The world that was there a few thousand years ago, was full of diseases and deaths, and humans barely lived an average life span of 20-30 years. In the modern era, the life expectancy has improved drastically with over 80 years lifespan in developed countries. In India, the life expectancy is a little under 70 years for both males and females. So, this should be a good indicator of health, right?
Not really. While we are living longer than our ancestors, we are plagued with different sort of health issues, which affect the quality of life than its length. Some name them as lifestyle diseases. And, lifestyle diseases aren’t the only things to plague us. Each year we’re inflicted by a different kind of infection that doctors hadn’t even seen before e.g. Ebola, Zika, etc. Then, there is this pollution (air, water, noise, soil, radioactive, and light pollution) ready to engulf our lives into its choking grip. There are just so many diseases that we cannot escape, or can we? Yes, medicines can help. However, most medicines are symptomatic or preventive and don’t really cure the disease.
[su_quote]Prevention is better than cure[/su_quote]
The age-old saying still holds truth and will always. So, the medicines can wait. Before these diseases catch us, we must prepare ourselves for them. So, how do we do it? Recently I came across a #MedsCanWait campaign initiated by Setu and after only reading their blogpost I was inspired to write my own.
This is probably one of the most important steps you must take if you want to keep medicines at bay. Inactivity is the biggest factor in most lifestyle diseases. However, by staying active and working out on a regular basis for a minimum 30-45 minutes daily you will do a lot of good to yourself.
If you have hypertension or prehypertension, exercises help you keep your blood pressure within safer limits. Even simple exercises like running, walking, cycling, rope skipping and swimming work wonders.
You can also supplement your workouts with supplements like Setu pressure pal.
[su_note note_color=”#efefef”]Also read: Top 7 evidence-based methods to protect your heart[/su_note]
Proper nutrition is essential in keeping a good health and saying no to medicines. A lot of diseases are a result of poor diet. Not only should the diet contain all macro and micronutrients, but also in the right amount. Too much and too little are both unhealthy. Carbohydrates, proteins, even fats are essential. And, even more important are vitamins and minerals. A recent buzz is also about antioxidants and dietary fibres, both of which are claimed to enhance your health drastically. While antioxidants flush out toxins and fights against several health issues including cancer, dietary fibres help with weight and gut problems. However, if you’re not getting enough vitamins in your diet, you can always try this multivitamin supplement from Setu
Think beyond weight
While weight might be the root cause of a lot of lifestyle diseases, those are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s essential that you take care of your overall health. Your #MedsCanWait crusade can only be successful when all your body parts and organs are healthy. Some of the tips to take care of your routine health:
- Drink lots of water: Drinking adequate water goes a long way in keeping you healthy. So much so that if you really want to stay healthy minimize any other drink, juices or sodas, or replace them water.
- Never starve yourself: People usually think that dieting is skipping meals. They believe that taking less food will help them lose weight faster. The truth is that this assumption is fully wrong. Not only does it devoid your body of precious nutrients, it also affects your mental health. Haven’t you noticed how hungry people are easily irritated and angered.
- Proper sleep: Adequate sleep is very essential in keeping oneself healthy. Truly, one can only survive a few days or week without sleeping. Not only does sleep repairs your body from wear and tear, it also builds your immunity to fight diseases
- Dental health: Teeth are again important part of our body. Dental health also impacts our confidence and mental health. It’s obvious with poor teeth you can smile, and without a smile you’re inviting a lot of problems. Brush twice daily, before and after a good night’s sleep. Also don’t forget flossing and cleaning your tongue.
- Eye health: Again, eyes are just so important part of us, letting us see the world around us and enabling us to perform normally. You should reduce screen time, as prolonged straining at screen wears your eyes out and expose you to harmful radiations. Use screen filters for the time you cannot avoid a screen. Wear sunglasses when going out in the sun. You can also make use of Setu’s Lutein + Zeaxanthin combo.
- Skin care: A lot of health issues begin with skin. A simple hand wash can go a long way in preventing many diseases, skin or systemic infections. Proper hygiene is a must, but you should also make use of skin care products to keep your skin healthy. Always use sunscreen protection when going out in the sun.
Health is an important aspect of our lives. If you’re not healthy, life seems incomplete. It’s important that you care for your health. Simple steps incorporated in your routine can help you keep fit and make you consume less medicines. If you’re in support of #MedsCanWait crusade by Setu health supplements, make sure to leave a comment below and tell us how you’re keeping yourself fit.