The state of every organ in your body is crucial for your total wellbeing. This means your day to day activities may either promote or prevent healthiness.
Life is all about living and health is a big part of that. Unlike maintaining a good health, it is more difficult to recover when you fall sick; sometimes it takes weeks to months to make full recovery.
The case still remains that not everyone know how easy it is to stay healthy. Therefore this article presents quick answers to the following 8 frequently asked questions, How?.
1. How do I keep fit?
Keeping fit involves several things. It’s not just about exercising alone. As a matter of fact, you need to consider adding other things to your routine exercises if you want to maintain physical fitness. You should stay away from eating junk food and cultivate the habit of drinking water regularly.
Sitting on the couch all day watching TV or playing games will not help you get fit. Engage your body physically with activities like doing chores at home or moving around at the office, instead of just sitting behind your desk or computer all day.
2. How do I not fall sick?
Not everyone enjoys the need for prescription or over-the-counter drugs. A number of factors may affect normal health and cause you to fall sick, including; poor personal hygiene, allergens, poor dieting, poor nutritional habits, emotional distress, work stress. However, doing the reverse may aid good health and prolong life.
3. How do I improve my diet?
A meal rich in essential vitamins and minerals is needed for daily bodily functions such as growth, wound healing, healthy skin, strong bones, as well as protection against infections.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommend that adults consume foods from sources like fruits, cereals, vegetables, diary produce, fats and sugar.
To improve diet, which in turn improves health, you should take plenty of water daily, eat more fruits and vegetables, eat foods rich in vitamins A,B,C,D,E,K, eat whole grain cereals.
4. How do I know I have an infection?
Infections common to humans are caused by either bacterial or virus, affecting almost every body part. It is quiet impossible to tell whether one has an infection by just looking at them. You will need to run a lab test to confirm the presence of an infection.
However, some manifested symptoms and signs, which include recurrent fever, persistent nausea, vomiting, fatigue, difficulty eating or swallowing, discolored discharges, and skin rashes may suggest the presence of a bacterial or viral infection.
5. How do I not miss a drug dose?
When it comes to taking drugs, one has to make sure that he’s taking the right drug, the right dose, the right way and at the right time. Missing any of these can be detrimental to your health and this is what makes self-medication very dangerous.
The best way to ensure that you are taking the right drug in its right dose is by following your doctor’s prescription orders. Always consult with your doctor before starting any new drug or when you are not sure about the dosage.
6. How do I know I need to see a doctor?
The hard truth is that not everyone believe there’s a need to see a doctor, at least, not until their condition gets worse.
Well we need a doctor not only when we have headache triggered by stress or over activity, but when we have symptoms we don’t really understand.
You might want to see a doctor when;
- You have difficulty swallowing.
- You have difficulty breathing when lying down.
- You experience breathing difficulties when exposed to air pollutants.
- You feel drowsy when you get up from a sitting or sleeping position.
- Your heart beats so fast at even the slightest scream.
- You experience shaky hands when angry or excited.
- You’re pregnant and have fever.
There are certain test and examinations a doctor may suggest in order to know the cause or extent of a condition, and best possible solutions and treatments.
7. How do I know I need to take in more fluids?
Water is one of the essential nutrients needed for easy digestion and a number of functions in the body. The amount of drinking water required varies according to physical activity, age, health issues, and environmental conditions
The NAM recommends total daily water intake of 3.7 liters (15 cups) for the average adult male and 2.7 liters (11 cups) for the average adult female.
Exercise and other exhausting activities causes loss of water from your body, thus, increasng your required daily intake.
Dehydration may result if this need is not met. One common sign of inadequate water intake is a change in urine colour (very dark yellow urine) or quantity. Changes in urine colour may suggest kidney infection.
Adequate daily consumption of water may aid the kidney in its bid to sweep out waste from the body through the urine, thus, reducing the likelihood of kidney infections.Other signs that suggest you need to increase your water intake may include sleepiness, dry skin, rapid breathing or heartbeat, and lack of energy.
8. How do I know I need tetanus shots?
Not every wound needs a tetanus shot. A simple kitchen knife cut for example does not require a tetanus shot. However, wounds from rusted iron, nails, or other sharp objects pose a risk of tetanus infection. For such wounds, it will be safer to get a tetanus shot.
The bacteria that causes tetanus can be transmitted through infected soil. So when a wound is exposed to an infected soil, getting a tetanus shot is in order.