Top 3 Key Elements Of Physical Wellness
Physical wellness is the proper care of the human body to boost function and improve health. Others like to include self-care. Unfortunately, few can maintain a decent degree of physical wellness, with reports indicating that only 12% of Americans are metabolically healthy. Unfortunately, this means more people are at risk of ill health. Physical wellness is a broad subject, and there is no way it can all be discussed on a single page. However, below are three key areas and how to maintain them for your wellbeing.
Adequate rest and sleep
Sleep is often underrated, but you will be surprised to learn that the lack of it can significantly impact your health, including your blood levels. According to the Cleveland Clinic, people who lack sleep for 16 hours and above often have blood levels equivalent to that of a person intoxicated with alcohol. The research detailed how the lack of sleep causes the circulatory system to mimic that of an intoxicated person. Consequently, your performance slows down, and there is altered message transmission between the brain and the rest of the body.
As a result, the body tries to overwork itself to compensate for the lack o f sleep. When this continues in the long term, it can trigger emotional instability, reduce immune system functions and open the body up to a long list of ill health. You don’t necessarily always have to be asleep for it to be considered rest. It would help if you considered timed rest periods to give your body the chance to ‘reboot’ and perform optimally.
Hygiene and regular medical checks
Every action you take regarding the body to prevent disease is regarded as hygiene. Things like bathing, regular handwashing, laundry, and oral care can be categorized under the huge hygiene umbrella. Good personal hygiene does more than prevent bacteria-causing diseases. It can positively influence your mood and boost self-confidence and personal appeal.
Aside from personal hygiene, it is advisable to make regular medical appointments. For example, booking appointments with the local dentist can increase your chances of a healthier mouth. Usually, oral conditions like cavities or the onset of gum disease can be missed until it’s severe and causes significant damage. Hygiene is preventative care, but so is regular medical screening. Both work hand-in-hand to help you cover all necessary ground.
Eating healthy goes beyond cutting out meats and living on vegetables alone. Instead, it is the proper portioning of food, making sure to include all the nutritional groups. More importantly, it has to do with sticking to a routine of eating healthy. The body needs consistency in nutrition; when you do it right, you increase the chances of enhanced wellness. Any deviation from good nutrition can have metabolic consequences on the body. Nutrition also includes proper hydration for the body. Water is important because it helps in digestion and the proper absorption of nutrients. Admittedly, there are times you may crave junk foods, but moderation is recommended.
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