Health is wealth. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Early to bed, early to rise blah blah blah. How many times have we heard these health quotes thrown around? Too many to count, yeah. And how many times have they actually motivated us to practice a healthy lifestyle? Yep, that’s right: none.
So what really helps us get off our lazy backside and do something to get rid of this entire unhealthy attitude towards life?
Here are a few motivational images to get you pumped up about a your health while putting a smile on your face, rather than making you roll your eyes in disgust:
Yes, that’s it. Break it down into baby steps. Or little bites. Wait, does that remind of food? Right, ERASE THE THOUGHT.
Ah, yes, a little motivation never went amiss.
Crying? Let’s make them sob.
Now that’s a motivational fantasy if there ever was any.
Die, die, die! Love, super healthy me.
That’s one friendship the world could do very well without.
Have we got you motivated enough to at least read all the super easy and quick tips for a healthy lifestyle? Yes? Quick, take look before this new-found enthusiasm drains out of you!
Water. Lots of it.
Yes. Why, you ask?
a) It makes you hair shinier and glossier
b) It helps you lose weight by making you feel ‘full’
c) It clears out acne-causing toxins and leaves you with a clearer skin
d) Its helps with a smoother digestion process
e) It helps you relieve fatigue and tiredness
f) It treats headaches and migraines – which usually result out of dehydration
g) It prevents sprains and cramps by keeping joints and muscles lubricated and elastic
h) It keeps your mouth moist and thus helps you eliminate bad breath from your life
Yes, you read it correctly. Sleep is imperative in a healthy lifestyle. Insufficient sleep leads to several health issues, so it stands to reason that a good night’s sleep is healthy. A healthy life is a longer life (natural disasters, accidents, serious illness not withstanding). So now you have a legit reason to hit that snooze button.
Do you know how to breathe? Nope, inhaling and exhaling does not count. Deep breathes – where you breathe in through your nose, fills your lungs fully and making your stomach rise, and then exhale the air through your nose rather than your mouth – have a vital impact on your health. It helps your respiratory system perform better, it improves your circulation, reduces your anxiety levels, and prevents your skin from wrinkling.
Enjoy optimum sunlight throughout the year.
Beat the heat and all that, but don’t forget that sunlight is actually quite good for your health. Not only does it lower down blood pressure levels, it also helps in easing depression. It is also a healing aide for several skin disorders, not to mention an important source of Vitamin D. Sunlight is known to reduce the risk of certain cancers as well as Alzheimer’s symptoms. It kills harmful bacteria, lowers cholesterol, and improves immune system. Oh, and yes, it increases oxygen content in blood.
Never skip breakfast. Ever.
Those of us who think that skipping breakfast is either healthy, or okay, we couldn’t be more wrong. Countless studies prove that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for numerous reasons. Amongst those are: it helps you maintain a healthy body weight; it gives you energy to kick start your day, and boosts concentration levels for classroom or office; it prevents you from snacking on unhealthy snacks in the middle of the day; and it also does not help you reduce weight. So why skip on one extra meal, huh?
Include fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Who wouldn’t prefer a bar of chocolate over a bowl of salad? But really, salad is far more effective when it comes to keeping you healthy than any brand of chocolate. Primarily because it is free of sugars, salt, and fat, but rich in dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. This helps in maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding obesity, lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and best of all, keeping your skin and hair healthier as well. So aim for clearer skin and glossier hair – eat a bowl of salad every day!
Downsize your portions – and your weight.
If you think that consuming a hefty-portioned meal once a day is beneficial for you, then you couldn’t be more wrong. Research concludes that the longer the time gap between your meals, the hungrier you are likely to get, and the more chances there are of you over eating. On the other hand, snacking frequently (and health-ily) is conductive in improving your metabolism, staving off those hunger pangs, and controlling blood sugar levels. So eat less, but more.
Oily food? Uh, no.
Greasy, oily food is calorie-dense – heaps of calories in small portions of food. Admittedly, it taste way better than boring old boiled or steamed food, but in the long run, it has far worse consequences as well, including gas, bloating, heart burn, and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. So keep it light, keep it oil-free! Much as we regret to say this, but go easy on that fast food, people.
Plateful of Rainbow.
Eating healthy does not necessarily mean living on boring food. The key to a healthy life is a balanced diet, which contains the requisite amounts of fats, carbs, proteins, fiber, minerals, and vitamins, etc. Nothing is worse than studiously avoiding a particular food – only to binge on it later. So make sure your plate is as diverse as the global culture, heheh.
Exercise. Daily. Without fail.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but at least 15 minutes of work out is essential for a healthy lifestyle. It not only helps in weight loss, but also boosts energy levels – not to mention your moods (which is always a plus). It induces better sleep, and is a great way to wind down after a stressful day at work. Further health benefits of exercise include: prevention of osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and diabetes. Last but not the least, exercise can delay ageing. Live long, live strong!
