Tips for Staying Healthy All Day and Night
(The following is a guest blog post composed by Jennifer McGregor. Jennifer co-created Public Health Library to write about health and wellness topics and to create a forum for sharing reputable health and medical information.)
Your health isn’t something you can focus on every so often — it’s an all-the-time, head-to-toe commitment. Failure to treat your wellness with respect can result in sickness, and no one has time for that. Fortunately, keeping yourself healthy doesn’t require any more time than neglecting your body. Here are a few healthy lifestyle tips that you can incorporate starting now.
Give Your House a Check-Up
There’s a good chance that you spend more time at home than anywhere else. For this reason, it pays to give your home a health check-up. Even if you clean regularly, you may be surprised at the things that lurk in the shadows or, more appropriately, in the air. Mold, radon gas, and ventilation issues are factors that can negatively affect your indoor air quality. The things you breathe into your lungs can have a negative impact on your health. Mold and feces left behind by pests, for example, can irritate your nasal passages and cause throat and lung irritation on top of a runny nose and possibly skin rash. Both air purifiers and humidifiers can improve the air quality in your home. Before making a purchase, make sure to read some helpful reviews so you can pick out the best model.
It’s not just the air that can be a problem, either. Depending on the type of water you have coming into your home, you may also be at risk of diseases caused by cryptosporidium, lead, and other impurities. In fact, well-water contamination is a very real problem in outlying rural areas. Test are available for both air and water that can help you pinpoint areas of concern.
Schedule a Dentist Appointment
You already know you should see your healthcare provider at least once per year for a check-up. What you may not consider, however, is that your relationship with your dentist is just as important. Just as the eyes are the proverbial gateway to the soul, the mouth is the literal gateway to your body. Mouth health is intricately linked to mental health, and the bacteria living between your teeth can build up and lead to further health problems.
Just Say No
There are a lot of things to say “no” to when it comes to your health. The first, and perhaps most important for the general population, is processed foods. Jenna Birch of Health asserts that processed foods simply aren’t natural. And while our bodies have adapted to a less-than-optimal diet, cutting out these sugar- and fat-filled meals and snacks can lead to improved health. Ditching processed foods can result in feeling more energized and focused and may even assist with weight loss.
Something else that deserves the boot from your life is stress. Not all stress can be avoided, but you are in control of how you react and also of the factors that stress you out in the first place. Learning how to say “no” to stress starts with identifying activities that take up time but don’t contribute to your happiness. You don’t, for instance, have to host neighborhood game night every Tuesday or watch your co-worker’s kids so they can enjoy a night out. Find time to prioritize things that leave you feeling mentally refreshed instead of emotionally drained. Additional steps to eliminate stress may include clearing the clutter from your home or eliminating unnecessary expenses from your outgoing cash flow.
Get Some Sleep
Freeing up the time to do things that make you happy can only go so far if you’re not also prioritizing sleep. ResMed, a connected health products company founded in 1989, notes that the long-term effects of sleep deprivation include obesity, stroke, and potentially cancer. Failure to get enough sleep can also leave you irritable, cranky, and without self-control.
You don’t have to switch to a diet of kale and blueberries to be healthy. However, you do have to pay attention to the actions you take each day as well as your environment. A few minor tweaks to your daily routine can have lifelong positive consequences.
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