Living healthy for young adults these days isn’t as easy as it used to be. As our friends are becoming more computerized avatars than human beings that we see or touch, as our seas are becoming more and more contaminated, our soil becoming less and less fertile and as spending time with our cellphones and tablets has taken the place of spending time being active, many are becoming more sedentary and our food choices are becoming more lackadaisical than ever before. Here are five tips on how to stay healthy in this new, advanced era we are in today…
The 6 most crucial healthy living tips for young adults
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With the press of a button, we have a world of entertainment at our fingertips. We can download movies, games, video chat with friends, check our email, and on and on. It is so easy to find yourself on your computer or cellphone long into the night, even as it crosses into the time we should be sleeping. Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves to stay healthy. It helps to keep our metabolism running at an optimal level, aids in memory, mood and Growth Hormone release, which is a key component in boosting our immune systems and keeping our bodies in good working order. Six hours seems to be the norm, but that has been proven to not be enough…the required amount would be eight hours.
If you have trouble sleeping, then try setting a regular bedtime, turn the television or computer off and settle down with a good book or listen to some soothing music or simply meditate.
It is imperative that we eat a variety of fruits, veggies, complex carbohydrates, complete proteins and fats to keep in optimal health. Eat organically if you can, but if that’s not possible, just make sure to eat fresh and the more colorful your food is the better. Basically if it’s found naturally in the world, it’s gonna be good.
The second half of the eating equation is to make sure you eat more often, less quantity. Eating 4 to 5 smaller meals per day will help to boost your metabolism and keep you in a fat burning zone throughout the day.
RELEASE THOSE ENDORPHINS
Endorphins are proteins, originating from the brain and are responsible for elevating your mood, reducing pain, improve immune system functioning, and can sometimes create a euphoric, opiate like effect. Take sex for instance, the intense feelings you experience during sex are courtesy of your endorphins being released…and these same endorphins are released again during exercise and also eating chocolate.
This also helps us to understand the obesity epidemic that is consuming the planet right now. There are many, many reasons why people overeat, but there is one basic way to understand of the essence this problem. Obesity and depression go hand in hand most of the time. When someone is depressed, they want to feel better and sugary foods do exactly that. How? By boosting those endorphins. So, for a few short minutes happiness and contentedness take the place of self loathing and sadness. It feels wonderful to be happy and it’s something we all want to feel as much and as long as possible. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter the feelings of depression return as the sugar quickly passes through the bloodstream, leaving them feeling often remorseful and ashamed, but always depressed again. And so they reach for another sugary food and the cycle continues.
Meditation is the practice of relaxation to a point of being able to fully focus your attention internally on regulating the mind. Meditation balances your physical, emotional and mental state of mind and allows the body to de-stress. It allows the feeling of calm and control to flow through your body, which helps you to battle the everyday stresses of life. On a chemical level meditation has been found to help reduce the body’s production of free radicals, which is responsible for aging. It’s found that just ten minutes a day is all you need to reap its benefits.
DRINK MORE WATER
Our bodies are approximately 60% water, our brains are 90% and it needs be replenished throughout the day to keep both in good working order. Water is responsible for digestion, absorption, circulation, transporting nutrients throughout the body, creating our saliva and ultimately maintaining our body’s temperature. Water also aids in fat loss, increases energy, relieves fatigue, and flushes out toxins.
Some signs you may not be getting enough water are headaches, cramping, light headedness, and if your urine isn’t mostly clear.
LAUGH A LOT
Unless we’re being held down and tickled, laughing happens when we’re happy or in a good mood. It instantaneously reduces stress levels, boosts endorphins, elevates mood, improves our immune system and even burns calories! It has also been proven to increase our emotional positivity and general sense of well being continuing well after the laughter has subsided.