The old saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Spend any amount of time using an online symptom checker, and you will quickly realize that being healthy isn’t quite that easy. It takes planning and intention to make wellness a priority at every milestone throughout your lifetime. You may have a genetic predisposition to some conditions, and your environment, lifestyle, and other factors can elevate your risk even higher. Of course, when it comes to urgent and emergent situations, you may not have any risk factors. It can be as simple as being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If you’re ready to put your health at the top of your priority list, we suggest practicing preventive health measures and leading a lifestyle that’s as holistic and clean as possible. Not only can prevention protect you from urgent and emergent situations, but it can further decrease your risk of chronic, life-altering conditions, too. If you’ve ever wondered if there are strategies you can take to lower your risk of long-term conditions and optimize your health, you are in luck. Here are five ways you can optimize your health and live a long and productive life.
Get Your Annual Check-Ups
Doctors and nurses play a critical role in preventive health strategies that can identify your risk of developing certain types of cancers, heart conditions, and other long-term diseases. Depending on your age, sex, and family history, your provider may recommend specific tests to assess your risk factors and then follow up to monitor symptoms.
Physicians may perform blood or other types of diagnostic studies to detect some health conditions before you show any signs or symptoms. Even simple assessments like checking your blood pressure, weight, or pulse rate can tell them critical information about your overall wellness and what other studies you may need. Following your doctor’s orders and keeping all annual and follow-up appointments is an excellent first step to wellness.
You don’t have to be a marathon runner to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. Getting as little as 30 minutes of moderate-level activity each day can help you maintain your weight and keep your muscles and bones strong. Doing your best to maintain physical fitness may also protect you from developing conditions like arthritis, diabetes, and even some injuries.
If you want to increase your activity but aren’t sure how, don’t worry. Start by taking at least one 30-minute walk each day. You can also enroll in a yoga or pilates class to get activity and increase the connection between your mind and body, which is an excellent restorative strategy for overall health.
If you want a more intense workout, look for boxing or karate classes or join a gym so that you can work with a personal trainer. Make sure to practice safety with any intense activity and be ready for medical scenarios like a pulled muscle, broken bones, or severe pain.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
What type of food you eat each day is one of the most important health decisions you make. Eating a plant-based diet, or one that is high in vegetables and fruits can keep you healthy and maintain your weight. You should also strive to eat a diet low in processed carbohydrates and added sugars.
If you’re wondering what this type of diet might look like, start by limiting meats and animal-products. Then, limit white pastas, breads, and rice. And, of course, it’s always a good idea to cut out any junk food and sugary drinks. Increase your water intake to ward off symptoms of dehydration, control weight gain, and improve the look and feel of your skin.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Have you ever thought about all of the adverse things that can happen in your mouth? You probably know about cavities and gum disease, but there are many conditions that constitute a dental emergency, and none of them are fun. You can experience a severe toothache that is the first sign of an infection or other serious condition like the need for a root canal. Some adults experience cracked teeth or even end up having an adult tooth knocked out during strenuous activities.
To take care of your mouth, be sure to see your dentist every six months. Brush and floss your teeth daily. If you have any loose teeth or you start experiencing a toothache or other bothersome oral symptoms, call your dentist right away for a check-up. Addressing all oral health concerns promptly is critical to having a beautiful smile and healthy mouth.
Get Your Immunizations
Many people think that communicable diseases like Tuberculosis, Measles, or Pertussis are eradicated. The truth is that these conditions still exist around the globe, and some are even making a comeback here in the United States.
To protect yourself from these serious and even deadly diseases, be sure to stay up-to-date on all immunizations. If you’re not sure what shots you may need, speak to your doctor. They may be able to help you obtain your previous records or even draw blood tests that can tell them if you have any immunity built up to specific illnesses and then make a comprehensive recommendation for shots you need.
Keeping Health as Your Priority
Staying healthy takes a little time and a good dose of intention. Prevention goes a long way, and what it won’t cover can often be filled in by someone in the family who has a solid understanding of emergency medical care. Use these five strategies to put your health above all other personal goals, and you should be able to live a life that is as healthy as possible.
About the Author:
Magnolia Potter is a muggle from the Pacific Northwest who writes from time to time and covers a variety of topics. When Magnolia’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a good book.