Pick up any health and wellness magazine in the store and somewhere on the cover you are sure to find a headline mentioning heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. These three diseases are the top 3 killers of women today, so it’s no coincidence people are talking about them.
So what are the best ways to keep from falling victim to one of these deadly diseases? Prevention. Plain and simple.
Let’s face it, it is a lot easier to take the time to eat well, exercise, and drink plenty of water than it is to try to muddle through your activities of daily life feeling crappy and taking a bucket-load of prescription medications every day, right?
Well we’ve got some good news for you. While we realize genetics does play a role in a few major diseases, the key factor most times is choice. The choices you make about the quality of foods and supplements you put into your body make a difference. The choices you make about whether you maintain an active or sedentary lifestyle make a difference as do the choices you make about sleep patterns and alcohol consumption. So essentially, for the most part you can control a number of the factors that lead to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Let’s Talk Food
A good rule of thumb is this: hole, natural, organic foods are much better for you than boxed, canned or highly processed foods. Actually, research has found that people who regularly consume fresh, whole, natural foods suffer less from conditions such as obesity and heart disease as opposed to their processed- food-eating counterparts.
What’s more, author Evita Ochel explains on her website EvolvingWellness.com that “…we can reduce our risk of most diseases by a whopping 80% by engaging in 4 specific lifestyle habits. These are: eating high quality nutrition, exercising, not smoking, and avoiding being overweight.”
Simply put, food is power. Many people underestimate the power of the food they consume to actually heal their bodies or prevent illness or disease. Many are also unaware of the addictive nature of a number of the ingredients in processed foods. A little bit of internet research will show you countless herbs and spices that have been used for centuries to cure ailments. You really are what you eat!
We also mentioned exercise earlier. Don’t worry, you don’t have to run a marathon or compete on American Ninja Warrior to consider yourself an active person. You can vastly improve your health by taking a brisk 30-minute walk, lifting weights, doing yoga, going for a swim or a bike ride…the choice is up to you. Chances are you spend at least 30 minutes surfing the internet or chatting with friends on Facebook, surely you can find 30 minutes in your day for some physical activity…especially when it come with such great health benefits!
Take a moment today when you get home from work or running errands and take a “healthy habit inventory.” Are you eating clean, high quality, nutritious foods? Are you getting adequate sleep? Are you staying well hydrated? Are you getting in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day? If the answer to most of these questions is no, it may be time to make a few lifestyle changes. The key to forming healthier habits is to start small. Incorporate little things into your life every day for lasting results.
We’d love to hear what you think about this article. Did you find it particularly helpful? What are some changes you made in your daily routine to help you become healthier? Let us know in the comments below.