Prevention Is Better Than Cure: Learning to Live a Disease-Free Life

With our fast-paced, stress-filled and hectic lifestyles, it is no wonder that there is a higher incidence of diseases to correspond with the better medical treatments available today. From the moment we wake up, we breathe in air polluted by gases and smoke, eat and drink food that is washed in chemicals and highly processed, and lead mostly sedentary lives that do no favours for our physique or metabolism. This result in various diseases that have become so common among us today that people rarely give it a second thought, despite the fact that 2 generations ago, they were almost non-existent: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and other such diseases are the norm not the exception today. This is also accompanied by other diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and various heart diseases. Most of these diseases can be prevented; some can be managed. Here are some tips on how to do just that:

Clean Food and Diet

Although in many countries it is more expensive, organic food is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your food is clean, safe and packed with the same nutrients it used to have. Farmers use intense chemicals as insecticides to ensure that the final product looks good, and then the products are smothered in chemicals again to ensure they remain so while being transported to the markets and supermarkets. Fruits and veggies that are imported have twice as much chemicals because they are sometimes injected with chemicals after being harvested to help them retain their appearance over transportation. Buying from organic stores ensure that the meals you cook have a low chemicals and higher nutrients.

Healthy Metabolism

This means keeping all your cholesterol levels, blood glucose levels and blood pressure levels normal while making sure your daily calorie intake matches the rate with which it burns in the body. Some people have high metabolism; they can eat all they want and it doesn’t affect their weight, but over time, it will affect their blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol levels. While we cannot prevent multiple sclerosis, cancer and other similar diseases (because there is no single definitive cause), we can take precautions such as clean food and exercise in order to alleviate the risks.

The healthier we are, the better equipped we are to fight and prevent multiple sclerosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other such diseases.

Keeping Active – Mentally

Retirees face this problem all the time because they go from a life of high physical and mental activity to one of idleness. Again, although it hasn’t been definitely proved, sudden switches from intense mental activity to mental idleness have been linked to diseases like Alzheimer’s. The trick is to maintain as near as possible the level of involvement from the days of your employment. If you have been a teacher for 40 years, then don’t give up the excitement of a school for knitting quietly at home. Take a tutor job for a kid or two; do crosswords and Sudoku in the newspaper; join a local club of something; and travel. Keep your brain from becoming too idle.

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