6 Top Tips for a Healthy Future
A Guest Post By Amber Paley
Take Care of Your Skin
Properly maintaining your skin isn’t just about vanity, it’s also about your health. Your skin provides protection to your body; it protects our internal body, controls our body’s temperature, and keeps substances harmful to our body from entering it. Given that, it is imperative that we keep our skin healthy. Ask any dermatologist how to maintain healthy skin and they’ll tell you this: LOTS OF SUNSCREEN and moisturizer. Sunscreen usage is key to maintaining healthy skin and it prevents skin cancers. Moisturizer helps replenish your skin, especially your top layer (the epidermis), and the layer of oil, i.e. the stratum corneum, that protects the epidermis. As we get older, our skin thins and becomes less protective to our bodies; it is thus important that we keep it as healthy as possible.
This is one of those tips you hear constantly, but that’s because it is fundamental to your health. Your eating habits now are key to your health later. Eating meals high in fat causes the buildup of plague in your arteries. Imagine a sink drain with small amounts of cement being poured down it over time; that’s what the buildup of arteries looks like. However, avoid diets and the word, “diet.” You must make long-term life changes, not short-term, temporary ones. And be realistic; indulge in moderation every now and then so that you do not fall into bad eating habits due to depriving yourself of the foods you love.
Again this is one of those repetitive tips, but cardiovascular health and adequate muscles are important to your health later on. Staying active keeps your heart, arteries, and veins remain healthy, which are all integral to your health; not maintaining these organs and veins can lead to heart attacks and general heart problems, strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and so on. Staying active doesn’t have to mean a 3 hour work out every single day. Being active at least 30 minutes every day, however, is suggested by health professionals. That 30 minutes doesn’t have to be intensive; things like walking your dog, riding your bike to lunch, gardening, cleaning, etc. are everyday activities that keep you moving. Additionally, as we age, our muscles weaken. Maintaining sufficient muscle, and thus strength, will ensure you remain stronger, longer.
Stress is known to lead to heart disease, weight gain, high blood pressure, sleep disorders, diabetes, strokes, ulcers, nervous breakdowns, and drug abuse; a report this year even suggested that stress damages our DNA. As we all know, lack of sleep and being overweight lead to even more health problems. It is imperative that we find ways to reduce our stress levels. Exercising, engaging in hobbies, meditating, and keeping organized are just a few ways to reduce stress levels.
Exercise Your Mind
As we age, our memory shortens, and dementia and other ailments can become a threat. It is important that we exercise our minds now and in the future. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, reading, writing, etc. are great ways to exercise your mind. Additionally, exercising the side of your brain that you don’t usually use is important. You can, for instance, practice writing with your left hand if you’re right handed (or vice-versa) to engage that less utilized side of the brain.
Know Which Supplements to Take
It has been found that relying on multi-vitamins can be a waste of time and money; some 75 percent of these vitamins are rejected by our kidneys, and our money and health hopes literally go down the toilet. Eating a balanced diet, unless you need supplements for health issues or are a vegetarian, is the best way to get your vitamins. However, other supplements can be worth it if you choose the proper ones. For instance, fish oil is known to help strengthen your memory and lower cholesterol. But you must buy fish oil with the correct Omega 3s, such as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid); many of these supplements do not have the ingredients necessary for you to actually benefit from consuming them.
Amber Paley is a guest post and article writer bringing to us health tips we can use now to ensure a healthy future.
Additionally, Amber spends time writing about nursing home abuse lawyers.