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7 Simple and Useful Health Tips That Help in Leading A Healthy Life

7 Simple and Useful Health Tips That Help in Leading A Healthy Life

For a healthy life, it is imperative to take care of your body. Keeping a check on your weight is one way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Obesity has currently become a major issue for many people. It is important to pay particular attention to one’s diet and indulge in some physical activity. The lifespan of your vital organs such as liver, lungs, stomach, etc. is increased by healthy eating.

A healthy and relaxed life does not just include a balanced diet and exercise, but also a positive mindset. Here are some of the tips for leading a safe and healthy life:

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1. Drinking Plenty of Water

Most people do not drink enough water. Water is crucial for the healthy functioning of our body. About 60 % of the body is made up of water. It is a critical ingredient in carrying out many bodily functions. It helps in removing toxins from the body. Our body loses water all the time through sweating, urine, breathing etc., so it is important that adequate water intake is maintained to ensure that we do not get dehydrated.

Another benefit of drinking plenty of water is that it helps in losing weight. The water fills up the stomach, making you less hungry so you will not be tempted to overeat. Providing a regular supply of fluids to the body makes sure that you don’t gain water weight, due to water retention in the body. The quantity of water your body requires at a time depends on several factors such as humidity, weight, and physical activity. But a person should drink 2.7 to 3.7 liters of water daily.

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2. Getting Enough Sleep

Adequate rest and sleep are essential for a healthy life. When you do not sleep properly, it leads to a lot of health problems. The body performs many healing tasks during this phase. Maximum body fat is also burned during the hours you sleep. When you stay up late nights working or watching movies, you tend to eat more high calorie snacks. Lack of sleep also leads to premature aging.

3. Meditation

Meditating is an excellent way of calming the mind. It has a positive effect on your mind and brings tranquility in your life. A peaceful mind leads to a happy and healthy life. A positive mindset is critical for living a healthy life and meditation helps in promoting the positive thinking.

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4. Exercising

Regular exercising is the key to a healthy life. Physical activity is an essential part of your daily routine because it increases lifespan, helps with weight loss, provides higher bone density and decreases the risk of many diseases. You can join a gym or just pick up your favorite sport and play regularly. Exercising is not just about making your body suffer, it’s about enjoying a healthy lifestyle. You can make exercising fun and exciting by bringing variation.

5. Balanced diet

Having a balanced diet is important. Fruits are a must because they have lots of minerals and vitamins. Eating fresh fruits is an important part of ensuring a healthy meal plan. Vegetables are also as important as fruits. Vegetables and fruits that have bright colors are rich in antioxidants, make sure you include these in your diet.

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6. Stay Away From Processed Food

Eating processed food is unhealthy for our bodies. It is not good for health because food loses its nutritional value after processing and most preservatives added to it are known to cause many health problems. The content of salt is high in majority of the processed foods. This can lead to high blood pressure and heart diseases. Always choose fresh products over processed ones to get the best nutrition.

7. Get Medical Insurance

Having a good health insurance plan is very important. It is reassuring to know that medical bills will be covered in case of an emergency. It helps in providing peace of mind. There are several companies which provide good medical insurance policies which ensure instant medical aid for health care emergencies.

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12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

BS.

After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

Using Chemical Hair Dye

I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

Smoking

Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

Using Chemical Household Cleaners

If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

Using Mothballs

When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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Neglecting My Physical Health

In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

Drinking Alcohol

Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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Buying the Wrong Food

I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

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