Health is Wealth. We all know that, yet we often
neglect it owing to our busy schedules or simply
put, we are lazy. However, there
are certain very basic practices we can adopt that will ensure we
have a healthy body, an alert
mind and a rejuvenated spirit.
Here are 7 easy home-based
practices that can be incorporated into your daily routine and over a
period of a month, you will feel
the difference for yourself. Read on.
1. First thing to do when you wake up in the morning: Drink 4 glasses (or a litre) of water
on an empty stomach even before brushing or washing your mouth.
This has several benefits.
First, it rehydrates your body. Second, it nourishes your body cells by
flushing out toxins. Third, it
stimulates the body metabolism and is an optimal way for weight loss.
Fourth, it fuels the brain,
which contains 75% water. Having water in the morning leaves you feeling
sharp and clear, with the
ability to think straight throughout the day. Fifth, it promotes bowel
movement, a great way to start
2. Never skip your breakfast and ensure a balanced diet
Breakfast is the fuel to start
the day. There is a saying which goes, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch
a prince and dinner like a
pauper.” This is a great way to remember how to eat throughout the day.
Breakfast means we are ‘breaking
the fast’ – the starvation period while the body was sleeping
throughout the night. It should
include a full, balanced and healthy diet. Ensure that you have an
intake of 8-10 glasses of water
every day. Then, as the day progresses, you should eat light and less
of carbs towards the evening.
This helps the body metabolism to function progressively. A light
dinner ensures that you get to
sleep easily without feeling too full. This is because the body keeps
functioning throughout the
night. The overall result is, you wake up fresh next morning.
3. Make sure you have water 30 minutes prior to a meal and 40 minutes after a meal.
The stomach acts like an oven
that needs to get warmed before food is processed. Hence, it is best
to have water at least 30
minutes before. Likewise, after having a meal, one should avoid having
water immediately, and
definitely not cold water! One can well imagine the effect of pouring
on a hot oven. In a similar
manner, the digestive process after a meal gets affected and the
absorption of nutrients by the
stomach is hindered.
4. Avoid fried/oily food. Have warm water after having oily or fried foods.
Fried/ oily food may be surely
tempting but are unhealthy at the same time as well. If you are having
them, make sure to have luke
warm water as it doesn’t allow the oil to settle down and convert into
fat, which is then subsequently
flushed out of the system.
5. Have a cup of green tea daily.
It is rich in antioxidants and
helps to weight management. Green tea is more than just tea. It is rich
bioactive compounds that are
rich in antioxidants and are known to improve health. Besides it makes
you alert by improving brain
function. It improves fat burning and physical performance. It also
lowers the risk of various types
of cancer: 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer, the most
common cancer in women and 48%
lower risk of developing prostate cancer, which is the most
common cancer in men. In
addition, it reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
6. Exercise daily
Exercising daily improves blood
circulation throughout the body by ensuring proper pumping of the
cardiovascular system. The cells
in the body get more oxygen and the lungs get to function optimally
as well. It makes you feel happy
and also helps you with weight loss. You get to experience increased
energy levels and also there is
reduction in the risk of chronic disease. With increased heart rate,
there is more blood flow to the
brain. It makes you alert and boosts memory. Finally, due to the
tiredness, you get to have a
relaxed and peaceful sleep.
7. Keep the mind active & be cheerful
Solve puzzles and work out brain
teasers. These ensure your mind is not only occupied but help to
break free of the regular
pattern of operating things or solving problems. Such activities can
‘think out of the box’ which can
often lead to Eureka moments of finding solutions that you were
struggling with. This also helps
to stay cheerful, which promotes happiness.
Thus, a holistic sense of well-being leads to a happy life and one of fulfilment. After all, as the Latin
saying goes “Mens sana in corpore sano”- a sound mind in a healthy body!