Life-changing Advice from Doctors and Health Experts
In an era of excessive fast-food consumption and exercise deprivation, the decline in physical and psychological health is a cause of alarm in the millennial generation. Eating intelligently, getting enough exercise and inculcating a positive outlook are some of the crucial lifestyle changes that doctors and health experts stress upon. Here are a few tips to keep your mind and body in perfect shape:-
Take Fewer Antibiotics
Regular usage of antibiotics has adverse effects on the body’s immune system. They negatively impact your gut bacteria, which helps to regulate digestion and blood sugar. Excessive usage of antibiotics causes weight gain which can be taxing on your heart and lead to high cholesterol levels. Take antibiotics only when necessary and under doctor’s advice.
Keep an Eye on Vitamin D levels
Vitamin D deficiency leads to deterioration in bone strength. Vitamin D shortage is the leading cause of osteoporosis and heart disease. Exposure to sufficient sunlight enhances Vitamin D levels and this helps in effective muscle function and can prevent prostate, colon and breast cancer.
Exercising regularly revitalizes the neural circuits in the brain and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A healthy brain is the core of a well-functioning body. Take up running, cycling and maybe even swimming to keep your body and mind as healthy as possible.
Learn How to Rest
Not getting enough sleep can make your tired and wound up. It is only natural that your brain needs an ample amount of rest after work. You cellular mechanisms heal when you’re sleeping. Not getting enough sleep will lead to early age burn-out. On average, a healthy human body needs a minimum of 6 hours of sleep daily.
Consume food in moderation
Consume food as you do medicines. Finding the right balance in your dietary habits is the key to a long healthy life. Consume vegetables and proteins on an even basis. Eating fast food once in a while is fine, but going overboard will cause health complications.
Unnecessary worrying does not solve anything. Put your focus on things that you have control over, like exercising, proper diet and regular sleep regimen. Stop worrying about the what-ifs. Train your mind to be positive and do not riddle yourself with anxiety about things which haven’t even happened yet.
Eat Smartly Between Meals
Having a few meals at scheduled intervals helps in calorie management and aids in better blood sugar control. Unhealthy snacking between meals is a huge contributor to weight gain which does not solve the purpose of maintaining a healthy heart. Learn to control hunger urges between meals. Keeping yourself hydrated will reduce your inclination to raid the fridge for a quick snack.
You will be well on your way to perfect health if you follow these tips in a disciplined way. These simple steps can go a long way to improve your general wellbeing. Remember, to lead a healthy life, don’t just focus on the foods you consume. Sleep, exercise and being socially active are equally important.
Dr. Rishab Sharma
Dr. Rishab Sharma MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) He is associated with Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur. Dr. Rishab has wide experience in managing a variety of diseases, as well as managing critical care units in large government and corporate hospitals.