Living Healthy Champlain

Healthy LifeA healthy lifestyle is one which helps to keep and improve people’s health and well-being. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease is common in overweight people so see your doctor if you have reflux, heartburn or indigestion. Challenges range from getting an extra hour of sleep to eating a banana. Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.

Healthy eating may help with your asthma. Aim for plenty of fruit, vegetables and fish, choose lean meats and reduced-fat dairy foods, and limit foods high in saturated fat (e.g. fast foods). This is one of the biggies. Research shows tobacco use is the cause of 25% to 30% of cancer deaths. But despite those risks, roughly one in five adults still smokes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Physical inactivity and lack of exercise are associated with heart disease and some cancers. Consider getting involved in structured exercise training, as people with asthma who participate in this sort of training may feel better. When we’re bored it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing things that are bad for your health such as smoking and overeating. This is when it can be helpful to think about what positive things you can do with your time and energy.

Know when and how to de-stress. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Make sure that you have positive ways of dealing with stressors in your life. This might be exercising, meditating, yoga or just doing deep-breathing exercises. If stress becomes so severe that it is interfering with your sleep or ability to cope, talk to your doctor or a counselor.

It can be tempting to deal with the anniversary of a sad event by doing something unhealthy, like binge-eating or getting drunk. Think about how you could break this habit by planning to do something completely different around that time – for example, by arranging to go away to visit someone or starting a new course or hobby.