THOUGH exercising of any kind is usually a pretty good indicator of whether we’re healthy or not, being in tip top shape isn’t just about our physical health.
From waking up at the same time each morning and knowing when you’re full, there are five signs to look out for if you want to know how healthy you are.
Getty – Contributor According to experts, being healthy isn’t all about the exercise
According to dietitian Rachel Hartley and Dr Cindy Geyer, who recently spoke to insider, optimum health is a combination of our physical, mental and social well-being.
It’s about more than just exercising, so these are the traits we should look out for if we want to be healthy.
1. You eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full
Listening to your body is key and it is important to have a good relationship with food, rather than just wolfing it down when we’re in a rush.
Getty – Contributor Eating a balanced diet and listening to your body are two key ways to stay healthy, according to experts
“It sounds really silly, but it’s amazing how many of us don’t do that,” says Cindy.
“A healthy relationship with food is trusting your internal cues, not external ones, to decide what and how much to eat,” adds Rachel. “I encourage clients to eat until you’re satisfied, but not stuffed.”
2. You’re eating enough
If you’re not getting enough calories you can end up feeling moody and weak, so it’s vital you get enough calories for your body type, says Rachel. It’s important too to get a varied diet of different food categories.
“A lot of diets exclude certain foods, but when I look at clients’ eating patterns, I look for a wide array of foods,” says Rachel.
3. You can make it up two flights of stairs and feel good
Though you don’t have to be able to run a marathon to be healthy, a recommended amount of exercise is 150 minutes per week of walking at a brisk pace, for example, or walking up two flights of stairs without stopping.
“While not perfect, the ability to climb two flights of stairs easily suggests your body can perform high intensity activity,” says Cindy.
Getty – Contributor Walking up two flights of stairs without stopping is one of the key indicators doctors use to measure our health
4. You have the energy to do what you want
Having the energy to do everything on your to do list is key to optimum health.
“It’s so non-specific, but having the energy to do the things you want to do is usually a very good sign of good health,” says Cindy. “And that energy can be physical energy and emotional energy.”
5. You can wake up without an alarm clock
A good night’s sleep is vital for our health and waking up at the same time each morning without an alarm clock is one sign you’re healthy, says Cindy. If you feel rested after a good night’s sleep then you’re onto a winner.
Getty – Contributor Waking up each morning without an alarm clock is an indication of good health
Bedbugs ‘increase Your Risk Of Allergic Reactions And Deadly Asthma Attacks’ Even After They Are Gone
BEDBUGS are a nasty pest that no one wants in their house.
But even when they are gone they leave traces behind that can cause allergic reactions and even asthma attacks, new research suggest.
Getty – Contributor Bedbug poo is full of histamine, which cause allergy symptoms in people
Not only do the creepy crawlies bite you while you’re sleeping, they also poop in your bed.
It’s that poop that causes problems long after pest control has been.
The poo is loaded with histamine, a chemical found naturally in your body during allergic reactions.
It is histamine that causes your runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and trouble breathing.
Getty – Contributor Histamine is found naturally in your body during an allergic reaction and causes a runny nose and itchy eyes
The chemical can also cause nasty rashes to appear on your skin and is particularly dangerous for those with underlying lung conditions like asthma because it causes an inflammatory response in your airways.
This can trigger potentially deadly asthma attacks if people are exposed to the chemical.
According to a new study from North Carolina State University histamine levels in bedbug infested homes were at least 20 times higher than in homes that were bug free.
And the levels continue to pose a problem for months after the bedbugs have been booted out.
Getty – Contributor Histamine can be particularly dangerous for people with underlying lung conditions like asthma because it causes an inflammatory response in the airways
In homes that were treated for the pests ,which involves circulating air as hot as 50C through the home, levels remained high.
“The intimate association of bed bugs with humans and the spatial distribution and persistence of histamine in homes suggest that histamine may represent an emergent indoor environmental contaminant whose impact on human health should be investigated,” the authors wrote.
“Bed bugs have become a major social, economic, and health problem since their global resurgence in the early 2000s.
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“Infestations can reach exceedingly high levels, especially among the elderly and in disadvantaged communities, where interventions may be unaffordable.
“While bed bug bites have been recognised as a dermatological concern that can be exacerbated and lead to secondary infections, bed bugs have not been implicated as disease vectors or allergen producers.
Just One Can Of Coke A Day ‘reduces Your Chance Of Becoming Pregnant By 20 Per Cent’
DRINKING just one sugar-laden drink a day reduces your chance of becoming pregnant by 20 per cent, new research suggests.
Cans of pop have already been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, early menstruation and poor semen quality but now new evidence suggests it also affects both men and women’s probability of conception.
