BALANCE YOUR HEALTH BALANCE YOUR LIFE
By Jane Sandwood
When it comes to achieving optimal health, you get exactly what you give your body in return. As humans, we strive to achieve happiness, good health, and overall wellness. We want to become the best versions of ourselves rather than the average Joe.
IMPROVE YOUR NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
What you eat plays a strong role on your health. Due to the major advancements in technology, food has changed tremendously – often leading to chronic health problems. While each individual has their own dietary requirements, we must learn to become intuitive ears and listen to our body’s signals in response to various foods.
In addition, it is important to keep your body moving. But that doesn’t mean you need to hit the gym every day. Instead, you can opt to take the stairs, go for a walk around the block, practice regular yoga, or even ride your bike to work. This will strengthen the body and lead to a healthier mind.
MAINTAIN PROPER HYGIENE
You might have heard that proper hygiene is essential for your health and well-being. But how many individuals maintain their oral hygiene on a regular basis? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studies show that on 64% of adults practice regular dental visits. In fact, 95% of adults believe that oral health is critical to optimal wellness. Not only will the condition of your gums and teeth indicate your overall health, it can help prevent many defects and diseases, including gum disease, Diabetes, premature birth, HIV/AIDS, endocarditis, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis.
THE VALUE OF SLEEP
As the holy grail of optimal wellness, sleep is vital for both mental and physical health. Despite its importance, 1 in 3 adults lack enough quality sleep. In fact, only 35% of adults have less than seven hours of sleep during a 24-hour period. Without enough rest, your body will begin to break down and wreak havoc on your fitness progress, metabolism, and hormonal balance. In return, you will experience an increase in appetite, need for caffeine, and become more likely to make poor health choices.
While achieving optimal wellness is vital to a long and healthy life, that does not mean you should stop doing the things you enjoy most. However, it is important to understand the consequences of long nights watching hours of your favorite show on Netflix, eating an entire chocolate cake, and drinking one too many margaritas. As long as you remember that your daily choices matter, you will become more conscious of your habits and ultimately make better choices to achieve optimal health.
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and content manager with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to fitness and nutrition.
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