Having a healthy lifestyle affects your overall health — physical, mental, and emotional. However, adopting healthy habits can be challenging, especially for those who have formed unhealthy habits over the years.
To help you start a healthy lifestyle, Santé created a list of five daily habits you can start integrating into your daily life.
1. Keep moving
Daily physical activities are essential to maintaining a healthy body and reducing the major risk factors for chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, non-coronary heart disease, hypertension, among others.
Exercising is not only good for the body, but also for the mind. According to FNRI-DOST, exercise helps enhance psychological well-being, improve self-esteem, and maintain motivation.
Simple activities like walking, running, biking, or even stretching, can help maintain weight loss. Committing to regular exercise may be challenging at first, but over time, as you continue doing it, you will start to see the benefits it can provide to your body.
2. Have enough sleep
Sleep, just like exercise and a healthy diet, plays an important role in health and well- being. Loss of quality sleep not only impacts your mood and performance but, can also result in health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
Having enough sleep – seven to eight hours — can give tremendous benefits for both mental and physical wellness, so you can be at your best every day.
3. Learn to control distress
There are many factors in our lives that can lead to distress, such as work, school, traffic congestion, and relationship problems. Distress is a natural reaction and, is the body’s ways of responding to the mental or emotional strain or tension from adverse or demanding circumstances. However, chronic or long-term distress can be a precursor to issues such as depression, anxiety, and even memory loss.
Thankfully, distress is something that can be managed. One good way to deal with it is through a balanced schedule. Try to find time for yourself in between work and social life. This allows you to have a new perspective, so you feel less overwhelmed. Having a social support where you can share your concerns can also help relieve distress. However, it is
The key to success is to slowly integrate changes into your life. Once you get into the habit of maintaining healthy practices and making them a part of your routine, you will start to see its benefits to your well-being.
Always remember that everyone is different. You need to experiment and find out what best works for you.
4. Avoid smoking
It is no secret that tobacco has negative impacts on health. In fact, smoking remains as one of the leading causes of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco kills more than seven million people each year. More than six million of these deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890,000 are caused by second-hand smoking.
By refraining from smoking tobacco, you get to reduce the risk of getting illnesses, such as lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, asthma, among others. In addition, you also get to protect the people you love from the dangerous second-hand smoke.
5. Choose what you eat
We’ve all heard of it before, but it’s true—eating healthy is good for you. By making smart, healthy food choices, you help your body get the nutrients it needs every day and lowers your risk to health problems.
The key to eating well is to enjoy a variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups namely: (1) vegetables and legumes/beans, (2) fruit, (3) grain (cereal) foods, (4) lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans, and (5) milk, yogurt cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat. Consuming foods from every food group help support optimal health and prevent diseases.
To complete your balanced diet, consider drinking natural and organic Santé Barley – available in powder form or in vegetable capsules. Sourced from Santé’s New Zealand farms, Santé Barley is a good source of niacin (vitamin B) that provides numerous benefits to the cardiovascular system. Niacin can help reduce bad cholesterol, lipoprotein (a), and free radical. It also reduces the risk of blood clots. And since it is high in fiber, it can help promote bowel movement for optimal health.
Leading a healthy life may be difficult at first, but if you establish simple daily practices now, then the end result will definitely worth it. Integrating these five daily habits in your life not only makes you feel great about yourself but can also help manage your daily life better. Thus, allowing you to be more productive, so you get to live more and do more.
To know more about Santé Barley and other exciting natural products from Santé, visit their website at www.santebarley.com.