Five „yes” and five „no” are useful for really staying healthy: some simple tips and scientifically validated. But very few talk about it, because they don’t make money on anyone.
Advice on how to stay fit and healthy came from all sides, almost always accompanied by commercial proposals: if it is not the latest diet, then the latest supplement, or a free review (because it leads to further research or treatments), „superfood” or a new one a drug that may be doing more harm than good.
On the occasion of Health Day 2022, here are five things to do and five things to avoid to truly stay healthy for a long time: these simple rules, based on serious scientific research, immediately contribute to well-being, prevent disease and stay healthy. good mood.
How to stay healthy in five steps
Walk at least 30 minutes a day at a brisk pace
You don’t need to sign up for a gym, buy equipment or take any courses: walk vigorously for at least half an hour a day to significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and depression.
The more physical activity you do, the greater the benefits: exercise also strengthens your immune system and thus helps defend yourself against infectious diseases like Covid. It also fights stress by boosting your mood.
Climbing stairs instead of an elevator, using a bicycle instead of a car, getting off the bus one stop earlier are simple habits that will help you get more traffic. Here are our tips for staying fit without spending money.
Eat a varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and whole grain pasta and bread
Eat a varied and balanced diet. There is no need for supplements or foods such as spirulina algae, goji berries, or turmeric to stay healthy.
It’s important to diversify your food by following certain rules: you prefer whole grains (such as bread and whole grain pasta), you have plenty of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables (at least five servings a day), and you often eat legumes (lentils, beans, peas, chickpeas). …).
Do not exceed fats and proteins of animal origin (meat in particular no more than three times a week, prefer fish), minimize cold cuts and sweets.
Follow our instructions on how to choose the best food.
Be sure to get really useful preventive examinations
- Don’t forget the demonstrations of proven suitability, even if after Covid unfortunately the organization at the regional level has deteriorated and it can be more difficult: but we cannot forget the Pap test from the age of 25; mammography from the age of 50; colorectal cancer research from the age of 50.
- These tests allow the early detection of tumors or precancerous lesions, significantly increasing the chances of a cure.
- Find more information and answers to the most common screening questions here.
Use only the drugs you really need
Use medications only when needed, preferably with the advice of a physician, with confidence choosing equivalent (or 'generic’) medications when available: not only are they as effective as non-equivalent and save us money, have the advantage of being medicines that have been used for a long time and therefore very well tested.
We always remember that new does not necessarily mean better. The older the drug, the more experienced it is. While a lot of news can cause unwanted effects that have escaped from previous experiments.
It should be remembered that all drugs advertised on TV or in other media are by law drugs that can only treat symptoms, which, moreover, is sometimes useful in the fight against disease, this is for cough and fever, for example, for the body; but over-the-counter drugs advertised in the media are not drugs that can help or speed recovery, although the ads suggest so.