The complete health guide -- 101 health tips

So here it is -- all that you need to follow for a fit and healthy life.

If you aren't taking enough care of your health, start today with these head-to-toe health tips.

  1. Stress is a common cause of tiredness and other lifestyle diseases. Practice yoga and other remedies to ease stress.
  2. Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Take some time to relax and make additional efforts to improve mental health.
  3. Meditation can help relax the mind and relieve stress. Beat stress with mindful meditation every day.
  4. Your brain needs to be active and solving puzzles, crosswords or playing brain games can help achieve that. You can play these games on your phones while traveling too.
  5. Communication and socializing are good stress busters. Make time to meet people or catch up with friends. You can even talk to your spouse or family every day on light topics to refresh the mind.
  6. Mobile phones, tablets and computers not only harm your eyes but take most of your time during the day. Switch off all your devices for an hour and engage in other activities.
  7. Switch off your television and mobile phones before you go to bed as the blue light interferes with your sleep.
  8. Deep breathing is one of the most effective techniques to relieve stress and anxiety. It also helps you sleep better. Practice deep breathing at regular intervals during the day. Here are 13 ways deep breathing can help you.
  9. Just like mental health, emotional well-being is also important. You can maintain a diary and write about how your day was. This will not only improve concentration but relieve you of any emotional burden that you are facing subconsciously.
  10. Kids and pets offer unconditional love and spread cheer. Play with them for at least 15 minutes with them to feel re-energised and happy.
  11. Outdoor activities benefit you physically and mentally. Go for picnics on weekends or engage in outdoor sports with family and friends. You can even take a 10-minute walk in the nearby park to steer clear of your anxiety.
  12. Waking up early has a lot of health benefits and makes you feel energetic. It will also give you time for exercise.
  13. Take a bath every morning. This will keep body odour away and help you feel fresh.
  14. Clean your ears with water and cotton buds regularly to avoid ear infections.
  15. Clean your headphones once a week to avoid dirt from entering the ears. Avoid listening to loud music with headphones on to prevent damage to the ear drums.
  16. If you wish to have healthy and long hair, a proper cleansing routine is a must. Wash and condition your hair regularly with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
  17. A weekly warm coconut oil massage can help you relax and restore the lost nutrients in your hair. All you need is 5 minutes to warm the oil and massage it on your scalp and head.
  18. Avoid using hair dryers every day. Let your hair dry naturally to avoid damage to the hair.
  19. Combing your hair regularly is the easiest way to maintain healthy hair. Here s how you can comb it to beat hair loss issues.
  20. Vision problems increase with age. Hence, it is important to get a comprehensive eye exam every 6 months. You can also follow these natural remedies for better eyesight.
  21. If you are constantly working on the computer or watching a lot of television, you can relax your eyes with the palming technique.
  22. Protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays, pollen and dust that may lead to infections by wearing sunglasses whenever you step out.
  23. For a pimple and acne free glowing skin, follow a cleansing routine every day. Use a toner and gentle face wash and moisturise your face every day. You can follow this clean up routine everyday for clear skin.
  24. Don t pick your pimples or blackheads. Clean your face properly and use natural remedies to get rid of blackheads and pimples.
  25. The sun causes excessive damage to the skin even in winters. Hence always apply a good layer of sunscreen before you step out in the sun.
  26. Cleaning your face at night is equally important. Wash your face daily before going to bed.
  27. Scrub your body with a pumice stone or loofah at least twice a week to get rid of the dead skin and prevent ingrown hair.
  28. If you have applied make-up, remove it with a good quality make-up remover and wash your face after that. Moisturise your face after removing the make-up to avoid skin breakouts.
  29. Expired skin care products can be extremely harmful for your skin. Discard them even if they have not been used enough. Here s how your old cosmetics harm your skin.
  30. Oily, fried and spicy food is the cause of many ailments and skin damage. Avoid these as much as you can for maximum health benefits.
  31. Nuts and dry fruits are not just a healthy snack but have several benefits on your health, hair, skin and even nails. Snack on them every day. Here s a list of dry fruits and nuts you must eat every day.
  32. Dental problems and bad oral hygiene can lead to several infections and diseases. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is a must. Brush your teeth twice a day in the morning and at night before going to bed.
  33. Flossing helps remove dirt from the crevices where toothbrushes are not very effective. Floss every day and after meals if possible. To know more on how and why to floss, read this.
