We may make numerous resolutions and wishes for ourselves, especially as the New Year approaches. Still, health is one thing we tend to take for granted. When everything is okay, we only think of other things that would make us happier and fulfill our lives, and that’s the first mistake we make. Without our health, we are nothing, and once we feel something’s off, we instantly become oblivious to all other wishes and just wish to be healthy again. Therefore, let’s make health the number one priority in 2019 regardless of whether you’re facing a minor health issue, a larger one, or simply want to be more mindful about maintaining and enhancing your level of health.
The obvious first
You simply must put exercising as one of the items on your New Year’s resolution list. This is probably something you hear a lot, but there is a reason for it. Exercising has the power to boost your immune system, cardiovascular health, elevate your level of fitness, and it even has an immensely positive effect on your mood. That’s a whole package of benefits from just one activity. There are tons of amazing forms of exercise – yoga, Pilates, spin classes, group sports, and numerous others so just pick one that goes best with your personality and one that you will enjoy most, and keep your body in spick and span shape.
Mind what goes into your body
This one may be even more important than exercising. There is an inextricable link between the food we eat and the body we live in. Even such ancient medicines such as Ayurveda tell us that we should eat foods that are good for our dosha. When it comes to Western medicine, now we have superfoods at our disposal, as well as a number of great nutritionists who will be able to tell us which foods are good and which are bad for you in particular. We are all different, and all have silent food intolerances that we may not be even aware of. This is why paying a visit to a nutritionist is one of the best things you can do for your health – the better and more you-appropriate foods you eat, the healthier you’ll be.
Take it seriously
If you have back or spine issues, you shouldn’t take these symptoms lightly. In most cases, spine problems shouldn’t be neglected, you need proper therapy and medication to alleviate your condition. However, the one thing you should never do is self-diagnose, especially when it comes to something as vital as the spine and the brain. To have that peace of mind, and just make sure that everything is, in fact, okay, make it a priority to have an MRI done, and pay a visit to the best neurosurgeon you can find. The incredible Timothy Steel is one of the most esteemed neuro and spine surgeons in the world, so if this kind of a consult is what you need, always go to someone like him, because as with everything regarding your health – you only want the best.
It’s just once a year
Make sure you get a comprehensive full physical examination annually. This kind of checkup will give you an insight into virtually everything, from your blood, cholesterol and fat levels, iron, hormones – everything. Your heart and blood pressure will be checked as well as the brain, lungs, kidneys, liver, and thyroid – basically everything. Yes, it’s quite comprehensive, but you only have to do it once a year, and what is a little hassle compared to a year of peace?
The final checkup
Aside from needing our pearly whites white and healthy for aesthetic reasons, we also need them for a great deal of others. Namely, your oral health – or lack thereof, can be the culprit or the catalyst for numerous other conditions ranging from oral cancer and diabetes to serious heart issues. We know you probably dread the dentist – most people do, but it’s just something you simply have to get over in order to be healthier. After all, you don’t want to lose all your teeth due to neglect, let alone allow for your teeth and gum condition to cause mayhem in the rest of your body.
Okay, there they are, the most important five. Of course, there are other things you can do for your health, such as meditation, mastering the art of mindful living – all for the sake of good mental health. On top of that, if you’re dealing with something serious, never shy away from seeing a therapist – mental health is as important as physical, so never let that slip through your fingers.