Tips to Prevent Chronic Diseases this Summer

Chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart ailments are among the leading causes of death and disability in North America. But these diseases are highly preventable when treated on time. By implementing certain healthy behaviors and routines in life, you can improve your odds of staying well and living a hale and hearty life.

  • Quit Smoking: You must have heard this a million times already, but it remains vital to understand that smoking is injurious to health. According to the Canadian Lung Association, an estimated 48,000 Canadians die a year as a result of smoking and numerous live with chronic disease. Even with public health education and prevention efforts, around 15 percent of Canadians smoke cigarettes. If you don’t smoke, do not start. If you smoke, get help and quit. These are one of the best ways to prevent chronic diseases like lung cancer, heart disease, mouth cancer, or any smoke-related ailmen
  • Nutritional Diet: Your body is what you eat, so taking good nutrition is vital to stay healthy. According to the CDC, people with healthy eating patterns live longer and are less prone to obesity, heart disease, diabetes or cancer. In a child, the first two years of life are crucial for healthy development, so the benefits of healthy eating are notable. Breastfeeding is the most important source of nutrition for infants as it can reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes, respiratory and ear infections, asthma, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Stay Active: Being physically active is the road to living and looking young. The health benefits associated with physical activity are for everyone. It is one of the best ways to lower the risk of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and cholesterol. Adults can perform two forms of physical activity. 

– Aerobic physical activities such as walking, running, dancing, biking and more

– Muscle-strengthening like weightlifting, push-ups, squats and more. No matter if you have any chronic disease or disability, there are ways and exercise meant for everyone, as something is better than nothing

  • Reduce Alcohol Intake: Drinking: Excessive alcohol consumption can become a cause of BP, stroke, cancer, and heart disease in the future. Heavy drinking is, it’s defined as eight or more drinks per week for a woman and 15 or more drinks per week for a man. To limit the risk of alcohol-related disease, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 recommend that adults of legal drinking age can choose not to drink or limit the intake to 2 drinks or less in a day for men and one drink for women.
  • Incorporate Nature Therapy: Naturopathy helps prevent disease from developing in the first place and provides effective ways to combat it by using traditional natural medicine. At RCP Health we recommend a natural approach to boost the immune system. With all-natural techniques, naturopathy revives and provides the patient with the energy and strength they lacked initially, thus increasing their ability to stay active and eat and live healthy.