5 Key Factors to a Healthy Lifestyle
We all want to be “healthy,” but what does that mean? Does “healthy”
just mean that we don’t have an illness? If so, then there are a lot of unhealthy people here in the US. According to the CDC, almost half of all adults in the US have at least one chronic disease. In fact, 70% of all deaths each year are caused by such diseases, especially heart disease, cancer and stroke.
The most shocking thing about this is that these diseases are largely preventable! What we put into our bodies and how we take care of them has a big impact on whether we get sick. With this thought, health is less a state of being than a way of being. But what exactly is a “healthy lifestyle”?
When we think of a healthy lifestyle, we have to think of whole body health. As a dentist, it’s important to treat the teeth and gums in their relationship with the rest of the body. Simply put, oral health affects systemic (overall) health, and vice versa.
Below are 5 key factors of a healthy lifestyle. While there is no guarantee of perfect health, it can dramatically lower your overall risk of disease.
1. Good Diet & Nutrition:
A good diet is based on whole foods, including lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. It’s low in added sugars and other refined carbohydrates. Junk foods are limited, if eaten at all.
Regular exercise and physical activity are a must.
3. Avoid Toxins:
This means no tobacco, no drugs, and alcohol in moderation. Eat organic foods whenever possible.
4. Sleep & Rest:
Constantly being “busy” can cause burnout. Take time off for fun, relaxation, and simply being. Getting enough quality sleep is important.This is the time when our bodies restore and strengthen, as well as solidify and consolidate memories.
5. Nurture Your Well-Being:
Our overall sense of wellness is improved when we spend time by ourselves, with our loved ones, and doing the things that interest us and give our lives meaning.