Your health is undoubtedly one of the most important things that you need to take care of. Sadly, it’s also something that often gets neglected. So if you find yourself taking your health for granted, you may be overdue for a change in lifestyle and habits. Thankfully, these need not be drastic and can even be accomplished with a few minor adjustments.
Mind your healthcare.
Of course, a very crucial component of staying healthy is having the right healthcare coverage to help you stay on top of your physical well-being. It’s a good idea, therefore, to take stock of your healthcare coverage to see if you are, indeed, getting the support that you need.
With open enrollment currently ongoing, seniors have the opportunity to switch to a Medicare Advantage plan for more comprehensive coverage, such as Aetna’s offering, which not only provides expanded prescription, vision, and dental coverage but also access to wellness programs.
Mind your weight.
These days, we hear a lot about body positivity. However, a huge boost in self-esteem is moot when you’re overweight and unhealthy. The reasons for this are well-known and scientifically backed. First, being overweight makes you predisposed to a multitude of medical issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Not only that, but excess weight also harms your bones and joints, as well as your immune and reproductive systems.
Indeed, knowing your optimum weight and sticking to it is crucial for your health. This, of course, starts with good nutrition, so know that being mindful of what you eat is just as important as how much you eat. You also need to incorporate regular exercise, which, as a bonus, also offers added benefits like increased energy and better sleep.
Mind your hair.
Now, when it comes to good health, you might be surprised to know that your hair matters. In fact, the health of your hair can be a foolproof indication of how healthy the rest of your body is. Case in point: Hair loss has been known to indicate hormonal imbalance, thyroid conditions, and more.
With that said, it’s a good idea to pay attention to your hair health. Be mindful of symptoms such as an itchy scalp and losing an excessive amount of hair. Adopting healthy hair habits is also recommended, including avoiding intense heat and overbrushing, as well as getting regular haircuts and deep conditioning regularly, to name just a few.
Mind your skin.
Similar to your hair, your skin also communicates underlying health problems. It’s just as crucial, therefore, to be mindful of any skin conditions that might occur, such as rashes, patches, discolorations, and growths, as these could be signs of anything from diabetes to cancer to a plethora of deficiencies. Even seemingly innocuous skin dryness could be indicative of alarming conditions like high blood pressure or kidney problems.
Mind your habits.
Another great way to ensure your good health from head to toe is by incorporating good habits into your life. This can be anything from choosing to take the stairs to opt for water over soda. Even being mindful of nail hygiene for both your finger- and toenails can be beneficial.
Similarly, eschewing bad habits is also essential. While this, of course, includes the obvious like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, you also need to make some changes when you’re not getting enough sleep, as well as pay more attention to your oral hygiene, late-night snacking, and even the shoes you wear.
Needless to say, how much attention you give your health increases your capacity to live the life you want. So consider these strategies for optimum health.
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Author Jennifer McGregor