Cancer. Cardiac failure. Rickets. Just the names of these serious diseases conjure up feelings of fear and remorse. You don’t have to fall victim to them. Here are some ways to prevent becoming a statistic, and the different ways of keeping yourself healthy.
Go to the Doctor Regularly
It may sound like a no-brainer, but when is the last time you went to the doctor when you weren’t sick, just to make sure everything was all right? In addition to your regular doctor, who can check your blood for lurking dangers such as high cholesterol or pre-diabetes, even the dentist and ophthalmologist are key to a fully rounded exam. Dental disease can lead to heart problems. Pre-diabetes can be detected during 3D imaging of your eyeball. It is so much easier to treat most health issues before they show symptoms that after you already have severe issues.
Quit Smoking And Drinking
But that’s no fun! Maybe not, but it sure is healthier. Everyone knows smoking can lead to lung cancer, but it can also harden your arteries, causing heart attacks. Drinking wreaks havoc on your liver, which controls many other organs in your body. Even as few as six drinks per day can affect your skin’s ability to regenerate. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, perhaps red wine, consume it only in moderation.
Activities which get your heart pumping are very beneficial to your health. Playing sports, going to the gym, taking your dog for a brisk walk, or even riding a stationary bike while watching Wheel of Fortune are all excellent ways to exercise. The more you exercise, the more muscle mass you will build. Muscle mass burns a lot of fat per hour and will help your metabolism. There is no downfall to exercise providing you don’t overdo it, which could lead to injury.
Avoid Processed Foods
Try to avoid junk foods and anything with an ingredient list that is nothing but words you can’t understand. Often these foods are created in some sort of factory setting, never once seeing the light of day until you open the wrapper. Your body is not evolved to survive on those types of meals. Humans evolved eating plants and animals that grew up outside, until the light of the sun and in the elements. Try to eat as much of these types of foods as possible, although of course make sure to regulate the amount of red meats and fats. Moderation is key here.
Do not Repeatedly Get Sunburned
Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. If you are fortunate enough to be outside a lot, be sure to wear sunscreen or at least a wide-brimmed hat. Even one severe sunburn can turn in to skin cancer later on, and the more often you get sunburned, the more likely you are to get cancer.
In conclusion, these are just a few of the many things you can do to prevent yourself to succumbing to a serious disease. Life is meant to be enjoyed, so don’t get so carried away with prevention that you cannot enjoy yourself, but by all means, you should do at least several things to prevent what you can. Of course, given genetics, no amount of prevention will save you from everything.