You’ve heard it before “health is wealth”. The human body is a very complex machine and just like every other machine, it needs proper care and maintenance. The little things we do to our bodies matter. From the food we eat to what we drink, the thoughts we feed our minds etc. Have you often wondered how you can take proper care of your body? Look no further as this list highlights ways to improve health in your 20’s.
Think of the body as an egg. Like an egg is always protected so it doesn’t crack, so does the human body need even more protection and care.
The body has several organs and systems which must always work together to ensure homeostasis. Think of the value of the teeth, when the teeth are absent, you cannot chew food and therefore this makes feeding difficult. The same goes for every single organs of the human body.
Going by the basic high school biology, we are made up of cells which are the basic unit of life. Cells aggregate together to form tissues and tissues make organs and organs make system. There are several systems of the body which are: respiratory system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, nervous system, renal and urinary system, immune system etc.
All these systems of the body must work together to ensure that even in our 40’s, 50’s, and older ages, we remain healthy and strong. What are those things you can do in your 20’s to ensure that you remain healthy and strong? I’ve made it easy for you. Here are list of ways to improve your health.
The benefit of exercise cannot be overstated. Regular exercise has several benefits which include: making you feel happier, boosting a positive self image, make you lose weight, help skin health, reduce the risk of several chronic diseases etc. Read more about the Amazing benefits of exercise.
Just like with exercise, nutrition plays a huge role in living a healthy life. Eating right can help boost your life span, make you look good and also feel good. You are what you eat. Check out how to improve your health.
Limit salt intake
Too much salt can put you at risk for hypertension or even hypernatremia (excess sodium in the blood). For those already diagnosed with hypertension, limiting your salt intake can improve your blood pressure. In addition too much salt can cause bloating. If you have a huge belly, reducing your salt intake is something you may want to consider.
Reduce alcohol intake
Excessive alcohol is toxic to a lot of organs in our body from the skin to the liver. Dietary guidelines for Americans recommends that if alcohol is consumed, it should be one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
Limit sugar intake
Diabetes is a multi-organ disease. It’s a frequent cause of death and disability. Limiting your sugar intake can help prevent diabetes and improve your sugar levels if you have already been diagnosed.
Protect your skin from the harmful radiation of the sun
The sun is not your friend, well to some extent because we need vitamin D. It is essential to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays of the sun because these radiations can put you at risk for skin cancer. Always use SPF (sunscreen) to protect yourself irrespective of your race or skin complexion.
Get enough sleep
We all need to rest our bodies and minds. Sleep avails us the much need rest. Try to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep. Read more about how to get the perfect sleep every night.
Quit smoking or never pick up smoking
It’s no news that smoking is bad for the lungs but asides that smoking affects other organs of the body like the skin by causing premature aging. It also affects the reproductive organs especially in males. Do you want to quit smoking? Read about how to quit smoking.
Protect your mental health
In as much as your physical health is important, so is your mental health.Your mental health affects how you feel, think, and act. It affects how we live our day to day life. So as we strive to protect our bodies from physical illnesses, we should also protect our minds from mental illnesses.
Check your blood pressure
Checking your blood pressure regularly can help prevent hypertension or control it if you have already been diagnosed.
Check your blood sugar levels
Checking your blood sugar regularly can help you prevent diabetes or control it if the diagnosis of diabetes has already been made.
Drink a lot it water
Our body needs about 6l of water a day for proper body function. Adequate fluid consumption can help prevent dehydration, help skin rejuvenation, protect kidney health etc.
Use a condom and take better sexual health precautions
There are several ways to improve sexual health but it’s important to limit the number of sexual partners and avoid unprotected sex.
Be mindful of your posture
Your body posture is very important from the way you sit to the way you walk. Maintaining a good posture can help prevent musculoskeletal issues as you age.
De- stress regularly
Stress is bad for our health so it is important for us to find healthy coping strategies for stress. Alway make room for things you enjoy and avoid burnout. Do you want to know how you can manage stress effectively? read more about stress and how to manage it.
We all want to better our lives and be the best version of ourselves at all times but most of us do not know how to achieve these because we have some bad habits that have permanently become a part of us. I’m sure when the year started, Most of us had plans to change certain areas of our lives and it’s been 4 months into the year and there isn’t much difference from our older selves. There is still time to make amends and become that best version of yourself and you can do this by making little changes in different areas of your life. Click here to read 9 good habits that leads to a better life.
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