6 Steps to a Healthier You!
Taken from “To Your Health” magazine
1. Beat the Leading Cause of Death
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, responsible for at least 26% of all deaths. Finding natural ways to reduce your risk of developing heart disease can give you the most years with the people you love. Studies show that Vitamin D can help reduce cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
2. Engage the Body
Physical activity promotes a lean physique, of course, but studies have now identified that regular exercise also has a direct causal role in how long we can live. Physical activity in midlife helps to retain overall health later in life.
3. Slash Inflammation
While acute inflammation is an important way for the body to rid itself of infectious agents, chronic inflammation is often an unhealthy situation that is associated with heart disease, stroke, tye 2 diabetes, arthritis and a host of other afre-related debilitating diseases. Yoga reduces inflammation implicated in stress and premature aging.
4. Excite the Brain
Like your biceps, triceps, etc., the brain is a muscle and must be positively stimulated in order to maintain optimum performance. Challenging the brain improves cognitive function (mental exercises aid cognitive skills).
5. Maintain Healthy Relationships
As social creatures, humans respond positively to interactions with others, and this engagement is now confirmed to boost health and well-being as we age. Strong, functioning relationships benefit overall health.
6. Stay Well-Informed
According to Greek philosopher Diogenes, “The only good is knowledge, and the only evil ignorance.” Given today’s healthcare climate, we each must serve as our own health advocate. Staying well-informed may indeed be the best medicine. The majority of American adults rely on the internet for health information.
How many of these are you participating in on a regular basis?? These aren’t the only 6 ways to maximize your health, but they are a great place to start! There’s never a bad time to sit down and assess your current health and what you can do to improve it, especially when some simple behavior and lifestyle modifications can have a profound impact on your lifespan. Talk to your doctor for more information!