Aren’t you tired of lists? I am. But sometimes we all need one to remind us how to stay on track so that we live the 100 years available to us today! In no particular order, unless noted, are what current physicians are suggesting are the top ten medical tips that anyone can do:
1. Get a good night’s sleep! How easy is this? It’s free! Getting a good night’s sleep is probably the number one best tip you can do for yourself. A rested person is more active the next day, leading to better weight control, stress, and productivity. The results cannot be overstated.
2. Do you really need to eat that? Ask yourself this whenever you are holding that biggie fry box or 3rd donut? Really? Portion control is key. Don’t deprive yourself; you don’t need a nutritionist to tell you that 6 slices of pizza are probably more than you need!
3. Exercise. You know this! There are maybe two buildings in Buncombe County where you may need the elevator! The rest you can take the stairs. And please, taking the elevator down two flights! Walk, step, climb, do these little things daily, they add up!
4. See your healthcare provider regularly. You get your car serviced so as not to spend $$$ on repairs, right. Treat your body the same. Blood pressure, blood sugar, cancer screenings, etc. save lives. You take your pet to the vet for these things; take yourself to your physician so you are around to take care of that family.
5. Sun. Yeah, it is fun, but deadly. There is no such thing as a “healthy” tan. And we are too far north for the sun to do much for us as far as Vitamin D, you need diet and supplements for that.
6. Stress. Do you really need to be checking work emails all day long? Are you getting paid for that? Whatever the cause, find a way to isolate what it is that stresses you, deal with it best you can, then leave it till tomorrow!
7. Smoking. Duh.
8. Drinking, in moderation.
9. Seatbelts. Always, before backing out of the driveway. I’ve been over Sunset Mountain 40 yards from home, wasn’t pretty hanging upside down, thank goodness for the belt.
10. Internal health. Make sure you are optimized from a weight, exercise, nutritional, and hormonal perspective. Your hormones play an essential role, and today we have real human enhancements. Be sure your tank is full and optimal.
You can find out more about Dr. George Ibrahim and the team on the Asheville Health Span MD Website.