Diet is so incredibly important. When we eat we give our body the natural resources it needs to grow, regenerate, avoid and fight diseases. Not having the right balance of vitamins and minerals is one of the leading causes of illness. You want to be getting your five a day and eating a well-balanced diet. You also need to make sure you are drinking more water – nearly 1/3 of us are dehydrated thanks to a reliance on sugary drinks over water.
Sleep is your body’s chance to rest and recuperate. 60% of people do not get enough sleep to actually recover from their day. This is one of the most detrimental long term problems and is linked to depression, anxiety, fatigue, headaches and stress amongst other things. Try and establish a regular wake up and bed time and get more exercise – not using energy means that your body is not tired so you cannot sleep correctly. If after several months of trying if you are still struggling to sleep visit a doctor to seek treatment for sleep disorders.
Improve your Oral Hygiene
Your oral hygiene is just as important as the rest of your health. Around 55% of people do not brush twice a day and 20% of us don’t visit the dentist. Aside from cavities and toothache poor oral hygiene can lead to a huge number of problems including tooth loss, bad breath, gingivitis, oral cancer and serious infections. Brushing your teeth twice a day is the bear minimum requirement but you should also floss, use mouthwash, cut down on sugar and make sure you visit the dentist at least twice a year.
Exercise helps keep your body healthy in so many ways. In our often sedentary lifestyles we should be aiming for a minimum of 30 minutes exercise 3 times a week – ideally more! Working this into your lifestyle can be problematic but you can always do ten minutes every morning (a great way to wake up for the day) or join a local sports club or gym. Exercise has been proven to improve sleep, concentration and prevents a huge variety of illnesses.
Keep your Brain Active
Your brain is the most integral part of your health. Everything on this list affects your mood, your well-being and your ability to fight illness. An active brain has been shown to stave off a huge variety of later life diseases including Alzheimer’s. Keeping your brain active improves your concentration and helps your immune system.
Alex Mungo, is a writer specialising in health and dental issues.