Healthy Lifestyle: What Diet Has To Do With It – Vigorous Herbs
A long, active, and fulfilling life is extremely desirable for most people. That sounds very plausible at first – and no sensible person would say otherwise. But you are sure to ask yourself again and again: What is it actually, this “healthy”?
Our health is closely related to our diet. But a healthy lifestyle is more than just nutrition – it also includes other areas of life. That’s what this article is about. Much of it you may already know, have read or heard about. But we think it’s helpful to regularly refresh the most important facts. Maintaining awareness of healthy eating – this helps us, for example, to make the right decisions the next time we go shopping and when we prepare our food.
Our editorial team hopes you enjoy reading it.
A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS FUN
What comes to mind when you think about a healthy lifestyle? Maybe to go hiking with friends in the Harz Mountains or play a game of tennis at the weekend? Perhaps you are also thinking of taking short distances to work or shopping, rather on foot or by bike, while being in the fresh air? Or you have an active holiday in mind, perhaps a cycling holiday on the Moselle or a surfing holiday on the Portuguese Atlantic coast.
All of these activities contribute to a healthy lifestyle. And the opposite also applies: When we are healthy, we can do more of these activities and have longer fun doing what we like best. And it is easier for us to remain calm even in difficult situations.
We notice it at the latest when we are not doing so well. Maybe a cold is looming, we are stressed for a long time or feel lonely. Then nothing is really fun anymore, even everyday tasks are difficult and we long for the day when our health will improve again. A saying goes like this:
Health is the basis for everything else: our health determines how we feel, what we are generally able to do, what we can do and whether we enjoy what we do. And last but not least, our health also has an impact on our life expectancy. Reason enough to actively do something for our health. Reason enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE HAS A LOT TO DO WITH DIET
Our lifestyle and diet affect our health – maybe not immediately, but often over long periods of time. That’s why we don’t have to feel guilty when we eat a large piece of cream cake or a currywurst – as long as it is on our menu every now and then, it is harmless to health. But if we eat permanently unbalanced or too much (or too little) it can affect our health. The reverse also applies:
THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF DIET ARE ONLY NOTICEABLE WHEN THEY BECOME PART OF OUR DAILY LIFESTYLE.
An apple every day – and not just once in a while.
PROPER FAT INTAKE SUPPORTS A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
A diet that keeps our body healthy is the basis for all of our activities. The German Nutrition Society (DGE) has drawn up
Two thirds of the fats ingested daily should consist of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. This supports a heart-healthy diet.
The recommended ratio between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is: take in no more than five times as much omega-6 as omega-3. Only then is the positive, health-promoting effect of omega-3 guaranteed. This lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Anyone who prefers oils and fats that are rich in omega-3 can therefore significantly improve the balance of fatty acids throughout the day.