  34. You cannot carry a toothbrush to work, but you can gargle after every meal. Gargle every time to eat or drink something to get rid of food particles that stick to your teeth and cause mouth odour.
  35. Cleaning your tongue is as important as brushing. It also keeps bacteria away thereby preventing bad odour. Read: 10 tips on better tongue hygiene.
  36. Change your toothbrush every two months or whenever you have a throat infection. This will prevent the infection from recurring.
  37. Nail biting is not a good habit and can lead to stomach infections as nails carry a lot of dirt in them. Stop biting or putting your nails in your mouth.
  38. Trim your nails regularly or keep them clean to avoid dirt from settling in them and leading to infections.
  39. Decaying food particles, bacteria, dehydration are some of the causes of bad breath. Use natural remedies to get rid of bad breath along with proper oral hygiene.
  40. Avoid infections by not sharing personal hygiene products like toothbrush and razors.
  41. If you have been prescribed any medication, complete the course and take it regularly to avoid health complications and cure the ailment.
  42. There are endless benefits of drinking water. Keep yourself hydrated and diseases at bay by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  43. Proper nutrition is the solution to most of your health problems. Eat fresh and healthy foods everyday to maintain overall health.
  44. Lack of sleep can lead to many side effects like poor concentration, fatigue and mood swings. Your body needs at least 6-8 hours of sound sleep every night.
  45. You know the ill-effects of smoking and if you still continue to smoke, quit today. These natural remedies can help you quit smoking easily.
  46. Reduce alcohol intake to once a week in moderation or on occasions. It just adds empty calories to the body and damages the liver in the long term.
  47. It is important to poop every day. Your body needs to throw out the waste from the body. If you are unable to follow the routine, incorporate foods that help clear constipation and make passing stools easy.
  48. Begin your day with a glass of honey and lime juice mixed with lukewarm water. It is a great remedy for constipation and weight loss and helps detox the body too. Here s how water, lime and honey help you.
  49. Start your day with at least 6 rounds of Surya Namaskar. It energizes the body and mind and makes you feel active all day. To know more about the health benefits of Surya Namaskar, read this.
  50. A comprehensive health check-up is a must at all ages. Opt for annual health check-ups to prevent chronic diseases and to identify other ailments if any at the initial stage.
  51. No physical activity is one of the leading causes of lifestyle diseases. Engage in some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. You can walk, jog, and take stairs or dance.
  52. Sitting for long hours at your desk leads to weight gain and back and neck pains too. Get up from your seat every half an hour and walk a few steps.
  53. Excess caffeine can cause constipation and acidity and can also slow your sex drive. Reduce excessive intake of caffeine if you want to keep healthy and lose weight.
  54. Wearing clean clothes and shoes is important to keep infections and odour at bay. Wash your clothes and dry them regularly.
  55. Ensure that your shoes are dry and free from fungus especially during monsoons.
  56. A clean home helps keep infections away. Use disinfectants while mopping and dust your furniture and other household items regularly to get rid of bacteria.
  57. Garbage or water accumulated near potted plants is breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects. Dispose off your garbage every day and clean plates of potted plants weekly.
  58. There are several natural remedies to get rid of ants, cockroaches and other insects at home. Use them to avoid food contamination.
  59. Change your bed sheet and pillow covers regularly and dry them in the sun after washing.
  60. Your hands touch several things and come in contact with dust and bacteria throughout the day. Washing them before meals is important to save yourself from indigestion and other infections.
  61. If you do not have a water source near you, use a hand sanitizer before meals to keep your hands free from bacteria.
  62. While Indian food uses a lot of oil, try and reduce the amount of oil you use to maintain the heart health and cholesterol levels. Choosing the right cooking oil is also important.
  63. Eating a few cloves of garlic everyday helps control cholesterol and high blood pressure. It also helps keep viral infections and colds at bay.
  64. Curry leaves are beneficial for your skin, hair and health. Chewing curry leaves or incorporating them in your meals has a host of health benefits.
  65. Vegetables and fruits are sprayed with harmful chemicals and pesticides. It is important that you wash them properly before cooking them or eating them raw.
  66. Turmeric has natural healing properties. It helps prevent cold, sore throat and other infections away. Here are 10 ways turmeric is beneficial to your health.
