Tit-bits for maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Health Zainab Sulaimon
Eat-Well
Healthy lifestyle
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In order to stay healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is necessary to fast sometimes. Of course, keeping your health condition in mind. Especially in the current Corona situation, it is necessary to stay healthy during fasting. As a result, it is important to take care of what to eat during Sehri and Iftar, just as it is important to pay attention to drinking enough water, taking vitamins, etc. Today we will discuss how to maintain a healthy lifestyle not only during the days of Ramadan but for the whole year.

Healthy drinking

Drink water. Water intake can never be overemphasized. Sometimes when you have a desire to eat something, try drinking water first because it might be that you are actually just having a water craving. Lack of enough water results in a number of things like dark pee, overall dehydration (of the skin, eyes, mouth), hardened stools and little or no pee at all.

Mental health and healthy lifestyle

Pay attention to your mental health. Make out some time for your self care. Visit family and friends, relax, meditate, exercise your body, sleep and maintain a healthy diet. A poor mental health is a major cause of depression, heart diseases, anxiety, and a weak immune system.

Sit less. Quite a number of health related diseases (like cancer and heart diseases) are associated with sitting too much. Make sure you take breaks (especially if your job involves a lot of sitting) to exercise your body and if possible you can stand in between. If you happen to have mobility issues, a physiotherapist can be consulted.

Bleeding treatments

Avoid cleaning your cuts with alcohol or peroxide. Doing this will prevent your skin from getting hurt. When an injury occurs, it is best to clean with light soap and lots of water, after which you apply some moisturizer or petroleum jelly to keep it moist. However, if the bleeding is uncontrollable, get a consultation with your doctor for treatment plans.

Get vaccinated. A lot of vaccines are sure to protect you against diseases and help you from spreading diseases to other people (like babies, the elderly, people with medical challenges or weak immune system).

Reduce your screen times. Too much blue light (from your phones, tablets, computer, TV, fluorescent and so on) can damage the light sensitive cells of the retina (the inner lining of the back of the eye) as it penetrates through the eyes and directly into the retina. Factual studies have also revealed that bedtime blue light (which can serve as a daylight illumination) can confuse and delay your body from releasing sleep hormones resulting in a lack of sleep.

Never lie to your doctor. Many individuals make the mistake of lying to their doctors in order not to get judged. This is a grave mistake that can lead to varieties of misdiagnosis. Your doctor would want to work with you to make you feel better and not want to judge you. Concealing the truth, about whatever you might be experiencing, only causes more harm than good.

Clean your water skins regularly. Your water containers can become the biggest germ carrier if used regularly and unwashed for a period of time. Wash your containers regularly with soap and rinse thoroughly with water.

Healthy lifestyle and sodas

Stop taking soda. Be it sodas that contain sugars or not, start by reducing your intake and consequently you will be able to put a stop to it. Sodas rarely contain any health benefits.

Water is preferably safe when you are thirsty. Teas, coffees, and flavored waters are also not a bad idea.

Always check for drug interactions. It is good to be conscious of how some medications affect your body. This will enable you to be aware of what kinds of foods and supplements interact with other medications that you are taking. Most of these medications have red flags about what to avoid when taking them. Make sure to also consult your pharmacist if anything seems unclear.

Out in the sun

Reduce your outings in the sun. This sounds quite hilarious but very possible. The sun contains UV rays (which are at their best between the hours of 10am and 4pm). Ultraviolet rays are considered to be one of the major causes of cancers. If you are going to spend a lot of outdoor time under the sun, then it is best to protect your skin, especially if you are light-skinned. Some protective gears include covered clothings, sunscreens, sunshades and umbrellas.

Don’t brush immediately after food. Limes, lemons, oranges, sodas, fish & seafood, meat and many other forms of fruits, food and drinks, which are either acidic or contain acid forming substances, can cause your enamel to soften. Therefore it’s best to wait, an hour or more, till it hardens up back and then you can brush. During the wait, you can chew on sugar-free gums or have a mouth-rinse with water.

Finally get sufficient night rest. A good night’s rest leaves you feeling fresh, sharp and energised the next day. Little or no sleep can lead to a gradual loss of brain cells, depression, heart disease, amongst others. An average sleep time, for both adults and kids, is between 9-12 hours. Be sure to seek medical care if you are unable to get adequate sleep.