The life of the modern woman is busy. You may think you don't have time to take care of yourself. Eating well and exercising seem like luxuries you simply can't afford. However, taking care of your health can actually make facing life's challenges a lot easier. What's more, taking steps to change your health habits for the better can be quite empowering. Here are 5 simple steps you can take in order to take charge of your health and get on the right track toward better living.
Vary Your Diet
Eating a variety of healthy, natural foods is a great way to make sure you're getting the recommended amount of nutrients your body needs to function at its prime. You don't want to eat to excess. What you want is to add different types of foods to your diet. Aim to increase your intake of things like green and yellow vegetables, oatmeal, nuts, fish and whole grains. Maintain portion control. Avoid transfats in packaged foods. Use olive oil, a mono-unsaturated fat, instead of vegetable oil. Also, lower your intake of saturated fat, which is in whole fat dairy products and red meat.
Drink in Moderation
Small amounts of alcohol each day can actually have beneficial effects on the lipids in your blood. Just drink to a moderate level in order to avoid the hazards associated with inebriation and excess alcohol consumption. Poor decision making is a hallmark of being intoxicated, and long-term alcohol exposure can lead to harmful health effects like liver malfunction.
Even small changes in the amount of physical activity you get each day can have big results on your life and overall health. Find ways to incorporate exercise into your routine each day. You don't have to join a gym. You can make changes such as walking or biking to work and taking the stairs. Even a short 20-minute walk to begin or end each day is worth doing.
Get Health Screenings
Health screenings or tests can be a lifesaver, but not everyone makes sure to get them regularly. Keeping up with routine screenings is a step that can literally be life saving. Communicate often with your physician to ensure that you are up-to-date on some of the most important screenings such as blood pressure monitoring, cholesterol levels, glaucoma screening, mammogram, blood sugar check for diabetes and PAP smears.
Seek Reliable Sources
Finally, taking time to be sure you are getting your health information from reliable sources is one of the easiest and smartest things you can do for yourself. Misinformation abounds these days thanks to the ease of communication online. If you hear a piece of health-related information on a social network or blog and are not 100% sure if it's true, take a moment to verify it with a reliable source like WebMD, the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example.
This is a mere handful of ways you can take charge of your own health. Talk to your doctor about additional ways to empower yourself and take control of your life.
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