Do we know the science of healthy living? Let us find out!

Do you know what healthy living is?

Until a decade ago, most of us thought being thin was what being fit and healthy meant. I do not intend to blame anyone here. This is what we see in movies, advertisements and pop culture, right?

We stereotype people who do not follow this norm as having multiple health problems. But we all know how someone looks has very little to do with their health. And when the pandemic struck, it affected everyone and became a wake-up call for us all.

Staying thin is not the answer. Staying healthy and fit indeed is. We are expected to focus on healthy living to enjoy the best quality of life. But wait a minute, how can I focus on healthy living when I do not know how to?

What is healthy living?

Healthy living1,

  1. Lowers your risk of being ill and improves your ability to resist infections better.
  2. Helps you boost not just your physical but also mental and social well-being.
  3. Helps you and your entire family.
  4. Focuses on creating a lifestyle that benefits your present and future.

Why is healthy living essential for everyone?

Until the pandemic, I believed that staying thin and eating well was the best version of healthy living. But now, I know what it truly means. Your weight is not the 100% cause of staying healthy. Your HABITS are what will define your true health and strength.

Good habits help in maintaining your body’s defense on the highest level.

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What are these good habits to achieve healthy living?

Good habits focus on bringing the best version of your mind and body daily. These habits, when followed regularly, can transform you physically, mentally, and financially. Here are a few good habits you can focus on to achieve healthy living. 

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1.Healthy eating:

You are what you eat. It is rightfully said. Focus on getting the right nutrients and vitamins. This will help your body create a solid defense against illnesses. Healthy eating also positively affects the health of your skin, hair and nails.

While it might be impossible to count each calorie, planning your meals is something you can start with. Focus on eating home-cooked meals and getting your daily dose of protein. Healthy eating is the first step for you to achieve healthy living.  

According to WHO, a healthy diet includes the following:

  • Fruit, vegetables, legumes (e.g. lentils and beans), nuts and whole grains (e.g. unprocessed maize, millet, oats, wheat and brown rice).
  • At least 400 g (i.e. five portions) of fruit and vegetables per day, excluding potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other starchy roots.5

But tell me, how many of us are able to follow this diet in our day-to-day living? I have always practiced eating well and sleeping well for healthy-looking skin, hair and nails but today in such a rushed lifestyle, I cannot be sure if I’m eating the right vitamins and minerals and if I’m getting my daily requirement from food alone.

That’s when I found UK’s No. 1 beauty supplement brand in India now. I liked their tagline that says: the science of healthy living. Its mission is to empower healthy living through innovation in nutritional healthcare. The products are designed to provide support to our body’s natural processes based on available research. In fact,  Vitabiotics is the inventor of the segmented supplementation in the world and the company has more than 18 published clinical trials!

Every body is unique and so are their vitamin requirements. Take the supplement selector test in  3 easy steps that gives the vitamin supplement that’s perfect for your body needs. Isn’t that what we want from our supplements?

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2. Physical exercise:

Exercising for 30 minutes a day can boost your fitness levels2. You can start by taking a long walk, avoiding the lift, and taking the stairs. While going to the gym 3-5 times a week can be challenging for some, there are multiple alternatives you can try. You can opt to follow your coach online and get home lessons. Once you start exercising, you can form a habit that will physically boost your lifestyle.

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3. Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, sugar, and ultra-processed foods:

Healthy eating is not enough. Start avoiding alcohol and tobacco. Both have risks related to health. These habits degrade your body’s defense and make you prone to catching illnesses faster than ever. Processed sugar and ultra-processed foods do not contribute to healthy living. They have zero impact on improving your health and do not have any nutritional value3.

Overall, the science behind healthy living is to be PROACTIVE. Take charge of your mind and body. Eat well, meditate, and exercise. Following these regularly will create a string of good habits that improve your lifestyle. You will witness an improvement in your quality of hair, skin, immune strength, and mental well-being.

Footnote:

What is healthy living & importance of physical exercise – http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/108180/1/EUR_ICP_LVNG_01_07_02.pdf

Ignore ultra-processed foods –
https://www.ehfg.org/archive/2020/programme/sessions/science-of-healthy-living

Meditation & Mindfullness –
www.alto.com/blog/post/science-backed-ideas-for-healthy-living  

Processed and ultra-processed foods – www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/ultra-processed-foods  https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/healthy-diet

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. Anam says:

    Such functional tips. Enjoyed reading this. It was like a wakeup call.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Indeed is

  2. Soumya says:

    Healthy living includes so many things, very true.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      And its high time we follow the same

  3. Suhana says:

    You’re right, every body is different and we must find a diet and lifestyle that suits us.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Totally agree!

  4. Riya says:

    A good article on why healthy living is important.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Thank you

  5. Jatin Sharma says:

    Well explained article on healthy living. Balance is important.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Balance is the key

  6. devolina says:

    Being proactive is so important. You’ve covered some interesting points.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Glad it can be of help

  7. Sunny says:

    Stress-free life, a nutritious diet, and exercises are enough to keep you healthy.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Agree!

  8. Ravi says:

    The author gives a nice message that – Not just skin, hair, and nails but being the best on the inside is important too.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Totally, healthy inside-out is the key

  9. Urvashi says:

    Supplements can fulfill the body’s need for nutrients.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Indeed

  10. Disha Sharma says:

    Neatly put. Science behind healthy living is now busted!

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Thanks

  11. Naga Babu says:

    Healthy lifestyle is important to maintain for good skin, hair and nails.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Couldn’t agree more!

  12. Mahii says:

    I guess supplements are really helpful as we can keep track of our calories each day.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Totally!

  13. Urvashi says:

    This column has explained everything in dept.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Thanks

  14. Yash Kumar says:

    Post pandemic, it’s even more important to take care of our lifestyle and make it healthy

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Agree

  15. Karthick says:

    Supplement selector test has given me beauty supplement suitable for my body. I am loving it.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      That’s great to know

  16. Seema says:

    I have started taking the multivitamin selected by this tool along with an active lifestyle.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Good step for being healthy

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    This tool is so cool and I am putting in my body details to get the supplement especially curated for me.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Great step

  18. Khushi says:

    I really motivated to follow healthy living lifestyle. Damn sure it is going to be awesome

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      One step at a time towards health

  19. Kabir Sharma says:

    After covid, I feel like it is very important for me to do some sort of physical exercise regularly to stay healthy.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Along with healthy diet.

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