the foods direct from nature. Fill your palate with these 10 most nutritious fruits : Watermelon, Apricots, Avocado,Apple, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Guava, Papaya, Strawberries.8. Eat more vegetables . Like fruits, vegetables are important for the well being of our health. Experts suggest that we should have 5-9 servings of fruits/vegetables, and unfortunately most people dont even have at least5 servings! Some ofmy favorite vegetables include: Kidney beans, black beans, asparagus, long beans, french beans, sprouts, button mushrooms and carrots. What are your favorite vegetables and how canyou include more of them in your diettoday?9. Pick bright colored foods . Fruits and vegetables with bright colors are usually high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are good for health because they removefree radicals in our body that damage our cells. So get your fill of fruits/vegetables of different colors: White (Bananas, Mushroom), Yellow (Pineapples, Mango), Orange (Orange, Papaya), Red (Apple, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon), Green (Guava, Avocados, Cucumber, Lettuce, Celery), Purple/Blue (Blackberries, Eggplant, Prunes). Heres a full list under the color wheel .10. Cut down on processed food . Processed foods are not good because (1) most nutritional value islost (2) the preservatives added are bad for our health. Manyprocessed foods contain a high amount of salt content, which leads to higher blood pressure and heart disease. Processed foods are anything that are not in their raw form. In general, most of the food in supermarket are processed the morethe ingredients on the label (especially the ones ending with iteor ate), the more rocessed they are. Watch out for those with salt/sugar as the first 5 ingredient

    s and go for natural foods as much as possible.11. Love yourself . How much do you love yourself on a scale of 1-10? Why? How can you love yourself more starting today? In Day 20 of 30DLBL , we explore the notion of self-love and get you started on loving yourself more.12. Barefoot walking/running . There have been many proven positive benefits ofbarefoot walking/running, from better posture , less stress for your feet , lessstress for your joints , etc . Ive been running barefoot since May 10, and lovingit. Read more: 10 Reasons To Run Barefoot13. Purge negative people from your life . Positive mental healthy isan important part of a healthy life. You dont need toxic people in yourlife. If you feel that a friend is overly critical or negative , then let him/her go .14. Purge negativity from yourself . You dont need negativity from yourself either. Listen in on the thoughts that come up in your mindand get rid of the negativ

    e thoughts you hear. A lot of eating happens because one feels unhappy, so by staying in a positive,up state by yourself, you cut out that unhealthy dependenceon foodto be happy.15. Journal out unhappy thoughts .One great way to purge negativity from withinis to do brain dumping exercises whenever you feel frustrated. This is somethingI do with my 1-1 clients as well, where I ask them to journal out their deepestthoughts so we can address them. Dont keep these thoughts pent up inside of you itsnot healthy.16. Avoid trigger foods . Trigger foods are the foods that make you go berserk and binge like crazy afteryou eat them. Everyones trigger foods are different (mine are donuts, pastries, pasta and chips), but generally trigger foods are candybars, chocolate, confectionery, chips, cookies, or anything with high level of refined sugar, salt, fat or flour. These foods cause a blood sugar imbalance , he

    nce triggering one to eat more. What are your trigger foods? Identify them and remove them from your diet.17. Breathe. Deeply . Oxygen is a vital source of life. You may know how to breathe, but are you breathing properly? Most of us dont breathe properly we take only shallow breathes and breathe to 1/3 of our lung capacity. Athletes are coachedproper breathing techniques to get their best performance. A full breath is onewhere your lungs are completely filled, your abdomen expands and theres minimummovement in your shoulders.18. Address emotional eating issues . Emotional eating is eating to fill an emotion, rather than real hunger. Do you eat when you feel stressed out, down or fru

