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Let’s Talk About Health Matters: Five Healthy Habits To Adopt

Minding your well-being: All In 4 Health By DR TW Ngwenya Changamire Healthy lifestyle is about being mindful of the steps that need to be taken and putting these steps into practice in order to achieve health. Health is a state of physical and mental wellbeing. Health is not just the absence of disease. How can we achieve an overall state of wellbeing? A step in the right direction to achieving physical and mental wellbeing begins by being aware of good health habits that positively affect health and bad health that negatively affect. Daily or regular practices make up a habit. The right habits help you to reach your goals and targets. You will be able to set goals like weight loss goal, Blood sugar reading goal, blood pressure targets, cholesterol targets, healthy meal goals, exercise goals and self-care mental health goals. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); Habits that help you achieve health The first habit in achieving a healthy lifestyle is reading about health. You are able to identify what may be affecting your health and preventing you from achieving health.

Minding your well-being: All In 4 Health

By DR TW Ngwenya Changamire

Healthy lifestyle is about being mindful of the steps that need to be taken and putting these steps into practice in order to achieve health. Health is a state of physical and mental wellbeing. Health is not just the absence of disease. How can we achieve an overall state of wellbeing?

A step in the right direction to achieving physical and mental wellbeing begins by being aware of good health habits that positively affect health and bad health that negatively affect. Daily or regular practices make up a habit. The right habits help you to reach your goals and targets.

You will be able to set goals like weight loss goal, Blood sugar reading goal, blood pressure targets, cholesterol targets, healthy meal goals, exercise goals and self-care mental health goals.

 

 

Habits that help you achieve health

The first habit in achieving a healthy lifestyle is reading about health. You are able to identify what may be affecting your health and preventing you from achieving health. Staying informed helps you to draft a plan on how you are going to achieve health and will also inform you to set health goals or health targets.

If you are informed and stay updated about what the recommended health targets are for different health conditions and the recommended strategies for preventing disease you are more likely to stay motivated to healthy habits.

We all know that healthy eating is important for our health. Healthy eating is the second strategy to achieving health. Healthy eating is eating a balanced diet. A balanced diet is a diet that includes all the food groups but taking into account the daily recommended intake of each food group.

Food groups include fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates (starch) including whole grains, healthy oils, and an adequate amount of water.

It is advised that the majority of your meals must have fruits and vegetables. For example, a simple general way to plan your plate for lunch or dinner one-quarter of the plate should contain carbohydrates, while one-quarter contains protein.

The remaining half of the plate must contain a generous portion of vegetables and fruits. You are advised to add a dash of healthy oils to your meals. Healthy oils include oils like olive oil, peanut oil, and vegetable oils. Carbohydrates (starch) which should form a quarter of your mean include foods like, rice, pap, bread, and potatoes.

 

 

Care should be taken to avoid choosing refined carbohydrates too often and to opt for more non-refined carbohydrates. Healthy carbohydrates can also be obtained from starchy vegetables which include foods like sweet potato, butternut, pumpkin, and squash.

Carbohydrates like pap and rice can be traded for starchy vegetables which are healthier options. Vegetables that must be in half your plate include cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, green beans just to mention a few.

Protein foods include foods like meat including offal meats, fish, chicken, eggs and beans. Fruits are a good source of vitamins. Fruits include oranges, berries, apples, pears, kiwi, bananas and grapes. Please do note that these food group lists are not exhaustive.

The third good health habit is incorporating exercise into your daily routine. There are a lot of health benefits of exercise. Exercise helps you to control weight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing chronic diseases.

Exercise improves heart health. Exercise also helps to control chronic disease. In conditions like diabetes blood sugar levels are better controlled if exercise is introduced, blood pressure levels are better controlled in those suffering from hypertension.

Exercise helps to strengthen your bones and muscles and this becomes important later in life, because strong bones lose bone mass much slower. Exercise has also been seen to be a protective factor against certain cancers.

Exercise has been seen to boost energy, boost morale, increase concentration and learning ability, improve sexual health by lowering risk of erectile dysfunction in men and increasing libido in men and women.

 

 

Exercise in general improves mood and mental health. The recommended minimum amount of exercise is 30-minute brisk activity 5 times a week.

Annual medical check-ups and screening sessions at recommended stages in life are important. Presenting yourself for check-ups aims to detect diseases at early stages before any symptoms become noticeable. This helps to picks up risks of disease in a people that appear to be healthy. Early treatment or intervention is initiated. This is the fourth health habit to adopt.

Lastly, it is important to interact with other people. Regular socialisation is good for mental wellbeing. Make intentional efforts to meet with the people that you care for and people that also care for you and boost your morale. A happy mind has been seen to be productive. A happy mind may also help you to live longer.

In summary the benefits of healthy habits impact positively on physical and mental wellbeing. Healthy habits help to prevent lifestyle-related conditions.

Lifestyle-related conditions include conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and conditions their complications which are strokes, heart attacks, kidney impairment, nerve problems, visual disturbances and osteoarthritis. Healthy habits improve your quality of life. Weight is controlled, chronic diseases are prevented, mood improves, energy is increased and longevity is also increased.

 

 

Contact All In 4 Health – Dr TW Ngwenya Changamire – for General Medical Consultation, Health Screening, Medical Check-up, Health Education and Promotion. The Glen Marais Shopping Centre, 57 Veld Street, Glen Marais, Kempton park 1619

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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