5 Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle Brought To Us By Ancient Greeks

  • by XpatAthens
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022
5 Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle Brought To Us By Ancient Greeks
Is embracing a healthier lifestyle one of your New Year Resolutions? If not, then it should be! A healthy way of living not only can provide you with a higher quality of life, as well as more confidence and joy, but it can also prevent chronic diseases and long-term illnesses.

If you're wondering where to start, here are 5 tips on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, according to Ancient Greeks!

1. Eat meals in social settings & gatherings 

If you've ever been to Greece, you probably know that Greek meals are very communal, and it's only natural to witness large groups of people coming together to enjoy their favorite Greek dishes. This was the case in antiquity too, when dinner was almost always a social affair. Ancient Greeks used to dine with their friends, and after their meal, they would hold a banquet, known as a symposium, that involved drinking, dancing, recitals, and conversation. Engaging in intriguing conversations during their dinner would help them eat less and slowly, thus preventing indigestion.

2. Drink wine 

The ancient Greeks thought that wine was essential to good health, and they would accompany every meal with a glass of wine, often watered down to encourage moderation. Indeed, red wine is rich in phytonutrients that offer a variety of cardiovascular and cognitive benefits. According to studies, moderate wine consumption can reduce inflammation in the brain and help it clear away toxins, including those associated with various brain illnesses.

3. Embrace a healthy diet 

You are probably aware of the famous saying: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Well, according to Hippocrates, this is completely true. The Father of Medicine famously wrote: “Let thy food be thy medicine", to emphasize the importance of nutrition to prevent or cure a disease. A healthy diet, as the Ancient Greeks perceived it, would include a variety of foods such as fruits and vegetables, as well as fish, legumes, and poultry, whole-grain products, and healthy fats from olive oil, nuts, and seeds.

4. Engage in physical activity

Ancient Greeks used to say: "A healthy mind in a healthy body." They believed that our mind and our body are directly linked, so, to maintain a healthy mind, it is essential to maintain a healthy body, and vice versa. Physical fitness is particularly beneficial since it helps maintain a healthy body by regulating the blood flow, increasing the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, keeping organs active, and eliminating toxins.

5. Pay attention to your dreams

When Freud proposed his psychodynamic theory a century ago, he emphasized the importance of dreams. However, thousands of years before, Ancient Greeks had highlighted that dreams can indicate the overall state of one's health. Hippocrates analyzed dreams to help make diagnoses, while, according to Galen, dreams could reveal specific problems someone could be suffering from.