To date in the developed world, life expectancy is high. In some countries, it has become so high that they fear in the next decade that they would be faced with an aging population. Living a long life is everyone’s desire but most persons will prefer to die if their lives are not enriched and if they are not healthy. Despite an increase in life expectancy in some countries, people are still dying from health related causes that could be avoided.
Diet is one of the most important factors to consider when managing your health. You cannot under any circumstance expect to live a long, healthy life if your body is not being fed essential vitamins and minerals. People are buying organic fruits, vegetables, meats and other products because studies have actually shown that genetically modified foods and even the chemicals used in agriculture can have negative effects on our bodies. Nothing is wrong with going organic but organic foods are actually significantly more expensive. If you cannot afford organic, start off simply by having three balanced meals a day.
Exercise can reduce your risk of developing a disease like cancer, diabetes, hypertension and even strokes and heart attacks significantly. Diet is important but it needs to be combined with exercise to yield significant results. Exercise doesn’t only keep the body active, blood flowing and increases your oxygen in taking but it has the power to significantly reduce stress. Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated; speed walking, jogging or even using an elliptical machine a few hours a week can improve your life.
Yearly Check Ups
Regular checkups are important. Persons have often reported that they may have gone to do their annual medical and the doctor discovered a blood clot or clogged artery and they were immediately rushed to surgery. If these persons had not visited their doctors, chances are that they could have been dead. The thing is whilst diet and exercise are all preventative methods, sometimes you can’t out exercise or out eat your genetics and only medicine can help. Be sure to visit your doctor regularly. Chances of surviving a disease are actually increased when it is discovered early. So if you’re afraid of doctors and well even dentists, too bad. If you want a healthy life, you have to visit these practitioners often.
Rest and Relaxation
Stress can cause diseases and that is why it is so important to engage in rest and relaxation. Even if you can’t afford to travel, you are entitled to vacation days. Don’t work during your vacation. Even if you’re on vacation and have some things to do, it is important to take at least a day to rest, reflect and relax. Take your vacation days; even take your sick days when you are ill. You are not doing anyone any favors by going to work ill because you are unproductive and may spread your germ to your co-workers. Further R&R is important because you must have both a healthy body and mind.