7 Ways to take preventative health action today!

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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How would your life be different if you learned how to prevent your health issues instead of needing to treat them?

Would that improve the quality of your life?

Have you ever thought about why medications prescribed to treat health issues have so many side effects (often worse than the issue itself)? Or why do you have to jump so many hoops to receive preventative health care?

Or why do insurance companies pay for medication to "treat" or at least "manage" health problems once you already have them? Yet, you have to pay out of pocket for vitamins, minerals, and other supplements known to prevent the issues.

Or how about the many commercials promoting unhealthy processed foods and very few (if any) commercials promoting whole foods?

We have a world full of solutions to "fix" our problems.

Need to lose weight? There's a diet for that.

High blood pressure? There's a medication for that.

Can't sleep? There's a pill for that.

Tired all the time? There's a drink for that.

The bottom line is we are overwhelmed with solutions to our problems but left to our own devices to prevent them in the first place.

I don't know about you, but that seems backward to me.

I'll let you in on a secret. Healthy people generate less income for our health, pharmaceutical, and insurance system.

But I'm not here to bag on those institutions; we need them. They serve a purpose: without them, we would be dead, broke, or both.

What I'm talking about is the underused, under-educated matter of PREVENTION.

Luckily we live in a world where we have pharmaceuticals and health care to treat us in the event of health issues. But what if you didn't have the problems to treat in the first place?

Simple changes to your routine can dramatically improve your physical and mental health, add years to your life, prevent loss of income from time off work due to illness, and much more.

So, what are those preventative changes you can take?

*Move your body daily. No matter the intensity, exercise can help increase your metabolism and boost your mood, sleep, and cardiovascular health. In addition, daily exercise is a great way to stay active and ensure you get your blood circulating.

*Get your sleep. Significant studies show that the amount and quality of sleep you get are as essential to your health as exercise and nutrition. Poor sleep patterns significantly increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, depression, and more. The optimal amount is 7-8 hours.

*Manage your stress. High levels of stress increase cortisol in your body, and high levels of cortisol lead to high visceral fat levels, the fat that surrounds your organs and is the most dangerous, increasing your risk for disease. Poorly managed stress can also lead to hypertension, aka high blood pressure. Meditation, exercise, journaling, and time outs are some of my favorite stress management methods.

*Consume quality nutrition. Food can be medicine or poison. What you put into your body matters; I'm not just talking about calories. Choosing more whole foods, organic whenever possible, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, legumes, nuts, and seeds will do wonders for your health, energy, digestion, waistline, and so much more. Minimize and eliminate processed foods as much as possible. The easiest way to spot processed food is if it comes in a bag, can, or box. The food we eat even affects our mood.
The gut-brain connection is vast and very important to recognize and understand.

*Drink your water! Poor hydration leads to feeling sluggish, hungry even when you aren't, tired, poor digestion, and more. Ensuring you drink plenty of water, about half your body weight in ounces daily, is a great place to start.

*Surround yourself with others. Community is an often overlooked, underutilized area of health. Surrounding yourself with other like-minded, positive people can improve your sense of self-worth, happiness, motivation, and energy. Humans are designed to be in connection with others. Studies show that companionship can increase your lifespan. Never underestimate the power of relationships.

*Take your supplements. I know some of you are doubters of the effectiveness or usefulness of supplements, and you have good reason to be so. Many companies will claim benefits or quality of their products without the testing and verification to properly back the claims up. In addition, what your spouse needs to supplement may differ from what you need. Seeing a nutrition coach or having a blood test done to check the vitamins and minerals you may lack is a great place to start. Specific diets, such as vegan and vegetarian, may also require different supplementation. Whenever you choose supplements, look for the USP certification and check the ingredients for artificial sweeteners and additives. As always, check with your doctor before starting any new supplements that may interfere with medications.

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Hi, I Am Jaime Duggan

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Your dedicated healthy lifestyle coach and certified personal trainer. I'm here to guide you through a transformative journey of wellness, offering personalized strategies for proper nourishment, effective exercise, and quality rest. Beyond the scale, we'll focus on holistic well-being, emphasizing sustainable, empowering habits for a happier life. I cherish family time, wholesome cooking, joyful physical activities, and reading, which fuel my own health journey. Ready to become your best self? Let's embrace this wellness journey together!

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