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Health Tips for Children

In today’s times, health problems like diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure are not restricted to adults, but have become a common phenomenon among children too. The main culprit for this can be attributed to their inclination towards fast food and lack of activity. Kids love to gorge on fast foods like burgers, pizzas, etc., and with the introduction of video games and a host of interesting programs on television, they are more than happy to watch television instead of playing outdoor games.

Due to this lack of activity and no control on the food they eat, many children suffer from the problem of obesity at a very young age, which further leads to other serious diseases or illnesses. Hence, it becomes the responsibility of the parents to teach children important ways to remain healthy.

Healthy Tips for Your Children

The three most important factors that are necessary for the kids to remain healthy include:

  • a healthy diet
  • regular exercise
  • proper rest

Habits we learn during our childhood stay with us throughout our life; it is thus necessary that parents teach these three factors to children as soon as possible. However, you do not need to force them to learn these habits; set an example for them by following these things yourself. Let us look at each factor in detail.

Nutrition for a Healthy Diet
At a very young age itself, teach the kids to eat all types of food, like fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, dairy products, etc. Their meals should be divided into five or six small meals throughout the day, rather than just three meals. Cultivate the habit of eating breakfast as it is said to be the most important meal of the day. Eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast helps their body to develop energy for the physical as well mental activities of the day.

Parents should also see to it that children have a healthy lunch while they are at school. Though there are many schools which provide lunch, its nutritious value is a topic of controversy. Hence, it will be best to pack them foods that are high in vitamins and minerals. Other than lunch, also make sure that you provide them with a healthy after school snack, as this is a time where they are likely to indulge in junk food. Dried and fresh fruits, yogurt, cereal bars, etc., are good choices for a healthy snack. Next comes the dinner, or evening meal, which should be converted to time spent with the family. Eating together at least once in a day will help the parents interact with their children and also to keep control on their eating habits. Talking to them about the nutritional facts of healthy foods is a good way of instilling healthy food habits in children. Though too much of junk food does harm a child’s body, there is no need to restrict it completely.

Fitness and Exercise
Indulging in daily outdoor games with friends is more than enough physical exercise for children. Parents should see to it that their kids do not spend their entire time in front of the television or playing video games. They should encourage them to take part in sports and other physical activities like dancing, etc., so that their body gets the required exercise. Arranging games for them and their friends regularly at home, in which they have to run around and play, is a good idea. On weekends, take them out walking, jogging, swimming, or cycling, at least for an hour, and you’ll be preventing childhood obesity.

Health and Proper Rest
Rest and sleep are two important factors to keep children healthy. Children require 9-13 hours of sleep, depending on their age group. Lack of sleep in children can cause problems like lack of attention at school, feeling sleepy during the day, poor academic performance, etc. Hence, parents must ensure that their children receive sufficient sleep.

Other than these tips, it is important to teach kids proper hygiene rules like regular washing of hands, brushing their teeth, etc., so that they are not affected by infections. Explain the importance of eating the right food and exercising to your kids. Remember, by doing this you are not only providing them a hale and hearty childhood, but also ensuring a healthy future.

Tips for Living a Long and Healthy Life

“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.” How true is that! Life, in literal terms, revolves around breathing. Breathing commences at birth and ceases only at death. But what happens in between? In between, there is a life to live. A commitment you made to yourself the day you came into this world. Living longer also means, living a life to its fullest. Lifestyle plays a huge role in determining the life expectancy of an individual.

Healthy Diet
A change in your diet helps to go a long way. Statistics show that 75% cardiovascular diseases, 60% of women’s cancers and 40% of men’s cancers are related to nutritional issues. Eat the right kind of food to live a vibrant and happy life. Having a balanced diet is very essential to increase the longevity of life. Having the right amount of vitamin E, is known to keep your heart healthy. It is also an antioxidant which releases the toxins from your body. Omega-3 fats , monounsaturated fats, vitamin B and all the other organic food items are age-defying nutrients. Thus, always buy what is healthy for your body and not what looks yummy.

Wine as You Dine
Red wine has resveratrol, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants, throw out all the harmful toxins from your body. They also prevent the free radicals from damaging the cells. This makes you look younger, as it protects your body from aging. Drink a glass of red wine a day to keep the doctor away for sure!

Smile the Miles of Life
Ever wondered why do happy and optimists live longer? A research shows that those who have a happier outlook towards life live seven and a half years longer than the worried lot. Make a small positive change in your life everyday. Try and phrase every sentence you speak as an affirmative sentence and not a negative one. The universe is like a mirror, the more negations you send out, the same will be reflected. Smiling and laughter are the key to a fulfilling life.

Say Your Prayers
As kids we learn to pray before we eat and sleep. Gradually, praying loses its meaning under the garb of ‘I don’t have time for trivial issues’. Saying your prayers gives you an opportunity to exercise your mind just you exercise your body. Praying to the supreme power, cleanses your mind of all the negativities trapped inside for a minute or two. Those minutes, revitalize your mind for the day ahead. So praying isn’t that trivial, huh? Additionally, entering the house of worship also increases your life span by seven to 14 years. Begin with praying so that He too hears you out!

Gratitude the Best Attitude
How many times do we thank people around us for making us who we are? Rarely ever! Showing a heartfelt gratitude towards someone not only brings happiness to you, but also to the other person. The happier and thankful you are, the longer you will live.

Exercise Everyday
Physical activity is the best way to keep your mind and body healthy. A healthier body has better chances of living longer. Do a few simple exercises everyday to improve your flexibility, strength and for being fit. If you have children, take them out to play and play along with them. Indulge in group games, which will keep your mind occupied. Yoga is another form of effective exercise that calms your mind, body and soul.

Sleep Well
Sleeping is an essential part of healthy living. Sleep deprivation effects on the body show gradually. They can be very severe at times. You must get 7 – 8 hours of sound sleep everyday.

Have More Sex
Studies have shown that sex releases certain hormones in the body. These hormones help an individual to cope up with loneliness and depression. Making love is also the best way of bonding with each other, relieving stress and easing out mental tensions. The touch helps an individual to evolve normally and live a happy life.

Meditate
Meditation is essentially connecting with yourself. Meditation is a proven way of exercising your brain and soothing it. Vipassana meditation and Zen meditation will provide you with incredible insight into a healthy life.

There you go. Hopefully, these tips will help you live a life that’s long, beautiful and bright. In totality ‘happiness’ is the key to living long. I have found mine, it’s time you find yours!