If you want to embrace a healthier lifestyle but don’t know where to start, this “from A to Z” guide represents a very solid foundation upon which you can build. You don’t have to be embarassed by the fact that you don’t know the difference between let’s say micronutrients and macronutrients, the most important thing is that you’re here and ready to learn. There are quite a few posts on VFH.com and this guide will basically tell you where to start.
First and foremost, you have to understand the basics:
The Importance of Nutrients
Macronutrients – Understanding How Nutrients Are Categorized
Carbohydrates – Why They Are Essential to the Human Body
Incorporating Dietary Fiber into Your Diet
The Difference between Good and Bad Fats
The Importance of Essential Fatty Acids
Minerals and Their Role in a Proper Diet
Protein and What It Does for the Body
Including Complete Protein in Your Diet
How Essential Amino Acids Combine to Create Proteins
Incomplete Protein vs. Complete Protein
The Importance of Protein Combining
Micronutrients – What They Are and Why They Are Important
The Importance of Vitamins in the Diet
How Does Water Relate to Nutrients?
The Role of Antioxidants
Next, you might want to take things to the next level by also understanding how your digestive system works. Some of the posts below represent a must-read for absolutely everyone, while some will mostly appear to enthusiasts or in other words people who want to understand absolutely everything about digestion (they have been labeled as such so that you can decide whether to read them or move on to other posts for now):
How Nutrition Works for Humans
Functions of the Human Digestive System
The Gastrovascular Cavity (optional)
The Purpose of the Phagosome (optional)
Understanding Beaks (optional)
The Tongue (optional)
Analyzing Our Teeth (optional)
The… Crop? (optional)
The Abomasum aka Reed Tripe or Rennet-Bag (optional)
Overview of Vertebrate Digestion (optional)
The Human Digestion Process
The Phases of Gastric Secretion (optional)
Functions of the Oral Cavity
The Small Intestine
The Large Intestine
The Protein Digestion Process
The Fat Digestion Process
The Carbohydrate Digestion Process
Why Are Digestive Hormones Important?
Now that you understand nutrition as well as digestion, it’s important to also be aware of the fact that eating/drinking the right things isn’t enough. Fitness also plays an extremely important role in the VFH “equation” and should therefore not be ignored. Here are the posts you should start with:
The Effects of Exercise on Health
The Most Important Exercise Types
The 4 Most Popular Flexibility Exercises
The 4 Most Popular Aerobic Exercises
The 4 Most Popular Anaerobic Exercises
Categories of Physical Exercise
The Most Common Types of Strength Training
A Few Simple Agility Training Guidelines
Understanding Eccentric Training
Brief Resistance Training Guide
Three Types of Interval Training
What Is Continuous Training?
The Positive Health Effects of Exercise
The Relationship Between Exercise and the Cardiovascular System
The Relationship Between Exercise and the Immune System
The Relationship Between Exercise and Brain Function
The Relationship Between Exercise and Depression
The Relationship Between Exercise and Sleep
The Dangers of Excessive Exercise
11 Reasons Most Men Aren’t in Shape
11 Reasons Most Women Aren’t in Shape
Alright, so you eat/drink the right things and stay in shape as well. Is that enough… well, no! You forgot one extremely important aspect, sleep. After all, you spend several hours sleeping each and every day. Wouldn’t it make sense to understand how things work when it comes to sleep and what the implications are as far as your lifestyle is concerned? Through the posts below, we will try to help you do just that:
The Importance Of Sleep
The Physiology of Sleep
Understanding Sleep Stages
What Is NREM Sleep?
What Is REM Sleep?
The Circadian Clock
Optimal Sleep Amount for Humans
Siesta or Nap?
The Dangers of Sleep Debt
The Role of Sleep Genetics
The Functions of Sleep
Functions of Sleep: Restoration
Functions of Sleep: Memory Processing
Functions of Sleep: Preservation
Dreaming from A to Z
The Effects of Food and Drinks on Sleep
Insomnia and Healthy Ways to Combat It
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Facts
Last but not least, a lot of people will want to put the knowledge they’ve gained to good use and start losing weight. Through our posts about losing weight, we will try to provide a reasonable/rational approach as opposed to the countless “lose weight effortlessly” strategies you have no doubt been exposed to repeatedly:
Are Celebrity Weight Loss Stories Relevant?
Are Weight Loss Books Worth It?
Are Weight Loss Supplements a Viable Solution?
Can Losing Weight be Unhealthy?
Common Weight Loss Myths
Counting Calories Can Help
Good vs. Bad Weight Loss Information
Is Weight Loss Equipment Worth Buying?
Should You Listen to Weight Loss Experts?
Should You Pay for Weight Loss Advice?
Stay Away from Weight Loss Scams
The Health Benefits of Losing Weight
The Relationship Between Diet and Weight Loss
The Relationship Between Exercise and Weight Loss
Understanding the Body Mass Index
Just one more thing. If you want your friends and/or family members to embrace a healthier lifestyle as well, try sending them some of the following infographics:
Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of Smoking
Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of Drug Use
Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of a Sedentary Lifestyle
Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of Eating Fast Food
Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of Alcohol Abuse
Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of Steroids