As the name suggests, lifestyle means the way you style your life. Or in simple word, the way you live. You are the architect of your life. And your lifestyle is your grand design.
Your eating habits, sleeping habits, what you watch, read, your work and your relationships – they all are a part of your lifestyle.
It’s simple. If your lifestyle habits are good and healthy, you will live a healthy and happy life. And if you have poor lifestyle habits and make poor lifestyle choices. Then in all probability, life feels like a battle.
But life does not have to feel like a battle all the time. It can feel good, filled with joy and positive emotions. If you find yourself in a loop of bad lifestyle choices and life feels like a hard battle, fear not.
You can slowly begin to change your life. And design it into a beautiful, joy-filled experience. You can do this by integrating positive factors into your life.
First, let’s begin by understanding some common lifestyle diseases.
According to 2008, World Health Organization estimates, 63 per cent of global death occur due to lifestyle diseases. The hardest hit is the second and third world countries.
These types of diseases are non-communicable diseases. They are the leading cause of death in the world. And many people with lifestyle diseases die before the age of 60.
Here is a list of common and prominent lifestyle diseases:
Obesity is the excess of body fat that has a negative effect on the person’s health. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), in 2016, 1.9 billion adults were obese.
2019 WHO report on obesity states that approximately 38.2 million children under the age of 5 are obese. This number is worrisome.
The main lifestyle factors that cause obesity are as follows:
Obesity leads to other diseases like type 2 diabetes. The number one cause of type 2 diabetes is obesity. Approximately 60-90 per cent of people with type 2 diabetes are obese.
A sedentary lifestyle that excludes a healthy diet and exercise is a major factor for type 2 diabetes. People with high blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity are more prone to type 2 diabetes.
Arteriosclerosis is when the walls of the arteries become thick and hard. This happens due to excessive fat deposits on the arteries. High-fat foods, sugary foods and lack of exercise cause this condition,
This condition can also lead to chest pain, heart attack or stroke. Arteriosclerosis may also cause high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity and vice versa.
Heart disease is one of the most prominent manifestations of poor lifestyle habits. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease(CAD)
In CAD, the coronary arteries become blocked. These arteries supply essential nutrients and oxygen to the heart. Malfunctioning of the coronary arteries leads to heart attacks, chest pain and in some cases, sudden death.
Poor eating habits and smoking are the leading causes of heart diseases.
Swimmer’s ear is a lifestyle disease. A person with swimmer’s ear can develop an infection in the ear. The infection also can spread on the outer layer of the ear. This happens due to excessively loud music and excessive usage of earphones.
Yes, cancer is also a lifestyle disease. Smoking tobacco, air pollution and a sedentary lifestyle are some of the lifestyle factors that can cause cancer.
Cancer is also a hereditary disease. So, a person might have inherited a cancer gene from their parents. But if we develop a healthy lifestyle, we can minimize the chances of getting cancer.
The right medication and healthy lifestyle choices are the perfect combinations to treat lifestyle diseases. Here are a few lifestyle changes you can make to prevent and treat lifestyle diseases:
This is the most important part of a healthy lifestyle. You are what you eat. This is an eternal truth. What we put inside our bodies has a profound effect on our thoughts, emotions, actions and health.
If you eat lots of dead foods, processed foods and foods high in sugar, your body will reflect that. If you eat fresh foods, that are high in nutrients and fiber, your body will reflect that too.
So, include lots of fruits, vegetables, lentils and whole grains in your diet. Limit your consumption of red meat, sugar, dairy products and processed foods.
An ideal diet for a healthy lifestyle should include 80 per cent fruits and vegetables and 20 per cent whole grains and lentils. You can eat meat once in a while if you crave it.
Fruits and vegetables also a have detox effect on the body. They are great for detoxifying the body from harmful toxins that make you more prone to lifestyle diseases.
Drinking is the number one cause of many liver diseases. It can cause severe damage to the liver. This is because the liver is responsible for metabolizing alcohol.
Alcohol has toxic substances in it. And too much of it can put a severe load on the liver. Increased toxicity in the liver can cause multiple diseases like liver cancer and in some cases, the collapse of the entire system.
Smoking and tobacco usage is the number one cause of lung cancer. Tobacco companies add many toxic chemicals to the product. By smoking cigarettes’ you collect more toxins in your body which lead to diseases like cancer and heart diseases.
If you suffer from a lifestyle disease, you should quit smoking.
A healthy lifestyle is one in which you get enough sleep. According to research, 8-10 hours of sleep is essential for a healthy body, mind and soul.
Sleep allows you to rest and regenerate so that you can function to your best capacities the next day. You know how sometimes you don’t get enough sleep, and you feel cranky the next day? This is because you didn’t get enough sleep and rest.
Another critical aspect of a healthy lifestyle is cultivating healthy relationships. Relationships with mutual understanding and respect are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
If we don’t have healthy relationships, we feel alone. These feelings of loneliness can drive us into addictions like drinking and smoking. When we have a solid support system in our lives and a sense of connection to the people we love, we feel peaceful and loved.
Regular exercise, participating in community activists and doing things that open your creative energies are also essential positive lifestyle factors.
Having a healthy lifestyle means paying attention to your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Spending time in nature and embracing a few moments of silence contributes to living a healthy and vibrant lifestyle.