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Healthy lifestyle in Lebanon: New Year’s resolutions

As we cross over to a promising new year, each individual should purpose to lead a healthy lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle requires a lot of commitment if one is to succeed. A person living a healthy lifestyle is at a much less risk of contracting diseases and will in the long run live a long and comfortable life. Good health goes a long way and is not only characterized by healthy eating. For any individual to live a healthy lifestyle, one should consider three wellness factors, which are proper nutrition, physical wellness and mental wellness.

Proper nutrition helps an individual a great deal to live a healthy lifestyle. A question can be posed what is proper nutrition?

1- Drink Enough Water

The body requires a lot of water to function well. Water is an essential component to living a healthy lifestyle as it facilitates proper circulation of oxygen and supply of nutrients in our body system. We lose a lot of water through breathing and perspiration activities hence need to replenish our water intake.

2- Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are an essential component for maintaining a healthy diet. These foods contain high contents of vitamins which are important in developing the body’s immune system. A good immune system means less chances of contracting disease which in turn gives one a healthy lifestyle.

3- Avoid Canned and Processed Foods

This with no doubt may be one of the new years’ resolutions, which you may find difficult to cope with. Processed foods are those which are not in their raw form. Such are commonly found in supermarkets and retail stores. These foods contain preservatives which pose a health risk to one’s body system. Processed and canned foods also contain significant amount of salts, which may put one at risk of contracting heart diseases such as high blood pressure.

Physical wellness refers to how well an individual’s entire body system works. Good physical wellness helps us in carrying our day to day activities without any complications. But what does physical wellness require?

4- Regular Exercise

A healthy lifestyle entails having regular exercise preferably very early in the morning when one is fresh. Exercising regularly reduces chances of experiencing heart diseases. Routine exercising increases our bone’s compactness and greatly brings down likelihood of one being overweight.

5- Work Out

Mere exercise may not be the answer to a healthy lifestyle. Physical wellness means exercising each and every part of your body system. Working out your entire body will help ensure proper circulation of blood to all parts. Consider different sporting activities such as playing tennis, soccer, squash and swimming.

6- Take Deep Breath Sessions

Most people consider breathing as a passive activity. A question is posed do we breathe properly or do we do it the right way? The answer most certainly is NO. Having deep breath sessions helps one familiarize him or herself on proper ways on how to inhale and exhale. Oxygen is important in our body’s functioning so why don’t you choose a healthy lifestyle and try these sessions more often.

It should be your new year’s resolutions to try out the above healthy tips and see how far it will go in guaranteeing you a healthy life.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.