Healthy living is all about habits – healthy ones, of course. That’s why I’m pleased to present today’s article by Ethel Huizar who helps draw our attention to three often overlooked habits we need to incorporate into our lives to live healthier.
While we all know we should follow a balanced diet, introduce some workout sessions in our weekly routine, sleep well and see a doctor regularly, we tend to ignore many of our body parts which also need care and proper maintenance. Some of them make the pillars of our health, life and well-being, but we may take them for granted.
Not so long ago some valid points have been made concerning three healthy habits to introduce to our daily schedules for long-term benefits. Today we will take a closer look at three health areas (and their supporting body parts) we usually ignore. Moreover, we will present you with some tips and tricks to follow and good habits to easily introduce in your daily routine to fully enjoy a healthy life.
When it comes to dental hygiene and oral care, things get tricky. We all know we should brush our teeth at least two times a day, floss properly and use mouthwash. We also know that we should see our dentist at least two times a year for prevention and care.
However, such good habits are just the tip of the iceberg, as we subject our teeth, tongue, gums and mouth to incredible stress and plenty of risk factors. Poor tooth health can lead to diabetes, systemic infections, ear and throat infections, heart disease and other life threatening diseases.
- Don’t ditch the dentist! You can ignore the eternal academic DMD and DDS degree debate and find a good professional to see at least twice a year – this means you should pay a visit way before your teeth and gums start hurting or showing declining signs.
- Introduce teeth-friendly foods into your diet – they will boost your general health and keep your teeth safe and well protected: strawberries and lemons make excellent teeth natural cleansers and health boosters; spices and herbs have many antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties, so you can just use them in your daily cooking routine (cinnamon, clove, rosemary, sage, thyme etc); yogurt and dairy products are perfect sources of calcium and oils like coconut and olive make perfect ingredients for homemade oral care products.
- Minimize your daily consumption of canned soda, coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and sugar – they are some of the greatest enemies of your teeth’ enamel and strength.
- Clean your tongue and inside-cheeks – oral care means more than just brushing and flossing. Our mouth faces bacteria every second so you need to give it an overall health boost. Use professional tongue brushing products and keep the risk factors as low as you can.
2. Neglecting Our Feet
Our feet are the ones keeping us going – but we take them for granted every single day, forgetting that their bad shape can negatively impact our general state of health and well-being. Our feet face a lot of stress on a regular basis, being subjected to tremendous force impact, bacteria, skin problems, fungal infections, damaged bones, muscles and ligaments, fallen arches, and so on.
Unhealthy feet mean balance problems, bone and muscle problems, spine issues, infections, loss of mobility and long-term subsequent health issues.
- Introduce a proper wash and dry feet routine to include special attention given to each of your toes. Proper washing with neutral pH products and proper drying lessens the risk of fungal or bacterial infections, odor and athlete’s foot.
- Moisturize your feet (soles and toes) after each wash, to keep the skin from drying and causing subsequent problems.
- Always wear comfortable shoes and never trade health for fashion. Alternate your shoes daily.
- Try wearing cotton socks and change socks more than once a day.
- Tend to your pedicure properly in hygienic environments. If you suffer from diabetes, you need to follow particular sets of rules to get a daily routine foot care.
3. Neglecting Our Spine
The spine is the pillar that keeps us alive. From the usual daily back pains or migraines to the life threatening health conditions they can lead to, ignored spine problems represent the very foundation of an unhealthy life style and of a dangerous path to take.
There are so many spinal conditions and so many subsequent illnesses, one cannot even count them all, so this is why you need to take proper measures to indulge your spine and keep it your friend, not your enemy.
- Limit your sitting time and make sure your spine gets an ergonomic environment to stay relaxed and in a healthy position.
- Give your spine a relaxing sleeping environment.
- Treat your spine with daily spinal exercises – they will also improve your balance, posture, walking and mobility
- Get a professional massage as often as you can.
- See a chiropractor at least once a year to educate you on proper spinal position and care and alleviate some dysfunctional spine postures and pains.
A good state of health means taking care of your body from head to toe and never ignoring these three essential and vital health areas.
Do you have other tips, tricks and daily routines to tend to your feet, spine and teeth?
About the Author
Ethel Huizar is a full time-writer, who graduated from Master of Public Health, University of Colorado. She believes that the state of good health, both mental and physical, is essential for every human being. Ethel is proud of her job: she researches new topics every day and writes original articles related to health problems.