The start of a new decade after the panic waves and adjustment to the new normal can be a challenging thing. In the last year, we have experienced an unprecedented shift in our daily routines. Social distancing, social isolation, and personal hygiene are a few words which we kept onlistening. But now, it's time to make new resolutions and adjust to the new normal to keep ourselves, our family and community safe and healthy.
We already have a better understanding about doing things like keeping distance, washing hands regularly, and covering coughs and sneeze to name a few. These actions are required to be continued even in the years to come as the war is not yet over. So, even while we are putting step in a new year amidst the pandemic, it's necessary to follow a healthier lifestyle and take good health measures for a healthier living!
Health tips for the new normal:
Here we have listed out a few health tips. Just follow them and make sure you are doing everything possible to keep safe, healthy and happy in the coming days.
Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet: Include an array of colours to your plate like fresh herbs, whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat and legumes. Yes! Eating healthy will boost your immune system and help fight off the symptoms.
Retrain your palate with less salt and sugar: Never use more than the daily recommended levels of salt and sugar as high sodium and sugar consumption can lead to hypertension, diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. So, limit the intake of salty foods, sugary snacks, candies, and sweetened beverages.
Reduce the intake of saturated fats: Intake of saturated fat raises your cholesterol levels and increase your risk of heart disease. So, reduce your overall fat intake and replace the saturated fat with unsaturated fat like flaxseeds, olive oil, walnuts, almonds, pecans etc.
Limit alcohol intake and smoking: If you are a smoker, it’s never too late to quit, as smoking causes lung disease, stroke, and heart disease. Also, drinking alcohol compromises your immune system and can lead to the development of chronic diseases.
Be active: Staying physically active throughout the week improves blood circulation, eases muscle strain, and relieves mental tension. Also, exercising is a great way to combat diseases and conditions and helps to boost overall wellbeing.
Check blood pressure regularly: Uncontrolled blood pressure increases the risk of heart, brain, and kidney disease. To maintain healthy numbers, get your blood pressure checked regularly.
Maintain clean and safe drinking water: Contaminated water increases the risk for diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, and many more. So, make sure to use safe and clean drinking water, but if you are unsure of your water source, then boil your water before using it.
Practise a good respiratory and hand hygiene: A good hand and respiratory hygiene in place can prevent the transmission of infection from one person to another through the infectious droplet.
Take antibiotics only as prescribed: Regular use of antibiotics without doctor’s recommendation can make the body resistant to infection caused by bacteria and virus.Unnecessary use of antibiotics is dangerous as the infection becomes harder to treat, which leads to higher medical cost, lengthy hospital stay, and increased mortality rate.
Have regular health check-ups: Regular health check-ups are a must to meet a healthy lifestyle! Having check-ups done regularly helps to detect health conditions or diseases early and prevents worsening or complicated conditions. So, on-time screening, right treatment and getting appropriate healthcare services are important for a longer, healthier and happier life.
Let’s start the new decade with a healthy way of living. Let’s accept the changes and work together by following the healthy habits in the new normal and keep the family, community, and the people around us safe andhealthy. Let’s promise and create the healthiest version of the new era!
Wishing you all a very happy, safe, and healthy 2021!