Your health should be an issue that is always a top priority. That is why it is strange that many of us do not actively do things to prevent any health issues occurring. Instead, we do what we need to fix the problems when they arise. Although you cannot prevent all health issues, there are things that you can do to ensure that your body and your immune system are in the best possible condition to fight anything that does come along. Here are a few ways that you can help to keep your health in check:
Regular Medical Checkups
Regular health check-ups with your GP is something that can benefit you. Attending regular check-ups will allow you and your doctor to keep track of your health. They will be able to do simple things, like check your height, weight and blood pressure, to ensure there are no sudden significant changes that could be something to worry about. They can check for any health problems so that treatment can be given at an early stage, which is important when it comes to hereditary family conditions and critical conditions like cancer. Your doctor can also provide you with advice on what you should be doing in terms of diet and exercise if they are concerned that you aren’t doing enough.
If your health check-up involves a blood test, your doctor will be able to tell you if you are getting enough of the right vitamins. If you are deficient in something, your doctor will be able to prescribe or advise you on what vitamins to take before any adverse side effects can start to take effect. Blood tests are also an excellent way to check for any issues going on with the body and check the function of essential body organs.
Getting regular check-ups is important because they can help prevent health issues, or catch them at a very early stage. Taking the time to go for a check-up regularly, can reduce the amount of time and treatment you may have had to go through if you had got diagnosed at a later date. The frequency at which you should have a medical check-up will vary from person to person, but many people go once or twice a year.
Regular Dental Checkups
It is advised that you visit your dentist every six months for a check-up. Dental check-ups help to keep a record of your teeth and gums so that any problems can be prevented or fixed at an early stage before the problem gets more serious. Having a dental cleaning will help to remove any buildup of plaque from areas you have missed during brushing, which will help to prevent cavities from occurring. They will also give you an x-ray of your teeth and jaw so that they can diagnose any unseen issues with your teeth. Ensure you keep your gums and teeth healthy by regularly visiting your dentist.
Regular exercise is something that you are told is important from an early age. It is especially important to make sure that you are making a conscious effort to exercise in the present day as more and more people work office jobs that do not require any physical labour. Although it can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise, regular exercise can have so many benefits for both your physical and mental health. It may not be possible for some people to do intense gym workouts, but doing things to ensure that you are more active can still benefit you. Whether you choose to go on walks or go to gym classes, the important thing is that you are getting active.
Regular exercise can reduce your risk of having a heart attack, getting type 2 diabetes and some cancers. It can lower your blood pressure, and make you feel better in yourself. There are a whole lot of benefits that make regular exercise worth it.
A balanced diet
A balanced diet can provide us with all the vitamins and nutrients we need to feel healthy and well. Although we may not be able to get all of the vitamins we need from our diet, consciously making the healthier choice will mean that we are getting most of them. It is easy to buy processed food but eating healthily and incorporating some superfoods into your diet, can give you more energy, a better immune system, make it easier to sleep and enable you to focus for longer. Eating healthy doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself every now and then, just that everything should be in moderation. A balanced diet paired with regular exercise can make you feel like a healthier, happier person!
Taking vitamins can be a great top-up to the nutrients you get from your diet, although you should not only rely on vitamins. If you do choose to take vitamins, make sure that you do not exceed the maximum dose.
Vitamin D is often one that people need because during the autumn and winter it can be difficult to get all the vitamin D you need from what you eat and drink, and you cannot rely on the sun, like in the spring and summer, because it is too weak.
Pregnant women especially benefit from taking vitamins such as folic acid as it can help prevent neural tube defects in the foetus.
Be well informed
There are many things about the human body and health that science has yet to make discoveries about, but those simple health things that it has, you should try to be informed about. Here are a few useful things to know about:
- How to check for the signs and symptoms of breast cancer
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women, and it can also affect men. Knowing how to check your breasts and making sure you do it regularly, will mean that if you do notice anything that you think is strange, that you can go and get it checked out quickly. Being able to identify abnormalities will increase the likelihood of early diagnosis and successful treatment.
- Prevention is key when it comes to sexual health
STI vs STD is the question many people ask when we talk about sexual health, but the more important question we should all know the answer to is, how do we prevent ourselves from getting them? One of the ways that most people know about is through the use of a condom. The condom, when used correctly, can act as a barrier to prevent the transmission of bacteria or viruses during sex, preventing you from catching any STIs or STDs.
The other method of prevention is to ensure that you and your partner(s) get regular sexual health screenings so that you know you have the all-clear, or so you get access to the right treatment for you.
- Know your family’s medical history
If possible, you should be aware of your family’s medical history. This will mean that, for certain conditions, you will be able to make yourself aware of any symptoms for hereditary conditions and any ways that you can reduce the risk of you getting the condition. It is also useful knowledge to be able to inform your doctor of.
Sometimes the things we have to do to keep our health in check can feel like a chore, but finding ways that we can make them fun, and doing them for long enough to feel the benefit, will make it worth it in the long run.
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