It is widely promoted that individuals should consume five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. However, in recent times, the ‘five a day’ has come to represent five pharmaceuticals per day. This is largely due to the fact that when people begin taking certain medications, they are often prescribed other pills to counteract the negative side effects of the original pill.
What if I was to tell you that there is a wonder-pill that has multiple positive effects and improves your health with no adverse side effects? This pill could eliminate your need for all other forms of medication. Does it sound too good to be true?
This magic pill is simply following a healthy lifestyle. The base of this involves following a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis. It also includes improving health via natural supplements, meditation, maintaining an active sex life, regularly socialising and ensuring adequate sleep. If you can truly master your health via these mains, you will reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and many other life-threatening diseases.
Exercising for at least 30 minutes for five days per week is a surefire way to improve your health. Exercise alone helps to prevent heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke, certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, muscular atrophy and the onset of type 2 diabetes. It also provides numerous psychological effects including improved mood, greater energy levels and better stress management. Please see this post for a more detailed explanation.
To function most efficiently as a human being, your diet must be made up of whole, natural foods. It should consist of a wide variety of vitamin and mineral-rich vegetables and fruits. Limit your consumption of processed foods, particularly sugar. Read this post for more information about how to structure an ideal diet in terms of calories and macronutrients.
The best natural supplements to consume are a multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, magnesium, zinc and a Greens product. See this post for a detailed description of the benefits of each of the aforementioned.
Meditation provides a host of physical and mental benefits, including treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, high blood pressure and an improved immune system. It also increases personal insight and sharpens concentration and focus.
Sex boosts your immune system by reducing stress levels and depression. Having an orgasm releases the hormone oxytocin, which can lessen or even completely eradicate pain associated with arthritis, headaches and menstrual cramps. Sex also doubles as an enjoyable form of exercise!
Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy social life is just as important as exercising in terms of longevity. Maintaining at least a few strong friendships will increase the quality and duration of your life. Numerous studies have shown that married people are likely to live longer and less likely to develop diseases such as Alzheimer’s than their non-married counterparts. People who are lonely or socially isolated often show signs of suppressed immunity.
Sleep is precious, and most people are short-changing themselves by not getting enough. Insufficient sleep has been linked to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. People who sleep for less than seven hours per night are three times as likely to develop symptoms of the common cold, as their immune system is compromised. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
Ensure your life is rich with the above wonder-pills to prevent reverting to a five a day pharmaceutical habit down the track!