Keeping our patients healthy is Family Urgent Care’s top concern. Incorporating these tips into your everyday life will help keep you on top of your health. As always, be sure to check with your doctor before starting any health regime to make sure it’s safe for you and your lifestyle.
Exercise. Maintaining an active lifestyle will benefit your body and your mind. Regular exercise can help prevent the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and more.
Eat right. This begins with a healthy breakfast to kick-start your day. You’ll also want to control your portion sizes throughout the day and choose foods that are low in saturated fats and added sugars. Load up on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to get nutritional boosts all day long.
Work your brain. Mental health is just as important as physical health. You can keep your mind healthy by getting enough sleep, doing mind exercises such as crossword puzzles, trying new experiences, spending time doing leisurely activities, and spending time talking with other people. Try to keep work, home and leisure time in balance to avoid stress and surround yourself with a good social support system. If you feel depressed or have harmful thoughts about yourself or others, seek help with a medical professional.
Avoid tobacco. The consequences of tobacco use are widely known – cancer of the lung, mouth, lip, tongue, esophagus, kidney, and bladder; arterial disease; lung disease; chronic bronchitis and emphysema; pneumonia; low birth weight in babies born to women that smoke; and more - so in order to protect your body, it’s important to avoid tobacco and those that use tobacco. See your doctor if you need help quitting.
Avoid excessive alcohol use. Alcohol in excess is the major cause of cirrhosis of the liver which can lead to internal hemorrhage, infections, liver cancer as well as a variety of consequences from being under the influence of alcohol. Talk to your doctor if you have an alcohol problem.
Avoid drugs and overuse of medication. The first step to avoiding drugs is to avoid those that promote drug use and its lifestyle. Drugs can destroy your body and your mind and can adversely affect those around you. It’s also wise to use medication with care and to seek help immediately if you think you may have a problem with prescription or over-the-counter drug use.
Safety matters. When it comes to your family, you can’t be too safe. When you’re enjoying time outside, wear helmets and knee/elbow pads, sunscreen and insect repellent to protect yourself from injury, pests, and the elements. When you’re in the car, always wear your seat belt and use safety restraints for children.
Maintain proper hygiene. Always wash your hands thoroughly to avoid the spread of germs. Oral health is also critical because the health of your mouth can affect the health of the rest of your body.