With the end of the festive season, it’s likely we’ve over indulged in rich desserts, delicious Christmas dishes and one too many wines.
We tend to forget we bear a great deal of responsibility for our overall health, and getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, and consistent exercise go a long way towards feeling great.
There are however many factors that contribute to our overall health, some of which are beyond our control. Inheriting the right genes helps (or as some say, picking your parents wisely) but other factors also influence our health, and our likelihood of recovery. Whilst some may have all the luxuries one could dream of, they can’t be enjoyed without great health.
After all, philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted: “the first wealth is health.”
The single best thing you can do to start your journey towards a healthy mind, body, and soul is by making an honest commitment to yourself.
There are multiple methods and practices by which a person can stay healthy, including:
Food: It’s no secret that nutritious foods give us that healthy glow we all desire! We are what we eat, and a healthy diet minimises problems with our digestive systems that may manifest themselves in our physical appearance (such as break outs) or overall wellbeing. Some foods that are excellent sources of vital nutrients include:
- Green vegetables for Vitamin B, Vitamin C, folic acid, and magnesium
- Fiber-rich foods such as bran rice, lentils, and black beans
- Proteins including eggs, almonds, and chia seeds
- Anti-inflammatory agents such as ginger and turmeric
Physical exercise: Not only does exercise control weight by burning calories, but it combats health conditions, improves our mood, and boosts our energy. To reap the benefits of exercise, it’s important to be active throughout your day – take the stairs instead of the elevator or rev up your work around the house. Consistency is key.
Water: A vital nutrient, water maintains the integrity of every cell in the human body. Inadequate intake can lower your physical and mental performance, as well as your salivary gland function, and lead to dehydration. Remember to drink at least 8 glasses a day.
Sleep: According to the Sleep Health Foundation, 10 to 20 percent of the population suffer from a sleeping disorder. Not getting enough shut-eye affects our performance, relationships, wellbeing and health. Health experts recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily.
Optimum health truly is wealth, and an investment that is sure to pay off physically, mentally, and emotionally.