Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being. In humans, it is the general condition of a person’s mind and body, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain (as in “good health” or “healthy”).
The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Although this definition has been subject to controversy, in particular as lacking operational value and because of the problem created by use of the word “complete”, it remains the most enduring .Classification systems such as the WHO Family of International Classifications, including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), are commonly used to define and measure the components of health.
You probably heard a lot of facts about food, but I bet these 10 little food secrets will come as a surprise!
Apples – An apple a day can help you lose weight! Apples are rich in pectin, which is a soluble fiber. The pectin reduces the release of sugars, which helps you feel fuller longer!
Corn – Rich in biotin, this little kernel stimulates the production of keratin a major component of hair strands, thus making you hair stronger and lustrous!
Watermelon – Energy and more energy from this wonderful fruit. Why? It has vitamin B6, which is a natural energizer.
Plums – Reduce the appearance of spider and varicose veins. Plums contain thrombin, which helps blood clotting.
Broccoli – Reduce your risk of breast cancer with this green goodie! Broccoli contains a natural chemical called indole-3-carbinol, which blasts out pre-cancerous cells!
Cinnamon – This tasty little seasoning reduces your blood sugar levels keeping them at an even keel.
Avocados – Besides being filled with “healthy fats” these green little gems have Omega-9’s (a healthy fat) that help fight cravings!
Chives – Lower your blood pressure by eating Chives. Chives have polysulfides that are known to relax your arteries thus allowing blood to flow smoothly.
Beef – Migraines are a goner with Beef! Beef is chock full of niacin which is proven to reduce pain from migraines.
Oregano – Spice up any Italian meal with this herb and reduce bacterial infections. It has a natural antibacterial compound called estragole, which helps ward of bacteria.
TOP TEN HEALTHY EATING SECRETS
- Eat when you are physically hungry. Listen to your body’s signals. Before you eat, stop and ask yourself if you are really hungry or whether you are eating for reasons such as stress, boredom, habit or any others. Keeping an eating diary is a great way to help you determine your eating patterns.
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- Eat smaller serves. Eating 3 smaller meals with a couple of healthy snacks between is a much better way to stay satisfied longer and keep your metabolism working efficiently. Avoid skipping meals where possible as this can lead to overeating later on.
- Eat and drink slowly and give yourself a chance to feel satisfied without feeling overfull. It also helps you actually taste the food you are eating and enjoy it.
- Eating healthier foods is your choice. Try remembering how much better you feel after eating healthy as against the awful feeling of overeating unhealthy foods. The 80/20 rule is worth keeping in mind (eat healthy 80% of the time and leave the other 20% for those times where you just have to have it!). Have a positive attitude towards food. Rather than thinking of foods as “good or bad” think in terms of “everyday or occasional foods”, or “80/20 foods”. This will erase those guilty feelings you have about eating certain things.
- Don’t multitask while you eat. If you’re reading, working or watching TV while you eat, you won’t be paying attention to what’s going into your mouth- and you won’t enjoy it. Chew slowly and enjoy each mouthful.
- Listen to your body’s cravings. If you’re craving something sweet, eat something sweet-just opt for a healthier alternative, or a very small serve of what it is you want. Most importantly don’t deprive yourself as this may lead to bingeing later on.
- Learn what some of your unhealthy triggers are (eating diary helps here). Once you know what your triggers are, have a list of alternate things to do when that mood strikes.
- Keep your fridge and pantry stocked with mostly healthy foods and healthier alternatives that will satisfy your needs. Place baskets of fruit and vegetables in easy reach.
- Tell yourself and everyone else that you are eating healthy, not dieting. You’d be amazed at what the word dieting actually does to your mind!
- Never starve yourself, especially before going out to eat (or you will eat anything in sight).