Is Lifestyle Compromising on Health?

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Does your working hour cannot give you enough night sleep? Are you too busy in your daily schedule that you forget to have your meals? Are you too occupied with daily house chores that you spend entire day in a closed space itself? Current technology has advanced to such a limit that everything is just available at our fingertips. Changing lifestyles has a long lasting impact on our health but we fail to realize it in the long run. If you are living too sedentary life, the day is not farther when you will experience major health issues. Yes, our lifestyle is someway affecting our natural processes and thus, we are engrossed by health problems. Lifestyle includes your day-to-day behavior and activities. Each and every activity has an impact on your health. Not all activities have bad impact, example, exercising and working out burns calories and keep you fit. Lifestyles including sedentary work, less exposure to natural light, improper eating habits, lack of sleep, stressful schedule etc. have negative effect on health.

Sedentary lifestyle is the primary cause of obesity. People, now- a-days, are struggling to lose weight but due to their habits it’s impossible to make it happen. Corporate and IT sector jobs are usually sedentary, i.e. they work on computers, no one has to move and the files are created and transferred, as said before, at your fingertips! Working for long hours in one position does not let your body muscle move and therefore the fats are not metabolized but accumulated causing obesity. It can also cause spinal problems. Giving up your job is not the solution over here, but trying to find time for some physical exercise can help. Don’t sit in the same position for longer time; try walking in between your working hours. Eat healthy protein diet.

Majority of the elderly female suffer from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is progressive bone disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density which can lead to an increased risk of fracture. This may be due to the deficiency of female sex hormone estrogen in the post menopausal women. Another reason for the same is less exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is essential for calcification of bones. Synthesis of Vitamin D requires ultraviolet light which is obtained naturally from sun. As women, especially housewives, tend to spend majority of their time indoors and are not exposed to the sunlight. Vitamin D synthesis is thus hampered and so is the bone development. According to Orthopedic, Dr. Ramneek Mhajan, adequate exposure to sun on daily basis is the biggest cure for vitamin D deficiency.

Stress is experienced by every individual at some point of time in life. A bit of it is necessary for us to make our own space in this competitive world. However, over stressful life can affect your mental health. Meditation, exercise and proper nutrition is required to cope up with stress. Stress management can be practiced. Lack of energy can cause sluggish behavior. Therefore, proper eating habits are essential. Proper schedule should be followed for having meals. Never skip breakfast. Starting a day on low energy level will not benefit in anyway. Eat balanced diet, i.e. food which contains all biologically important molecules, example, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids etc. Above all, we should always keep our body hydrated. Water is best for hydration and drinking large amount of water aids various metabolic processes. Other hydrating drinks can include lime juice, coconut water, fruit juices, milk etc. Keep yourself hydrated specially during summers.

Human body needs 7 to 8 hours of night sleep. Lack of sleep can cause serious health problem which can be fatal. Few of the ill effects of lack of sleep are listed by Camille Peri:

1) Sleepiness Causes Accidents: Sleep deprivation can be fatal as it causes accidents. Accidents and injuries are reported by the people who tend to sleep less. It can also cause excessive day time sleepiness and lack of concentration.

2) Sleep Loss Affects Intelligence: sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. It impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently.

3) Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Serious Health Problems: Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put you at risk for heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, diabetes.

4) Lack of Sleep Kills Sex Drive: Sleep specialists say that sleep deprived men and women report lower libidos and less interest in sex. Depleted energy, sleepiness, and increased tension may be largely to blame. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2002 suggests that many men with sleep apnea also have low testosterone levels.

Though smoking and consuming alcohol is common now-a-days, people who smoke and drink alcohol to a larger extent are always at a risk of life threatening diseases. We have enough knowledge on the ill effects of consumption of tobacco. Lastly, it’s we who have to choose, a healthy lifestyle or an unhealthy one. One thing we need to remember is that, unhealthy lifestyle will not only drive your life to an end but also the generations to come.