Health is wealth. I doubt there is hardly anyone who has not heard of this adage. We live in a time where everything we consume is processed. Access to desi ghee, homemade butter, and organic food items has now become a luxury. On the other hand, eating out is becoming a norm, which makes health, and nutrition confusing for us. We all want to indulge in the Layers’ cheesecake Sundae, stuff out faces with Shawarma, or have a glass of coke every now and then.
Despite everything, there are a few wellness tips supported by research which you can rely on for a healthy lifestyle
Limit Sugar Intake
Sugar sweetened beverages and food items are a major cause of diabetes, and obesity. Sugary drinks are especially harmful for children as it can cause them to have high BP, and Type 2 Diabetes before they even hit adulthood.
Sugary drinks like sodas, fruit juices and sweetened teas, chocolate sundaes, and BR ice cream or cupcakes, you need to wave them all goodbye. Eat fruit for your sweet cravings.
Limit Refined Carbs
Refined carb refers to maida, used to make naans, roghni and cakes etc. Refined carbs are low in nutrients, and do more harm than good. Opt for multi-grain flour, which is healthier and far more fulfilling than refined carb (maida). You can even bake brownies with whole-wheat flour. They are light, fluffy and delicious.
Take Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for human beings. Consuming food rich in Vitamin D can help to optimise health by improving bone strength, and can also reduce symptoms of depression. Vitamin D also boosts the immune system, and lowers the risk of cancer among people.
Hydration is an overlooked market of health. Staying hydrated can make your blood volume sufficient. Drinking plenty of water gives you a feeling of being full, making you less vulnerable to gluttony and overeating.
Get Adequate Sleep
Sleeping is an essential human activity. 8 hours of sound sleep can make you happier, and healthier. Lack of sleep can disrupt your appetite, hormones, and reduce your mental performance.
Poor sleep also contributes to obesity. Since our body is lethargic due to lack of sleep, our brain triggers us to opt for food which has fat, sugar, and calories.
by Amna Sheikh