Don’t put self-care to the side—make it a priority.
Many factors play a role in our overall health, and often, we turn a blind eye to taking care of ourselves. With competing priorities putting stress on us, it can be easy to put self-care and our health to the wayside. Unfortunately, when you don’t take steps to maintain your health or improve your overall health, it can lead to severe medical conditions. In particular, when we don’t take good care of our bodies, we are more susceptible to developing heart disease, some cancers, stroke, and inevitable injuries. Check out the list of our 7 suggestions on how you can improve your overall health.
If you are ready to take charge of your overall health, take a look at these 7 things that you can do, starting today.
- Remember that you are what you eat. If your primary food intake is junk food and unhealthy items, your body will suffer the consequences. What you eat is highly correlated with your overall health. So, stick to food choices that can help you manage your weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
- If you are overweight, take the initiative to lose weight. Obesity affects over 32% of Americans aged 20 or older. Thankfully, with just a few changes to our daily habits, we can have that scale giving us better readouts sooner rather than later. Cutting back on refined carbs, eating more protein and vegetables, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise several days a week, and paying attention to food portions can make a big difference.
- Move your body. Exercise helps with weight loss and enables you to build lean muscle that can improve your metabolism. It is also helpful for lowering stress and anxiety levels. Exercising at least 30 minutes a day five times a week can increase your overall energy levels, improve the quality of your sleep, and reduce your risk of developing chronic illnesses.
- See your dentist twice a year. You might be wondering why your oral health is so essential to your overall health. The truth is that there is a link between your oral health and that of your body, which is often referred to as the oral-systemic health link or the mouth-body connection. When you take care of your oral health by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash, you give yourself the benefit of avoiding oral bacteria spreading elsewhere in your body. And when you make going to the dentist a healthy and predictable habit, you get the gift of another skilled medical professional helping to assess your health and keep you healthy.
- Visiting the dentist is essential, but don’t forget to make it to your periodontal therapy appointments too. If you have periodontitis, you know how important it is to maintain your treatment. Failure to address your severe gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and adult teeth don’t come back. Your periodontist can help you determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, which can help you preserve your oral health.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco. We would be remiss if we didn’t share the importance of refraining from the use of tobacco products. The life expectancy for smokers is, on average, ten years less than it is for those who don’t smoke or use tobacco products. But not only that, smoking can lead to the onset of gum disease. Those who smoke are far more likely to produce plaque which can lead to gum disease. And, gum disease progresses far faster for smokers than it does for non-smokers.
- Pay attention to your alcohol consumption. We’re not saying that you should avoid alcohol together because who doesn’t love a cocktail? However, alcohol can be extremely addictive and in the wrong hands, or for those who have a predisposition to addiction, alcohol can be hazardous for obvious reasons. Beer, wine, and hard liquor all have a high sugar content and high levels of acid. Repeated alcohol use can lead to cavities and tooth decay. And, the use of alcohol can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease.
The Bruce Sexton DDS team can help you improve your overall health.
If you are overdue for a visit to the dentist, there is no time like the present to get in for a dental appointment. If you are searching for a dentist in Wayland, MI, look no further. We’d be happy to have you come in for a dental cleaning and oral assessment. During your appointment, we’ll be sure to discuss your overall health and strategize with you on how you can become a healthier you.
Give our office a call or request an appointment using our convenient online form. We look forward to seeing you.