There are so many factors that contribute to your health. You need a good diet, sleep, exercise, good relationships, less stress, and so on. Prioritizing your health early on and changing factors to be health promoting will help you maintain your health long-term.
A poor diet is one that is low in micronutrients, low fiber, high fat, and a high number of processed foods. A poor diet will also be high in sugar and salt. The body needs micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) proteins, carbohydrates, and fats for it to function optimally. Eating too much can also cause health problems by contributing to obesity. Poor diets can increase risk of hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. Aim for eating more whole foods, more fruits and vegetables, and less processed sugars for a better diet and better health.
Your job can be harming your health in many ways. An overloaded work schedule can contribute to risks of heart disease and poor mental health. Sitting all day can contribute to obesity and increase risks of diabetes. Not taking time off or breaks throughout the day can lead to fatigue, burnout, and stress. Overall stress from work can lead to increased risk of disease. You can also be exposed to hazards while on the job. Wearing the proper PPE can protect you from hazards in the workplace. PPE provides a barrier between you and the hazard, preventing illness or injury. Hazards can come from chemicals, radioactive material, physical, bacterial, viral, electrical, or mechanical. Serious illnesses and injuries can occur when exposed to these. You should be trained in proper PPE, how to use it, why, limitations of the PPE, and how to dispose of it.
The recommendation for adults is to get greater than 7 hours of sleep. Not everyone will need the same amount of sleep, so find what is right for you. Occasional lack of sleep will be fine, but with chronic lack of sleep health will decline. Lack of sleep contributes to brain fog, decreased heart health, gut health, and decreased mental health.
It is important not to wait to change factors that are detrimental to your health. The longer you have unhealthy behaviors, the quicker your health can decline and the longer it could take to change those behaviors to healthy behaviors. Play the long game and start now to prioritize your health.
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