5 Healthy Habits that Prevent Chronic Diseases
The highest causes of death worldwide are chronic diseases that can be controlled by managing your daily habits. Certain habits would allow you to live a healthy life and keep chronic diseases at bay.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chronic diseases are the highest cause of death worldwide. Ischemic heart disease independently was responsible for about 8.89 million casualties in 2019. However, all cardiovascular diseases jointly cause around 17.9 million deaths yearly.
There are five major lifestyle areas you should focus on developing healthy habits to prevent chronic diseases.
1) Eating a Healthy Diet
There is proof that the Mediterranean diet can lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases. This diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish, nuts, and olive oil.
An entirely plant-based diet can even switch chronic, diet-related diseases, including advanced heart disease. This diet stops meat, dairy, and eggs and contains complete foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.
2) Consistent Sleep
Have a constant bedtime and wake time, even on the weekends. Try to seek solid 8 hours of sleep per day and limit alcohol and caffeine to have a good night’s sleep. Provide your body with the rest it needs, and you will be in a better mood, lower stress, and enhance your memory.
3) Physical Activity
Professionals recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week. If you don’t exercise, usually you can begin with a 10-minute walk every day. Once you get used to the action, you can try to walk quicker, have a few more minutes of more intense walking, or climb a flight of stairs.
4) Stress Replacement
Chronic stress weakens your immune system and affects your mental and physical health. Practice mindfulness and create a conscious effort to be more present and familiar with your regular practice. Be thankful and practice gratitude every day during meditation.
5) Social Connectedness
Being social and loving people keeps you emotionally and physically fit. Straightforward person-to-person communication activates parts of our nervous system that emit a “cocktail” of neurotransmitters charged with handling our reaction to anxiety and stress.
Developing and keeping healthy habits takes time and effort. Start by bearing small steps and setting realistic expectations. Enlighten yourself and plan how to succeed in your daily routines.
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