5 Ways to Protect Your Health
5 Ways to Protect Your Health
Staying healthy has never been more important than it has been today. The good news is, you can live a healthier life with a few simple changes to your lifestyle. As they say, prevention is better than the cure. Here’s how you can protect your health and stay healthy.
1. Boost Your Immune System
Certain types of food have been proven to boost your immune system and keep your body strong. To avoid common sicknesses such as colds or the flu, take a quick trip to your local grocery or palengke and stock up on immune system boosting ingredients such as:
• Citrus fruits – this one is kind of a no-brainer. Citrus fruits are popular immune boosters because they’re rich in Vitamin C, which aids in the production of white blood cells (WBC are what fight off infections in the body). Popular citrus fruits include oranges, dalandan, lemons, limes, suha, and calamansi. Because your body doesn’t produce or store Vitamin C, you need to take it in daily for continued health.
• Red bell peppers – if you think citrus fruits are the only sources of Vitamin C, think again. Red bell pepper is actually a better source of Vitamin C than citrus fruits! They’re also rich in beta carotene that helps keep your eyes and skin healthy.
• Malunggay – malunggay, or moringa as its known in other countries, has been gaining recognition as a super food. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, folate, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Malunggay has been found to be good at treating edema, protecting the liver, and even at fighting certain types of cancer!
2. Get Fit
To stay healthy, you need to get moving. Doctors agree that you need to get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. The good news is you don’t have to sign up for a gym membership to do this! Take the stairs instead of using the elevator or escalator, walk instead of using your car or public transportation, squeeze in a quick workout as soon as you wake up in the morning. You also don’t have to do 30 minutes of activity straight. You can also break it down to more manageable chunks. The important thing is to get moving.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can affect your immune system and make you more susceptible to sicknesses and diseases. Despite your busy schedule, try to get 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep a day to help you (and your body) function at your best.
4. See A Doctor Regularly
Even if you think you’re young and healthy, you’ll still need to see your doctor regularly for check-ups. Once a year should be enough if you’re in your 30s, and more frequently as you grow older. Ask about disease prevention tips and have blood tests taken to make sure everything is normal.
5. Avoid Bad Habits
No matter how healthily you eat and how much you exercise, all of that would be rendered useless if you haven’t given up your bad habits. Avoid smoking or drinking, as much as possible, as these can severely affect your health.
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