A wholesome life-style

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What is lifestyle?

It is the set of activities that a person, town, social group and family carry out daily or with a certain frequency; it all depends on your knowledge, needs, financial possibilities, among other aspects.

Nowadays, certain degenerative diseases have increased due to poor lifestyles; Among the main chronic degenerative diseases that stand out in Mexico are: Diabetes Mellitus, heart disease, arterial hypertension, elevation in blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (dyslipidemia), among others. It is worth mentioning that 4 to 5 million people are diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus and according to the National Health Survey (ENSA) it is the leading cause of death in our country. These being linked to unhealthy lifestyles (consumption of alcohol, tobacco, poor diet, among others).

When maintaining a HEALTHY lifestyle, activities that do not cause negative effects on health are involved, among which are:

Correct diet, physical activity and proper stress management.

In favor of a correct diet !: Adopting a new style of eating implies reducing the calorie content, in addition, eating well means enjoying a good taste, as well as good nutrition. This can be achieved taking into account the following characteristics to ensure a healthy diet and therefore health:

Complete: includes foods from each of the food groups: vegetables and fruit, cereals, foods of animal origin and legumes; to ensure the ingestion of all necessary nutrients.

Balanced: it keeps adequate proportions between proteins, carbohydrates and lipids (fats). Knowing that all nutrients are equally important to maintaining health.

Enough: it aims to meet the nutritional needs that each person requires and obtain a healthy weight. In the case of children, growth and development are favored at the appropriate speed.

Varied: integrate different foods from each group at meals.

Safe: it means that the regular consumption of food does not imply health risks, because it is free of harmful microorganisms, toxins and pollutants.

Adequate: according to the tastes and culture of those who consume it, according to their economic resources.

Physical activity

Physical activity (PA) is defined as any body movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in the expenditure of energy.

60% of the world population is sedentary and only in Mexico 7% of the population over 15 years of age do sports, within which only 35% do it for the recommended time (30 to 45 minutes). A sedentary lifestyle has been shown to be a risk factor for the development of chronic diseases, so leading a physically active life produces numerous health benefits.

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