Happiness/The Five Principles of Health

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Being ill is not nice. Being healthy is better. The main principles of health are healthy diet, no drugs (alcohol, smoking, drugs, eating too much), regular exercise, adequate rest and positive thinking. We can easily integrate them into our everyday lives when we want it. These five principles of health give us a long, healthy and happy life. If we live by these principles, we can avoid most diseases. If we are sick, we become significantly faster healthy.

1. Eat healthy. A healthy diet consists of fruits, vegetables, cereals, milk, potatoes, pulses, etc. It is advised to eat little or no meat and much raw food (raw fruits and vegetables). Raw food gives the body lots of vitamins and minerals that protect him from disease.

2. Avoid drugs, smoking and alcohol. That causes many diseases and usually shorten your life significantly. Too many sweets (sugar, fat), lots of salt and lots of meat are also unfavorable. Don´t eat too much calories. You live longer, if you eat less (but not too less). Hear to your body. He knows what is good for you. Live wisely and stay healthy.

3. Do sports. Go walking, jogging, cycling, swimming once or twice a day (one half to one hour), to keep the body strong and healthy. It is also sufficient to train on an exercise bike (bicycle, treadmill) or to do dynamic yoga (creativ hatha yoga) for half an hour a day. Or to go for a walk on the weekend for an hour. It is important, that the body is well warmed through (practice until a slight sweating). It kills disease germs.

4. Relax sufficiently. Stress should always be put away by adequate recovery periods, yoga or meditation. For the inner happiness, it is important to live in the right proportion of personal activity (work) and rest (relaxation).

5. Think positive. Avoid negative thoughts. Keep your mind through conscious control predominantly positive. Positive thoughts lead to positive feelings and positive emotions have a positive effect on your body. Motivate yourself with positive phrases and ideas. Read positive books and have a positive task (hobby).

Quote World online (Germany, May 2011) Who eats properly, may live up to 20 years longer," says the Jena nutritionist Michael Ristow. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, little meat and lots of fish. Meat is unfavorable. Ristow warns at vitamin pills. No amount of high-dose vitamin capsule can replace an apple with its hundreds of individual substances.

Quote Focus online (2008) Those who follows four simple rules of health, dramatically increases their chances of a long life. Four simple rules of conduct extend life by an average of 14 years: do not smoke, some sports, drink alcohol moderately and eate daily fruits and vegetables. British researchers have followed the fate of more than 20 000 subjects since 1993. This is the largest study on diet and health, which was ever made​​. The EPIC study (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) extends more than ten European countries.

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Interview about Correct Nutrition[edit]

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Interview with Prof. Dr. Dr. Karin Michels, University Freiburg/Germany (Quotes)

Is it better to eat cereals or lots of fruits and vegetables?

Professor Karin Michels: Fruit and vegetables are the best thing you can ever eat. Whole grains should be included on a healthy diet. Products made from white flour and sugar should be avoided, they cause diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

A hot topic is meat. Can we even eat meat?

Professor Karin Michels: Red meat has no health value. You can easily do without it. Red meat promotes the development of cardiovascular disease and some cancers such as carcinoma of the colon. Vegetarians have a higher life expectancy and less cardiovascular disease. Therefore, red meat should be eaten not every day.

What is the influence of alcohol?

Professor Karin Michels: Alcohol increases the risk for most cancers. Already a glass of wine a day increases the risk of breast cancer by 10 percent to 20 percent.

Milk is regarded as healthy food. Is that true?

Professor Karin Michels: That's not my view. The milk we drink today is not the milk, our grandparents drank a century ago. The production has changed. To increase the efficiency, the cows are almost always pregnant, which is really not normal. The pregnancy hormones are always present in milk. So we drink large amounts of estrogen and progesterone, and these hormones promote the development of many cancers. So I would be very careful with milk consumption. Milk should only be enjoyed in reduced dimensions.

Does the diet affect whether we die of a heart attack?

Professor Karin Michels: Nutrition plays a huge role by cardiovascular disease.

What is a healthy diet?

Professor Karin Michels: Fruit and vegetables come first, along with vegetable oils, whole grains, and fish. What is still very healthy are nuts. Nuts have a excellent composition of high-quality fats and proteins. Other healthy foods are the legumes, which also have a high protein and are high in fiber, and are very often neglected in the diet. If one puts all that, you get to a balanced diet.