Easy Steps to Better Health
contributed by Mission
Hospital of Mission Viejo
glowing health is only for the chosen few? Discover
these simple ways to make a difference in your
healthy doesn't necessarily mean overhauling
your life. According to experts, long-term success
starts with small changes. For Dennis Haghighat,
M.D, internist at Mission Hospital, encouraging
people to become more physically active and
take charge of their health is important. "Even
if we are extremely busy, we can still do little
things like taking the stairs instead of an
elevator or having an apple instead of a candy
bar." Try any of the following tips and chances
are you'll feel better. Add a couple more and
you're on your way to a healthier life.
and end your day with water.
body loses water while you sleep, so drink a
serving before bed and again when you wake up.
Add a tall glass at each meal and you've almost
met your target for the day-eight 8-ounce glasses.
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, go ahead
and overindulge. These foods are packed with
antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals that
can help prevent cancer, heart disease and type
II diabetes and keep you healthy. Five servings
a day are recommended (a serving is one piece
of fruit or a half-cup of vegetables), but go
ahead and aim higher.
When you dash out to pick up the morning paper,
keep walking. A stroll to the corner and back
doesn't sound like much but it will add up to
improved health. According to Dr. Haghighat,
this is the most important thing a person can
do to remain healthy. "Obesity is a growing
problem in our society and being more sedentary
is a major contributor to the epidemic."
Hand washing is the best defense against cold
viruses and other germs that spread from hand
to mouth. Avoid antibacterial soaps, however.
They may encourage the growth of resistant bacterial
vain, quit smoking.
is the single most preventable cause of death
in our society, but ten years after quitting
the lung cancer death rate is about half that
of a continuing smoker's.
Strive for balance mentally, spiritually and
physically. A balanced life is the foundation
for good health. Too often, the mental (work
and career) take over-it's not uncommon to spend
more than 40 hours a week staring at a computer
a doctor's appointment, even if you're not sick.
Through annual checkups, your primary care physician
can help keep your health on track. Hypertension,
for example, offers no symptoms, but can be
caught early with a simple blood pressure check.
Doctors promise to "first, do no harm," and
patients should do the same. Before embarking
on a fitness regime or new diet, take a critical
look at your lifestyle. Do some habits endanger
your health and happiness? Says Dr. Haghighat,
"Learning about the various aspects of our lives
and how we can help to control outcomes is empowering,
leading to better decisions and greater self
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Mission Hospital is a 340-bed acute care, full-service
facility serving all of south Orange County
and houses the region's designated trauma center,
one of only three in the county. Located in
Mission Viejo, Mission Hospital offers a complete
array of top-quality healthcare services.
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