Saturday, August 4, 2012

Be Proactive In Protecting Your Health

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.

Friday, August 3, 2012

How You Can Maintain Your Weight And Enjoy A Great Health Continuously

Many people think that it is very difficult to lose weight. But, the fact is that this is only partially true. You may certainly find it difficult to lose weight if you do not take the right steps. So, you should know what steps you should take and understand their importance. Once you adopt them and lose your weight, you should try to maintain the right weight. Even dietitians agree that it is more difficult to maintain the right weight than losing weight.

The main step is to keep watching your weight periodically  The problem is that once you lose weight, your body metabolism also undergoes changes. In other words, the body adjusts itself to your new style of eating and exercising. Once it becomes accustomed to your diet and exercises regimens, it refuses to shed its weight any more. This is called the "yo-yo" effect. The body learns to come out with the same output even if you spend less energy. So, you do not spend as many calories for the same exercises regimen and for your physical activities as you did prior to losing your weight.

Another point is that you may lose your interest in your exercises and diet regimens once you lose your weight. When you start neglecting them, you start gaining weight once again. So, the two factors that contribute for your increase in weight are using less number of calories for the same output and secondly, neglecting the diet and exercises regimens. So, the surplus calories that you do not spend remain in your body. So, there will an increase in your weight once again.

So, if you want to sustain your weight loss and remain in good shape continuously, you should keep changing your dietary and exercises habits. If you keep making periodical changes to these habits, you will not have any weight increase and you can enjoy a great health on a continuous basis.