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Healthy LifeCeliac disease is a severe genetic autoimmune disorder, based on the Celiac Illness Foundation, where the ingestion of gluten results in damage within the small gut. Experiment. The best way to know what works for you is to experiment. Rather than subscribe yourself to one diet, try different foods and see how your body responds. Most importantly — research and tweak your diet based on what you learn. I enjoy reading health journals as I can read the information directly from the source vs. news articles or editorials which often serve an agenda.

Chances are that you already have some healthy habits – recognise and build on these. For example, if you sometimes buy fruit to eat, then try buying more of this (and fewer biscuits and chips). If you tend to overeat, look for stressors or triggers that may cause overeating. Discuss ways to avoid or cope with these triggers with your doctor or therapist. It may be useful to write down how you are feeling or what has been happening at the time you overeat to help determine your triggers.

Furthermore, drinking water helps in losing weight. A study carried out among overweight or obese people showed that water drinkers lose 4.5 more pounds than a control group. The researchers believe that it’s because drinking more water helps fill your stomach, making you less hungry and less likely to overeat.

taking control of your life – getting healthy helps you feel in control of your life. Avoid too much sitting. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes in the morning, sitting the rest of the day can pose health risks. Recent research has linked too much sitting to diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. So, break up your workday by taking a five-minute walk every hour.

The HLY is a health expectancy indicator that combines information on mortality and morbidity and partitions the total years lived at any age into those spent in different ‘health’ states, however ‘health’ is defined. This indicator was preferred to other possible health expectancy indicators such as Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) or Health Adjusted Life Expectancies (HALE).