"The important thing is your health." How many times have you heard that from well meaning friends and relatives? We tend not to pay attention to it when we are healthy. Its only once we become ill, exhausted, or out of shape that we wish we had visited our health club a little more often. This article will give you some simple ways of preventing these sorts of health breakdowns and some relatively easy to follow methods for how to deal with them if they do happen.

Diet

"You are what you eat." That's another popular saying, and for good reason. What you put into your body determines what you'll be able to get out of it, so the more unhealthy junk food you eat the less able your body is to look after itself. So instead of grabbing a burger as you go out to catch a husband cheating, pick up a salad and a juice instead. Green veggies, whole grains, antioxidants like blueberries, and lean meats such as chicken and fish are all great for your stamina, heart, and overall health. As a bonus, many restaurants - even fast food restaurants - now include these healthy choices on their menus.

Exercise

If you count yourself among the ranks of dentists and other professionals, your job don't give you much in the way of exercise. You sit around an office all day which isn't very good for your health. Your heart, lungs, and muscles need to be used to stay strong, and without exercise, it's too easy for extra food to turn into fat. Therefore you should make an effort to get an hour of exercise in about three times a week. This might mean going to a gym, but you can also do little things like walk to work or take the stairs every day.

Stress

If your child is undergoing treatment or your work schedule is hectic, the biggest health challenge you face is from stress. Stress makes you more susceptible to illness and saps your energy and positive outlook. It can also lead to a breakdown. You keep your mental health balance, take time out of every day to relax. This might mean taking an after-work nap, watching your favorite show in the evening, or curling up with a good book on your lunch hour.

Medicine

And finally, when prevention fails we need medicine to help us get back into balance. See your doctor every six month, even when you don't suspect you need treatment or feel under the weather. You might also try taking daily multivitamins to ensure you stay healthy. For minor illnesses, always consult with the pharmacist before self medicating with over the counter products.




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