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There’s an old saying that goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
The point here should be pretty obvious — it’s far better to avoid experiencing health problems through good lifestyle practices, than it is to experience a health condition and cure it through some medical intervention.
Of course, it’s great to know that facilities like Grand View Urgent Care are available to deal with injuries or serious health complaints if and when they do occur. But cures are tricky, often don’t work as well as we’d like, and can come with a bunch of undesired side effects.
These days, more and more people seem to be focused primarily on a “cure” rather than “prevention” approach to health issues, and the consequence seems to be more and more of the population dependent on medication, and worse and worse overall health outcomes.
Here are a few simple preventive health tips everyone should follow. They’re the kinds of things you can start doing more or less immediately, and don’t require a lot of effort.
Focus on getting into bed earlier and getting more sleep
Too many think of sleep as a disposable luxury. Something that feels good in the same way that having a hot bath, or watching a good film, feels good.
Of course, sleep is actually essential for good health, and getting even just a bit less sleep than you need to feel rested, on a regular basis, can cause a wide range of serious health conditions. Neuroscientist Matthew Walker has written about how even just one week of moderate sleep deprivation can turn an otherwise healthy person pre-diabetic.
Sleep deprivation also increases the risks of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and more.
Focus on getting into bed earlier (without your computer, phone, or any digital device) and getting more sleep.
Get outside more often and get more fresh air
Sick Building Syndrome is a term that describes a condition where an individual suffers from health complaints, including respiratory problems, due to the indoor environments they spend their time in.
The issue, specifically, is the poor quality air which is generally found indoors, due to a combination of factors like mould spores, bacteria, and gasses from various appliances and devices.
If you spend a significant amount of your time indoors, you have a good reason to worry about the effect of the air quality on your health. Get outside and get fresh air as often as you can. At the very least, get some air purifying houseplants, and open the windows from time to time so that the building can air out.
Stop sitting down so much, and stand and walk throughout the day
In recent years, there have been a lot of headlines talking about the health risks of excess sitting, describing it as “the new smoking”, and talking about how remaining seated for too much of the day can reduce the length and quality of your life.
These headlines have been the result of some worrying scientific research, showing that sedentary living is associated with an increase risk of various forms of disease, as well as death.
To reduce the risk of health problems creeping up on you, stop sitting down so much, and stand and walk around more throughout the day.