  67. Spices like cloves, cinnamon, and peppers are very effective for weight loss, boosting sex life and in preventing oral problems. Add them to your daily food for maximum benefits.
  68. For increasing your protein intake, consume eggs every day. For vegetarians, include soya beans in your diet.
  69. Consuming vegetable juice is one of the most effective ways to lose weight. Drink juice of any vegetable like lauki, carrot, palak or beetroot everyday for glowing skin and lowering cholesterol. Read: 9 vegetable juices you must try.
  70. Curd is a rich source of calcium and a great digestive aid. It also provides a cooling effect to the body. Add a bowl of curd to your daily meals.
  71. Diet high in fibre like leafy vegetables and whole grains help aid digestion and bowel movements and improve haemoglobin levels in the body.
  72. Colourful vegetables and fruits pack a lot of health benefit and hence must be consumed every day.
  73. Milk is a source of protein and calcium. Hence, it is advised to drink one glass of milk everyday. You can opt for toned milk if you are trying to lose weight.
  74. Dals and pulses add a distinctive taste to food along with high nutrient value. They are rich in fibre, protein, vitamins and must be a part of your daily meals.
  75. Potassium-rich foods like bananas, sweet potato help get rid of excess water and help minimize middle waist and hence must be a part of your daily diet.
  76. If you suffer from constipation, have triphala every night and add natural fibres to your diet.
  77. Avoid artificial sweeteners like sugar-free, flavoured water as they are difficult to digest. They can cause bloating and gas too. Here are some more facts about artificial sweeteners
  78. Maida and wheat flour products like breads result in bloating and weight gain. Whole wheat options should be chosen as they are rich in fibres.
  79. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain and obesity along with other diseases. Try cutting down the intake of sugar to 2 teaspoons per day.
  80. Junk and processed food is rich in calories and lacks nutrients. It is the leading cause of obesity and hence must be avoided at all times.
  81. Expired food products must be discarded immediately to avoid food infections and stomach upset.
  82. Green tea helps in cleansing the body and boosting metabolism. Switch your cup of coffee or regular tea with green tea at least once a day preferably before meals.
  83. Your breakfast must be the heaviest meal of the day as you can burn maximum calories and digest the carbohydrates. Do not skip breakfast.
  84. Keep dinner as light as possible. You can consume soups and salads two days in a week for dinner. Also, eat dinner at least 2 hours before bedtime for proper digestion.
  85. Don t starve yourself to lose weight. Instead, eat at regular intervals of 2-3 hours so that the body does not convert the food into fats.
  86. At parties and functions, avoid over-eating. This can cause indigestion and lead to other health issues in the long run.
  87. Concentrate on your food and make time to eat your meals. This helps you chew your food properly and enjoy it which in turn helps the body absorb maximum nutrients from it.
  88. A visit to the gynaecologist/ andrologist is a must for both men and women. Get a comprehensive check-up done to avoid STDs or other infections especially if you are intimate with more than one person.
  89. Wash your genitals properly every time you visit the washroom and after intercourse. You can use a mild soap to clean the area and avoid infections.
  90. Wear fresh underwear, bras, vests and socks every day. Soiled underclothes can lead to several complications and skin irritations.
  91. Being sexually active is good for health. Masturbate regularly or if you are in a relationship have sex regularly.
  92. Bend your knees while picking up heavy weights to avoid knee and back pain.
  93. Maintaining a correct posture while sitting or standing will help keep back and spine problems at bay. Always sit and stand erect and use good chairs for sitting.
  94. A right set of pillows and mattresses is very essential for a good night s sleep and to avoid back pain and stiffness in the neck. Invest in good mattresses and pillows.
  95. Body odour can be a big put off and is also a sign of poor personal hygiene. You can follow these home remedies to smell fresh all day.
  96. Once back from work, wash your feet and hands properly. If possible, take a bath.
  97. Warm bath before bed helps the body relax and get a good night s sleep.
  98. Your feet suffer a lot of strain throughout the day. Massage the foot arch for few minutes every night with a good foot cream. This will prevent foot aches.
  99. Using the right footwear while working out is of utmost importance. Lack of it can lead to severe injuries or pain in the joints and knees or back.
  100. Vaccines are available for adults as well as kids. Get those vaccines from time to time to avoid chronic illnesses.
  101. Lastly, love yourself and take care of your body by following the health tips, eating right and being physically fit for a long and healthy life.

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