Health Tips That Are Not Related to Diet and Exercise
Many experts believe that they have found the one thing that is the most important for health, whether it is doing intermittent fasting, meditating, going on a low-carb diet, etc.
Optimal health actually requires a more broad approach. When it comes to health, a lot of people only think about it in terms of illness or weight. And many only consider diet and exercise when they want to improve their overall wellbeing.
But being as well as possible can require a lot more than just changing what you eat and how much you exercise.
There are many things that you can do to improve your overall wellbeing that do not require you to change your diet or exercise more. Below, we give a brief outline of a few other things that you can do in order to improve your wellbeing:
Do Things You Enjoy
Do things that you enjoy, such as painting, going for a meal with friends, playing golf, etc. Making time for the fun things in life will help reduce stress and depression and contribute to your overall wellbeing.
Spend Time With Friends and Family
Believe it or not, but having good and close relationships is actually very beneficial for your health. Unfortunately, there is a loneliness epidemic in the world. Nowadays, people have far less close friends than in the past, and are feeling less connected than ever before.
Thousands of years ago, an isolated human was a dead human, and when you are lonely, your body’s natural programming will trigger the release of stress hormones that bring negative consequences with them.
This can contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression. Mental wellbeing is still a crucial part of the puzzle.
Meditate for Your Sanity and Wellness
Meditation is wonderful for helping you to stay calm and focused.
One of the keys to health is being aware of your current shortfalls and how your body responds to certain things, and meditation helps you to become more aware. Being more aware will help you identify areas in which you can make improvements in your life.
Breathing helps you influence your biology consciously. By breathing deeply and slowly, you can calm your nervous system.
A lot of health problems are connected to cortisol, which is the stress hormone that is also released when the body detects shallow breathing.
Reduce Your Exposure to Chemicals That are Found in Cleaning and Hygiene Products
Look out for products that contain ingredients, such as sulphates, parabens, benzene, and ammonia.
These ingredients can actually seep through the skin and can enter your body, which can then mess with your hormones and lead to other health complications as well.
These chemicals have been tested in a very narrow scope. The human organism is so complex, and therefore, the fewer chemicals you expose your body to, the lower the chances of these having a negative effect on your body will be.
The body is complex enough, so you do not want to overcomplicate things further. We are not sure as to what extent they can influence your body, but to be safe, reduce your exposure as much as possible.
Sleep is Crucial for Health
Probably being even more important than diet and exercise when it comes to your health and wellness, sleep is crucial.
All creatures have had to adapt to a period of darkness, and we have disrupted the natural cycle that has been in place for millions of years after the invention of electricity, and we have tricked our bodies into thinking that the day is actually longer than it is.
Nowadays, we get too much blue light exposure from mobile and TV screens and the lights around us. In our environment, it is much harder to get a good night’s sleep.
Having unnaturally long days could be a contributing factor to a lot of the problems that we see today that are affecting millions of people around the world.
A lack of sleep can contribute to increased hunger due to a rise in ghrelin levels (the hunger hormone), reduced willpower, increased cortisol levels, impaired cognitive functioning, etc.
Even just one night of getting less sleep will mean that your insulin levels will be higher the next day. Just sleeping for 30 minutes less than normally can have this effect.
Quit/Reduce Unhealthy Habits Like Smoking and Drinking
This is a very obvious point, but is still worth mentioning, because modern life is already filled with so many pitfalls that the obvious unhealthy habits are potentially even worse now that there are so many more problems to consider. You may be a smoker and a sugar addict, and both contribute to the formation of cancer.
There is no silver bullet for health. Human beings are complicated organisms, and it requires a multifaceted approach to give you the best chance to achieve optimal health.
Never in the history of humankind have acute ailments (short-term injury or illness) been easier to treat and/or cure. This might fool you into thinking that we are healthier than ever before, but the truth is that chronic diseases are at an all-time high and are still rising.
This trend is directly linked with the industrial and technological revolutions, so the solutions can be found in understanding how these revolutions have affected the human condition. This is one of the reasons why not just diet and exercise should be focused on when trying to develop a healthy lifestyle.
Use the tips above, in conjunction with a good diet and exercise approach, to help you develop a more balanced and complete lifestyle and become the superhuman version of you.