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Posted: 2015-01-30

I know that everybody would love to hear that there is some kind of magic recipe for a long and healthy life. The truth is that in order to achieve this, as well as almost everything else in life, you need to put in a little work. In order to stay healthy and fit for as long as possible, the first and most important thing to do is to take good care of your body.

You have most probably heard the saying treat your body like a temple and it's about time to start putting it into practice. Every single thing that enters your body leaves a mark and, on the long run, determines how the organism will evolve. When you're young, you believe in your own imagined immortality; when you're a grown-up, you start realizing life is not that simple and that those nights wasted in bars, drinking and smoking until dawn were probably not a good idea; when you hit the age of wisdom, health becomes a treasure, something that needs to be cherished more than anything else.

However, everybody wants to look good. And physical appearance is most of the time a reflection of how your system is functioning on the inside. Skin, hair, weight, they are all almost exclusively related to what you eat and drink. So if you feel like eating an entire bucket of ice cream, give it another thought. That one meal can change your life. Instead, go for a balanced diet, consisting of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and light meat. Here is a small list of nutrients you must include in your diet.

1. Kale

Kale is a great source of vitamin A. This particular nutrient improves eye vision, skin condition and the immune system. Besides, it's loaded with good fibers and it's plentiful of vitamin C. And perhaps the most important thing is that kale is full of anti-cancer antioxidants.

2. Pomegranate

Pomegranate is, without a doubt, the ultimate fruit. Its antioxidants fight against the threatening free radicals which could lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer or cancer. Besides, it's absolutely delicious, you can eat it as it is or squeezed into a fresh juice. A glass of pomegranate juice has only 150 calories and half a cup of pomegranate seeds contains 4 grams of fiber and 72 calories.

3. Sardines

This fish may be small, but it brings tons of benefits. It's full of Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Moreover, their lower position in the food chain results in smaller amount of toxins, unlike bigger species of fish.

4. Oat meal

Don't twist until you hear the benefits. I know it doesn't sound too tasty, but oat meal is actually a must. Each cup contains 4 grams of fiber, which lower the bad cholesterol level.

5. Lentil

Lentil is not such a popular food, but it should become, due to its many advantages. Half a cup of cooked lentil contains 9 grams of proteins and 8 grams of diet fibre. Lentil is, in the same time, a great source of iron and folic acid.

In addition to a healthy menu, physical activity should become a routine. Try to do as much activity as you can; leave your car and go for a walk when it's sunny outside. Choose a day at the swimming pool instead of the pool table and if you don't know how to ride a bike, it's never too late to learn.

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