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It is not hard to live healthy; it requires a small amount of commitment and love to live. Think of your body as your physical shell which takes you through life. If you repeatedly abuse it with unhealthy lifestyle, your shell wears out quickly. While you may look okay on the outside, on the inside, your arteries are getting clogged up with cholesterol and arterial plaque. Life is beautiful and you do not want to bring onto yourself unnecessary health problems to your vital body organs. They may be working well today, but they may not be tomorrow. Please do not take your health today for granted.

Simple steps to healthy living:

  1. In order to clean out toxins and help the body to function better try to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.
  2. In order to keep active, add movement to your life by exercise, to try and walk where ever possible, try to park the car further then you have to go, so you can walk between the car and your destination, take steps instead of elevators, take longer routes to walk around to where you need to go and so on .
  3. Try to walk barefoot walking/running on grass; this has proven positive benefits for better posture, less stress to your feet and joints. Join a gym or  dance classes, aerobics classes, tennis classes, ballroom classes or any other sport which would be good for your cardiovascular system and your general well being.
  4. Eat plenty of large variety of fresh products.
  5. Take time to relax, try to use de-stress techniques whenever possible.
  6. Try to get 6-10 hours of sleep at night, or until you feel well rested.
  7. Wash your hands often to avoid spreading germs.
  8. Let humour enter your life, by laughter etc.
  9. If you are doing a desk job, get up every half an hour and walk a bit. Do some leg exercise to get your blood circulating and your muscles moving. This will help both your mind and your body.
  10. Breathing exercises, moving your body and getting away from the work environment for a short period, enables you to wake up and give you a new perspective and solutions to routine tasks.
  11. If your job is working at the computer, rest your eyes by closing them for a while. Fluttering them and divert your attention away from the computer every few minutes.
  12. Take a break for at least ten minutes, away from the computer, phone and everything else to have lunch; this will make you feel so much better.
  13. Drink herbal teas, water, juices while at work.
  14. If possible take a 10-20 minutes powernap. Studies have shown the energy levels drops most after lunch; a short nap will help you to recover from this.
  15. As preventative body maintenance taking time off, or at least the occasional long week-end, can be beneficial as this makes your mind and body more effective and efficient.
  16. The best way of exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide is one of the good things for our blood and cells. You do this by deep breathing, inhaling and counting to 5 seconds, and holding it for a few seconds, and then releasing the breath slowly.
  17. Hydration is very important, if you are drinking water only when you are thirsty, you will be most likely dehydrated.  One needs to drink at least half of the body weight in pounds e.g. if you 120lbs then you need to drink 60 oz of water daily.
  18. Support from colleagues is a great way to share your challenges, the feeling of “lonely at the top” may sound obsolete, but it affects us all from time to time.
  19. Stay away from people who bring negative thoughts to your life. Positive mental health is an important part of a healthy life. One does not need toxic people in their life. If you think someone is very critical or negative then let them out of your life.
  20. Avoid trigger foods, e.g. very sugary food, caffeinated and fizzy drinks etc. these foods are artificial stimulants make you go hyperactive after you have them.
  21. Try to eat freshly prepared foods and use low calorie and low fat alternatives where possible. Learn to say NO; do not feel obliged that you have to eat because you are out with friends, or because other people offer you food. Simply say no and say you are not hungry if you do not fell like eating.
  22. Try having alcohol within the recommended units.  Alcohol like caffeine is a diuretic, so make sure you have water to maintain a good body fluid balance. Again learn to say NO when you have reached your limit. Alcohol has proven to show undesirable impact on the brain, liver, lungs and other major body organs.
  23. STOP smoking, it has been proven that smoking is detrimental to health, severely increasing risk of lung cancer, kidney cancer, gullet cancer, heart attack, etc. NO FORM OF SMOKING IS GOOD !
  24. Practise good dental hygiene as this is also linked to better health. Brush twice a day and rinse your mouth after each meal and floss your teeth at night
  25. Have a purpose in life. Positive health starts from within!

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