Have you experienced a health scare in recent months? Over 103 million Australians each year report a chronic or ongoing health condition that adversely affects the quality of their lives.
A combination of stress, genetic factors, and dietary choices put us all at risk for the development of illness and disease. As we get older, it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep illness at bay as toxins continue to accumulate in our systems and upset the delicate balance that is present in a state of good health.
What can be done?
Are there things that can be done proactively to manage our health and allow us to create a resistance to disease and degeneration? Many take these chronic and deteriorating states as “part of growing older”, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Through making simple lifestyle choices and dropping a few bad habits, we are able to take back our health once more and even defy the aging process a little. Implement the following suggestions for total health and wellness and a vibrant life well into your golden years:
- Eat like an Olympic athlete
You’ve heard the expression, “garbage in, garbage out”. Most Olympic athletes would ever dream of putting substandard food into their bodies and continue a rigorous training schedule in pursuit of a gold medal; neither should we! Regardless of where you are right now, you can begin implementing fresh produce, whole grains, and quality protein into your diet and start feeling and seeing a difference almost immediately.
- Get that body moving!
While you don’t have to train like an Olympian, you should do something to move that body on a regular basis and get some exercise. A combination of cardio, flexibility training and strength training are ideal for fitness and ease of movement; find things that you love and enjoy doing, and start working up a sweat at least 5 days a week for 30-minute sessions.
- Learn to meditate
In our stressful and toxic world, learning to quiet the mind and master the emotions is essential for whole-body health. There is a definitive link between the mind and body; studies have shown that emotions such as anger, fear and resentment actually alter our DNA and make conditions more amenable to the development of illness and disease. Bring some inner peace into your life by some quiet moments during your day, and your entire body will thank you. Respiratory diseases cause nearly 60 per cent more deaths per 100,000 people in the US than in Australia.
- Never underestimate the power of insurance
Nothing can sap your finances and your emotional health faster than unexpected medical bills that drain your financial reserves. Do yourself a favour-obtain some family health insurance as prevention against medical emergencies that affect the well being of your whole family. Having insurance helps you to set appointments, make better decisions about health for you and your family, and even help pay for medical needs that may come up.
- Visit your doctor regularly
Visiting your family doctor as a preventative measure against the development of illness is a wise thing to do. By performing routine health screenings, your doctor may be able to catch something early enough to treat it or to provide you with valuable advice on how to improve your health and eradication conditions that may already be affecting you. Follow their advice, and see improvements in your health and well being.
- Get enough sleep!
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep! Healthy and restorative sleep provides so many benefits, including:
- A healthier cardiovascular system
- Resistance to developing cancer
- Improved mood and emotional stability
- A reduction in inflammation
- Reduction in stress and stress-related illnesses
- An ability to maintain a healthier weight
Turn off those electronics at night, relaxing in a calm and dimly lit atmosphere, and let your body’s natural circadian rhythm take over as you create new habits for better, more restful sleep.
While you may not be able to prevent all illness and aging from knocking at your door, following these preventative techniques will ensure that you are creating the healthiest and most vibrant life possible. Here’s to your best health!