Preventative Health

Staying Healthy Requires a Holistic Approach

Maintaining or working toward good health requires being cognizant of nutrition intake, fitness & stress management and social health.   Urologic issues can develop when an individual does not manage these points.  It is definitely important to eat a balanced diet, exercise, rest well, and intake plenty of water and fluids.   However, many people whether they have extremely busy careers, family lives or have simply lost motivation need to reassess their current lifestyle to make necessary changes to improve their physical and mental health.   Making short-term and long-term health goals will enable a person to enjoy their career, family and life much more.

Nutrition

  • Eat a variety of nutrient rich foods. Your daily food selection should include a balance of good carbohydrates, protein, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Eat moderate portions. A fistful of food is considered a moderate portion for a meal.  Portion control is key!
    • If you are over 50, certain food should be avoided to maintain good health. These include processed foods, processed white sugar, foods with high salt content, smoked foods, high-carbohydrate foods, canned foods, canned beverages and processed juices.
  • Eat low fat foods. Choosing healthier options such as skim or low-fat dairy will help you maintain a balanced diet.   The appeal of sweets, fast food, caffeine and alcohol can be tempting, but realize your body is your temple!  Take care of it and do not waste your most precious gift.
  • Drink water! Stay away from cokes and other sugary sodas. Sugar is a source of empty calories that can use up important vitamins and minerals in your body. Water helps to hydrate, aid in blood circulation, remove toxins from our bodies and aid in the regulation of body temperatures.
  • Avoid too much caffeine. Caffeine is a mildly addictive drug that can affect your ability to sleep and focus while also affecting such bodily functions as muscle function and the cleansing of waste products.
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs.  You should not consume alcohol excessively or use any tobacco products and other illegal drugs, as these substances are highly detrimental to health.
  • Boost your overall health by taking vitamins and necessary supplements.

Fitness and stress management

  • Be active.  Regular exercise will improve your mood, blood circulation, stimulate metabolism, tone and strengthen your muscles, and burn excess calories. Moving and staying active is vitally important.  The treadmill, elliptical or bike is great for indoor exercise at a gym.  Maintaining a good heart rate is imperative.  If going to the gym is difficult, nothing beats fresh air.  Go outside and go for a daily brisk walk, jog or bike ride.  Swimming, yoga and Pilates are also a great form of exercise in stretching out the muscles, eliminating toxins and feeling great overall.
  • Relax. If you can train your mind to relax, you will have just eliminated unnecessary stress.  Take deep breaths throughout the day.  As you breathe in, imagine you are taking the entire days worth of stress, and then breathing it out as you exhale.  Relax your muscles as you exhale.
    • Meditation, gentle yoga and peaceful music will help relax.
    • Staying organized and eliminating excess clutter will help clear your mind.
    • Make some time in the day for relaxation and reflection.  Get plenty of sleep.
    • Allow at least 30 minutes of quiet relaxing activity before bed at night, e.g. reading.

Social Wellbeing

  • Get involved in community events and meet people in a positive environment. Joining a fun organization, volunteering at a non-profit event or in a soup kitchen helps you gain different, positive perspectives.  If you part of a church, temple, synagogue, mosque or other type of community center, they may provide you with means to relax (music, kirtan, reading or singing hymns and music, etc.)
  • Find something you are interested in and enjoy!