Having health insurance can provide you financial cover in times of crisis. But you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle for a long life.
Most of us have a very set way of looking at the idea of insurance. While yes, there is a sense of financial security that the concept of insurance provides, for a layman – insurance can mean so much more especially with regard to his/her health and wellness.
While many of us may or may not have some form of medical/accidental insurance, it’s equally important for us to secure our family and our health by doing as much as we can on a personal level. One of the most important ways in which we can insure our body is by leading a healthier and fitter lifestyle. As we celebrate National Insurance Awareness day, let’s look within, and do as much as we can to insure our health naturally by eating right, staying fit, and taking all the necessary steps. Insure your family and your health by simply making these lifestyle adjustments today.
Eat nutrient-packed food every day
Good nutrition is a vital part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Eating well planned, and healthy meals and snacks can help in reducing the risk of various lifestyle diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. A good way to ensure this is to include nutrient-rich foods like almonds, green leafy and other coloured vegetables, eggs, fish, whole grains, pulses and dairy to your daily diet.
Almonds, for example, make for a nutritious and healthy addition, especially due to the bouquet of health benefits they offer. Almonds are a source of 15 nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium, protein, riboflavin, zinc etc. In addition to this, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that people who ate nuts such as almonds, at least seven times per week had a 20 percent lower all-cause mortality rate (death from any cause) compared to those who did not eat nuts. By adding more nutrient rich foods like almonds into the diet and food habits, you will in turn insure your body’s overall health!
Keep a check on your weight
Being overweight can have a serious impact on your health. People who are overweight, are at an increased risk for many serious health consequences such as cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and cancer. To keep a check on your weight, make sure to add at least 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine. This could be anything that you choose – walking, stair climbing, skipping, a quick jog, yoga, dancing or time spent in your home gym – but be sure to follow it religiously. Additionally, supplement your exercise routine, with mindful and healthy snacking.
Say no to smoking
Smoking can have a number of negative effects on the body and cause damage to the brain, mouth, heart and lungs. In India, tobacco kills more than 1 million people each year. Additionally, smoking can increase the risk of heart disease as the chemicals in the cigarette smoke damages the lining of the blood vessels of the heart which in turn leads to inflammation and narrowing, which can cause angina or a heart attack. While quitting can be very challenging, but In the long run, it could also be one of the best things you would have done in 2020 to better insure your health.
Make sure you sleep well
Sleeping less than 7-8 hours per night can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and can also affect your immune function. In today’s world where we have so many screens around us, many find it difficult to let go, switch off and sleep. But it is significant to build this discipline into your lifestyle and give your body the rest it needs. So, ensure planning a sleep schedule and give yourself enough time to unplug!
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