Health is the most valuable thing for us, something that we can’t buy with money nor trade with anything else, every one aware of that. We will not be able to enjoy our money, our success nor our free time when we are ill. Therefor, it is very important that we must do our best to keep and maintain our health, than suffer in any kind of illness. For that, we have to “make friends” with this “best doctors”:
~ Air. This is the ultimate element for living, no one deny it. Clean air is essential to maintaining the delicate balance of life on this planet — not just for humans, but wildlife, vegetation, water and soil. So, let’s take a little step from each of us, keep our air clean as it is for our own benefit.
~ Water. On average, human body contains 50 – 75% water. The body of a newborn is composed of more water (75%) than an elderly person (50%). Most of the water in the human body is contained inside our cells. In fact, our billions of cells must have water to live. The total amount of water in our body is found in three main locations: within our cells (two-thirds of the water), in the space between our cells and in our blood (one-third of the water). That’s why, water is an essential nutrient to our body, like oil is to a car; we can’t function without it. Water is more important for our body’s survival than food. We need water to: digest food; carry waste products out of our body; provide a medium in which biochemical reactions such as metabolism (digesting food, producing energy, and building tissue) occur; send electrical messages between cells so that our muscles can move, our eyes can see, our brain can think, and so on; regulate body temperature, cooling our body with moisture (perspiration) that evaporates on our skin and to lubricate our moving parts. Lack of water, or dehydration, reduces the amount of blood in our body, forcing our heart to pump harder in order to deliver oxygen-bearing cells to our muscles. In the early stages of dehydration, we can become dizzy, irritable and experience headaches. As dehydration progresses, we become clumsy and exhausted. Our eyesight fades. In the last stages of dehydration, we may feel nauseous and begin vomiting. Without water, we will enter a coma and die. However, over-hydration, or drinking too much water, is also a potentially deadly condition. It can throw off the balance between water and sodium in our blood, in which the excess water floods our body’s cells, causing them to swell up. Our swollen brain cells then cause a wide range of symptoms, including a bad headache, nausea, cramps, mental confusion, convulsions, fatigue, coma and death. Over-hydration can be caused by drinking too much water, both consciously and unconsciously, and also be caused by water retention. Water retention is often the result of medical conditions, such as: liver disease, kidney problems, congestive heart failure and syndrome of inappropriate anti-diuretic hormone. Commonly we get recommendation to drink about 2 liters, or half a gallon of water per day. But, this depends on the individual and other many factors (both internal and external) that ultimately affect our need for water. So, the key is to maintain water balance. That is essential for our survival. Trust your thirst.
~ Sunshine. Sunlight plays a vital role in the production of vitamin D in the body, and it’s believed that the vitamin may have a role in stopping or slowing the growth of tumours by preventing the overproduction of cells, as well as in boosting bones. Professor Michael Holick, of Boston University School of Medicine and author of The UV Advantage (I-Books, #6.99), says: “We get about 90 to 95 per cent of our vitamin D from the sun.”It is essential for absorbing calcium, keeping our bones healthy, and for protecting against serious chronic diseases later in life such as osteoporosis, Type II diabetes, multiple sclerosis and many common cancers.” He advises us that we should go out in the sun without sunblock for between five and 15 minutes a day, at least three times a week in spring and summer, to boost our vitamin D levels. We can also get vitamin D from our diet – oily fish, such as salmon and tuna, is a good source – as is margarine, milk, eggs and fortified breakfast cereals. But most of us simply don’t eat healthily enough to get adequate amounts, leaving the sun as the primary source of this important vitamin.
~ Sleep. We tend to think of sleep as a time when the mind and body shut down. But this is not the case; sleep is an active period in which a lot of important processing, restoration, and strengthening occurs. In fact, we can survive longer without food than without sleep. This is why those who have chronic sleep issues typically have shorter life spans. Relates to this, please read this post ~Let’s Pause~.
~ Exercise. Exercise prevents disease. Exercise regularly will give us many benefits, such as: increase our endurance; have healthier muscles, joints and bones; increase our metabolism; have more energy; experience a sense of well-being and be better in coping with stress; get better sleeping/prevents insomnia. And exercise can also prevent excess of weight gain or help maintain weight loss.
~ Diet. Eating a balanced diet can help humans feel healthier and have more energy. It boosts our immune system too. A balanced diet means that we are combining the right fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fibre in order to obtain all of the nutrients we need for good health. By eating the correct combination, and not too much or too little of anything, we will give our body the right fuel to grow, replenish, repair and strengthen.
~ Laughter. “Laughter is the best medicine, unless you’re diabetic, then insulin comes pretty high on the list”. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving our muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system, decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving our resistance to disease. If we can find a reason to laugh every day, we’ll find that our mood will improve. Moreover, our body, mind and soul will reap the health benefits of this natural and free medicine.
~ Love. Falling in love makes us feel on cloud nine; it is the feeling of intoxication! Scientists have discovered that when we fall in love, our brain releases chemicals and hormones that controls euphoria, including dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline, and vasopressin. That is the same chemical process that takes place with other addictions happen, such as addiction to drugs. Sweaty palms, flushed cheeks, a racing heartbeat, tongue tied, can’t think straight, butterflies in the stomach whenever the object of our affection is around together with an altered biochemistry within our body are signs of being in love. Love in any kind of form has many benefits to our health: heal our heart (that’s why we associate love with the heart), help to decrease stress, boosts immune system, help to look younger, improve mental well-being, lower blood pressure, and more. Love makes the world go around, or so the saying goes. So, let’s spread the loves :).