The New Year is a time for parties and fun. It is also a time for you to express your gratitude for the health, happiness, success and peace you have received during the year. Blessed are those who realize that they have several things to be thankful for. During the New Year, you should not forget to observe healthy practices, however. You should remember these top 7 health tips so that you would maintain your health in the coming year. As the cliché goes “Health is wealth.”
Tip no. 1 – Eat more of fruits and vegetables
New Year dishes are usually full of meat and dairy products. Meat fat and dairy products could increase your risk of cardiac conditions, such as, atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and the like. This is because they contain bad cholesterol or Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). Fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, contain good cholesterol or High Density Lipoprotein (HDL). Fish could also be a good source of good cholesterol. The HDL reduces your risk of contracting cardio-vascular diseases because they help excrete LDL, thereby preventing accumulation of LDL in the blood vessels. Fruits and vegetables also contain essential nutrients, vitamins and electrolytes that are needed by the body to be able to function well. If you are not able to resist meat, then eat an equal amount of good foods.
Tip no. 2 – Drink alcohol in moderation
You may not be able to avoid social drinking during the New Year, but you should drink alcohol in moderation because alcohol intoxication could lead to various adverse effects, such as, disorientation, muscle weakness, allergies, nausea and vomiting, coma and even death. If you were a teetotaler, previously, be sure not to consume more than a shot of gin or a bottle of beer within an hour. The body could only excrete that much alcohol from the body, so drink responsibly, in a manner that the alcohol would not amass in your system to cause intoxication. Remember, to drink on a full stomach too, because an empty stomach would allow the alcohol to go straight to your bloodstream and cause those side-effects quickly. As a rule, this quotation applies: “If you drive, don’t drink,” and vice-versa. Alcohol has proven to have untoward side effects never in your body, so it is best to drink responsibly.
Tip no. 3 – Get enough sleep
You would surely sleep at the wee hours of dawn on New Year or you would even not sleep at all. Whatever is your choice, you still have to get at least 8 hours a day, so you should sleep the whole night or day on January 2, 2014. Sleep deprivation could increases your memory loss, and decrease your cognitive abilities. Without sleep, some hormones and essential substances may not be released properly, such as, the GH (Growth Hormone.) Your body would be able to recuperate and recharge too because muscle activity is minimal, respiration slows down, pulse and blood circulation stabilizes.
These are 3 vital things that you should remember this New Year’s celebration or party. Health is wealth and you should always prioritize it over anything else.