Incorporating Preventive Lifestyle Changes into Your Life
posted: May 20, 2022.
You’re only one step away from a healthier you.
We all talk about living a healthier life, but what does that mean? And a better question might even be, “How do we do it?” Everyone’s health needs are unique to their background, habits, environment, and genetics, and it’s important that you find a doctor who understands that and can provide you with the customized, comprehensive care you need. Here are some actionables you can start taking to improve your health and wellbeing today,
Limit Alcohol Consumption
It might seem relaxing to reach for a glass of wine at the end of a long day, but that drink could impact your health. While the occasional glass of wine or drink is fine, in moderation, unfortunately, many Americans are drinking regularly and heavily. Not only does alcohol disrupt sleep, but it can also increase your risk for heart disease and certain cancers, so talk to your doctor about whether quitting alcohol is the best option for your health.
We all know that tobacco can have a detrimental effect on our health. If you are smoking or using tobacco, it’s critical that you quit. Quitting can reverse your risk for heart attack, stroke, certain cancers, etc. If you’re having trouble stopping, turn to your general practitioner, who can provide tips, resources, and support groups that can help.
Find Ways to Manage Stress
Stress is a serious problem and can wreak havoc on our health, so we should be working hard to find ways to combat stress. This might be through exercise, meditation, mindfulness practices, yoga or simply committing to getting a weekly massage. Adaptogens may also be natural solutions to help support your body during stress.
Optimize Your Diet
Many healthcare professionals say that your genetics are the loaded gun, but your nutrition and lifestyle pull the trigger. While you can’t change your genetics, it’s actually a poor diet that could cause certain chronic disorders and conditions to manifest. This is why maintaining a healthy diet is key to a healthy life. A healthy diet avoids junk foods and processed foods and only consumes whole, unprocessed foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats such as seeds, nuts, avocado, and olive oil.
Your doctor isn’t just someone you turn to when you’re sick—they are also there to help you maintain optimal health and wellbeing throughout your life. Call your GP today if you would like to sit down with them to get a comprehensive screening, checkup, and bloodwork to understand your current health status and how to improve it.