We all want a healthy and fit body. But just like anything in life, it takes some work. But the effort sure is worth the work. So if you are among the few willing to delay gratification to achieve results then this is for you read on.
1. Eat Fruit and Vegetable
Getting enough antioxidants (disease fighting vitamins and minerals) generally means eating enough fruit and vegetables an acceptable guide being five portions daily. Fruits and vegetables should roughly make up about a third of the food eaten each day. Making sure your main meal is rich in vegetables is a good way towards achieving this, while snacking on fruit is another way to keep intake high.
2. Easy on Saturated Fats
Saturated fat found in foods such as chocolate and cake is one of the major contributors to serious illness such as heart disease. Most of the fats we consume should from unsaturated fat the good fats that comprise Omega 3, 6 and 9 and are found in foods like oily fish, seeds, nuts, olives and avocados. Several major studies have linked high (two or more portions a day) red meat intake to cancer. The accepted advice is to eat more fish about 80 g every other day.
3. Take up aerobic exercise
Many people lead overwhelmingly sedentary lives. Investing in your health by walking, cycling or swimming for 30 minutes a day is one of the key ways to stay young. Aerobic exercise which doesn’t have to be too vigorous maximizes the amount of oxygen in your blood and releases endorphins, natural painkiller that promote an increased sense of well being.
4. Get Enough Fibre
Many people don’t eat enough fibre. Recommendations vary, but around 26 grams a day seems to be about right. It’s important to eat enough insoluble fibre (from bread, for example) as well as soluble fibre (the main source being vegetables). A fibre rich diet is important for a healthy digestive system and hart, as well as protecting against serious disease such as cancer.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
humble H2O is vital for the proper working of all outrogans, from the liver and kidneys to the lymph system and our skin. Estimates vary, but most advice suggests that adults should drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day. This is especially important in hot climates where the risk of dehydration is far greater.
6. Looking after you Skin
As the largest of body’s organs, the skin reveals plenty about our age. Taking care of your skin is one of the key secrets to looking young. Skin that has overdosed on sun can end up looking wrinkled and taut. Be sensible in the sun, particularly during the hottest periods of the day. Cover up with light cloths and a hat, and wear sunscreen organic if possible.
7. Go easy on the alcohol
Official advice on how much we should drink varies from country to country and can be confusing. In UK government advice is to drink not more than two to three units of alcohol a day. What we do know is that long term consumption of large quantities of alcohol lead to permanent damage to major organs such as the brain, throat, stomach, intestines and liver.
8. Do not overeat
There is growing evidence that people who do not overeat live longer. In west, obesity is a big problem; in Africa, too, it’s cause of growing concern almost a fifth of adolescents in South Africa are now overweight. Many of us eat too much without even realizing, and by doing so put on weight while straining the major organs or the body. Try cutting down portion sizes at mealtimes by a third.
9. Get 7 8 hours sleep a night
The body does most of its repairing when you’re asleep. Cells regenerate at a faster pace at night and body tissues are repaired. There is even evidence that too little sleep makes people age faster. There is little arguing with the fact that a good night’s sleep makes all the difference to energy and concentration levels the next day.
10. Stay away from cigarettes
Along term smoker increases his or her risk of a grim selection of illnesses that include various cancers, asthma, reduce lung capacity, high blood pressure and heart disease. More that 700 chemical compounds are found in cigarettes, some of which are toxic and not allowed in food. For anyone wanting to stay youthful for as long as possible smoking is no-go zone on to of the risk of serious illness, a smoking habit ages skin prematurely and yellows skin and nails.