12. There is literally no upside to smoking or second-hand smoke
Smoking is cool. That is what we are all made to believe at some point or other in our lives and yet it is possibly one of the most dangerous lies around. Smoking is not cool, it is not healthy. In fact, it is downright lethal. Upwards of 16 million American people are currently battling some disease which is directly caused by smoking.
Globally, smoking results in 6 million deaths per year and smokers die at least 10 years earlier than non-smokers. With statistics like these, it is shockingly surprising that so many people still smoke. Who is to blame here? The industry, the education system or is it simply a case of addiction?
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer worldwide. Medical researchers are racing the clock for a cure for cancer, and while they may be getting close, lung cancer is still absolutely devastating. One of the biggest problems with lung cancer is that early detection is incredibly difficult. Many people with lung cancer are wholly asymptomatic and only start displaying symptoms once cancer has metastasized or reached an incurable stage. This is obviously a worse case scenario regarding smoking, and yet it is the leading cancer killer of both women and men. Making it not only a real but prominent concern.
Smoking stains your teeth, harms your gums, ages your skin, increases cataract risk, increases the risk of heart disease, can reduce fertility in men, decreases immune function and impairs respiratory function. Smoking cigarettes impact almost every part of the body. Yes, it is incredibly hard to quit, but consider the facts here. It is clearly the healthiest possible thing anyone could do.
13. Make sure you get enough sleep
I’ll sleep when I’m dead. No, no you will not. Not sleeping may kill you. A person can survive for 3 weeks without food. A notable case of this was Mahatma Gandhi who went 21 days without food. On the other hand, a person can only go 11 days without sleep. Going by only these two values, one could arguably say that sleep may even be more important the food. A human being cannot live without either, so it would be a completely useless argument. The bottom line should just be that everyone needs to be getting enough sleep, and that is it. No ifs ands or buts.
Modern life is busy, and it is very stressful. Scores of people crash-land into bed, exhausted and yet cannot fall asleep due to a raging mind. This not being able to fall asleep should not stop a person from falling asleep. Maybe a person can try meditating for a few minutes or practice breathing techniques or even just drink a glass of warm work. The list of sleep aiding food and activities are endless.
A person who does not get enough sleep is cranky and almost intolerable, but they are also damaging their body. Continued sleep deprivation increases the risk of depression, obesity and it impairs one’s immune system. It is during the REM cycle where memories are consolidated and the body slows down and heals. It is during this period where one rest, where they reset and recharge.
Every single adult on this planet needs between 7 and 9 hours sleep every night. This is non-negotiable. The effect of a single late night will make itself abundantly known very quickly, the prolonged effects could be quite devastating.
14. Use more fresh herbs when cooking
Smoking may be the leading serial killer, but fast food and pre-packaged food is coming in close on its heels. We do not cook like we used to. We may have better and more abundant ingredients and more advanced equipment, but we just don’t cook like we used to. We do not have time to. Tons of people leave the house before the sun come up and arrive home long after it has gone down. Where in this mad rat race that we call being a grown up, can someone possibly find time to cook a wholesome meal. Considering this, fast food chains and repackaged food are kings. These are not rulers which should be worshipped. In fact, these rulers should be dethroned and banished!
These store-bought foods are highly processed, pumped with chemicals, and have a staggering number of calories. Obesity is rising at a startling rate in America and it is largely due to these foods. The health impacts are terrifying, and the associated environmental impacts of these chains are positively disgusting. Homemade is always better.
The key to health and the homemade food is planning and ingredients. Many delicious and nutritious meals can be made on the weekend and then frozen for later. Making these foods by hand will instantly boost one’s health and immune system, but there is a way to supercharge it.
Herbs and spices add natural flavoring to food. A meal is incomplete without them. There are some herbs though, which ought to be used in vast amounts. These are garlic, ginger, rosemary, oregano, and turmeric. All of which boost the immune system and make a dish pop.
15. Replace at least one cup of coffee with green tea
Not many people can get through the morning without their regular cup of joe. Assuming that this cup of coffee is not loaded with sugar and cream, then there is actually nothing wrong with this. Recently, it has been shown that coffee can be quite healthy. It can apparently promote circulation and cardiac health. On top of that, it gives you a much-needed kick in the behind. Coffee in the morning is great, coffee in the morning is sacred. This need not change. But, green tea is arguably just as good.
Green tea has been enjoyed for centuries in India and China, for both its taste and medicinal benefits. Being the least processed of the teas, it is loaded with antioxidants. These fight the formation and action of free radicals. Free radicals are essentially the things that age a person. They attack the membranes of the cell. This is a natural process, but it sure doesn’t hurt to slow it down.
This is only the beginning when it comes to the benefits of green tea. It can help prevent cancer, decrease the prevalence of heart disease, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of a stroke, aid in weight loss and decrease inflammation.
These little green leaves are not simply a beverage, they are a veritable medicinal cocktail. Added to this list of health benefits is the caffeine content of green tea. An 8-ounce cup of green tea has about 35mg of caffeine. This value is obviously much lower than coffee but is it an acceptably large dose. Start the day with a cup of coffee and consider ending it with a cup of green tea.