We are in a society that is struggling to overcome many types of chronic disease. The good news is that such diseases can be managed by adopting certain lifestyle changes. It involves everything from food choices, regular exercise, stress reduction, to being happy and truly enjoying our lives.
Here are 4 lifestyle changes that would end all chronic diseases…
A low-carb diet like a ketogenic diet is proven to be effective for most types of people. One study states how low-carb diets lower the risk for metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Low-carb diets work by lowering glucose that we get from food. As our glucose intake reduces from such diets, we begin to burn stored fat instead and lose weight much faster. Controlling glucose also helps prevent diabetes.
A diet low in carbs also helps prevent cancer as it cuts down sugar that is needed by cancer cells. It also boosts our immune system and lowers the oxidative stress of our cells.
Reduced Saturated Fat, Sugar and Salt
According to the WHO report on diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases, healthy diets are key to a long and healthy life. Eating nutrient dense foods and balancing energy intake are needed to maintain a healthy weight. Too much saturated fat and sugar in your diet lead to energy excess, obesity and chronic disease.
Excess weight gain and being obese result in the increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes worldwide. Diabetes leads to increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and infections.
On the other hand, too much salt intake increases your blood pressure. A major cause of cardio diseases. Instead, enjoy fruits, vegetables and select foods of the marine origin. This diet pattern is not only healthier but more favorable to the environment.
According to the WHO, a sedentary lifestyle is a major global health risk and is prevalent in both developed and developing countries. The bad effects of physical inactivity are more common among the urban poor in crowded mega cities.
Regular exercise plays a crucial role in our health. It’s a key element of energy expenditure and is a basic way to balance energy and control weight. By controlling excess body weight mediates the harmful effects of metabolic syndrome.
We live in a society that is moving very fast. We work too hard and don’t get enough rest. This results in stress that is toxic to our bodies. Stress not managed well can cause many chronic diseases and our bodies unable to function to their fullest.
Many studies prove that chronic stress results in serious health conditions. These include:
- muscle pain
- high blood pressure
- a weak immune system
Some studies have even suggested that many people manage stress in an unhealthy way, such as overeating “comfort” foods. However, this makes the problem worse.
You need to reduce your stress levels to improve your health. Simple techniques such as daily walks or mindfulness exercises can have a beneficial effect. Bear in mind that improving lifestyle choices are important steps towards better health.
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