Your family’s health should be top priority. Americans are at risk of many different chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. There are many things that you can do to keep you and your family healthy and happy. Living healthy is not that difficult once it becomes a habit.
The healthcare system in America hasn’t always catered for all its citizens, but several reforms have improved it. Today, it is easier to get good healthcare. However, healthcare providers shouldn’t be the only ones looking after your health. You should cultivate healthy everyday habits to make going to the doctor less necessary.
Here are some healthy habits that you and your family should try and make everyday practices.
1. Get Exercise Daily
Exercise is not just necessary to keep from gaining weight. It is also important for your body to stay mobile and in shape. Your muscles need exercise to form and keep functioning. Exercise gets the blood and oxygen pumping through your body which means you are energized and your body is happy. Getting your heart rate up keeps your heart healthy and makes sure that you fight the risk of heart disease naturally.
2. Sleep Enough Every Night
This is something that many people find difficult to do due to the busy nature of modern lifestyles. Balancing all the facets of our lives can get tricky and result in few hours of sleep. The prescribed minimum as stated by doctors is 8 or 9 hours every night. The best times to sleep is between 9PM and 4AM. Very few of us sleep during those hours, but it seems that just sleeping the recommended amount of hours will be sufficient. Enough sleep helps your process the day’s information, deal with stress, possibly resolve problems in your subconscious, and give your body the rest it needs to take on another day.
3. Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
We cannot stress this point enough. Many Americans have diets that include mostly processed products like bread, fries, burgers, pizza, etc. These foods are not so bad when eaten in moderation or once in a while, but they shouldn’t be the main features in your diet. Your diet should consist mainly of fresh foods. Fruits and vegetables are important because it gives the body a whole bunch of the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. You should especially include a lot of green leafy vegetables.
4. Drink Lots of Water Everyday
Water is an essential part of our lives. Our bodies are made of lots of water and we need to make sure that it stays that way. You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Keep in mind that we sweat everyday, no matter of it is hot or cold weather. Our body makes use of water for all its major processes like carrying nutrients and creating blood. It is always part of all the fluids in our body. Severe dehydration have killed many people. So, adjust your water intake according to your activity level and the temperatures.
5. Take the Necessary Vitamins
Sometimes our bodies don’t produce all the necessary vitamins and minerals and some of the things we need our bodies don’t produce at all. We need to get these minerals and vitamins through the food we eat and we need to take supplements. Some people need iron supplements, others need calcium supplements, and so on and so on. To keep you healthy and make sure body gets everything it needs, take the necessary vitamins and minerals.
6. Eat Less Sugar and Processed Foods
Sugar and processed foods are not healthy for our bodies. We need healthy and fresh food to keep our bodies happy. Regulated amounts of these foods are not a problem, but they should not be the staples of your diet. Reduce your intake of sugar and foods like white bread, pizza, cookies, etc. This is especially important for people at risk of developing diabetes.
7. Don’t Start Smoking or Quit
Smoking is very unhealthy. If you are a smoker, consider quitting for your sake and your children’s sake. It is true that not everyone who smokes develops lung cancer, but their risk is much higher than people who don’t smoke. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you don’t start the habit, you don’t have to quit the habit.
8. Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol is also not healthy for our bodies or minds. Not only is most of alcoholic beverages sugar or grain-based, but it also dulls our sense and lowers our inhibitions. When we are not careful or aware of the danger around us, it influences our health and safety. A glass of wine or a beer is not a bad thing. We only suggest that you try and drink alcohol responsibly and not drink excessively so it influences your health negatively.
9. Visit the Dentist Every Six Months
Dental health is also important. Healthy teeth and gums are part of being healthy. A toothache can become a bigger problem when not handled. If you visit the dentist every 6 months for a check-up and teeth cleaning, you should have no problems with your dental health. Of course, you must also brush and floss as prescribed by your dentist.
10. Give Your Body Time to Rest When You Get Sick
Getting sick is part of being human and even when you do everything right, at some point you may develop a cold or flu. When this happens, you need to give your body the opportunity to heal and rest. So, take a day or two off from work and stay in bed. See the doctor if needed, but the most important is to stay in bed and rest and drink lots of fluids.
Make these things everyday habits and you and your family will rarely need to make use of healthcare services. It is just good sense.