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It’s not out of the ordinary to ask for health advice or to seek out help from other people about health. They may have some words of encouragement and may provide some council, however, the truth is… health really isn’t so black and white.
Despite the vast advances in technology and medicine, doctors are still making educated guesses as to what is ailing us. Doctors are still playing the probabilities game as their method of diagnosis as opposed to being able to immediately provide accurate information.
We can’t blame doctors for not knowing exactly what we have when we get sick, however, treatment of sick people is different than prevention. The same applies to our health as well.
Based on a mass amount of info doctors have gathered from epidemiological research, staying healthy is actually pretty simple, unlike a diagnosis.
Of course, much like anything in life, there is no shortcut to good health. There simply are habits that you have to practice on a daily basis. If you can manage to do these things every day, you’ll be in a better life.
The first on the list is getting enough sleep. It’s recommended to get about 7 to 9 hours, but it depends on the individual. Ideally, you want to have enough sleep that you wake up feeling refreshed.
Secondly, you want to be moving your body during the day. It can be difficult if you work at a desk all day, but it does you some good to get out of your chair and stretch every hour. Do yourself a favor and go for a walk or a bike ride. Some other things to consider is taking 15 minutes to do various stretches.
Thirdly on the list is to be eating well. Michael Pollan proposed that we eat a healthy assortment of foods. Specifically, the diet he proposes here suggests that our diet should be primarily comprised of plants. Not that many of actually follow that, though…it’s always beneficial to eat more vegetables and low-sugar fruits.
Fourth, it’s important that we get some form of social interaction. Isolation on a regular basis has some drawback to our health but it also affects our mind and our soul too. At the same time being alone does have its benefits as well, so long as you’re not making excuses to avoid people.
Lastly, spend some time reflecting on your day and even write down what you are grateful for. A lot of us don’t keep our spirits high nor devote time to tell ourselves what good thing happened to us.
These sorts of things, in the end, are quite simple to do in our lives and don’t take much of our time. Furthermore, other countries have employed all of the things that were discussed above. Communities that have employed these are often called Blue Zones. It’s all outlined in a series of books. If you’ve never heard of Blue Zones before these are places where people live the longest, but are also the healthiest. It’s not out of the ordinary for people in those communities to live well past 100 years old.
Some of these Blue Zones are places like Okinawa, Japan, Ikaria, Greece, and Sardinia, Italy. In these places, the preventative medicines that we take are simply baked into their daily lives without much thought. Not to mention there aren’t as severe repercussions to them. They have daily activities where they live off local plants, walk to most areas and have many areas for indulging in conversation.
Do as the people in these blue zones do– surely you will be in a healthier life.