Healthy living boils down to three major areas: Exercise, eating right, and mental health. Your ability to exercise regularly, eat the right things, and have a positive mental health can keep you from having problems in with the “big three” health issues – cancer, heart-disease, and diabetes.
Please note, as in all things health-related, always consult with a physician before beginning any kind of diet or starting out on a new physical routine. You may have a condition that needs monitoring or additional considerations related to any kind of diet or exercise you might want to undertake.
Exercise is critical to a healthy lifestyle. Reports show exercise can reduce your risk of cancer, heart-disease, and diabetes. Studies have shown you need to exercise for at least 30 minutes at some percentage of your maximum heart rate.
There are many ways to exercise. I’ve found walking for 30 minutes during my lunch break at work to be extremely beneficial. You could swim, ride a bike, or go to a gym for an aerobic workout.
Exercise will help you keep your weight down. Being overweight may cause many problems including the “big three” mentioned previously. In fact, there is a definite link between obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Exercising at the proper percentage of your maximum heart rate is a definitive way to keep your heart in shape and prevent heart disease.
Eating right is also an important part of healthy living. A healthy, balanced diet is crucial for maintaining a healthy body and the right body weight. You need to be especially careful to watch your nutritional intake while dieting. Many sources recommend taking a daily vitamin supplement to ensure you get the necessary nutritional elements you might miss because of your dieting.
The latest food pyramids are now recommending 6 to 11 servings of breads, cereals, grains, rice, etc. per day. They also recommend 3 to 5 servings of vegetables, and 2 to 3 servings of fruits. Likewise, 2 to 3 servings of milk-based products (yogurt, milk, cheese, etc.) and 2 to 3 servings of protein-rich foods such as meat, poultry, nuts, eggs, beans, etc.
Many studies have related various fruits, vegetables, and even herbs as anti-carcinogenic edibles. Similarly, you’ll find eating more fruits and vegetables will help in keeping your weight down (reducing the risk of diabetes), and lowing your cholesterol levels (reducing the risk of heart disease).
Your mental health, like your physical health, is important to your overall well being. A poor mental state can affect your overall health and even your physical health in negative ways. As many as 1 in 4 adults in the United States of America can be diagnosed with some sort of mental illness.
One such mental problem is depression. Professionals have associated depression with suppressed immune systems. Studies have shown that 25% of all cancer patients suffered from depression before getting cancer.
Forty percent of people with heart disease have some sort of depression. Links have been found connecting depression to diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
Anxiety is another mental health problem affecting physical health. People with anxiety are prone to increased blood pressure leading to heart disease, decreased immune system function, increased asthma attack frequency, increased stomach problems, and weight gain.
While you want to make sure to consult with a medical professional concerning any mental health issues you may have, you’ll also find that maintaining a proper physical condition will assist in keeping a healthy mental condition. For example, studies have shown exercise and eating right will positively affect your mental health.
If you’re interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, then you should ensure you do things to improve you physical and mental health – exercise regularly, eat right, and make sure you consult with your health professional as necessary.
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Title: A treatise on architecture and building construction
Year: 1899 (1890s)
Authors: International Correspondence Schools
Subjects: Architecture Building
Publisher: Scranton, The Colliery engineer co.
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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in some cases can be detected in the standingtimber by an abnormal increase in the bulk of the stem. Where they occur, as at a, a, Fig. 4, there is much wastein cutting the material;where the shake is short,as at h, the loss is notgreat. Sometimes circu-lar bands occur in thestem, in which the woodis of a softer and morespongy character than thesurrounding layers, andwhich, in some cases,show signs of incipientdecay. This condition isassumed to be caused by the action of sharp frosts upon therising sap in the newly formed layers. When timber pre-sents this appearance, it should be immediately rejected, asit will be short lived and will soon decay. 23. The soil in which timber is grown exercises animportant influence upon its quality; where damp andmarshy, the fiber is of a light, spongy character, the excessof water preventing the healthy action of the sap in form-ing firm and compact wood. vSuch soil is better adapted tothe growth of light woods, as basswood, willow, and white-wood.
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Fig. 4. 10 CARPENTRY. § 9 The hard woods thrive best on dry, clayey soils, whilethose of the pine group are best developed in sandy soils, 24. Exposure to prevalent wind storms in one directiontends to produce a twisted, spiral mode of growth. Timberpossessing this character is of little value for building pur-poses, because, when cut into planks or scantlings, the fibersrun obliqtiely across them, and, therefore, it possesses littlestrength. 25. Trees are subject to excrescences and trunors whichdeteriorate the value of the timber. These may result fromthe defective nature of the soil, the attacks of animals bygnawing, or by insects which bore into the fiber. An excess of sap in some parts of the tree shows on theouter surface by the formation of pus, or matter, whichexpends the virtue of the sap and deteriorates the value ofthe surrounding fiber. This disease may spread, and ulti-mately cause the death of the tree. Trees are also affectedby a brownish riist^ which is caused by rain
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