M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
As years passes so fast. In no time, those bad habits that you have now can do big damage to your mind and body later on. Whether it's skipping breakfast or eating too fast, drinking a little too much (and too often) or spending way too many hours planted in front of the TV so you have to pay for them later.
Poor health also means more time lost at work, less quality recreational time, and even shorter lifespan. But in this modern day, people have a mindset that takes good health for granted. One can suffer from years of aches and pains, and would just ignore them, and then feel so surprised when one finds out one has developed a serious chronic disease. Majorities would usually leave their health to the hand of the doctors, relying on the advanced medical technology, medical drugs when they fall sick. We have the choice to live a healthy lifestyle, but many choose to live just for today, enjoy life, and most of the time end up suffering in pain with chronic diseases and illnesses.
There are many habits prevalent today which can lead to many health problems. It is important to understand what these are and how the issues can be addressed. We should work on putting an end to the bad habits now, so you don't pay for them later.
Common Unhealthy Lifestyle Practices
Lifestyle has an impact on whether you lead a healthy life or not. Because of the importance it plays, it is important to identify the basic unhealthy habits of a typical lifestyle. There are many factors contributing to the degeneration of health among many people today. We live in a terribly polluted world. We are all exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals every day at work, home, in the air, and in the food that we eat and water we drink. In addition, we are eating more processed and canned foods than ever before in human history and we constantly abuse our bodies with pharmaceuticals. We found fast food at every corner. And video games and TV have led the majority of teens to spend countless hours in front of the television instead of playing outdoor games or doing physical activity. The result of all of these are overweight and obese and many chronic diseases.
1. Smoking and Drinking:
Nicotine is an addictive substance which is found in cigarettes. That is what makes it so hard for people to quit smoking. When they just stop smoking, there is high chance that they would experience some withdrawal symptoms, which means that the body will be craving for the nicotine. That's why there are so many smokers who fail to quit.
This would top any list of unhealthy lifestyle choices. Smoking has numerous negative effects on the body. It can cause many diseases like Emphysema, lungs cancer, the throat and the mouth diseases, birth defects and other ailments of the respiratory system are direct results of smoking. The warnings on cigarette packages were placed to warn people about the real dangers caused by smoking. The smoke produced from the burning tobacco leaves of cigarettes contains thousands of chemicals and a majority of those which are harmful to the body.
Combining too much eating with no or little exercise is a recipe for disaster. In fact, the lack of exercise is one of the leadingcauses of early death. Lack of physical exercise also weakens our muscles and exposes them to physical injuries. Also, irregular or no exercising regularly worsens the immune system and drive our body towards becoming sick frequently.
An unhealthy lifestyle, which does not consist of regular workouts, is the major cause of bad cholesterol. People, who do not exercise for some time, never remain fit and healthy. Due to improper blood circulation which occurs because of unhealthy lifestyles, the heart's health never remains in good condition.
3. False Eating:-
Eating too much leads us to obesity, hypertension, diabetes etc. On the contrary, eating too less will deprive of nutrients and will ultimately affect the immune system.
Another major source of toxic exposure is the foods we eat. Herbicides, pesticides and fungicides are sprayed on our foods while they are growing and after harvest to prevent spoilage and improve marketability. Approximately 90% of the drugs given to animals have not been approved by the government. Half of the antibiotics produced in America annually are given to animals has a matter of routine. 60 to 99% of the cattle slaughtered in this country were given synthetic hormones, primarily estrogens during their growth. It is no longer a question that antibiotic resistance, hormone exposure, and toxin exposure are having a negative effect on our health.
Poor dietary choices will impact your health. Likewise, it is very difficult, if not impossible to lose weight and keep it off when one option for an unhealthy diet. Processed foods and junk foods are, in short, a killer and they are reducing people's lifespan. Processed foods have a high in fats and salt content and are filled with preservatives and colouring and other bad chemicals.
4. Taking too much stress and lack of sound sleep:
Stress is a natural body reaction. Our lives are already becoming stressful and there are two primary stresses - Workplace tension and Family Tension. Now, I have not seen anyone who takes the family tension to the workplace. But we all have accustomed of bringing the work tension to home which ruins the family harmony. In principal, our family environment should sooth the senses and helps us ease out the workplace worries. However, once we start bringing the outer stress to our home, we do not have a place to escape.
It is during sleep that the body repairs the cells that have been damaged through the day of activity. Obviously, it is also the time that the body gets its rest. But some people do not give that much importance to it as they should. If you compromise with sound sleep, you feel sluggish and weak.
Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Leading a Healthy Life
Control your weight- prevents many diseases like heart diseases,kidney diseases, diabetes mellitus, etc.
Drink alcohol in moderation- not more than 60ml for male and 30ml for a female in a day.
Exercise regularly- a brisk walk, jogging, running dancing etc.
Get a regular health check-up.
Drink 10-12 glasses of water every day.
Eat from good nutritional sources- include all 5 food groups.
Skip the soda-it adds empty calories.
Deal intelligently with stress.
Keep in mind that any lifestyle change is a 'work in progress' and lasting changes take time.