Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips – Tip No. 4 of 10

Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tips – Tip No.4 of 10

Let us look at Tip No. 4 as follows:

Tip No.4 – Purify The Air At Home

If you have followed my tips so far, you would have filtered water to drink, organic foods to eat and giving up on processed foods!  Congratulations!!!
You have come this far… it is not easy.

Today, I am going to talk about the air that we breathe in every day.

Unless we are living in the high mountains, we are exposed to industrial pollution, fibers, fungal spores and fragments, dust, allergens, bacteria, vehicle exhaust, viruses, emissions from smoking, cooking and any particles that our naked eyes cannot see. These pollutants can be detrimental to our health as we are inhaling these pollutants every day, The air inside our home is no better than outside. According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Since we do not wish to drink contaminated water and eat foods contaminated with chemicals and toxins, neither do we wish to inhale polluted air. We cannot do much about the air outside our homes. However, we can certainly do something about the air that we breathe in our homes. Yes, we can get air purifiers to purify the air at home.

How To Purify The Air In Your Home

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a guideline on the use of air purifiers and air filters to reduce or remove the pollutants in the air at home. Portable air purifiers are designed to filter the air in a single room or area. Central furnace or HVAC filters are designed to filter air throughout a home. Portable air purifiers and HVAC filters can reduce indoor air pollution.

Choosing the right air purifier among the hundreds of air purifiers out there is no easy task, But as you read the specs of each air purifier, you get more knowledgeable each time. I personally prefer the IQAir [HealthPro Plus Air Purifier] Medical-Grade Air [HyperHEPA Filter] which can filter ultrafine particles (down to 0.003 microns!!!). The company has many reviews on their products and has won many awards. You can find out the price and details from amazon here.

Wish you luck as you search for the right air purifier for your lovely homes so that you and your love ones can breathe better and healthier.

 

Cheers!

Sammie

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Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips – Tip No. 3 of 10

Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tips – Tip No.3 of 10

Let us look at Tip No. 3 as follows:

Tip No. 3 – Cutting out Processed Foods From Diet

Yes, that is correct! Cutting out processed foods from our diet is one of the secrets to leading a healthy lifestyle.

What???!!!

That means no more hamburgers? No more chips? No more frozen dinner meals? No more flavored snacks? No more Instant noodles ….. the list goes on….

Sounds impossible for those of us who have no time to cook three meals a day in our busy lifestyles!

Well, actually, eating processed foods is a habit that can be changed. Remember those days where home-cooked meals were the only meals we eat in a day? And those days when home-cooked meals were prepared from scratch, from whole foods, where we chopped our own vegetables, peeled the onions and garlic, seasoned the meat and fish with just a little salt and pepper(if required) and cooked them by steaming, sauteeing, baking…. where things were simple yet delicious and people’s health during those days were pretty good, without all the complicated illnesses that we know of today….

Even the bread that we ate those days was simple, bought from local bakeries and made with just flour, water, salt and yeast. Unlike the 30 to 40 over ingredients listed on the bread that we see now in supermarkets. Some of these ingredients are difficult to pronounce and look complicated to those of us who do not study chemistry in schools. And for those of us who studied chemistry, we know that these ingredients are created from laboratories and man-made. These man-made chemicals are not recognized by our bodies and thus not absorbed, leading to complications in health when consumed on the long run.

So the next question is: What do we eat then?

Lean to read the Ingredients

If you really must buy package foods, learn to read the ingredients listed on the label. Any ingredients that look strange and complicated to you are likely to be some chemicals that our bodies do not like. The best is to go for whole foods and cook your own meals. If time do not allow you to cook, look for organic restaurants which are becoming more and more popular today.

Take one Step at a time

Habit is difficult to change overnight, especially our eating habits.
We can start off with preparing our own breakfast first. Then when we are comfortable with that, we can move on to packing our own lunch. Once we are comfortable preparing our breakfast and lunch, we can move on to dinner.
It would also be helpful if you can find like-minded friends who can encourage mutually and share new discoveries and new recipes together.
You can also find many inspiring stories online on how the author’s health change for the better once he or she starts to take control of their food. There are also communities that you can join online which would be very supportive as you change your eating habits to cut out processed foods.

