What is Being Healthy?
To be healthy is to be in a complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being, as well as free from disease or infirmity. Health is the level of functional and metabolic efficiency of the living organism (man).
How do I Maintain Good Health?
Maintaining good health doesn’t happen by accident. It requires work, smart lifestyle choices, and the occasional medical checkup and tests. The following are some tips for healthy living:
- Diet (Eat Well)
An important way to maintain your personal health is to have a healthy diet. A healthy diet includes a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods that provide nutrients to your body. A healthy diet is rich in fiber, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, “good” or unsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids. These dietary components turn down inflammation, which can damage tissue, joints, artery walls, and organs. Going easy on processed foods is another element of healthy eating. Sweets, foods made with highly refined grains, and sugar-sweetened beverages can cause spikes in blood sugar that can lead to early hunger. High blood sugar is linked to the development of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and even dementia.
Your diet should be rich in olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish; low in red meats or processed meat; and includes a moderate amount of cheese and wine.
Also you can quit or minimize smoking and drinking of alcohol.
2. Exercise Your Body
Physical activity is also necessary for good health. It can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancer, depression, and falls. Physical activity improves sleep, endurance, and even sex. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week, such as rope skipping, walking, running, using the gym etc. Choose the activity you enjoy. Strength training, important for balance, bone health, controlling blood sugar, and mobility, is recommended 2-3 times per week.
3. Reduce your Stress
Finding ways to reduce stress is another strategy that can help you stay healthy, given the connection between stress and a variety of disorders. There are many ways to bust stress. Reduce activities that stress you by finding better ways to manage them. Avoid worries and regrets. Try, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, playing on weekends, taking vacations, having sex (if married).
4. Self-Care Strategies (Avoiding Diseases)
Staying healthy requires maintaining habits that avoids diseases. This involves sleeping adequately for at least hours daily. Maintaining cleanliness in our environment, and avoiding infections. Also include personal hygiene practices to prevent infection and illness, such as bathing and washing hands with soap; brushing and flossing teeth; storing, preparing and handling food safely; and many others. Personal health also depends partially on the social structure of a person’s life. The maintenance of strong social relationships, volunteering, and other social activities have been linked to positive mental health and also increased longevity. Protect yourself from excessive sunlight by using sunscreens, hats and long-sleeve shirts. Live
5. See Your Doctors
Finally, establish a good relationship with your eye doctor (optometrist) and a primary care physician. Get regular checks on your eyes and general body. Do visual screening and other screening test like BP measurement, blood sugar test and others.
Try to always live safely!