Friday Health Corner

SMALL STEPS TO A HEALTHIER YOU 

 

Healthy life, like Rome, does not happen overnight. Every habit matters. Your health today is a function of your previous and present habits likewise your well-being tomorrow. Getting on a healthy track is not meant to be an arduous task. There are small, baby steps you can incorporate one day at a time. Such a plan is more doable, and of course sustainable. Here are a few little steps you can begin to take.

1. Eat one extra fruit or vegetable a day

Fruits and vegetables are not cheap, but they are certainly less expensive than carbonated beverages and small chops. They have a pleasant flavor and are beneficial to your entire body, from your brain to your intestines. To stay healthy, it’s recommended you eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

2. Make breakfast count

Gather here if you’re part of the breakfast-skipping club for whatever reason apart from fasting. Starting with a light dish of fruit and whole grains, such as oats, pasta, or whole-wheat bread, will do you a great deal of good.

3. Go for nuts

Try grabbing nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and others instead of chips or cookies when you need a snack. Add them to salad, or your plate of spaghetti. They are healthy and are good for your heart.

4. Sample the fruits of the sea

Choose fish or other types of seafood, such as prawns and crayfish, in place of red meat. You’ll save yourself from unwanted cholesterol by doing so.

5. Breathe deeply

Cultivatea habit of breathing slowly and deeply for a few minutes a day. It keeps you calm, and enables improved focus.

6. Wash your hands often

When you grab your snacks to eat with the same hand that had touched surfaces, you have 0% knowledge about your safety. Scrubbing with soap and water often during the day improves that surety to 89% at least. Thus, you keep yourself from flu, COVID-19 and other infections that can war against your body.

7. Drink more water

Water is significant for carrying out various bodily functions; It is also expelled everyday through urination, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing. Hence, there is always a need to replenish the amount of water in your body. As an adult, you need an average of two to three liters of water a day.

8. Get enough sleep

Ensure your 6-8hours of sleep is complete. Do not rob yourself of the many blessings a good sleep provides, such as immune boost, among others.

9. Exercise

Recommended exercise is not just a Saturday in the gym, but every day moving your body in some way for at least 30 minutes a day. This will improve bone density, lower your risk of diseases, and potentially increase your lifespan.

10. Cut down on processed foods

Most processed foods are like beautifully-packaged rotten meat. Most of the nutritional value is lost and the added preservatives are hazardous. In fact, watch out henceforth, the more ingredients on the label of your package, the more processed the item, and the more you should avoid it.

11. Prepare your meals

Do you wonder why this matters? When you prepare meals yourself, you control exactly what goes into them. This makes it easier for you to make the right healthy choices for your body.

12. Cut out Soda

As unhealthy as carbonated beverages have been declared to be, they are still one of the most consumed by people. Coke, Fanta, Bigi Apple, etc, are reported to just contain sugar, just sugar. Cut it out from your diet. Will you join the “No-soda-in-a-day” campaign?

13. Get outside

Whether you are at work or at home, try to get some fresh air three times a day for at least five minutes at a time. You’ll feel refreshed, more productive, and better equipped to make healthier choices.

14. Count your blessings

One way to begin tapping into a positive outlook is to take a moment each day to acknowledge the blessings in your life. These have been linked to greater well-being and longer life, while their polar opposites — chronic anger, worry, and hostility — have been linked to myriads of heart and brain disorders.

Creating a healthy lifestyle and maintaining it is a function of small steps you embrace today. Live intentionally. Remember, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, you must do your best in shielding it from diseases. With God’s promises, the healthier you is definitely a sure possession.

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