Life is Simple

Yes, life is simple. It is actually not as complicated as what the hundreds of advertising you see once you turn on the TV, computer or walk out to the streets, trying to tell us what we should eat, think and do. We control what we eat according to our bodies’ needs. Not what the Big Food industry tell us to and then sell us medicine to cure the sicknesses as a result of eating those man-made foods. Start to re-discover what nature already has for us and eat them minus (or reduce) the pesticides, synthetic chemicals, GMOs etc by going organic. Go grocery shopping at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or your local organic grocery stores and do your body a service that it has so long been deprived of. Yes, real foods, whole foods at the produce section plus spring water or filtered water and see how your body performs. Try it out for a week, you will be surprise that you will be so energetic after eating the fresh fruits, home-cooked meals that you will be reluctant to load your body with chemicals and fake foods(created out of a lab) anymore.

Try it, you have nothing to lose!!!

Conclusion

I hope it is not too overwhelming to you at this stage of Tip No. 3 of the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips.

If you find it okay, I welcome you to move on to Tip No. 4.

Cheers!

Sammie

Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips -Tip No. 2 of 10

Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tips – Tip No.2 of 10

Let us look at Tip No. 2 as follows:

Tip No. 2 – Start Eating Organic Foods At Home

Why should we start eating organic foods at home? Is it healthier?
Good practice starts from our home. It is more manageable here. It is also healthier although it costs more. So by the end of this reading, if you decide to start eating organic foods, you can start with a few food items first and graduallly increasing your list of organic food items, with the final goal of going 100% organic.

So what does Organic mean?

What Does Organic Mean?

When you go grocery shopping in supermarkets, have you noticed the term “Organic” on the labels of some fruits and vegetables? They are usually priced higher than the conventional ones. For example, one pound of bananas may cost 49 cents but the same weight of organic banans may cost 69 cents; 4 pounds of oranges may cost $3.99 but the organic ones may cost $4.99; an avocado may cost $1.49 but an organic avocado may cost $1.99; one pound of carrots may cost 69 cents but a pound of  organic carrots may cost 99 cents; a bunch of broccoli may cost $2.29 vs a bunch of organic broccoli which may cost $2.99. On average, organic produce cost 30% to 60% more than conventional produce.
So if  you start to replace your fruits and vegetables with organic ones, your grocery bill may increase by 30% to 60%!

What about other food staples like rice, bread, eggs, meat, fish, milk…and  the list goes on.

So why eat organic foods since they are more expensive than the existing food items in our grocery shopping lists?

According to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey, new records were made in both the organic food market and the
organic non-food market. Organic food sales reached $47.9 billion, for an increase of 5.9 percent. Sales of organic non- food products jumped by 10.6 percent to $4.6 billion.

Unwanted “additions” In Conventional Foods

Since organic foods are more costly, why are organic foods becoming more and more popular in recent years?
It all boils down to consumers being more aware of the unwanted “additions” in our conventional foods which are less or absent in their organic counterparts. These unwanted “additions” when consumed on a long term is harmful to our bodies. They are responsible for the many illnesses in countries (including USA) that use them compared to countries (including some European countries) that banned these “additions” in their produce.  Examples of these “additions” are synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones) or genetically modified organisms.
Once consumers know about these unwanted “additions” in their conventional foods, many start to switch to organic foods.

More literature on the term “Organic” can be found in the following:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_certification

https://newfrontiersmarket.com/the-difference-between-organic-and-conventional-foods/

https://www.ams.usda.gov/publications/content/introduction-organic-practices

I hope by now you would be more knowledgable about the term “organic” and why we would want to gradually replace our conventional foods with organic ones.

The next question would be: Where can we buy “Organic” foods?

Where can we buy “Organic” foods

Most supermarkets have started to sell organic produce and food items with the “USDA ORGANIC”.label. For organic fruits and vegetables, look out for the 4-digit or 5-digit PLU code starting with the number 9. Those that start with the number 3 or 4 are conventional ones. If you wish to fill most of your shopping list with organic food products, you may wish to do your grocery shopping at Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s. These two supermarkets have more organic food choices compared to others.

