Five Steps to a Healthier Life!

Five Steps to a Healthier Life!

February 3, 2020 | Hope Channel Southeast Asia

 

More and more research show that the key to lifelong optimal health is what experts call “lifestyle medicine” — making simple changes in diet, exercise, and stress management. To help you turn that knowledge into results, we have put together this manageable list of health and wellness suggestions. 


1. Fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables:

Vegetables can be loosely classified as starchy and non-starchy vegetables. Starchy vegetables generally have more carbohydrates and calories than their non-starchy counterparts. 
Examples of starchy vegetables includes potatoes, corn and navy beans. Non-starchy vegetables include spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.  

 

2. Drink a glass of water before each meal:

Drinking the amount of water you need each day is necessary to allow all of your body’s systems to function smoothly, and at the same time it will also keep you from overeating due to hunger, making it easier to take a more mindful approach to your meals.  

3. Think positive and focus on gratitude: 

Research shows that a healthy positive attitude helps build a healthier immune system and boosts overall health. Your body believes what you think, so focus on the positive. 3 
 

4. Exercise every day: 

The more active you are, the better it is for your body. Exercise boosts your heart health, builds muscle and bone strength, and wards off health problems.
 
5. Sleep at the same time every night: 

Besides poor sleep quality, a lot of people struggle to fall asleep. It can leave you exhausted, feeling sluggish and even increase your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. One of the biggest culprits is not having a regular sleep schedule. Having a set bedtime helps to train your body’s internal clock to fall asleep faster at a certain time. 


As you have heard, every little thing we do affects our health in a good or in a bad way. We should follow the advice given in the Bible: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31). As it says, whatever we do, let it be for the glory of God, because He knows what is best for each one of us. 

 


References: 

1 https://www.gaiam.com/blogs/discover/15-easy-ways-to-be-healthier

2 https://www.self.com/story/small-lifestyle-changes-to-get-healthier

3 https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2014/09/positive-boost-immune-system

4 https://www.webmd.com/balance/features/health-tips-heart-mind-body#1