When we think of healthy living, we mainly think of the usual things, such as eating right, getting plenty of exercise, and not going crazy with the alcohol, etc. Though those things are most definitely imperative to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it’s about far more than just what you eat. In this post, I want to look at some of the biggest influencing factors when it comes to good lifestyle habits, and overall good health.
- Less sugar-free products: this isn’t an invitation to start stocking up on sugary treats – quite the opposite, actually. What I mean by this, though, is that many people are falsely led to believe that anything with the words “sugar free” is automatically healthier because it apparently contains less sugar, and whilst that may technically be true, what the product labels are failing to mention is that artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame are far more dangerous than sugar. It’s absolutely not recommended to go out and consume as much traditional sugar as possible, but it’s also not the easiest thing in the world to avoid, so it’s better to be more savvy when it comes to sugar, how much of it is in the things you consume, and what healthy alternatives there really are.
- Too much stress: while it’s near impossible to completely avoid stress in our lives, and also it helps to remember that a little bit of it is actually good for us, too much of something is never a good thing, and when stress starts leading to major problems, such as relationship or even health problems, then it’s definitely time to start looking at how to reduce it. Stress can affect people in different ways, and while one person may be at higher risk of heart problems, another may be prone to things like hair loss. If you’re suffering from prolonged stress, and want to know if your symptoms could be related, and would like to look at what treatments could be available to you, then sites like med4u are great starting points.
- No breaks: whether you’re simply taking a weekend away every other month, or you have the means to book a bigger trip somewhere warm, the place and those kinds of details don’t actually matter as much as simply taking a break. Everyone needs a little time out once in a while to recharge and prevent any ongoing problems, such as stress or illness.
- Pollution: most people are aware of the fact that too much pollution in the air isn’t good for us, but we don’t really seem to know much about how to prevent or stop it from harming us further. Of course, if you live in a place that has high pollution, then simply moving for this reason, unless it’s severe and already affecting you, isn’t really an option. There are things you can do, though. By making sure you keep the air in your home clean by using things like purifiers, quit smoking if you currently do, etc. You can also eat foods that are high in antioxidants, such as pomegranates, raspberries and tomatoes that work to keep your blood cells healthy and free from toxins.