Some Words of Encouragement

Going organic is not an overnight process as it means changing our eating habits, shopping venues and increasing our food bills. This is a process that would involve everyone in the family to agree and adapt to. However, if we are determined to lead a healthier lifestyle and save huge medical expenses in the long run, it is worth adapting to the healthier path.

I welcome comments and feedback on the difficulties that you may face in switching to organic eating. I will try to give a hand whenever I can and I hope other readers can also chip in their suggestions and together we can move towards the path of leading a healthy lifestyle via foods.

Moving on to Tip No. 3

If you like what you have read so far and have started to change your eating habits or planning to change, Congratulations!

We can now move on to the No. 3 of the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips.

Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips – Tip No. 1 of 10

Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tips.

Let us look at Tip No. 1 as follows:

 

Tip No. 1: Filter Tap Water at home

New York City drinking water is world-renowned for its quality. Each day, more than 1 billion gallons of fresh, clean
water is delivered from large upstate reservoirs—some more than 125 miles from the City—to the taps of nine million customers throughout New York state.
However, during its journey through miles and miles of pipes before reaching our taps, despite the cleanliness of its source, water gets contaminated with multiple contaminants that we don’t want in our drinking water. Examples of these contaminants are lead, chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, mercury, just to name a few.
While the Environmental Protection Agency regulates municipal tap water and sets legal limits on certain contaminants, and most water utilities generally stay within these limits, “some of the legal limits may be too  lenient,” said Paul Pestano, a research analyst with the Environmental Working Group.

Introduction to Water, its importance and why filter your tap water

Water is essential to life. About 70% of our human body is water. It has many functions, some of which include lubricating the joints, flushing waste and toxins from the body via urine, being the primary component of saliva which is used for digesting carbohydrates and aids in swallowing foods. Since water is so important to our human body, we don’t want contaminants in our drinking water. It is thus important to filter our tap water to reduce the contaminants found in it.

Get a copy of your tap water quality

But water contaminants and water quality vary from one local water utility to another, so you want to purchase a filter that is effective at capturing the right contaminants.

You can request a copy of your water utility’s annual water quality report – called a right-to-know or consumer confidence report — to find out which contaminants in your local water are of concern.

Choosing your filter

After knowing which contaminants are in your local water, you can then choose a filter that is certified by NSF International, an independent public health organization that assesses products.

Congratulations to you !!!  On taking the first step towards leading a healthy lifestyle and happy living!

Now that you have cleaner water at home, we can move on to Tip no. 2 of the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips.

About Me

Welcome to the website of Healthy Lifestyle Happy Living!

About Me

Hello,

My name is Sammie,

I like to eat, and eat healthily so that i have the energy to go about my everyday life and help people lead as healthy a lifestyle as much as they would love to and thus live a happy life.

My STORY

I did not start off knowing the meaning of eating healthily. Instead, any food that looked nice, tasted good was okay for me as I was not choosy about food, just enough to keep me going. It had been like that in my home country in Asia all my life then and I was in a pretty healthy condition except for that occasional coughs and sore throats which went away quickly after taking some Chinese herbs.

After coming to New York, USA, I thought things would be the same. However, I was wrong, very, very, very wrong. I went through the hard way to realize that not all food here can be eaten like I used to eat in my home country. I need to be selective about what to eat in order to have a healthy body. I regret that I did not take the warning of a book that I came across when I first came to New York.

Why I Want To Help People

Now that I am well after having fallen into the “Food Trap”and recover, I believe I have the calling to provide to you, as a visitor to my website, the collection of healthy tips through my research and personal experience so that we can all have a say as to what we want to put into our bodies. When more and more people are aware of what are healthy foods, it will help make such healthy foods more available and affordable for everyone.

As this collection of healthy tips is not exhaustive and is ongoing because I am discovering new tips everyday, I welcome all visitors to my website to also share what they think and discover so that together, we can change the food industry to be a healthier one for our future generations.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Sammie

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