It is important to have a healthy lifestyle, even more so after recovering from a disease.
There are many steps you can take to improve your health and reduce the risk of developing more diseases in the future and many of these things are easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
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1) Sleep more and earlier
Most adults don’t get adequate sleep. A lack of sleep can increase your risk of heart disease or a stroke, no matter your age, diet or exercise regime.
Your body needs rest after fighting a disease, and getting even 15 minutes of extra sleep each night will leave you in better health.
Having a set sleeping schedule will also help ensure improved health. Try to stick to sleep and wake up times, even on off days.
2) Change to a Healthy Diet
Replace unhealthy foods
Small changes to your diet can promote weight loss and improve overall health. You can swap out some of your favourite foods for healthier options:
- Replace white bread and pasta with whole wheat versions.
- Remove skin from chicken and turkey, and avoid breaded or deep-fried versions.
- Avoid sugary drinks and stick to water and tea.
- Feeling snacky? Opt for nuts or fruits to fill the void.
Eat your vegetables
Also, try incorporating more vegetables into your daily diet. Leafy and green vegetables are excellent side dishes to accompany a meal and can help you to lose weight.
Vegetables contain fibre and water, which will leave you feeling fuller for longer.
You can use nutritional supplements, like those offered by AYMES, to help boost your immune function, especially if you are trying to maintain a healthy weight.
A quick, one-week detox with healthy food can help to regular body chemicals and get rid of any toxins that may make you sick.
De-stress and do Regular Exercise
Doctors recommend physical activity and deep breathing to reduce stress levels.
Even simple activities that you can do at home or the office can help, like listening to your favourite song, talking to a loved one, or playing with a pet.
Prolonged stress is the leading cause of heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, migraines, obesity and irritable bowel syndrome.
Try cutting out unhealthy habits that you turn towards to cope with stress. If you cut back on alcohol consumption or quit smoking, your body (and doctor) will thank you for it.
Rather try managing your stress in healthy ways, like journaling, taking a hot bath, or exercising.
If you feel like you don’t have a lot of time to exercise, try to do exercises for short periods throughout the day. Even just doing something physical for 10 minutes will take you a step closer to healthy living.
You can stretch at your desk, go play with the dog in the garden, or take the stairs instead of the elevator.
A Simpler Life will have many Health Benefits
If you are recovering from disease, you want to adopt healthy habits that will support your immune cells and reduce the risk of further complications (like heart disease or diabetes).
The easiest way to improve your health after the disease is to do regular exercise within your capabilities, and stick to a healthy diet. If you are unsure, then consult with your doctor for advice on how to get good health again.