Are you one of those people who reach straight for the meds as soon as you feel a slight headache coming on? Don’t worry, many of us are probably a little guilty of this.
But while medication can be helpful in treating many ailments, it is no good when taken in isolation. We need to live a healthy life, too.
“We are now living in a generation where we live longer but we’re sicker,” says medical practitioner and media commentator, Dr John D’Arcy. “The fact is 60 per cent of deaths are preventable with a healthy lifestyle and 80 per cent of the things that make us sick have a strong degree of preventability.”
We’ve been trained to be lazy when it comes to our health but we have to take control of our lives.
What you eat, how much exericse you do and what habits you have all affect your health. Here are Dr D’Arcy’s tips for a healthier lifestyle:
- Move. We move 80 per cent less than we did 20 years ago. Everything we have makes it easy to do nothing. We evolved because we had to search for food and move, we don’t move anymore. Just 30 minutes walking every day can do the world of good for everything from depression to cancer.
- Cut down on alcohol. Not only is it heavy in kiloujoules but excessive alcohol can actually “poison” your body but preventing your liver from working properly.
- Boost your spirit. We have become a bit dispirited, lately. Try to be happy and exercise your brain so that you can include happy thoughts. Those who have a positive outlook survive longer and feel better.
- The more you know about the medication you are on the better. 140,000 Australians end up in hospital each year because they muck their medication up while 70,000 of those cases could have avoided harm altogether.
- Change the things you can change, accept the things you can’t, shows you the wisdom to know the difference. Check out the More Than Medication website, which tries to assit people to take charge of their health, for more information, www.morethanmedication.com.au.