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How to Improve Overall Health

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How to improve overall health requires you to stay healthy by eating healthy foods and exercising.

Wes, Alles, Ph.D. director of the Stanford Health Improvement program at Stanford University believes that the most powerful tool to improve health is prevention.

The biggest drive for these preventive programs is the health departments in individual states. They are implementing programs to educate their citizens how to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and heart diseases. Some programs include nutrition, physical activity and, obesity.

Nutrition to improve overall health         Vegetables and fruits

Studies show that eating more fruits and vegetables help to reduce many chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart diseases, strokes and some cancer.  A Finnish study of 2,300 men shows that eating fruit and vegetables especially berries may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Fruits and vegetables have a lot of minerals and vitamins that are nutritious for your body. They also keep you energized. The fiber from these helps to lower your cholesterol.

Harvard School of Public Health recommends eating a variety of fruits and vegetables because no single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients you need.

Fruits and vegetables contain indigestible fiber which can calm irritable bowel syndrome(IBS). This is good news if you are experiencing gut health issues like constipation.

The lutein known as the eye vitamin and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that protect your eyes and skin. You can get these antioxidants from a variety of fruits and vegetables.

By eating your fruits and vegetables, you may prevent two age-related diseases, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

Exercise to improve overall health    Man using jump rope

Regular exercise offers many benefits both physically and emotionally. Some of the benefits are immediate, like feeling relaxed and energized after a work-out. And other benefits show up later. For example, after losing weight, your blood pressure is lower, and your cholesterol numbers are lower.

Exercise increases endorphins in the brain that reduces stress, and anxiety. A study was done on 26 healthy men and women who exercised regularly. They were asked to stop exercising for two weeks or continue. After two weeks, those who stopped exercising experienced an increase in negative mood. One can experience the positive effect of exercise in a short period.

Improving brain health

Regular exercise improves blood flow to the brain. The hippocampus, the part of the brain that is vital for memory and learning grows in size after exercising.

During exercise, the heart rate increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain. This promotes brain function and mental clarity. Also, the hormones that produce new brain cells increase.

Losing weight to improve overall health.

Studies about inactivity and obesity show a link between the two. One study described the relationship between the two as a vicious cycle. The result of that study stated that physical inactivity in adolescence
strongly predicted the risk of obesity. However, inactivity in any age group is
the major cause of obesity, weight gain and, some illnesses.

A simple brisk walk for half an hour each day improves your health and you lose weight.l can also dramatically reduce heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and several forms of cancer.

According to Mayo Clinic, exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, and boosts energy.

Eating healthy nutritious foods, exercising frequently, and maintaining your ideal weight will help to improve your overall Health.

 

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