With the recent drop in the life expectancy to 53 years in Nigeria, you’ll see the importance of maintaining a good lifestyle. Having a good and improved health plan is good for posterity and having the time to fulfil your visions and live out your potentials.
Here are 5 lifestyle tips to improve your health:
Plan Eating Schedule
Whether we want to admit it or not, a reduction in calories intake will help you to lose weight. However, just as you should reduce the calorie intake, you need to know when and what to eat. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the one meal that should not be missed, ever!! Lunch should be healthy but less than what you ate for breakfast. As you approach dinner, eat healthy but light. Avoid after dinner snacks or eating before bed.
Take Supplements and Vitamins
While some supplements and vitamins in the market are not worth buying and some have been proven dangerous, other sources are healthy. It is important to know and understand what it is you are taking, and strictly follow the dosage just as you would follow medication that has been prescribed. If you are unsure, check with your physician, a nutritionist, or a reputable health center. Many supplements that are good for overall health include grape seed extract, Glucosamine, aloe Vera, and selenium. Vitamins to consider would include Vitamin C, B-12, Iron, Magnesium, and Calcium.
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You have probably heard this before. Stress is a major contributor to poor health. Research after research has found that when a person is stressed, the body reacts to it negatively. The results of stress could be high-blood pressure, tension headaches, upset stomach, poor posture, and so on. Keeping stress in check will help you manage your overall health much better.
Proper and Regular Sleep
Does sleep really affect health? Yes, it does. During sleep, your body is resting and recovering from all the work it has done throughout the day. Your serotonin levels are brought down in line, your muscles relax, and mind is allowed to clear itself in preparation for the next day. If you are not getting the proper amount of sleep, you will notice it in a physical way. While there is no magic number, usually between six and eight hours a night is appropriate. If you have difficulty getting to sleep, before you climb into bed, listen to some soft relaxing music.
It is crucial that you have regular checkups, which could include blood-pressure, x-ray, urinalysis etc. Many times, a regular checkup could have caught something earlier on, actually saving a life. If you do not feel good, have your doctor check things out. If you are due for your annual or biannual checkup, have it done. You could possibly be saving your own life.
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