Five Essential Components Of A Healthy Lifestyle

The Five Major Components Of A Healthy Lifestyle

Our lives can be divided into four broad categories – physical, intellectual, emotional/social, and spiritual, with the following comprising the major components of a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Exercise
  3. Stress reduction practices
  4. Belonging
  5. Purpose and reflection
  6. Eat A Healthy Diet

One of the major components of a healthy lifestyle involves nourishing your body with whole foods, primarily from plant sources. Eating this way has the benefit of reducing the potential for developing inflammatory conditions, such as sinusitis, asthma, arthritis, eczema, and so on… and keeping your digestive tract clean and healthy

Another important aspect of sound nutrition is to limit as much as possible foods which have been sprayed with pesticides – to reduce potential toxic load from hazardous chemicals.

Also supplement your diet sensibly with antioxidant supplements and whole food multi-vitamins and minerals. These can greatly support your immune system and your body’s innate healing power.

A Couple Of Special Components Of A Healthy Lifestyle For The Older Person

If you happen to be in your middle years and are going through menopause or andropause (the male version of menopause) I strongly recommend investigating bioidentical natural hormone therapy to facilitate this transitional period.

Also get regular checkups and screening tests, particularly if you have a family history of certain illnesses, and treat problems early. Remember to carefully evaluate treatment options and avoid pharmaceuticals unless absolutely necessary because they can carry their own considerable risks.

One Of The Simplest Components Of A Healthy Lifestyle – MOVE IT, MOVE IT!

So many remain in a permanent state of subpar fitness, which does not do them too many favors. Designed to move, our bodies perform poorly unless we undertake regular physical activity throughout our lives.

In the west we tend to equate weight loss with the need to exercise. However, skinny inactive people of any age have a greater risk of developing serious health problems than their somewhat more robust but active counterparts.

So whether you are skinny or heavier than you want to be, find an exercise you enjoy and stick to it. If you can’t find some form of exercise you love, do something anyway – it could save your life!

Downshift!

We know that stress triggers the development of many minor and major disease states. Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, hobbies, relaxation plus adequate rest and sleep can be integral to reducing stress and show what components of a healthy lifestyle can look like.

Learn how to relax and get adequate healthy sleep without needing to take sleep inducing drugs if at all possible. And make sure you laugh a lot, feel productive and useful – and your health will improve!

Develop Strong Social And Intellectual Networks

Belonging to a group is one of those components of a healthy lifestyle that can be very easily underestimated. But, belonging to a group, especially of like-minded folk, surrounding ourselves with supportive people (health producing supportive types, not drinking buddies…) developing and maintaining connections with others who stimulate us intellectually – has proven, in areas of the world where people live the longest, to support healthy joyful longevity.

Dare To Ask The Big Questions Of Life

  1. Who am I?
  2. What is my unique contribution?
  3. What is the purpose of my existence?

Such deep questions, sincerely asked and subsequently explored takes all of us on a journey of discovery that benefits our health. This goes for whether you are young or old.

As people enter their elder hood, accepting the reality of aging provides a stimulus for spiritual growth

Keeping track of lessons learnt, the wisdom gained, and the values we have developed at different times of our lives helps all of us adapt to the inevitable losses that life throws up. Sharing these benfits of aging with loved ones and others we care about deepens our connection and allows us new avenues to make a contribution.

All these ideas and elements mentioned make up the major components of a healthy lifestyle and will add hugely to our health and our quality of life.

Imelda Despres
 

Imelda Despres is our writer for the Baby, Health and Beauty categories. She was a nutritionist for 5 years before joining the InsideReviewed.com team. When she’s not researching, she enjoys weekend getaways with her family at the lake.

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