As a health expert has pointed out, the human body can be compared to a vehicle. While a vehicle runs on fuel, our body functions on the calories we take in. If the fuel of a vehicle contains contaminants, the vehicle can not run properly. Likewise, if we eat unwanted food, we are certain to face problems. It is a driver who runs his vehicle with the help of the right fuel. In the case of the human body, the driver is our mind. So, our mind should choose the right food or fuel to make our body function properly.
The problem is that we realize that we are feeding our body wrongly only when we face problems with our health. We also forget the fact that we are aging day after day. The best way to keep ourselves healthy even as we age is to keep our entire body and more particularly, our joints, bones and muscles strong. Otherwise, age may slow down our movements.
Researchers have recently found out that exercises with weights bestow very good benefits and improve our well-being. So, we can do exercises with weights in addition to the aerobic exercises we have all along been doing. But, it is better to consult a doctor before we commence these exercises. Another point to remember is that only if we enjoy our exercises, we can derive more benefits from them.
Proper nutrition is as important as good exercises. Lack of nutrition may lead to many degenerative diseases. In the last few years, there has been a lot of misinformation about nutrition. We have all been led to believe that fats are not at all good for our health. This is absolutely wrong. We need fats but the fats we eat should not exceed the limits. Health experts advise that our fat intake should not exceed 15 per cent of our daily requirements of calories. We should ensure to eat only good fats and shun bad fats. Good fats are available in olive oil, fish oil, coconut oil, etc. We should not eat fried or deep-fried foods because they contain bad fats.
Likewise, our salt intake should also be low. Potassium-based salt is better than sodium-based salt. Further, the fiber contents of our diets should be very high. Fiber foods like green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits keep us protected from colon cancer. They keep our cholesterol under control. We can even get rid of Type 2 diabetes with the help of these fiber foods. Whole-grain breads and cereals are also rich in fiber content. Our intake of sugar and sugary substances should also be within limits.
We should also make it a point to drink lots of water to hydrate our body from the interior. Health experts repeatedly point out that high-fat and high-sugar diets can cause acidity. But, if we eat alkaline foods, we can be fit and energetic. The foods we eat do not supply enough of vitamins and minerals and hence, we should ensure to take nutritional supplements.
If we ignore these tips and continue eating junk and useless foods, we are doing a great disservice to ourselves and to our entire family. If we neglect our health now, we can not get it back again in future. We should always remember this fact and act accordingly.