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Healthy Body

START WITH YOURSELF

Good health is the greatest blessing of life. Maintaining good health and energy is very important for your life quality. With good health, you are creating a stable ground to achieve your dreams. It will give you an impulse to do more. But what does it mean good health? Can you be healthy and low on energy? Or, does it mean that you are healthy only when some disease is not there?

Healthy Body

Start with yourself

Good health is the greatest blessing of life. Maintaining good health and energy is very important for your life quality. With good health, you are creating a stable ground to achieve your dreams. It will give you an impulse to do more. But what does it mean good health? Can you be healthy and low on energy? Or, does it mean that you are healthy only when some disease is not there?

What is health?

Absence of diseases doesn’t mean that you are healthy. You are in a state of health when:

  • all systems of the body are working harmoniously,
  • you have good blood circulation,
  • there is proper absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins, and
  • your mind is free from worry and anxiety.

Good health will give you inspiration, willpower, creativity and productiveness so you can travel toward our goals and achieve our aspirations.

How to maintain/become healthy

Your state of health mainly depends upon your habits and lifestyle. Unhealthy eating habits, stressful lifestyle and reduced physical activity result in obesity, low level of energy and lifestyle diseases (cardiovascular, diabetes, hypertension, or even cancer). Obesity, heart disease and diabetes are now a growing phenomenon in just about every corner of the world. Since 1980, obesity has doubled in more than 70 countries around the world, and that number is rapidly growing every year. This phenomenon is increasing in poor and rich countries alike.

Considering a speedy lifestyle and chaotic society where food is cheap and all the time available, how do you make changes in your daily habits? How do you become healthier? Well, nobody said it’s easy. You have to set your priorities and decide to make changes. What is important to you? Once you make that decision, you have to be ready to make changes also.

Maintaining health is not so much tricky, but it requires some dedicated time and effort. Here are some simple tips to make your life easier, healthier and more productive:

01. Increase amount of OXYGEN / PRANA

Oxygen is transporting and carrying prana (vital energy) into your body. Without oxygen, a cell can’t live. The main problem of modern society is that the average person is not breathing correctly and using only 1/3 of his/her lung capacity. Shallow breathing leads to lack of oxygen in the body and thus lack of prana or vital energy, low immunity and disease.

By doing pranayamas like deep breathing, anuloma-viloma and kapalabhathi, you can increase the amount of oxygen and prana in the body. So, you will improve vitality, body systems, gain strength and maintain health.

02. Drink sufficient amount of WATER

In your body, water plays a crucial role in transporting nutrients to the cells and excreting waste from cells. What is enough of water intake? How do you know how much water to take?

There is no specific rule when it comes to the quantity of water intake. It depends upon your physiology, environment, climate and daily activity. We should drink 2 – 3 litres water per day. If you are not sure how much water you should drink, you can check your urine colour. If urine is deep amber colour, (in most cases) it is a sign of too less water intake. If urine is entirely transparent, you are drinking an excess of water. With too less water, you are not able to expel toxins from your body and with too much water, you are depleting yourself form minerals. Both are not good for your health. Therefore, you should drink a proper quantity and drink when you are thirsty.

Secondly, you should drink water slowly and not during meals. If you are drinking water too fast, it is not going to be absorbed in your cells. You should not drink more than 500 ml of water in one time. Drink water in sips. At the same time, don’t drink water during meals. Having water during meals is diluting your digestive acid in the stomach and slowing down digestive power.

03. Spend time in the SUN

Sun plays a significant role in our health and well-being. Exposure to sunlight triggers the release of a hormone in our brain – serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for a good sleep, mental health and revitalisation. Also, sunlight triggers the production of vitamin D, a hormone which is vital for calcium absorption, digestion, the functioning of the immune system and brain. That’s why, to keep good health and balanced mind, it is essential to expose yourselves to sunlight for at least one hour every day.

04. Move and do EXERCISE

Worldwide less than 5% of adults are doing 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Over the last twenty years, people have rapidly reduced physical activity. And, the movement is one of the vital parts of your healthy life and well-being.

Good circulation is of great importance for your general health. Approximately 35 litres of liquid is continuously circulating in your body every day. By doing some exercises, you are helping your body to maintain good health and circulation. Which activity you will choose is up to you. You should find something that you will enjoy, and that will keep you active, whether that is yoga, gym, sports, dancing, etc. The choice is yours.

05. Keep a balanced DIET

In a study published in the journal Lancet, researchers analysed people’s eating habits across 195 countries, to estimate the importance of a proper diet, and how much food contributes to mortality. They have concluded that 11 million people worldwide die because of inadequate nutrition. Take, for example, India. If you look at the facts, more than 19% of children are overweight, and 45% of youngsters in the age group of 14 to 16 years do not consume fruits regularly.

Obesity now kills more people worldwide than car crashes and terror attacks together. A proper diet is a vast topic. Therefore, we will mention only basic guidelines to maintain good health.

  1. Eat only when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Most of us keep on eating because there is food, some tasty snacks, we are bored, to keep someone company etc. The most important thing is to learn to listen to your body and eat only when you are hungry. If you are not hungry, don’t eat.
  2. Be aware of what you eat. Good quality food, whole fresh food without pesticides and chemicals is fundamental for your cells to function. Nowadays, on the market, most of the food is processed, refined, polished and sprayed with some chemicals. All that poisons you are eating along with food that is treated. Therefore, buy organic, support organic farmers and try to eat as much as you can fresh good quality food. 
  3. Eat a seasonal variety of food. Sometimes, you might get into a rut of eating the same thing all over again. This kind of diet slows your metabolism and prevents you from having nutrient-dense meals necessary for your needs. You are part of nature, and as climate changes, you and your needs for different nutrients and food are changing along. Nature provides you with everything necessary at that time. So, eat seasonal and local food.

Whether you struggle with a disease, want to become healthy or want to increase energy level, adopt those simple habits that will improve your life quality.

You don’t need much. By making small changes, you can fill your life with positive energy and good health. Start doing breathing exercises, drink the right amount of water, take half an hour walk every morning (without sunscreen or sunglasses) and become more aware of what you eat. Don’t postpone it for tomorrow. You need to make a decision and start now.

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