Heart problem is a lifestyle-disease i.e. a disease developed due to a wrong lifestyle. This is evident from the difference between the number of people suffering from heart problem today as compared to the number of people who suffered in past.
Further, number of people suffering from heart problem in major cities is more as compared to people living in villages. If we try to analyze this deeply, we will see it is actually our small daily habits that lead to major health issues. “Healthy Living” or “Healthy Lifestyle” are terms that have gained popularity very recently. In early days, living healthy was a natural process.
Here are 8 habits you must change for a Healthy living and healthy heart.
- Skipping breakfast
Many people have the misconception and avoid breakfast in order to lose weight or to remain slim. The fact is that those people who eat breakfast are slimmer than those who do not. The simple reason is that people who skip breakfast mostly feel hungry at odd hours and then tend to grab whatever is available which is most likely to be a fast food, packaged food or food from outside. These foods have a high content of fat, sodium and much more calorific value than the home-cooked breakfast.
- Eating while watching Television
Many people have a habit of watching television while eating and this results in eating more than what is required.
- Table salt
The cruet set (Salt and Pepper) are standard table accessories. The sheer presence of table-salt may psychologically prompt you to sprinkle some salt over salad or fruits, even if it is not required. Intake of salt excessively may lead to high blood pressure.
- Weekend parties
Life has become very hectic now-a-days as people are working day and night to earn a good living. With this kind of lifestyle, many people tend to spend their weekends, dining out or chilling with friends and family more often. The restaurant food is rich, spicy and has lots of fat which has bad effects on our health and heart.
- Heavy dinners
One of the major lifestyle practices emerging due to a hectic work life is a tendency to eat heavy & rich dinner. Men and women work hard during the daytime that they don’t get enough time to eat a proper meal. Then they eat a heavy dinner as they come back from their jobs.
This way, they tend to consume a lot of carbohydrates, protein, a lot of spices and fats but it lacks fiber which is needed for a good health. It is always advisable to eat less food at night and if required, have a glass of milk or eat a fruit.
- Late Dinners
Most of the people eat dinner after finishing all of your chores and then after eating they just retire themselves to sleep. This is not a healthy practice. You should eat your dinner at least three hours before going to sleep. This helps in proper digestion and utilization of food by the body. When you go to sleep just after eating dinner, the energy which is derived from the food is transformed into fat and get stored. This slowly leads to obesity, a major reason for developing heart problems.
- Reuse of already heated oil
Always use the required amount of oil while cooking your food. Sometimes you may feel that the oil that you have taken to make curry is more than required, and then you take the excess oil out and reuse it later. Similarly, after deep frying pakoras or kebabs, you reuse the oil which is left. This is not a good habit for the good health of your heart. Using the ‘used Oil’ again for cooking, leads to burning sensation and indigestion in case it is kept for two hours or more.
- Keeping all the food at once at dining table
Families who eat together and stay together tend to eat more. We should not keep all the food items at once on the dining table. Serve the food in small bowls. You can always bring more food when required. Keeping more food at once, may prompt you and your family to eat more. If we can bring some positive changes in our lifestyle, our health will surely get reflected.