It’s difficult to know what a healthy lifestyle looks like when there are so many opinions. Some people believe we should be vegetarians, while others advocate eating only meat. Others say that carbs, fat, and protein should be avoided. It’s so frustrating! Is that healthy living?
To start, check out this well-being quiz to get a sense of where you stand regarding some things that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Let’s now look at the research to get some answers. What can we do to create a healthier lifestyle?
1. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables
Research shows that eating fruits and vegetables is a good way to improve your health. In order to prevent cancer, autoimmunity, and other health problems, it is important to eat more fruits and vegetables. It is recommended that you eat at most 2 to 3 portions of fruits and vegetables each day. So strive to get all those veggies and fruits in your diet to ensure you get all the nutrients you need.
Red plants are good for you
These foods are rich in lycopene. Lower prostate cancer risk has been linked to lycopene-rich food. There are many foods you could eat
- Red bell peppers
Orange plants are good for you
A lower risk of breast carcinoma has been associated with increased consumption of carotenes, which are found in orange plants. There are many foods you could eat.
- Sweet potatoes
- Orange peppers
Consume yellow/green plants
Lutein is higher in plants with yellow pigments (including green plants). Lutein may help reduce inflammation by acting as a free radical scavenger. You can eat:
- Yellow summer squash
- Honeydew melon
- Yellow apples
acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lengthy have been shown to reduce cancer risk and improve gut health. They also help with autoimmunity risk. Fresh probiotics can be even more beneficial. Probiotics can be made by Lacto fermenting fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. A healthy lifestyle can be made possible by including probiotics.
3. Reduce your food intake
One of the best things for your health is to eat fewer calories. There have been many health benefits associated with periodic fasting. Even short fasts like Intermittent Fasting can be beneficial and help to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Exercise is good for your mental and physical health. It is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise increases parasympathetic activity (it boosts feelings of calmness while lowering anxiety) when done regularly. It can also help us lose weight, which can prevent many health problems.
5. Improve your emotional health
A healthy lifestyle is more than just about your physical health. It’s about your mental health as well. It is about changing your thoughts, emotions, and behavior in a way that makes you feel better. Managing negative emotions also has ripple effects that help us decrease stress and improve our physical health. It’s all interconnected. Here are some science-based methods to help you have a happier mind.
- Build positive thinking skills.
- Visualize what happiness feels like.
- Find the meaning of your life.
- Work on manifesting your dreams.
Toxins should be avoided
When I refer to toxins, it’s xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens can include pesticides, mycotoxins, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. They can be very harmful to our health. You should avoid purchasing “healthy” products that expose you to harmful and unhealthy substances.
A healthy lifestyle means ensuring that we are well from all angles. These are just a few of the many ways science has shown us that we can achieve healthy living.