Top 10 Health Rules to Live By

The first wealth is health.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Health is key to living a high quality life. It trumps money and helps you enjoy your limited time more so that you can live the best life you possibly can.

Here are the top 10 health rules to live by:

I. Focus on Prevention.

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
-Benjamin Franklin

Get annual checkups. Spending the money and time on prevention now is better than spending an exponential amount on treatment later. Make healthier choices and focus on prevention.

II. Balance All Elements of Wellness.

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Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being. 
-J. Standford.

The key to health is balance in the many aspects of life. We tend to focus on our physical health, but of equal importance is our mental, social, environmental, financial, occupational, spiritual, behavioral, emotional, and intellectual health that is all interdependent on one another.

III. Exercise Regularly.

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The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.
– Unknown

Love yourself enough to exercise at least 3-5 times per week. Exercising is tiring, but it will actually boost your energy levels, relieve stress, and release happy hormones like serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins, and dopamine. No one ever feels bad after a good workout.

IV. Eat Colorful Foods.

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Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
– Hippocrates

Food is medicine and so it’s a good idea to choose colorful, natural foods to include a variety of nutrients into your diet. Each colorful food has a unique vitamin, mineral, or antioxidant to help your body function at optimized levels.

V. Kick Bad Habits.

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I can choose to let it define me, confine me, refine me, outshine me, or I can choose to move on and leave it behind me.
– Unknown

Smoking

A cigarette cost less than a dollar, but what is the real cost? One cigarette shaves 11 minutes off your life. If you smoke a pack a day, it can cost you almost $2000/year, and if you get cancer from it, it can cost over $10,000/month in treatment.

Alcohol

Alcohol is poison, and the more you drink, the higher your toxicity levels.  If you drink too much, it can take a toll on your brain, liver, pancreas, heart, immune system, and increase the risk of cancer. If you must drink, do so in moderation.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Sitting on the couch and watching TV might be okay once in a blue moon, but a sedentary lifestyle is a major health risk linked to heart disease and obesity.

Skipping Meals

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet it is often skipped. Food is the fuel you need for your brain and body to function effectively so try not to skip meals.

VI. Get Quality Sleep.

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Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep.
– Mesut Barazany

Recharge your batteries, and sleep the recommended 7-9 hours. Sleep is responsible for healing and repairing, improving memory, refreshing and energizing your mind and body so get in those Z’s.

VII. Be Positive.

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You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind.
– Joyce Meyer

Wake up with positivity, immerse and surround yourself with positivity, and be happier. Positivity is linked with longer life, effective coping of stress, better  relationships, and most importantly, happiness.

VIII. Hydrate. 

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You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind.
– Joyce Meyer

Drink at least 8×8: 8 ounces of water, 8 times a day. More than half your body is water, and so hydrating is vital to keep your body functioning properly. Hydrating helps replenishes, deliver oxygen to your body, regulates your body’s temperature, aids in digestion, and removes waste.

IX. Be a Smarter Consumer.

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Stay away from processed foods. 

It is convenient to use processed foods, but it is also convenient for companies to hide preservatives, fats, sugars and sodium in them, which can lead to a series of inconvenient health problems. Junk foods and fast foods lead to obesity and diabetes. Some processed foods are even linked with cancer. Fast food may not be worth the convenience.

Know the ingredients. 

There are many harmful and some carcinogenic ingredients in products that we use daily- from the foods we eat to the shampoo we use. So it’s a good idea to always check the ingredients and be a wiser consumer. Nutrition labels can be confusing sometimes, but taking the time to read them and researching the foods that you’re buying will be well worth the efforts.

X. Improve Your Daily Routine.

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Don’t eat heavy 4 hours before bed. Floss daily. Have a healthy morning ritual. Look for ways to improve and add to your health rules since there’s always some way to improve it to become better and stronger.

In anything you do, balance is key. So be healthy in all aspects of wellness and health.

What are some other good health rules to follow?

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