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    you drinkalcohol regularly, its time to cut it out.29. Prepare your meals . Lately Im beginning to appreciate the value ofpreparingmy own meals. When youprepare your meals, you control what goes into them. No more being in a dilemma between eating healthy and choosing between the sub-optimal food choices. Get some quality kitchen equipment these will be your best investments ever. Ibought my blender 3 years ago and its been such a breeze making myown fruit juices!30. Learn to say no . Dont feel like youve to eat just because youre out with yourfriends, or because other people offer you food. Simply say no and say youre nothungry if you dont feel like eating. Read: How To Say No To Others31. Bring a water bottle when you go out . That way, you can replenish your fluids whenever you want to. It saves you money as welland you dont need to subject yourself to poor alternatives like soda, which increases your fluid outtake instead (see tip #27).32. Dine at salad bars more often . Lately Im falling in love with salad bars. Salad bars work like this: You pick your greens, you select X number of toppings (usually 6 or limited, depending on the outlet) and you finish off with a dressing. The variety is huge, its filling and itsextremely healthy.33. Go for low calorie, low fat alternatives . There are many low-fat / non-fatalternatives today from yogurts, to salad dressing, soy milk, spreads, ice cream, etc. Check out this comprehensive list: Lower Calorie, Lower Fat Alternatives.34. Stop smoking . It has been extensively proven that smoking is detrimental tohealth , severely increasing the risk of lung cancer, kidney cancer, esophagea

    l cancer (of our gullet), heart attack, and more. Smoking light cigarettes does not decrease health risks. Bottom line if youre a smoker, quit for better health ofnot just yourself, but also your family and friends. If you dont smoke, stay that way and dont start.35. Avoid passive smoking . Second hand smoking (breathing in air from smokers)causes many of the same long-term diseases as direct smoking( Wiki ). Get away from smokers andavoid cigarette smoke where you can.36. Have healthy snacks . If youre hungry during work, eat healthy snacks , likefruits, salads, and fruit juices. These are nutritional and dont give you that sugar rush. Havethem readily available so you can dive in for a munch and stop when youd had your fill. Get away from cookies and candy bars.37. Drink fruit/veg smoothies . I lovesmoothies because its a quick way to get vitamins and nutrients. Simplythrow my favorite fruits into the blender, wait for

    30 seconds, and its done! And it tastes great. Im drinking an orange and banana smoothie write now as Im writing this article and its delicious!38. Juicing. Juicing is where you extract the juice from vegetables / fruits (via a juicer machine). Since the fibre is stripped away, you are literally drinking the nutrients and minerals directly from the juice! Juices and smoothies complement each other the former gives our digestive system a break while the lattergives us the fibre which aids our digestion. Check out an introduction to juicing video below. If youre new to juicing, learn more about it here and check out these sample juicing recipes .39. Go on a vegetarian diet . First off,going vegetarian doesnt necessarily leadto better health, because there are many unhealthy vegetarian food out there (fried food, white carb laden diets, etc). On that note, there are many proven health benefits of a vegetarian diet . I became a vegan because I tried it for 30 da

    ys and saw the positive effects for my mental and physical health. Try it out for 21 days and see how it works out for you. Get started here .40. Go on a vegan diet . A vegetarian is someone who does not consume animal products. A vegan is someone who doesnt consume animal or animal-derived products. This means no dairy, honey, cheese,milk, etc. So in that sense, its seemingly stricter, but it brings about even more positive benefits on top of a vegetarian diet. Learn more about veganism here and here .41. Become a raw vegan . A raw vegan consumes only non-processed, raw vegan food, mainly fruits, vegetables and nuts. Notice that the progression from vegetarian -> vegan -> raw vegan diet is towards foods that are naturally occurring. Ther

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    e are many reported benefits in switching from veganism to raw veganism, includingincreased youth, weight loss, increased energy, increased health benefits andmore. Its an area that Im exploring at the moment and learning more of. Learn moreabout raw veganism: Here , here , here and here .42. Get out more often . If you have a regular 9-5 job, chances are you spend most of your times holed up in the office and not a lot of time going out and having fun. During weekends, youre probably busy with work or running errands. Make it a point to go out with friends at least once a week. Get some sunlight . Go out and have a changein environment. Itll be great for your body and your soul.43. Exercise good dental hygiene . Not only does good hygiene make you a lot more desirable, it is linked with better health (Read AHA Study ). Brush your teethtwice a day, rinse your mouth after each meal and floss your teeth at night.44. Join classes . Dance classes, aerobics classes, tennis classes, ballroom dancing, scuba diving, wake boarding courses, are all placesto start off with. Going there also lets you socialize with a whole new group of people.45. Hang out with healthy people . Youre the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with , so the more time you spend around healthy people, the betterit is. Eat with people who are health conscious and get workout buddies.It makeshealthy living even more fun.Which health tips are most applicable for you right now? These are timeless tips, so bookmark this article and integrate these tips into your life. S...