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Healthy lifestyle tips for your wellbeing

Being healthy can often be confusing. Because the internet has so much conflicting information, the reader often ends up not knowing what to do. Here are some great tips to keep you healthy and reduce stress, which plays a big part in how healthy you feel.

Practising yoga and meditation regularly can help to lower stress levels. Yoga helps to keep you healthy by reducing tension, lowering your blood pressure and heartbeat and increasing circulation and oxygen levels.

Even just by practising deep breathing for five minutes a day, you will notice a difference in your mental and emotional health. Practise this simple exercise: Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, your eyes closed; breathe in for five seconds through the nose and breathe out slowly for another five seconds through your mouth. Do this 10 to 20 times. This is an exercise that takes a short amount of time and can be done before you go to bed, when you first wake up or even just when sitting on the train on the way Home from work.

Play a game with the kids or go for a half-hour walk as exercise.

Many of us leave early in the morning for work and come home after dark, which leaves less time for relaxation. Many people who don’t get out in the sun enough find they end up with a vitamin D deficiency. We all know that too much sun can be unhealthy and cause problems such as skin cancers but we must remember that too little sun can cause illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis (MS). In order to remain healthy, you need at least 10 minutes of sunlight a day. The sun is most effective in the middle of the day and 10 minutes is not long enough to do any damage. Maybe toss a ball around in the late afternoon sun if you are too busy to go outside at lunchtime. Play a game with the kids or go for a half-hour walk as exercise. Remember, it’s important to exercise at least a couple of times a week to get your metabolism going.

Staying healthy also means not forgetting those simple tasks such as brushing your teeth regularly because poorly kept teeth can lead to an increased risk in heart attacks. It is believed that bacteria from the mouth could enter the bloodstream through inflamed gums and cause small blood clots that contribute to clogged arteries. Another theory suggests that gum diseases cause inflammation that lead to fatty deposits in the heart. So our hygiene is an important part of our Health as well as the toxin levels of our food and air.

Toxins are a problem in today’s world and a way for bacteria, viruses, pollution and harmful products to invade our bodies. Everyday household cleaning products can be toxic and harmful, so it is important to open a window to let air flow through the house in order to stay healthy and not breath in fumes. Indoor plants also help detox the air.

If you put these simple tips into practice, staying healthy is easy and fun.

If you put these simple tips into practice, staying healthy is easy and fun. It’s also important to look after yourself by getting important medical tests done instead of putting them off. Men should remember to check their prostrate after 50 years of age. Women need to remember the regular pap tests every two years and to get the standard pap test and ThinPrep done, just to be sure. ThinPrep test is a computer test and is more precise. Also remember to have bowel cancer screening and mammograms if you are a female over 50 years old or if there is colon cancer in the family. Start a weekly or monthly routine and put appointments into your calendar as reminders of when to do those tests. Include regular dental check-ups every six months and schedule time out to have a holiday for rest and relaxation. This will help you stay healthy, detox, relax and heal.

Jenetta Haim

Jenetta Haim

Jenetta Haim runs Stressfree Management at 36 Gipps Road, Greystanes, and specialises in assisting your health and lifestyle in all areas by developing programs on either a corporate or personal level to suit your needs. Jenetta has just published a book called Stress-Free Health Management, A Natural Solution for Your Health available from your favourite bookstore or online. For more information and to get in touch, visit her website at Stressfree Management.

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