There are many determinants of health, including genetic inheritance and environment. “Avoid pollution!” is easier said than done. Here are top factors influencing your health that you can control starting today, each detailed in science-backed articles.
Regular physical activity improves everything in your body. It contributes to
Sleep is critical to healthy functioning of human bodies. Sleep deprivation leads to many various conditions, and ultimately death in chronic cases.
In addition to its well-recognised benefits for memory consolidation, repair and growth, sleep – or the lack of it – has a host of other effects. Not having enough sleep messes with your emotions and your ability to make sound decisions. It affects your immune system, makes you eat more, and has been linked to metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lack of sleep is implicated in mental health problems including depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. What’s more, sleeping at the wrong time plays havoc with your body clocks, adding to the negative effect.
What you eat & drink plays an major role in how well your body works.
Try to follow a Mediterranean diet, characterized by a high consumption of vegetables and olive oil, and moderate consumption of protein. Add fiber for a healthy gut, some supplements and stay hydrated.
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Like it or not, we spend most of our lives working.
Many modern jobs require sitting at a desk, which we need to compensate with walking breaks. We also need to manage stress, and make our workplace better through relationships.
We focused a lot on your body, but we need to take care of the mind too: keep it happy and active.
Although not completely without side effects, vaccines save and improve lives.
With the current technology, we can only work maximizing our chances to stay healthy. However, sometimes we just get sick.
It’s critical to detect early dangerous diseases. Fighting disease in early stages significantly improves chances of beating it. For that, we need regular tests.