According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. There is this saying that health is ”wealth”, so your health should be your major priority. Hence, it is very important that you try your best to maintain a healthy body full of life.
Maintaining a healthy body is your responsibility. Although there are some risk factors for some diseases that are beyond your control like what you inherited from your genetics, your everyday lifestyle determines how healthy you live. You therefore have to decide to make the right choices everyday so that you can maintain your general health and live a full happy life.
Here are some guidelines on how to maintain a healthy body:
Start your day with a warm glass of water
Immediately you wake up, before any meal, try as possible as you can to take a glass of warm water on an empty stomach. This may not be very appealing but you just have to make it a habit in order to promote a healthier body.
The benefits of drinking warm water in the morning are immense. It helps to wash your system through urination, promotes good digestion, boost your metabolism, makes you feel light, keeps you hydrated and makes your skin look good and smooth.
Eating healthy food helps to build your immune system and build a healthier body.
Whatever you eat is linked to your health. Ensure that you always eat well balanced meal that contains the six classes of food. This has great health benefits and can help prevent and treat some nutritional disorders such as kwashiorkor, marasmus, diabetes, heart diseases and stroke.
Regular exercise can also help you treat problems like depression, osteoporosis, hypertension, stress, etc. Try as much as you can to exercise at least 3-5 times a week for up to 20-30 mins. Doing this can make you feel better and keep your body weight under control.
Loose Weight If You Are Overweight
If your body mass index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9, you are overweight. So endeavor to check your BMI regularly to live a safe and healthy life. Many Nigerians are overweight. Some are acquired from diets, whiles others are genetic.
Being overweight increases your risk for several health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart diseases, stroke, some cancers, type ii diabetes, gall bladder diseases and so on.
Smoking or tobacco use are very harmful to your health. Making this a habit is dangerous to health and can cause cancer of the mouth, throat, lungs and heart disease. The earlier you quit smoking and tobacco use, the better it will be for you.
Practice Safe Sex
The best safe sex practicing is abstinence if you can. However, having a single sexual partner who have undergone series of screening and is confirmed free from any STDs is very much advocated.
Limit Alcohol Intake
If possible, stay away completely from alcohol. Alcohol only harms the body especially when it is taken in excessive quantity. Men should not take more than 2 bottles a day, and females should not take more than one bottle a day.
Excessive alcohol intake can cause damage to your liver. Alcohol abuse also contributes to death from car accident, wrecks, murder and suicide.
Protect Your Skin
Over-exposure of the skin to sunlight can predispose you to skin cancer. Be sure to wear protective clothes and hats while in the sun to prevent direct contact with rays of sunlight. It is even better to limit your time spent in the sun.
If however it is necessary that you will stay under the sun, like hawkers and market men and women, ensure to use sun screen year-round on exposed skin like your face and hands.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is very important to your health. It is a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended. Lack of sleep affects your mental health as it can cause emotional and psychological problems.
Go to bed as early as you can and get at least 8 hours of sleep as this will help you achieve maximum recovery to face the next day with full strength and more vigor.
Go For Medical Check Up
In addition to all the above, there should be time for the whole body check. Always visit your doctor for regular check up. Many Nigerians only visit the hospital when they are sick, but this is a very wrong practice.
Visiting the hospital regularly (like every 3 months) can help detect some diseases early in order to commence treatment. Most people don’t practice this, and that is why most people come down with diseases that will be discovered in the latter stage.