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5 Secrets Of Super Healthy People

Written by Dr. Jatin Bhide on Thu, 30 May 2024

Key Highlights

  • Choose a balanced diet with vegetables, fruits, proteins, and carbohydrates, and avoid artificial preservatives and processed foods. This benefits your blood sugar, cholesterol, weight, mood, and disease resistance.
  • Ensure 7-8 hours of sleep each night for healing, cardiovascular health, and a strong immune system. A consistent sleep schedule also helps manage stress and cognitive function.
  • Use meditation, mindfulness, and relaxing hobbies to reduce stress, lower cortisol levels, and maintain a healthy mind-body balance.
  • Spend time with loved ones and engage in joyful activities. A positive attitude helps fight infections and enhances overall health.
  • Incorporate daily physical activity, such as walking, to maintain weight, improve mood, appetite, and energy levels, and support your immune system and circulation. 
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Health is a complicated subject, with millions of books, videos, and tutorials you could study. The key to good health though is in finding a regimen that works for you and sticking to it. After all, healthy people didn't just wake up that way.

Barring hereditary illness, it’s possible to protect yourself from most medical conditions by keeping up your body's immunity. But, from the wealth of knowledge available, here are a few key points that apply to everyone.

Stay in the green with a healthy diet

Stay in the green with a healthy diet

  • The healthiest people are those that carefully monitor what they put into their body. This usually consists of a diet rich in vegetables and fruit, while still incorporating proteins and carbohydrates, and especially avoiding artificial preservatives and processed foods with sugar.
  • If you're having trouble sticking to this system, schedule a cheat day.
  • Your diet contributes to your blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and weight. In fact, eating the wrong kinds of foods can also make you sluggish and affect your mood. Not to mention a body that intakes the right kind of food has all the nutrients it needs to stave off diseases.

Get a good night’s rest

  • If food is one cornerstone of good immunity, sleep is another. Your body heals and recuperates as you sleep. Without enough sleep you become irritable, and your performance at work suffers.
  • Getting enough sleep is crucial for our cardiovascular health and immune system, as well as our ability to think clearly and learn new information.
  • It’s important to ensure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every day and stick to a regular sleep schedule, as a lack of sleep can also leave you unable to cope with daily stress.

Train yourself to relax

  • Speaking of stress, it’s not just a problem that afflicts you while at work, it’s something far too many people take home as well.
  • When you’re constantly stressed, it causes your cortisol levels to rise, which can stay elevated for years at a time.
  • This in turn causes weight gain, disturbs your sleeps, and spikes your blood pressure.
  • One thing most healthy people would have in common is their tendency to meditate and practice mindfulness. Try out guided meditation apps or engage in your favourite relaxing hobbies.
  • Or if you find yourself scrolling through social media too much, consider a digital detox for a few days and instead focus wholly on yourself.
  • Regular practice can help lower stress levels and establishes a secure connection between the body and mind.

Focus on the good around you

  • Research has shown that happier people make healthier people, in that they’re better at fighting off common infections.
  • So, take time out with your family, chat with your friends, spend a little on that impulse buy.
  • Additionally, seek out positive news in the world around you as much as you can. You might have a lot of things to worry about, but there's no sense in worrying about everything all the time. Allow yourself a chance to just be.

Don’t forget to exercise

  • Exercise is as important for your bodily health as a good diet. Not only does it help to keep the weight off, but you’ll find you have a better appetite and higher energy levels after, not to mention a better mood.
  • You don’t have to be pumping iron or running marathons either, just a simple walk every day can do wonders for your overall health.
  • Exercise improves the flow of both your blood and your lymphatic system. This improves the general circulation of the cells that make up your immune system, also helping to reduce inflammation on the process.

Overcoming common challenges and staying motivated

Overcoming common challenges and staying motivated

Identifying and overcoming barriers

  • A common barrier to a healthier lifestyle is time constraints. Busy schedules can make it challenging to prepare healthy meals or exercise regularly. To combat this, try meal prepping on weekends, which can save considerable time during the week.
  • Lack of motivation can also be a hindrance. Pairing up with a health buddy can foster motivation and accountability.
  • Additionally, limited access to healthy options is a frequent issue. Research local resources like farmer’s markets or community gardens for fresh produce, and explore online platforms for health-focused recipes and workout routines.

