15 Ways to Maintain Your Health

Inflammation reduction begins with a healthy lifestyle. So, let’s look at the obvious and not-so-obvious. We’ve all heard the phrase, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but is there really scientific evidence proving that a mere apple can keep you healthy? Probably not. But, apples are nutritious and provide our bodies with essential vitamins, so it definitely doesn’t hurt to snack on one here and there. Staying healthy over an extended period of time takes diligence and hard work, and oftentimes we neglect components that are key to maintaining our well-being. Try the following, and work towards a happier, healthier life:

The Obvious:

1) Stop Smoking – Smoking is addictive and, as we all know, terrible for your health. Quitting is easier said than done, but if you’re looking to make a change it is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. If you’ve already tried to quit and failed, don’t give up! It can take six or seven tries before you finally kick the habit.

2) Maintain a Healthy Weight – Easier said than done, I know. It can be difficult to find the time to exercise, and choosing a healthy diet is difficult if you aren’t home often enough to cook your own meals. Try choosing smaller portions, eating more slowly, and trying to integrate physical activity and movement into your daily life. Instead of taking the elevator, choose the stairs!

3) Exercise Regularly – Physical activity can change not only your health, but your mood! Try to aim for at least 30 minutes of activity every day, and make exercise a habit to stay motivated. Finding something you enjoy is an excellent way to keep yourself moving!

4) Eat a Healthy Diet – This is arguably one of the most difficult things on this list. With processed foods and high fructose corn syrup taking over the majority of our diets, there are limited options when it comes to eating healthy out of the home. Eating whole foods and grains and limiting your intake of processed foods, soda, and other foods that are poor in nutrition can GREATLY increase your health. So, the next time you’re at a restaurant, hold off on the french fries and try a salad.

5) Drink Alcohol in Moderation – What is moderation? Most studies say that adult men and women should have no more than two drinks a day. Binge drinking on the weekends can cause extensive damage to your liver and kidneys, as well as your memory.

6) Wash Your Hands – Germs are everywhere! Although our bodies have a natural resistance to many things that can potentially make us ill, washing your hands is an easy procedure that can protect you from all kinds of sicknesses. Grab some soap, get to a faucet, and say your ABC’s.


The Less Obvious:

7) Protect Yourself from the Sun – Everyone loves a good tan, but too much exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer – including serious melanoma! Wear large hats and sunblock, and make sure you reapply your sun screen after leaving the water.

8) Protect Yourself from Sexually Transmitted Infections – STI’s like human papillomavirus, or HPV, are linked to a number of different types of cancer. HIV and Herpes are lifelong infections, and are entirely preventable with the practice of safe sex. Always use a condom, follow safe-sex practices, and limit your number of sexual partners.

9) Get Screening Tests – Testing for cancers and other diseases is an easy way to keep track of your health. Catching illness and disease early makes a swift recovery more likely, and some screenings can actually keep cancer from developing in the first place.

10) Prevent Injuries – There are a variety of ways that you can prevent injuries before they happen. For example, using smoke detectors in your home and putting handrails on your stair rails can prevent you from being harmed by a fire or a fall. Wearing a safety helmet with your bicycle and wearing your seat belt can prevent injuries when traveling.

11) Get More Sleep – Sleep deprivation can affect your ability to concentrate, and make it difficult for you to remember information or perform mental tasks.

12) Watch Less TV – Unless you are making an effort to study, analyze and observe television, it does absolutely nothing for your brain. Try reading or doing a crossword puzzle to keep your mind sharp.

13) Listen to Slow Music at Dinner – Did you know that listening to slow music when you eat actually slows the rate at which you consume your food? Without realizing it we subconsciously mimic the beat, making us eat slower and therefore less prone to overeating.

14) Focus on the Positive – Unhappy people are three times as likely to get a cold as happy people.

15) Eat an Apple a Day! There is SOME truth to the “apple a day” mantra. Eating at least five apples a week can improve lung function, and protect you from the effects of pollution and cigarette smoke.

And… Learn more about fatty acids! Learn the right balance of omega-3, omega-6, and Omega-5e. 


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