We all know the basics of what we should be doing to have a healthier lifestyle. The messages about stopping smoking, eating a healthy balanced diet and taking regular exercise are getting through, but there is always more that can be done to improve our lifestyles and keep us healthy.
There is a huge misunderstanding around how much alcohol is healthy to drink and the stark truth is that we are all still drinking too much. Everyone should aim to have two or three alcohol-free days per week, and on the other days drink no more than four units on any one day. Cutting down on alcohol lowers your calorie intake and also reduces your risk of conditions such as liver disease, certain types of cancer and lowers your blood pressure too.
The non-stop pace of modern living means that we are all coping with increasing stress levels and these can have a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. The first step in tackling stress is identifying that you are suffering from it, and then making changes in your lifestyle which tackle the factors which are causing you stress and anxiety. A stressful lifestyle can cause recurrent headaches, problems with blood pressure and insomnia.
We have become increasingly aware of the risks of over exposure to the sun in recent years, but skin cancer rates are skill growing in the UK. Reduce your risk by always using a high factor sunscreen on yourself and your children and make an effort to stay out of the sun in the middle of the day. Sun beds should be avoided as the concentration of rays is more dangerous than exposure to the sun.
Although calorie counting is the best way to keep your weight under control, it is important to make sure you are having enough fibre in your diet to keep your digestive system healthy. The best way to do this is by eating high fibre breakfast cereals, wholemeal bread and plenty of fruit and vegetables.
If you receive a letter inviting you for a mammogram, cervical smear or any other testing, make sure you keep your appointment. Many conditions are easily treatable when caught early, so always attend check-ups and do not hesitate to contact your doctor should you be worried about any aspect of your general health and wellbeing.