Staying healthy these days can cause most of our heads to spin. One study shows that coffee is bad for you, and another says one cup a day is healthy. Another study shows running every day is great for you, while one says it is dangerous to your bone and joint health. Most of us feel stuck and a little overwhelmed. It is always a good idea to start off small and then progress to a level that you are comfortable with. We have a few simple tips to implement in your daily routine that won’t make your head spin!
Your body needs water to survive. Our bodies also need a lot of water to stay healthy. It is important to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. If you exercise at high intensity, it may be a good idea to increase your amount of daily water intake. If you have eaten but still feel hungry, drink water. Hunger and thirst can be easily confused.
Being well hydrated prior to giving blood at Carter BloodCare centers helps replace the amount of fluids that can be lost during donation.
Wash Hands Often
This seems so simple, but often gets over looked! Germs live on doorknobs, railings, elevator buttons, desktops, phones, pens, etc. Washing hands with soap and warm water can easily prevent many illnesses such as a cold, the flu, bronchitis, meningitis, etc. If you don’t have access to soap and water, alcohol based hand sanitizers will work as well.
Sleep is NOT Overrated
Society today is busy. We are busy working, texting and listening to television all at once. Our bodies need rest from this crazy life. Ideally, humans need to get eight hours to be rested. Lack of sleep can cause health problems such as heart attacks and high blood pressure. Sleep deprivation can be a causing factor in obesity. Our bodies need sleep to restore brain chemicals and besides, no one likes grumpy people!
Remember, if your blood pressure is too high you may be unable to donate blood.
Cut out the junk food! Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and stay away from fried foods and soda! Choose to eat a banana for a snack instead of chips and trade your soda for sparkling flavored water. Instead of eating Fruit Loops for breakfast, try mixing fruit, yogurt and granola for a healthy kick to start your day. For more healthy eating habits check out Health Magazine’s website.
Eating fatty foods can cause too much fat to be in the blood and can affect blood tests. If you typically have low iron levels, eat iron rich foods such as raisins, green leafy vegetables, fish and red meats.
This is not as painful as it sounds. You don’t need to hit the gym hard everyday or even every other day. A simple brisk walk around a few blocks on your lunch break is beneficial for both your physical and mental well-being. If it is too hot or too cold to go outside, go up and down a few flights of stairs during your lunch break, or opt out of the elevator each morning.
These are very simple tips that will help you stay on track to a healthier lifestyle. Healthy lifestyles also boost chances of being able to give blood for those in need. Schedule your next blood donation appointment today by visiting www.carterbloodcare.org.