What use would all the riches on earth be, without the health we enjoy each day? However, our good health cannot be last longer if we are not careful about eating correctly.

Nowadays, more and more people are becoming fat and obese. And more people are considered overweight due to their improper eating habit. Overconsumption of sugar and carbohydrate which is associated to unhealthy eating habits also leads people suffer from diabetes and other diseases.

Additionally, there are increasing number of young people suffering diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Many new diseases have evolved causing hundreds and thousands of deaths. Doctors and scientists try very hard to find cure for these fatal diseases. The only way we can prevent ourselves from becoming sick and fat is to adopt proper diet and stick to it.

To maintain good health, we need to eat a balanced diet. The food must contain the different classes of food such as fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals together with fiber. We should consume more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Include whole grains such as oatmeal, wholewheat bread and brown rice as they are good sources of carbohydrate. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. As such, one should take three servings of fruit and vegetables with vitamin supplements and fibers to ensure we stay healthy. Besides, the intake of salt, MSG, oil, fat, sugar, carbonated and caffeine drinks must be reduced.

If possible, we should avoid processed and frozen food, meat, junk food such as burgers, fried food and food rich in sugar, salt, coloring and chemical substances. To prevent us from common illness like flu or cough, consume appropriate amount of vitamins and other health herbs daily.

Avoid eating fast-food or instant food. In spite of our hectic schedule and busy lifestyle, try to make an effort to eat regularly. Do not skip meals. A curry puff or a doughnut is not an appropriate replacement for our breakfast, lunch or dinner as it contains little or no nutritional value.

We must also exercise regularly. You can go for a brisk walk or play games or job if you could not afford for gym fees. There is no excuse for laziness if you are serious to maintain good health. The more we exercise, the more oxygen is sent to our brains. Our bodies will feel better and stronger and our immune system will protect us against diseases.

For sake of your good health, think of stopping smoking is a great reward. Cigarettes should be considered as forbidden items as they can cause lung cancer, fatigue, depression and cardiovascular diseases.

It is good to keep bad habits away for a healthy living. Alcoholism and drug abuse should be avoided. Excessive alcohol causes intoxication while overdose of drug intake can damage our body organs; disrupt the functionality of immune system, and mental disturbances.

70 per cent of our body consists of water, so we must have sufficient water to get out body hydrated. If we do not have sufficient water, we will suffer from dehydration and this slows down our daily activities. We should drink as much as eight glasses of water to cleanse our body of toxins. Water helps us for good complexion and ensures we do not fall sick easily. Water also helps to transport nutrients to every part of the body.

After working for long hours, our body needs good and sufficient sleep. A deep sleep will help our body to relax and rest well. In addition, while we have adequate rest, our body tissues are well repaired. We feel relaxed and more energetic after a good night sleep. Doctors suggest that every adult should sleep eight hours per day to relax the mind so that our body is charged well for the following day’s activities. The doctors also suggest us to lead a less stress lifestyle for longevity.

Learn to manage your stress wisely and efficiently. Listen to music as much to calm your mind and spirit. You can also do meditation to get rid of stress. Let off pent-up emotions with exercise or hobby or talk to someone who is trustworthy.

Finally, we should go for a medical check-up regularly to observe and monitor our medical condition. As the saying goes “prevention is better than cure”.

Truly, a healthy lifestyle means a healthy mind and that only means a better and more fulfilling life for all of us.

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