At some point in your life you’ve probably heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Although a cute and catchy phrase, I can not vouch for this infamous health claim. But what I will do is give you 8 ways to maintain a clean bill of health – which essentially has a lot to do with your everyday lifestyle choices. So read on… and always remember, your health is your wealth!
Stay away greasy fried foods and fast food. Processed foods are packed with sodium and chemicals that are used to preserve it. Develop nutritious eating habits and find healthy foods that you actually enjoy. By making better food choices, you can lower cholesterol, lose weight and possibly even avoid diseases and illnesses linked to unhealthy foods.
Practice Safe Sex.
That’s right, strap it up. Or make HIM strap it up if you are a woman. Or just don’t do it at all. In this day and age, you don’t want to get caught out there playing Russian Roulette with your life. If you are going to do the deed, use latex condoms to protect yourself from catching nasty sexually transmitted diseases.
Studies have shown that regular exercise significantly increases life expectancy and improves overall health. Need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A physical workout or a 30-minute walk can help improve your mood and assist you in losing weight and/or toning your body.
For some of us, this is easier said than done. But you if avoid smoking tobacco products and recreational drugs (ahem think TI and Tiny), your lungs will be the first ones to thank you. Diseases caused from smoking such as emphysema, mouth, throat and lung cancer and heart disease cause over 440,000 deaths in the United States every year.
Get Screened For Cancer.
If you are a woman, be sure to get regular pap smears since cancer of the cervix can be detected by routine testing. If you are over 50, you should be getting screened for colorectal cancer and prostate cancer (for men only). If you notice any unusual changes going on with your body, consult with your physician.
Get Your Shots.
Most American doctors recommend that adults need a Tentanus Booster about every 10 years. There are also other voluntary shots that may be beneficial to you, such as the flu shot, that can help prevent illnesses you can contract from having normal day to day contact with people.
Lay Off The Booze.
Too much alcohol intake can damage your liver and contribute to illnesses such as cancer. Not to mention, because alcohol can affect your ability to make decisions, you might find yourself a victim in incidents such as drunk-texting (yes, this can be scary the next day) fights, car accidents, murders and rape. If you are going to drink, do it in moderation. This means no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy.
I definitely ‘borrowed’ that line from the infamous Bobby McFerrin reggae classic, but what I mean is to avoid stress at all cost and learn how to manage it. Stress is one of the #1 causes of several diseases that can be harmful to your health. So cut off all drama out of your life and save it all for reality TV. Avoid stressful situations, aggravating annoying people and surround yourself with greatness!