Having water storage, food storage, 72-hour kits and other preparations are important in the event of an emergency. However, except for the emotional and spiritual strength that knowledge can bring, having a fit and healthy body is probably your most powerful asset in an emergency. When an emergency occurs, you may be away from all the emergency kits and other items you have prepared and will have to rely on what you have with you--your own body. A fit body will also help you endure the stress and overcome some of the physical difficulties that you face in an emergency. Studies have proven that being physically fit will reduce your chances of death in all circumstances. These circumstances can range from being attacked by someone, to a natural disaster, car accident, heart attack and more.
The first thing you should consider when creating a "healthier you" is what you eat and drink. There are all kinds of diets around to help you lose weight. People say "do this" and "eat that," but what you really need is a reliable source for what makes up a healthy diet. The American Women‚Äôs Medical Association has 7 guidelines for a healthy diet:
- Eat a variety of foods.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat foods low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol.
- Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and grains.
- Eat sugars in moderation.
- Use salt and sodium in moderation only.
- If you drink alcohol, only do so in moderation.
Emergency Essentials suggests not consuming anything into your body that is harmful including alcohol, tobacco products, and harmful drugs and substances.
Basically, these guidelines rely on the old pyramid food guide that has been used for several years. The USDA has recently updated and revised the food pyramid to be better suited to different individuals. They have also added exercise alongside for improved health.