Smart lifestyle choices are the key to enjoying the most life has to offer. If you’re wondering how you can make a change that is going to make you feel better, these are some things we invite you to consider.
Your Eating Habits. Eating as many natural, unprocessed foods as possible is the first major component of health. Whole grains, fiber-rich foods, and lean meats and fish are the foundation of a well-rounded diet, as well as low-fat dairy products. Maintaining a properly balanced diet of natural foods helps you maintain your weight, ensures you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need, and can help you fight a variety of illnesses.
Get Active. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. Regular exercise, even just a 30-minute walk per day, or at least five days per week, is a great way to be active. Regular exercise maintains heart health, reduces the risk of obesity (which can lead to other health complications), and offers an opportunity to take a mental health break.
Manage Your Stress. Whether we feel the pressure from our work or home life, chronic or accumulated stress over time can quickly degrade our quality of life. Meditation, yoga, exercise, reading, or any other activity that allows you to take a step back and relax will help keep your stress under control, and it’s very important we all find something that works for us.
Kick Harmful Habits. Tobacco products, cigarette smoke, and drugs are all things we should avoid if we want to boost our health. The consumption of alcohol, if you do, should be kept in moderation; binge drinking is not only a poor health choice, it may indicate that there are deeper problems to address.
Wear Sunscreen Daily. Skin cancer is a very real concern for people, as it can afflict anyone, at any age. Wear sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15, and when possible, wear a hat or other SPF-rated clothing when you intend to be in the sun for prolonged amounts of time. Check your skin for concerning discoloration or moles, and have them evaluated by a dermatologist if they change over time.
Women Should Check For Breast Cancer. Women are recommended to perform monthly breast exams. In the shower, place one hand over your head, and with the opposite hand, use two fingers to make small circles as you work around your entire breast, and repeat on the opposite side. You are attempting to feel for any lumps in the breast that may indicate a pose tally cancerous tumor. Women prone to breast cancer should begin receiving yearly mammograms at the age of 35, and those without a family history should begin at 40.
Follow these tips to boost your health, your body and mind will thank you for it.
If you would like to learn more about how you can ensure your health, contact Dr. Gordon C. Gunn MD in Fullerton, CA at 714-912-2211 or visit our website at www.gordongunnm.com for more information regarding women’s health.
Dr. Gordon Gunn proudly serves Buena Park, La Mirada, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Walnut and all surrounding areas.