It’s normal these days to feel like we’re constantly on the go. But in the midst of keeping up with a busy life, we often ignore our health needs, especially those we have to consciously choose to focus on. You can keep that from happening by implementing the following head-to-toe health strategies to help make whole-body health a priority.
Maintain Whole-Body Health
The first thing to realize is that our body’s systems are interconnected. Your gut health is connected to your mental health, which is connected to your oral health, which is connected to your heart health. Everything is intertwined. For example, exercising even small amounts daily does more than just keep your heart and lungs healthy. The endorphins you get from exercise affect mental health too, keeping you more mentally balanced and at less risk of anxiety and depression.
The same can be said for dental health, which affects many parts of your overall health besides just what’s going on in your mouth. Poor dental health is often linked to inflammation and other diseases that can cause major problems. Despite these issues, many of us put dental health on the back burner, maybe forgetting to floss daily or not getting regular checkups. Some people do this because their dentist is too expensive or inconvenient. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to change dentists so you can get the dental care you need. Along with finding the right dentist, taking the time to brush and floss every day is a simple step to staying healthier. If you need an extra push, consider getting an app to keep you on track for better oral health.
Dental health is easy to single out as something that gets overlooked, but that isn’t the only thing we ignore when life gets hectic. It’s just as important to stay on top of your overall health with regular checkups. Many of us let little things like insomnia or aches and pains go on too long. Instead of suffering in silence, make the most of your health insurance benefits by getting those things checked out. This is important at every age, but seniors are especially vulnerable to health issues that can often be managed with the right diagnosis.
For seniors to maintain optimal health, it's crucial to get annual medical, dental and vision exams. While having Medicare ensures you've got medical coverage, you might be forgoing dental and vision exams due to cost. If that's the case, you're not stuck with just Medicare. Look into switching to a Medicare Advantage plan, like those you can get through Humana. Not only do these plans offer Original Medicare along with dental and vision coverage, but they also provide access to fitness and wellness centers around the country. That’s a lot of health bang for your buck!
Keep a Healthy Home
Keeping your home healthy is another way to stay on top of everyday health. Start by making sure you’re breathing clean air. This Old House explains that bacteria, allergens, and toxins can be found in the air inside your home. Changing your HVAC air filters regularly is an easy way to effectively remove smoke, pollen, dust, dander, and mold from your air. When choosing the right filter, look at the MERV rating (MERV 8, 11 or 13). A filter with a higher MERV will trap more particles than one with a lower MERV rating. It also helps to dust and vacuum regularly, in addition to removing clutter.
Don’t Overlook Mental Health
Just like unhealthy air is an invisible hazard lurking in your home, mental health is another one of those things that tends to stay hidden. Even if you aren’t suffering from anxiety or depression, if you aren’t actively caring for your mental health, it probably isn’t 100 percent. One of the best ways to do this is by practicing gratitude. The blog Positive Psychology Program highlights some popular gratitude activities like journaling or creating a gratitude box. Setting aside just a few minutes to do one of these activities daily helps shift your focus toward positivity and leads to improved self-esteem and better physical health.
Just because these health needs sometimes fall under the radar doesn’t mean they aren’t important. If you’re used to going through life without giving your health much thought, now is the time to make a change. Even the smallest daily habits can make an enormous difference in your overall health.
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