Setting realistic goals

  • Setting achievable goals is crucial in any health journey.
  • SMART goals provide a framework for success. Goals should be Specific (clear and well-defined), Measurable (trackable in terms of progress), Achievable (realistic and attainable), Relevant (aligned with your overall health objectives), and Time-bound (having a set timeframe for completion).
  • Start with small, manageable goals and gradually challenge yourself more as you progress.

Tracking progress and celebrating success

  • Monitoring your progress is vital for long-term success. Use a journal or mobile apps to track daily food intake, exercise, and overall wellbeing.
  • Celebrating small victories along the way is equally important as it boosts morale and motivation.
  • Whether it’s losing a pound, running an extra mile, or simply sticking to your meal plan for a week, acknowledge and celebrate these milestones.

Finding support and accountability

  • Support from others can significantly impact your success. Share your goals with family and friends who can provide encouragement.
  • Online communities and social media groups are also excellent resources for support and accountability. They can offer advice, share experiences, and motivate you to stay on track.

Adapting to life’s changes

  • Life’s unpredictable nature means your routine might need to adapt. During stressful or busy times, focus on maintaining core habits, even if in a more condensed form. For example, if you can't do a full workout, a 10-minute walk can still be beneficial.
  • It's about flexibility and resilience; setbacks are natural, but the key is to bounce back and not to give up.

Staying inspired and renewing motivation

  • Keeping your health journey interesting is vital for sustained motivation.
  • Experiment with new recipes to keep your diet exciting. Change your workout routine or try different fitness classes to stay engaged.
  • Additionally, reading about health transformations or joining wellness workshops can provide new perspectives and renewed inspiration.

Three aging habits to quit today

In the pursuit of a healthier and more fulfilling life, especially as we age, it is crucial to identify and eliminate detrimental habits.

Three key habits to quit today for better aging include:

Sedentary lifestyle

  • With advancing age, it’s easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle, but this is counterproductive.
  • Physical inactivity is a significant risk factor for numerous health conditions such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even mental health issues like depression. Regular exercise, however, can greatly reduce these risks. It improves cardiovascular health, strengthens bones, enhances muscle strength, and boosts mental well-being.
  • Older adults should aim for a mix of aerobic activities (like walking, swimming, or cycling) and muscle-strengthening exercises. It’s important to choose activities that are enjoyable and sustainable in the long term to ensure consistent engagement.

Poor dietary choices

  • Nutrition plays a pivotal role in aging healthily. Often, as people age, they might lean towards more convenient, processed foods which are typically high in sodium, sugars, and unhealthy fats.
  • These dietary choices can lead to various health issues including high blood pressure, cholesterol, and increased risk of chronic diseases.
  • To combat this, one should focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  • Staying hydrated is also essential. It's never too late to make dietary changes; even small adjustments can have significant health benefits.

Neglecting mental health

  • Mental health is just as important as physical health, yet it’s often overlooked as a part of aging.
  • Chronic stress, anxiety, and depression can take a toll on one’s physical health, leading to a weakened immune system, heart disease, and a diminished quality of life.
  • Prioritizing mental health through stress management techniques like mindfulness, meditation, or engaging in hobbies and social activities can vastly improve overall well-being. It's also important to seek professional help when needed.
  • Mental agility can be maintained through cognitive exercises like puzzles, reading, or learning new skills.

Conclusion

Achieving super health is a holistic journey encompassing a balanced diet, adequate sleep, stress management, positivity, and regular exercise.

Overcoming common barriers like time constraints and lack of motivation is key. Setting realistic goals, tracking progress, celebrating small victories, and finding support are vital for maintaining motivation and adapting to life’s changes.

Importantly, letting go of aging habits such as a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and neglecting mental health is essential for a quality life as we age.

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Dr. Jatin Bhide

Dr Jatin Bhide is an Ayurvedic doctor with over 16 years of enriching experience in Marketing and Strategy across OTC/FMHG, herbal medicine and Nutraceuticals (Europe) industries. He did his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Mumbai University, before moving on to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Management.

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