Prevention: Better Than a Ton of Cure

We’re all about preventative medicine here at Ideas for Good. Making small changes to your life now can save you big-time in the long run. Preventative health maintenance can not only save you from severe pain and reduce deterioration of your senses as you age, but they can also save you a lot of money. Sure some of the following tips may cost you a little bit now, but it’s just a little short term pain for a lot of long term gain.

You may have read our recent article on the steps you can take to save your back from aches and pains, as you get older. Following are a few other tips on preventative health care for other areas that will also benefit you greatly in the long run.

Vision

It is inevitable that your vision will deteriorate as you age, but there are steps you can take to keep your eyesight in peak shape for as long as possible. In today’s society where everybody constantly has their head in their smartphone when they’re not

staring at their computer monitor at work or television at home, it makes sense to give your eyes a break. If you stare at a screen for long hours, try and take a break for a few minutes every hour or two and try and focus on things in the distance. Yes, you might have to go outside to do it but you’ll be happy you did when you can still read without wearing spectacles in your older years.

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Another benefit of stepping outdoors is that you give your eyes the chance to get some sunshine! A 2008 study comparing the vision of children in different countries, found that children who spent more time outdoors and therefore whose eyes were exposed to more sunshine, has much better vision than those who spent most of their time indoors. So why not take a break from reading this article and take a step outside for 5 minutes? We’ll still be right here when you get back!

Teeth

Nobody likes a visit to the dentist, but staying away for too long between visits will almost certainly cost you in the long run. If you maintain perfect dental practices and have a healthy diets with limited sugar intake then you might not have any dental issues, however for the majority of us who aren’t angels when it comes to eating junk food and brushing softly in a swirling motion twice a day then there are almost certainly some dental concerns on the horizon.

Here the best preventative health advice is to stop eating sweets and processed foods, but for those of us who can’t stand up to the sugar monster there are still steps you can take to ensure your teeth outlast your taste-buds’ cravings. One dentist in Boronia, near Ferntree Gully in Melbourne suggests that people get a check up at the absolute bare minimum once every two years. While more regularly is better and every 6 months is optimal, if you’re an avid dodger of dental visits once every few years is still better than nothing.

Many of us forget about our dental health once we finish schooling with compulsory dental visits. However, oral healthcare is one of the largest medical costs for Australian’s in their later years, so it’s highly beneficial to keep your teeth in good condition. Regular dental visits can help you notice problems before they escalate, and can save you thousands of dollars in dental bills. If you don’t want to have dentures by the time you turn 50, perhaps it’s time you booked for a checkup?

Hair

Nobody wants to lose his or her hair or go grey, but it’s another one of life’s inevitabilities. Many people just accept that it’s the way things have to be, but there is a way to maintain your youthful locks for longer. We spoke with our hairdresser friends about how they help their salon clients maintain their colourful and volumous hair. Ashlea has plenty to say on the topic.

“Most people don’t realize that hair is an extension of your body, so your hair reflects your bodies overall level of health. Is your hair going grey or thinning out at a young age? While genetics does have something to do with it, there’s a pretty good chance your lacking certain nutrients in your diet or your body is not healthy in some way.” Ashlea recommends to all her clients that they ensure they are getting enough nutrients through eating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables, and taking it easy on the booze. “I’ve noticed huge differences in my clients hair when they’ve changed their diets. Getting the proper vitamins and minerals through dietary changes can really make an impact!”

So there you have it. If you’re starting to thin or go grey early, perhaps your diet is to blame. Why not try a few weeks of eating less meats, carbs and fats and dining on more raw produce and see if it makes you feel different. Not only will it be good for your hair but it will also be good for your waistline.

That’s all from us today on preventative health, we’ll be sure to bring you more tips on the topic in the future though, so stay tuned to Ideas for Good for all the best advice and guidance on health, community and life.

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