Getty – Contributor Sugar-sweetened drinks have been linked to an array of health problems including obesity, diabetes and infertility
Experts from Boston University of Public Health surveyed 3,828 women aged 21 to 45 living in America and Canada to determine the link between sugar-sweetened drinks and infertility.
They also surveyed 1, 045 of their male partners.
Participants were found through the Pregnancy Online Study, an ongoing internet-based study of US couples.
They were asked to answer questions about their lifestyles, medical history and diet, including their consumption of sweetened drinks.
Getty – Contributor Women who drank more than one fizzy drink a day were 25 per cent less likely to become pregnant
Both the male and female consumption of sugary drinks was associated with an average 20 per cent reduced fecundability – the average monthly probability of becoming pregnant.
Women who drank more than one fizzy drink a day were 25 per cent less likely to become pregnant and men were 33 per cent less likely to be able to get their partner pregnant.
Those who regularly drank energy drinks were even less likely to become pregnant.
The researchers found little association between fruit juice and diet soft drinks.
Lead author Elizabeth Hatch, a professor of epidemiology at the university, said: “We found positive associations between intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and lower fertility, which were consistent after controlling for many other factors, including obesity, caffeine intake, alcohol, smoking, and overall diet quality.
Keto Breakfast Recipes For A Low Carb Diet – Smoothies And Muffins To Help With Weight Loss
MANY dieters choose the keto diet for its proven weight-loss results.
The strict diet involves cutting out carbs altogether and replacing them with high fat foods – but what are the best breakfast to eat on the keto diet?
Getty – Contributor The keto diet is a high fat, low carb and moderate protein plan
What is the keto diet?
The keto diet involves eating lots of ‘good’ fat, to curb hunger pangs, while cutting out carbs and eating moderate amounts of protein.
It’s said to boost energy levels and help speed up weight loss.
Fat should make up 60-80 per cent of the dieter’s total calories consumed, while protein makes up 10-15 per cent, and carbs less than 10 per cent.
Dieters should also cap their calories at 1,800-a-day – while it can be adapted to suit vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.
Alamy Prosciutto Wrapped Avocado Eggs are a favourite breakfast with keto dieters
What are best breakfast recipes for a low carb diet?
Prosciutto Wrapped Avocado Egg (serves 2) by PaleoHacks
2 ripe, ready to eat avocados 2 eggs 6 prosciutto slices 2 T olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste Chopped parsley for garnish Tomato slices for garnish
Bring a medium pot of water from low heat to a gentle simmer. Using food-safe plastic wrap, line a small bowl and rub a little bit of olive oil on it. Crack an egg into the lined bowl, pull the sides of the plastic wrap together, and tie a knot. Place the wrapped egg in the simmering water for 3 minutes. Repeat with the other egg. Remove the eggs from the water and lay on a plate. Cut the plastic wrap open and gently separate the eggs. Set them aside. Prepare the prosciutto slices by flattening them with a back of a knife. Halve the avocado and remove outer skin. Scoop out the middle of the avocado so it is the same size as the poached egg. Carefully put the egg inside and enclose with both sides of the avocado. Wrap the sealed avocado tightly in prosciutto slices, two strips horizontally and one vertically. Repeat the steps for the other egg. Fry the prosciutto-wrapped avocado in olive oil over medium heat for about 10 minutes, starting with the loose ends of the prosciutto first. Turn frequently until the prosciutto is crispy all over. Place on a paper towel to drain the excess oil before serving. Slice the stuffed avocado, sprinkle with salt, pepper and chopped parsley. Serve with tomato slices.
Alamy Bacon-wrapped avocado is really simple to make
Bacon Wrapped Avocado Fries (serves two) by PaleoHacks
2 avocados 20 strips of pasture-raised bacon
Preheat the oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the pits from the avocados and slice the avocado into thin strips lengthwise (5 per half). Wrap each avocado slice with one strip of bacon, and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Alamy Raspberry chia pudding can be topped with all manner of nuts and fruit
Raspberry Chia Pudding (serves 1) by Keto Diet Blog
1 cup coconut milk (240 ml/ 8 fl oz) ½ cup water (120 ml/ 4 fl oz) 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (150 g/ 5.3 oz) ½ cup whole chia seeds (76 g/ 2.7 oz) 1 tsp vanilla powder or 2-3 tsp unsweetened vanilla extract
Place the coconut milk, water and raspberries into a blender and pulse until blended. Reserve a few raspberries for topping. The best coconut milk I’ve tried is Aroy-D. It contains no guar gum and has no aftertaste, it’s only made with Thai coconut and water. Unlike most canned coconut milk products it does not solidify in the fridge and is perfect for making chia seed pudding without making it too thick. Mix the chia seeds, raspberry milk, vanilla and optionally add sweetener. Let it sit for at least 25-30 minutes, ideally overnight in the fridge. Then, spoon into serving glasses. Serve with the reserved raspberries and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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