This week, May 8-11, is National Women’s Health Week, and I have some tips that can help you maintain your overall health. (Don’t just use these tips this week! You should take care of your body every day to maintain health and enjoy a long life.):
- Eat a balanced diet: You should consume a diverse diet rich in grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and protein. Limit fats, refined starch, and refined sugar intake, and count your calories. (Visit the USDA website for a handy food plan to determine your exact needs.)
- Exercise daily: You should engage in moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, and vigorous activity at least 15 minutes a day, five days a week.
- Sleep: The average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Recent studies show that 1 in 3 adults gets fewer than 7 hours per night. If you feel that you aren’t resting enough, make lifestyle changes to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.
- Drink plenty of water: Water has multiple benefits, including cleansing your teeth, keeping your skin healthy, flushing toxins, lubricating joints and muscles, regulating your body temperature, and helping you maintain a healthy weight.
- Avoid smoking: Smoking can contribute to a multitude of health issues like gum disease, oral cancer, diabetes, hypertension, lung cancer, and heart disease.
- Manage your stress: Among many benefits, relaxation (via techniques like deep breathing or yoga) can keep your blood pressure at healthy levels, help your immune system stay strong, ease chronic pain, and keep your mind fresh and focused. It can also help you get more sleep!
- Keep regular health appointments: Visiting your dentist every six months and your doctor at least once a year for checkups (and immediately when you notice changes in your health) can keep a check on your health. Preventing health issues early, rather than treating them when they’ve progressed, makes healing and restoring your health much easier and more likely.
I’m Dr. James Definnis, and I care about your oral and total health. Please follow the tips above, and see me for your regular checkups and teeth cleanings. Call Back Mountain Dental today at 570-763-4360 for your appointment. I offer cosmetic and general dentistry for patients in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Trucksville, and surrounding areas.