What is part of a healthy life? Read our 7 tips on how to have a long. To be able to lead a healthy life – despite nicotine.
There is no doubt that smoking is harmful to health. At this point, we do not want to point an accusing finger at you and tell you that you have to stop smoking as soon as possible. Yes, it would be better for you and for your environment. But you have probably already made numerous attempts at abstinence and failed (miserably). With this article we would like to show you, that a healthy life consists of many aspects and not only the renunciation of nicotine is decisive.
But now back to the beginning. Some facts about the harmful effects of nicotine you have to allow us. Because smoking is still one of the most frequent preventable causes of death worldwide (in the industrialized countries). Between 300 and 400 people die every day in Germany as a result of their nicotine consumption. For this reason, among others, the World Health Organization (WHO) already introduced the 31.05. made for World No Tobacco Day. Since then, the WHO and many other national and international organizations have been fighting for tobacco control in our society. A commitment that is meaningful, necessary and important. If you are interested in reading more about this topic, we can recommend the official website of the WHO without reservation. Here you will not only learn a lot about World No Tobacco Day, but you will also find additional information and links to self-help groups etc.
We have looked at numerous websites, recommendations from health organizations, articles in (trade) magazines and fitness blogs. There is a lot about "healthy living" in all the media. We have summarized the most important and most frequently named points and inform you about them.
1. Drink enough
According to the German Society for Nutrition, every person should drink 1.5l a day. Those who do sports, spend a lot of time in the sun or have a physically demanding job should of course increase this amount considerably. Again, the rule is – water is life. Refrain from sweetened drinks, soft drinks and fruit juices. Instead, drink water or unsweetened tea.
2. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, few convenience foods, little meat, and then eat slowly and spicy food now and then
We teach our children in kindergarten and school that fruits and vegetables are important for a healthy and balanced diet. This means in detail that each person should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Ready-made products are not only richly seasoned, salty and full of flavor enhancers, they also have many hidden fats. Buy a natural yogurt instead. Add fresh fruit. The ready-made strawberry yogurt is not only more expensive and has flavors instead of fruits, but also contains a huge portion of sugar.
Meat should always be eaten in moderation. Reason for it are the many saturated fatty acids in the meat for an increase of the heart cycle illnesses provide. It is suspected that nicotine can promote the development of some types of cancer. Therefore, the rule of thumb is: a maximum of 3 portions of meat, fish and sausage per week.
The saying "well chewed is half digested" has its raison d'être. If you are slow, you enable your body to make the best possible use of nutrients and ensure that you feel full sooner.
Spicy foods are not only antibacterial, they also strengthen the immune system. So go ahead and eat more garlic, ginger, chili and onions for once.
3. Stable and intimate ties with people
Good friendships, true love and family are elementary components of a happy life, and being happy keeps you young. Stability in a fast-paced time like today is important. Some studies have been able to show that social ties reduce the risk of disease. At the same time it is better to laugh with friends and this reduces stress.
4. Avoid or reduce stress and get enough sleep
Stress makes us age faster and not only at the cellular level, but also externally. Stress is simply seen in us. So avoid stress like the devil avoids holy water. During sleep the body regenerates – physically and mentally. For example, a regular nap can reduce the risk of dying from heart failure by 37%.
5. You don't have to ride your bike 10 km every day. Then go jogging for 2 hours. But keep yourself fit. Exercise not only strengthens the immune system, but also properly boosts the metabolism. They do not like to run through the forest? Then go dancing. Dancing is not only a lot of fun, relieves stress, and keeps your laughing muscles busy, it also improves coordination, relieves pain, and makes you happy. All arguments that speak more in favor than against. Professional associations recommend a daily. Exercise ration (not going to the coffee machine) of at least half an hour or. 6000 steps.
6. Brain jogging respectively. Use your brain every day
Our brain is a computer. A computer that uses. Want to be cared for. It is amed that the brain could basically function for 150 years without any problems or errors. Nevertheless we forget from about the 50. When we are older, we notice more and more things – the name of a colleague, the location of the car key, etc. – that we can't remember. We can influence this. A lifetime of learning is not only good for the grey cells, it also leaves us with a good feeling inside us. Because the human being is basically always anxious to experience more, to learn and to understand things. So do something good for yourself and your brain and solve crossword puzzles, learn new languages or skills, go to the theater or use special brain jogging games.
7. Be content and happy
It all starts with how you feel about your life and the world. What you think you will feel. What you feel will be you. Germans in particular like to ame that you are born with a basic negative attitude. Everything is always seen from the bad point of view. Not seen from the good point of view. Change that. Take an optimistic approach. If something doesn't work, so what? Then it works the next time. You are stuck in a jam. Be late for appointments? It is not worth getting upset. Because it cannot be changed now either. Learn composure and confidence. Be happy with what you have and value it.
As you can see, there are ways to live a long and healthy life. Nicotine is harmful and is most likely to reduce your life expectancy. But you can still do something for a healthy life.