Keeping up with your emotional health is just as important to maintaining your physical health. Selecting the right exercise routines and deciding on your diet from a day-to-day basis can have beneficial or devastating effects to your body.
It seems more people in the United States are becoming conflicted with depression. This could be due to the economy and it’s down-spiral, and can be connected by our environment and even our genetics.
According to WebMd, one of my favorite medical online websites, Jen Uscher gives us details on foods to avoid to prevent depression, or help refrain from the effects.
A new study examines the impact of four health behaviors on chronic disease. Practicing healthier behaviors contributes to a longer and healthier life.
What You Can Do to Live a Healthier and Longer Life
Avoid Excessive Alcohol Use:
Drink alcohol in moderation (men should have no more than two drinks per day; and women no more than one drink per day).
If you do not smoke, don’t start.
If you currently smoke, and want to quit, call 1-800-Quit-Now, a free telephone support service that can help you to stop smoking or using tobacco.
Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood.
Eat fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains.
Engage in Physical Activity:
Participate in 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week, or
Participate in 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week, or
Participate in an equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and
Engage in muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms)
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