World Health Day
Health and Beauty Apr 03, 2018
World Health Day on the April 7th, will bring with it an arsenal of information. In this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance #HealthForAll. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.
Explore, with us, the simplest yet most crucial advice for good health and healthy living, which will not cost you an arm and a leg.
Oxygen is key to the survival of all things, especially the body and its organs. Since oxygen cannot be stored, it constantly and steadily needs to be replenished in order to create energy and improve blood flow, and thereby the function of the entire body. Thus, it is important to know how to breathe properly; taking constant deep costal breaths, instead of short, shallow breaths. Exhalation is, however, as important as inhalation since it excretes toxins from the body, which if not exhaled completely can stagnate and cause damage to the body.
Eat more often
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they say, as this can determine your energy levels for the first portion of the day which will ultimately influence your mental and physical capacity for the remainder of the day. Eating regular and small meals throughout the day is what will sustain energy needed. According to nutritionist Antony Haynes, grazing was the way our body was designed to eat; large meals burden the digestive system, often causing bloating and lowered energy while the body struggles to digest. The bigger the meal the bigger the crash, and the higher the desire for sugary snacks to refuel the body, says Haynes
You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. Hydrating the body, with water, has numerous functions within and benefits for the body, which include using water to cleanse the body of toxins/waste, rinse and unclog organs, maintain body temperature, and keep joints loose and mobile. The consequence of the body not receiving enough water and being dehydrated will result in sleepiness/lack of energy, confusion, dizziness, headaches.
Something we can learn from our furry friends is to stretch after waking from sleep, and some specialists advise on stretching before bed as well. Your heart rate is slowest just before rising, so a gentle stretch the moment you wake will get your blood moving and assist you with getting out of bed. Which as we all know is one of the most difficult things to do! Ending the day with a similar or more intense exercise, like yoga, a short workout or walk around the block, will assist the body with the opposite; falling asleep and resting well. Movement should ideally be your “hello” and “goodbye” each day.
Recommended annual check-ups:
– Dental check-up
– A visit to the oral hygienist twice a year
– Vision exam
– Physical exam (includes blood tests, blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, HIV etc.)
– Gender-specific tests
Female: Breast exam, pap smear, mammograms
Male: Testicular/prostate cancer
Stimulate your mind
For a great deal of the day, large parts of our brains function on autopilot. This habituated state has resulted in the coined term ‘neurobics’ which are activities or mental tasks designed to stimulate the brain’s biochemical pathways and to bring new pathways online. This both strengthens and preserves our brain circuits. These activities include things like brushing your teeth with your ‘other’ hand, taking a different route to work or finding 5-15 minutes in your day to play brain training games like Lumosity, Peak, a game of Sudoku or a Rubik’s Cube.
Without your health you cannot work, leaving you unable to earn an income to pay the bills to support and sustain your family. But by putting your health first, you are putting your loved ones’ well-being first. As well as setting a good example for them to follow and implement in their own lives.
Read more on the World Health Organisation HERE