Healthy Living Tips for Young Adult

Young people think that their beauty and health will last forever, and thus live a carefree – at times, thoughtless – lifestyle. They forget that their hard-partying lifestyle will eventually catch up with them.

Instead living life on burgers, pizza, cigarettes and beer, health experts urge young people to live healthy. Leading a healthy lifestyle early on reduces the risks of developing serious health problems when they get older. A healthy lifestyle also allows people to keep their youthfulness longer.

Below are 5 tips to help you start living healthier:

Look after yourself

As a young adult, you already know what’s healthy for you and what’s not. Which foods you should avoid, and which ones are good for you. You are aware of the health risks of smoking and drinking.

You are informed about sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS. You are taught about the harmful of effects of the sun. In short, you are – to some degree- able to look after yourself.

Establish healthy habits

Again, as a young adult you already know what it takes to live healthy. You just have to practice what you know. If, like most young people, you have not yet established healthy habits, now is a good time to start.

If you smoke, quit. If you’re having difficulty quitting, seek help from your family, or professional help. If you drink alcohol, drink moderately.

Eat healthy, balanced meals to keep you healthy overall, lower your risks of developing cancer and heart diseases, and manage your weight. Do no forget to exercise regularly, to keep you fit and strong.

Care for your skin

Your youthful complexion won’t last forever, but you can enjoy it for much, much longer if you care for it properly. Aside from regular cleansing and moisturizing, you have to nourish your skin from the inside. Eat foods that are rich in vitamins A, C and E.

These vitamins combat the harmful effects of the sun, as well as counter the effects of free radicals – harmful byproducts of the sunlight, smoke and pollution – that damage the collagen which supports your skin structure.

They also reduce the production cancer-causing cells and help maintain and repair damaged tissue. To save your skin, your should also: avoid too much sun exposure, get enough sleep, quit smoking and reduce your caffeine intake.

Essential minerals

In your 20s, your body is already developing its bone bank. The amount of bone that your build and strengthen now will directly affect your risks for osteoporosis when you get older.

Supply your bone bank with plenty of calcium by eating foods such as milk, yogurt, salmon and green leafy vegetables. This age is also when you develop your energy reserves. Go for dried fruits and B vitamins to increase energy.

Preventive health care

You might think that scary illnesses are only for the elderly. Well, unhealthy practices during young adulthood may have lain the ground work for such diseases to occur. The early 20s is the time for preventive health care.

Regular physical exams, breast exams and pap smears may lower the risks of developing life-threatening diseases (may even prevent them from ever developing). Also, early detection increases your ‘fighting chances’ against such diseases.