Wellness is a state of being in good health and actively pursuing good health.
Good health extends in physical, mental and social well-being. Good health reduces the risk of developing certain serious disease conditions.
There are a number of ways that good health is promoted including healthy eating, regular exercise, losing excess weight, limiting direct sun exposure, avoiding tobacco and nicotine as well as limiting alcohol. Prevention is better than cure so try and get regular check-ups to ensure that any conditions are diagnosed early and treated quickly.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Make healthier food choices. This will ensure that you keep lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes and high cholesterol at bay.
“Walking is man’s best medicine.” Hippocrates
Try to get around 30 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day for at least 5 days of the week. Exercise has been shown to improve various disease conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.
Losing excess weight
Carrying excess weight has been linked with various diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure as well as arthritis especially affecting weight bearing joints like the spine, hips or knees.
Limiting direct sun exposure
Although being out in the sun and fresh air is good for you, extended periods of direct sun exposure can result in skin cancer. Skin cancer is becoming one of the most common forms of cancer. Limit the time spent in the sun and wear protective clothing such as hats.
Smoking causing various forms of cancer especially related to the upper respiratory tract such as mouth, throat and lung cancers. Smoking is the leading cause for emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Women should not consume more than one alcoholic beverage per day and men should not consume more than 2 alcoholic beverage each day. An alcoholic beverage would be 350 ml of beer, 150 ml wine, and 45 ml of spirits. Alcohol consumption is linked to various cancers such as liver and pancreatic cancers and also exacerbates depression.