Health Zone: 5 Easy Steps To Get Healthier (Must Read)

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the World Health Organization, here are the factors that add up to better health and what you can do today to improve in these areas.

Get Enough Sleep :

A bad night’s rest doesn’t just mess with your concentration during the day. So fathis year, CNN has reported that not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of mood problems, asthma, stroke and longevity.

Sleep is kind of a big deal.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get at least seven hours of sleep a night — but quality is important as well.

Eat Good Food :

People’s individual bodies need different things, but is there a best way to guide your nutrition?

According to many scientific studies and U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings, it’s the Mediterranean diet.

Don’t let the word diet fool you — this isn’t a restrictive philosophy to manipulate your body weight. The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating that features simple, plant-based cooking, with the majority of each meal focused on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and seeds, with a few nuts and a heavy emphasis on extra-virgin olive oil. Fats other than olive oil, such as butter, are consumed rarely, if at all, and sugar and refined foods are reserved for special occasions.

Numerous studies have found the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, memory loss, depression and breast cancer.

Get Some Exercise :

Scientists have long known that exercise is good for a healthy body, but research has shown it’s also important for a healthy mind.

The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that people between the ages of 18 and 64 engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week, as well as muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.

The good news is even if you can’t get there right now, adding even a little bit will help.

Research published earlier this year showed that even 11 minutes of exercise a day can lower your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease or premature death.

Take Time To Socialize :

Many people place a lot of importance on some of the health behaviors often thought of as more physical, but social and emotional factors deserve our attention as well.

And good, strong friendships are key to not just alleviating our stress and improving emotional well-being, but also boosting markers of our physical health, according to the latest research.

People should grow this area of health by investing more in a feeling of community, experts have suggested.

They also stressed the importance of making friendship a priority in your schedule: Text a friend that you haven’t talked to in a long time, commit to meeting one new person a month, host a dinner party or join a class.

Strong bonds won’t happen overnight, but starting small and prioritizing friendships as an important part of your life can bring more happiness, less stress and more support, workplace belonging expert Adam Smiley Poswolsky told CNN earlier this year.

Reduce Your Stress :

I know I’ve heard it every time I go to the doctor for any concern: Whatever it is, it gets worse with stress.

Sure enough, stress can send a body into fight or fligh, which raises cortisol. Higher levels of cortisol can exacerbate health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic gastrointestinal problems, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Stress can also cause or contribute to anxiety, irritability, poor sleep, substance abuse, chronic distrust or worry, and more.

Fortunately, a balanced diet, good sleep, exercise and social support can help with stress reduction. It can also help to explore breathing and meditation techniques.

You may be thinking, I am already stretched thin in my day — adding in all these health behaviors will cause stress by itself.

The good news is that these habits are best added with small, manageable changes over a period of time.

About Don Saint

PR Guru / Author / Promoter / Controversial Writer / Hip Hop Artiste / Actor / Human Rights Activist. The First Nigerian Hip Hop Artiste to obtain a Masters Degree (M.A) in Arts ( Religion & Human Relations). The author of one of the most controversial books in Nigeria; "Emancipation from Masturbation". With over 12 Movies and 3 Musical albums since 2003. Former Events Manager at Silverbird’s Rhythm Fm Awka Station till 2010. For more info. Call : 08033239298.

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