Eliminate the negatives.
Be happy. That is the ultimate key to a healthier, better lifestyle. Eliminate the negative energies from your life – be they people, experiences, or habits. Adopt a positive approach of thinking. Smile, often. Do a good deed, it goes a long way to help you feel better about yourself, and about life in general. Read about happy endings, have little day-time fantasies. Be yourself. Enjoy the weather, treat yourself with a trinket. Live.
While it is still somewhat easier for us adults to adopt a healthier lifestyle, making our kids follow the same can be troublesome, especially when it comes to following a healthy diet. Kids, like us, are ever attracted to sweetmeats, and eternally wary of anything green and leafy. But these little trouble-makers are also easy to cheat with.
- Get creative with your food and indulge in a spot of food art to encourage your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. While a whole apple may seem unappealing, apple slices as owl wings have a charm of their own!
- Replace the deep-fryer with the oven – bake those nuggets in the oven using a tablespoon of olive oil, instead of frying them. Recipe here:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F ( roughly 200 degrees C).
- Cut the chicken breasts into 1 1/2-inch sized chunks. Mix the bread crumbs, salt, thyme and a spot of pepper. Melt butter in a dish for dipping.
- First dip chicken into the melted butter, follow up with a coat of the breadcrumb mixture. Place the chicken on a lightly greased baking tray, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
- Link food to your child’s interests; beans and legumes make you stonger for soccer and basketball, or, fruits and vegetables help your hair grow longer like Queen Elsa’s.
- Sneak in the healthy stuff, be stealthy. Puree, smoothies, and dips work wonders!
- Get the kids involved in the kitchen, encourage them to cook their own meals. They are more receptive to food they cooked themselves, as compared to food cooked by others.
Despite taking excellent care, one still remains susceptible to certain common illness or issues which make life very difficult to bear. Cold and flu is an example, and so is dandruff, for instance. Inserting large amounts of chemicals in your body for such trivial matters is also not always a good idea. While it might become necessary in certain cases, they can always be supplemented with some natural relief. Home remedies, therefore, are a huge blessing, because not only do they cause you no harm, but are also virtually free of cost!
We have for your some of the easiest home remedies for common health issues. Take a look:
- Hiccups can be treated by a spoonful or two of sugar.
- A square of two of dark chocolate is effective in curbing persistent cough.
- Cool a kitchen burn with some aloe vera gel, which is extremely anti-inflammatory.
- A 30 minute soak in a solution of 1 part vinegar + 2 parts water will rid one of odious foot odor.
- Half a squeezed lemon and a teaspoon of honey dissolved in hot water, consumed several times a day cut a cold short.
- A handful of cherries before your pre-bedtime bath are the yummiest way to cure insomnia.
- Food poisoning? Burnt toast and black tea. Works like a charm.
- Water is an instant energy booster on unproductive, fatigued days.
- Swallowing a knob of ginger soothes a muscle-taxing workout.
- Crunch n’ munch your way through PMS with almonds.
- Onion is a common remedy for earache, used in various way to soothe the pain.
- An upset stomach can be remedied with a spoonful of apple cider vinegar dissolved in a glassful of room temperature water.
We also have a range of herbal, DIY alternatives for beauty products, and home remedies which treat beauty problems. Easy as ABC, they are sure to make your life easier, and your skin and hair clearer and glossier!
- Hair growth can be sped up with onion juice, apple cider vinegar, egg masks, fenugreek and potato juice – all easily available in your kitchen.
- Eggs, yoghurt, milk, coconut oil, milk, honey, mayonnaise, aloe vera, lemon juice, and bananas can all revive damaged, dry hair.
- Onion juice, garlic, eggs, coconut oil, and henna are some of the most commonly employed items to curb hair fall.
- Tea tree oil applied to scalp can help you get rid of dandruff.
- Applying freshly squeezed lemon juice to face and neck for 10 minutes and then washing with lukewarm water induces a clearer skin.
- A scrub of turmeric powder and lemon juice, if applied on acne pimples for 15 minutes before washing with cold water has proven really effective.
- A scrub of besan, haldi, lemon drops, and malai works wonders on skin, giving it a glow.
- Sugar scrubs are effective in softening elbows, ankles, cuticles, and knees. Socks worn over petroleum jelly-ed feet overnight also softens them.
- Thick potato slices placed over eyes are effective in getting rid of dark circles.
- Use a food processor to make a fine paste of fresh beetroot cut into small pieces, filter the paste with a muslin cloth, storing the liquid an old lip gloss tube. Apply on lips and cheeks to make them pinker, softer, and plumper.
There you have it – an all-natural solution for pretty much everything. Unnecessary chemical insertion in your body will eventually display adverse effects on your health, so it is way better to invest a little extra time and effort into these super simple home remedies – which are bound to save your cash as well. You can always treat yourself with a little trinket or two later on, heheh.
Hope these tips helped. Happy health- ing! J
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