In today’s everyday life our health does not always get the attention it deserves. Every year in April on World Health Day the World Health Organization (WHO) calls attention to consciously live a healthier life.
Inspired by World Health Day, we put together 5 points how to stay healthy:
1. You are what you eat. Most of us know that we should stick to a healthy and balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg with a reduced intake of red meat, milk or wheat products. Especially in the cold months nutrition rich in vitamins is vital to strengthen our immune system. But do you make sure your diet contains antioxidants? Antioxidants absorb free radicals which are reputed to cause cancer, cardiovascular diseases, varicose veins, dementia and even eye problems. Superfoods – like avocado, mango, chia seeds or raw cocoa just to mention a few – are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as essential amino acids and with daily intake have an extremely positive impact on our health. They help to prevent chronic diseases, cardiovascular problems, indigestion and cancer and moreover boost brain performance.
2. No pain, no gain? Exercise reduces stress physically and psychologically. Regular physical activity keeps our body and soul fit and becomes even more important in later age. Physically active people have a lower risk of getting diabetes, heart and brain benefit from improved blood quality, e.g. lower cholesterol. It prevents the build up of dangerous plaques in the arterial system which lowers the risk of a heart attack or stroke. An increasing lack of exercise is also related to rising numbers of mental-health problems like depression. It is never too late to start! If you are physically active and even exhaust yourself a little you can truly relax afterwards.
3. A good sleep keeps us healthy and makes us clever. Whoever sleeps less than 7 hours a day is 3 times more likely to get a cold than other people. With long term sleep problems comes the increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems. We need sleep to regenerate and to stay healthy and dynamic. During deep sleep a growth hormone is released that stimulates healing processes and the regeneration of the cells in our body so that our skin and organs can be renewed. Our brain links new connections between neurons, assimilates motoric skills like playing piano or cycling and memorizes the impressions of the day. While sleeping we also release the hormone leptin so that our body won’t perceive hunger during the night – so sleep even keeps us slim!
4. Have a break! These days we hear more and more of people who suffer burnouts or depression – even in top management positions. A healthy proportion of stress can actually be beneficial for our wellbeing and development. However our body needs to recover just as it does after strenuous physical exercise. Regeneration phases are very important in the prevention of burnouts, both physical and mental. That can mean to consciously pause for a moment or switch off your mobile during breaks. Regeneration can also be physical exercise, laughing with colleagues or spending quality time with your loved ones.
5. Do you pay attention to what you absorb through your skin? For good reason we protect our skin against UV light but do we also think of possible chemicals which we can absorb through contact with the skin, such as azo dyes, nanoparticles and biocides? Many cosmetic products contain chemicals which affect our hormones or nanoparticles which our body absorbs through the skin. Long term implications are often unclear. Industry uses azo dyes in textiles for brilliant and long lasting colours for years, some of which have been identified as cancer causing. Nowadays it is impossible not to be exposed to chemicals but you can consciously avoid them by checking your clothing for certifications like the CE mark, renounce fabric softeners and prefer natural or organic cosmetics. By the way, all our shoes are tested and certified by the German test laboratory TÜV Rheinland and conform to the legal and recommended requirements for shoes including the CE mark!