stay healthy

How to stay healthy?

  • Stop smoking
  • Regular exercise
  • Sleep
  • Healthy diet
  • Hygiene

Some little changes to your lifestyle help you stay healthy, and it is better to follow them daily.

Stop smoking.

Smoking can cause cancers, heart diseases, stroke, chronic lung diseases, peripheral vascular disease, blindness and subfertility.

Sleep well.

A good sleep helps to repair and heal our body. You need about eight-hour sleep daily (at least five to six hours). Important information goes to long-term memory while you are sleeping. Adequate sleep reduces your stress, risk of heart disease, and improves your mood, concentration, motor skills, immunity.

Be physically active.

Daily physical activity is important to strengthen your heart, lungs, muscles and stretching reduces the risk of injury by increasing flexibility of your body. Regular exercises help you to improve circulation and reduce depression, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, cholesterol and risk of heart diseases, stroke.

Reduce stress.

Stress can cause gastritis and other gastrointestinal problems, increased risk of heart diseases. Enjoy your life. Do not overwork. Take adequate breaks. Manage your stress with hobbies, meditation, helping others, and being with friends.

Eat a healthy diet.

Eat more vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, grains and fruit. Reduce fatty diet, excessive salt intake, simple sugars, highly processed foods and artificial sweeteners or colours. Do not overeat. A healthy diet improves cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal health, reduces the risk of developing diabetes, stroke, and helps to keep up healthy weight.

Drink adequate water.

Maintain your hydration. Water helps you to keep your body functions at an optimal level and remove waste products and toxins from the body.

Minimise or stop alcohol intake.

Alcohol causes a high level of blood cholesterol leading to heart diseases, and stroke, reduced safety while you are driving, and liver diseases.

Maintain your hygiene.

Good hygiene helps to decrease the risk of infections. Proper hand washing technique is important.

Regular check ups.

Meet your doctor or health-care professional regularly. It can increase chances for detecting diseases and health problems early.

Your safety.

Be safe when you are at any risk.


(Photo courtesy Mike Baird)


Related Links:

Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Few Tips for a Long Life

About the author
Dr. Nalaka Priyantha is the founder and author of 'DRN Health'. He currently works at the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka as a senior medical officer. He is blogging about healthy living since 2012.
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