Health care is a big issue in the US, mainly with people focusing on the cost of health care (which is actually hidden from them, but a blog for another day). We can start addressing this issue by doing some simple things without involving the government or the insurance companies. Here is what we can do (before changing any area in your health consult a doctor):
- Eat right
- Get regular checkups
- Wash our friggin hands
Our diets in the US are pathetic when looked at as a whole. We eat too much sugary foods that have too many grams of trans fats and saturated fats. Switching to a diet low with no trans fat, low in saturated fats,Â a good dose of monounsaturated fats, high in lean proteins fiber, high in fiber, with plenty of vegetables (especially green ones) and fresh fruit. When eating bread make sure it is made with low grain and is low in sugar.Â Read the labels and watch out for all that added sugar. Get rid of the soft drinks and energy drinks, just empty calories.
We need to get off of our butts and get some exercise. Aim for 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise. If you can’t do 30 minutes then start lower and word your way up. How many days a week? For moderate exercise do it every day. 30 minutes of brisk walking will do wonders. If you want to do more vigorous exercises then go for it! Mix it up to keep boredom from sitting into your routine. Again, check with a doctor before starting an exercise program. There are so many ways to get exercise that you can find something you enjoy at any age.
Seeing a doctor on a regular basis can spot health issues when they are small and can be treated much easier and cheaper. At your younger ages you can get by not seeing the doctor every year if you healthly or don’t have any pre-existing health conditions. As we get older seeing a doctor at least once a year is good advice. A great way to catch that blood pressure as it starts creeping up and treating it then instead of when you have a heart attack.
Finally it is amazing how many illnesses can be stopped or slowed down just by watching our hands on a regular basis. Doesn’t need to be fancy just 30 seconds with warm soapy water. Needless to see you should be doing this already after using the bathroom or before preparing food.
So what are you waiting for? Go tackle our health issues now!