As good as modern medical technology is, it can never save you from the problems caused by a life style that is unhealthy.
Instead of getting a modern medical fix for every problem, it is far better to live in such a way that you will hardly ever fall ill.
An ounce of prevention is certainly better than a pound of cure. Here are seven tips on how to live a long and healthy life.
In addition, the same life style that helps you to avoid illness also helps you to lose weight.
1. Get Enough Exercise
In the past people had to use their physical bodies in the course of their normal work.
But today someone may get up, go to work in a car, then sit down, get up to go home in the car and when arriving at home, sit down again for the rest of the day.
In such a life there is no physical labor.
This physical inactivity is one of the main reasons for a host of diseases.
Sport, running. walking and other things must be added to our life if our normal work does not require us to exert ourselves physically. I
2. Go to sleep when you feel sleepy
This may sound simple, but many people stay up late even when their body is telling them that it is time to sleep.
Yoga and Ayurvedic doctors also say that it is better to sleep in the night and be active during the day.
However, people such as students will take coffee and stimulants to study late into the night.
Others develop the habit of remaining active at night and sleeping during the day.
While we can do this, it eventually takes a toll on health.
Alternative health doctors say that this kind of unnatural living is one of the contributing factors in the causation of cancer and other diseases
3. Eat when you feel hungry
This is also a simple idea, but once again we often go against the messages of the body.
If you eat out of habit or due to social pressure at certain time of the day, even when you have no real appetite, then you will not digest your food properly.
Acidity and indigestion begin, and this contributes to the likelihood of other more complex diseases taking root.
Having an appetite is actually a sign of good health, but if you have no appetite you should wait a bit and then eat.
(If you have no appetite even after awaiting a reasonable amount of time, then you should consult a doctor because something is wrong.)
4. Fast on a Regular, Systematic Basis
If you would ask any person to work 365 days per year without any rest, they would complain and say that they must have some rest or else they will break down.
But we have never bothered to ask or to think about our digestive organs which we compel to work day after day without a rest.
They cannot protest the way a person would to his boss, but they do give us signals that they cannot work non-stop.
When we ignore those signals and still compel them to work, those organs break down. That is why periodic fasting is necessary.
Refrain from eating for one complete day.
This gives a rest to your digestive organs and also helps in the elimination of wastes from your body.
Regular fasting allows a person to gain extra time for intellectual or spiritual pursuits.
Fasting is not for hermits in a cave, but is a sensible practice that anyone can practice.
5. Wash with cool water before going to bed
As mentioned above, proper sleep is essential for the maintenance of health.
If you wash your important motor and sensory organs (hands, arms, eyes, legs, mouth, genitals) before sleep using cool water, this will relax you and prepare you for deep sleep.
6. Perform meditation on a regular basis
Your body is linked to your mind.
Many of the diseases of this era are psychosomatic.
Stress and anxiety take their toll on our physical health.
Meditation is a mental exercise which, among other things, allows you to detach yourself from the worries of life.
Learn a simple technique and do it regularly.
7. Get up early every day
Once again the old proverb, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.”
I don’t know if it will make you wealthy, but it will certainly make you healthy.
Your body needs just enough sleep, not too much and not too little.
Follow these tips and you can’t go wrong.
BONUS – 5 Foods You Should Eat If You Want To Live Longer
Turns out, there are a whole bunch of ways to add years to your life.
But perhaps one of the easiest ways is changing what you eat.
More and more research is showing that diet is a super important indicator of how long you’ll live, and whether or not you develop a number of life-shortening chronic diseases.
Lucky for you, it’s also ridiculously easy to change.
Here are 5 life-lengthening foods to start eating today.
Good news nut lovers! Your favorite snack could be adding years to your life.
Two studies from the Harvard School of Public Health both found that the more often people ate nuts, the lower their risk of dying young.
Just make sure not to overdo it—too many nuts can actually be bad for you.
The researchers suggest just a handful of nuts of any kind per day. (See what’s healthier: raw nut or roasted nuts?)
You already know white bread is pretty much devoid of nutrients, but did you know it’s cheating you out of extra years?
Multiple studies have linked whole grain breads, pastas, and other baked goods with greater longevity.
According to one study in JAMA Internal Medicine, each additional 1 oz serving of whole grains eaten correlated to a 5% lower overall mortality risk and a 9% lower risk of death from heart problems.
So pay attention to your bread’s packaging; it should say 100% whole wheat.
Break out the hot sauce: Research shows that eating spicy foods keeps you healthy longer.
One study of more than 450,000 Chinese men and women showed that those who ate spicy foods 6 or 7 days a week had a 14% lower mortality risk than those who ate spicy food just once or less during a typical week (check out these 25 awesome things you can do with Sriracha sauce).
Want to boost the power of spicy food?
Then give up the booze.
The researchers also found that the relation between eating spicy food and living longer was stronger in those study participants who did not drink. (Sorry, beer and buffalo wings fans.)
Here’s a good reason to have sushi tonight—and to order the seaweed salad: More than 1,000 studies have concluded that eating seaweed can suppress inflammation, boost your immune system, and slow the growth of cancer.
A review of the studies is published in a report called the Japanese “Longevity” Dietary Constituent, which aims to explain why Japanese life expectancy is one of the highest in the world.
We’ve always thought of fish as brain food—and for good reason.
Research shows that compounds in fish called carotenoids can protect against neurological diseases. (Just make sure to stay away from these 12 fish.)
What’s more, the omega-3s in fatty fish like salmon keep your whole body young—a study from Ohio State University found that omega-3 supplementation significantly reduced inflammation.
A condition linked to everything from allergies to cancer.
Heart disease, and Alzheimer’s (you can further fight inflammation by adding these 10 foods to your diet).