Preventive health means visiting the doctor and the dentist regularly rather than waiting until you are sick. You may look and feel well but still have a health problem. Your doctor wants you to go to regular checkups, not just when you are sick. This goes for children, teens, and adults. For those that want to take charge of their own wellness, outlined below are several daily preventive health measures that can be easily implemented.
Apple A Day Health Tips:
- Tip #1: In Washington, we are lucky to have access to lots of apples. Did you know that eating a whole, fresh apple takes more calories to digest than you are taking in? The apple also provides fiber, protein, and vitamins A & C, which are important to help keep your body well.
- Tip #2: Many people under-estimate how important a good night’s sleep is for our health. Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night to stay healthy. Lack of adequate sleep can worsen anxiety, depression and diabetes. Not getting enough sleep can also reduce our ability to fight off colds.
- Tip #3: Do you know proper respiratory etiquette? The correct way to cough or sneeze is to use a tissue and then throw it away. If a tissue isn’t nearby, cough or sneeze into your sleeve as an alternative. Don’t forget to always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and, if you aren’t near soap and water, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used instead.
- Tip #4: How healthy are sports drinks? If you are a person who exercises for long periods of time, drinks with some glucose and electrolytes are ok, but for most of us, sports drinks have sugar, calories and other ingredients that aren’t really necessary for our bodies.
- Tip #5: Playing sports is a great way to get exercise and improve your cardiovascular health, bone strength and fitness. You always want to make sure you warm up and loosen your muscles before beginning your work out. Remember to always drink lots and water and most importantly, listen to your body! Most injuries happen simply by ignoring pain.
- Tip #6: This time of the year, tree and grass pollen may leave you feeling like you have a cold. But sneezing, runny nose and itching are all symptoms of seasonal allergies. If you like to work in the yard, wear a mask and shower afterward. Instead of a long hot shower, try a non-drowsy allergy medicine. If none of these tips help talk to your doctor.
- Tip #7: Have you gone online to look up your symptoms and freaked yourself out? If you do use the web to look up health information, be sure to visit reputable sources like the Academies of Pediatrics or Family Medicine. However, there is no substitute for actually talking about your symptoms with your doctor.
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