5 Habits for A Healthier Life

As we know, it’s not just one habit that ensures health and wellbeing but a stack of lots of little ones.  So what can we do to improve our health and wellbeing? 

1)      Move!

No matter your age, it’s clear that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life!  Not only does it help strengthen the musculoskeletal system and help ward off certain chronic disease, but regular exercise releases a range of hormones and messengers which have a positive impact on depressive thoughts, anxiety, and stress!  In addition, it has been seen to improve memory and help aid sleep.  Simply getting some steps in every day is a great place to start, and find what you enjoy, whether that’s Pilates, yoga, running, walking, HIIT or resistance training.

2)      Take Time Off From Technology

Data is suggesting that using social media platforms can have a detrimental effect on psychological health; one of the key factors is that social media envy can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety.  It’s true what they say, social media is generally everyone’s highlight reel, and this can skew individual perception.  Try to be aware of this and if social media usage is becoming a challenge for you, take some time off! 

3)      Drink Your Water

Water is essential for life. It really is that simple.  Humans can survive for a relative number of weeks without food, but they cannot go without fluids for more than two to three days. 

Water:

-          acts as a lubricant for joints and eyes,

-          is the main component of saliva,

-          provides the medium in which most things occur in the body,

-          acts as a cushion in the nervous system,

-          helps get rid of waste,

-          helps to regulate body temperature.

The general school of thought is that we should drink 6-8 glasses of fluid per day.  But depending on your glass size, this isn’t always that helpful – so it equates to around 1.5-2 litres per day.

Check out our blog here for some ideas on how to stay hydrated!

4)      Sleep!

We all do it, burn the midnight oil, or burn the candle from both ends… sadly, this eats into our sleep and whilst we think our most productive time is actually doing things during waking hours, we forget how much is occurring whilst we sleep.

Sleep is essential to many vital functions.  It plays a part in energy conservation, brain waste clearance, immune system modulation, cognition, performance, disease, and psychological state. 

Many studies have demonstrated that sleep loss (not deprivation) during development can result in reduced brain mass, neuronal death, and subsequent behavioural problems.  Impaired sleep is also a contributing factor in cases of cancer and type II diabetes.  It can also affect how an animal responds to infection and heals wounds.

The long and the short of it, sleep is essential to life.  Without it, it massively affects the control centre that is your brain and can cause a range of knock-on health problems further down the line.

How much you need is totally individual, but chances are, if you’re still tired when you wake up, you’re probably not getting enough (if existing health concerns are ruled out of course). 

5)      Eat Your Five-a-Day

The 5 a day campaign is based on the World Health Organisation’s advice to eat a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables per day.  It is thought that this considerably lowers the risk of serious health problems like heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.  In addition, fruit and vegetables are good sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre! 

You’ll note that the advice is to eat 400g as a minimum, ideally, you want to eat as many fruit and vegetable portions as possible! 

But, we know that this is often easier said than done, which is why we formulated Fivaday.  It is clinically proven to provide an antioxidant boost equivalent to five portions of fruit and veg per day.  It has helped many of our customers address shortfalls in their daily intake.  We wouldn’t want to discourage you from eating whole-foods in your diet, but Fivaday is a wonderful addition to your diet.