Preventative medicine means taking steps that help you avoid illness proactively. Preventative medicine is far more favourable than a reactive approach (curing or treating symptoms once illness has already begun) so everybody should be taking preventative steps for their own health and wellbeing before they have to endure any illness.
It’s comforting to know that you’re doing the right thing by your body and reducing the risk of illness. Here are a few simple, preliminary steps that we can all take in our daily lives and easily continue.
Drink Lots of Water
Cut out the sugar filled soft drinks, put down the hopped-up caffeine hits, forget the fatty milk drinks and pick up a glass of life-giving, cleansing water instead. It’s a magic elixir that’s available pretty much everywhere and won’t put a dent in your budget. Drink plenty of water every day and you’ll be preventing bladder and kidney infections, kidney stones, boosting your immune system and detoxifying your body, meaning all sorts of health benefits and the best possible chance of fending off sickness.
Catch some “Zees”
Our busy lifestyles just aren’t allowing the average Aussie to get enough sleep, but getting the right amount of rest is a vital part of preventing ailments, healing, recuperating and strengthening your body both mentally and physically. Cellular repair and detoxification take place at a faster and more effective rate when your body is in a sleep state, and your immune system is most effective while sleeping.
Poor diet has been linked to a myriad of health problems all across the board. Unfortunately high-sugar food, refined foods, processed foods, artificial additives, preservatives, saturated fats and all sorts of unnatural elements have become commonplace in our western diet and are causing lots of nasty medical problems. The best way to prevent illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other diet-related issues is to make the simple change from fast-food to whole foods. Eat fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes and protein and do away with any food that’s been changed to added to by any unnatural process. Keep it simple, keep it healthy.
It’s true that organic produce can be more expensive than non-organic, but when we’re talking about health, avoiding pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and other chemicals really is invaluable. Medical bills usually work out a whole lot more expensive than organic produce, not to mention the suffering that illness causes.
By incorporating regular physical activity into your routine you’re actively preventing many possible health issues, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, insomnia, obesity, even depression. Exercising has a plethora of health benefits and keeps your body fit, healthy and ready to fight off disease and infection.
These are just a few simple steps to take toward better wellbeing and a healthier lifestyle. There are many more ways to give yourself the best chance at avoiding illness, so consult your health practitioner or find your nearest Medicare Local for support in creating healthy habits that can save you from sickness.