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Protect yourself from illness
We all know that illness can strike at any time. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent the development of a whole range of medical conditions (both physical and mental).

Stopping smoking and reducing alcohol intake are major strides forward towards improving and protecting your health, but that is still not enough. For your body and brain to function properly and well, you need to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle which combines a nutritious, balanced diet with regular exercise.

Through reading this article in Zone 1 of the Centre you will gain an understanding into how the body and brain actually works (and how they are linked). You will also learn more about the dangers of putting off getting healthy and fit until tomorrow. The link between maintaining a balanced diet with regular exercise (and how this can protect your overall health) will be explained to you. And, what’s more, you will also learn how you can help others to protect themselves from becoming unwell.

All this will help you to protect yourself from poor health both now and in the long term, allowing you to feel well physically and mentally every day, so that you may enjoy life to the full.

In this article:

How does the body work?

Why do we sometimes become ill?

What would be a good starting point for protecting myself from illness?

What about protecting myself from mental illness?

How can maintaining a balanced diet and getting fit help?

How can I help others?

Summary & Suggestions for further learning through this website

How does the body work?
The human body is an organism that is as miraculous as it is complex. Although the simplest approach to ‘explaining’ the body is to consider it as an organism made up of millions of cells and several interconnecting systems (muscular, skeletal, respiratory, etc.), the exact way in which the body works in its entirety still remains a mystery (and probably always will!).

What is known is that in order for the body to function properly and well, adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key. The importance of maintaining a healthy heart, lung, liver and kidneys, as well as looking after your bones and muscles (and even your blood itself), cannot be stressed enough if you wish to live life to the full and protect yourself from developing a whole range of health conditions and even life-threatening diseases. Getting fit and healthy can also protect you from developing mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety and stress.

Let’s take a moment now to consider what are some of the reasons why our bodies and minds ‘go wrong’, and why the onset of symptoms can sometimes be so sudden, without any prior warning at all.

Why do we sometimes become ill?
The development of health conditions and serious diseases can stem from a range of possible causes. However, most healthcare professionals worldwide agree that the prime reason (or ‘the underlying cause’) of why people become ill is through lifestyle choices they make (poor diet, lack of exercise, a refusal or an inability to stop smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, etc.).

Genetics can also be a major factor – many people have a genetic predisposition to developing certain medical conditions. That is, there is a family history of the condition. This can often be the case with serious conditions, such as cardiovascular problems and even cancer.

The good news is that if we know why we become ill and what the risks are when it comes to developing a whole range of heath conditions, then we know that we need to take steps to reduce those risks, to make the appropriate and necessary lifestyle changes in order to protect ourselves (and our loved ones) from becoming ill now and as we get older.

What would be a good starting point for protecting myself from illness?
Making the decision to change your lifestyle in order to protect yourself from becoming ill is step one. It is probably the most important decision you will ever make and one that could not only impact upon you, but also the lives of your family, friends and even work colleagues.

What about protecting myself from mental illness?
If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will feel better both physically and mentally. From a mental health standpoint, your balanced diet will provide your brain with all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs (and in the correct quantities), and by exercising regularly, ‘feel good’ neurochemicals and hormone-like substances in the brain will be boosted. The main ‘feel good’ neurochemicals are called endorphins. When endorphins are boosted and interact with other neurochemicals, such as serotonin, adrenaline and dopamine, you will feel bright, positive and energised.

How can maintaining a balanced diet and getting fit help?
Combining a balanced diet with regular exercise will help you to control your weight and protect you from becoming obese – a condition so many people across the UK are struggling with.

Obesity can lead to health problems such Type-2 Diabetes, heart disease, extreme breathing difficulties, spinal damage and even some cancers (breast, colon, stomach and kidney cancer). It is not surprising then that obesity is such as major concern for UK health authorities.

As well as the health conditions above, if you are obese, associated problems can include:

High blood pressure

Infertility

Aching joints

Osteoarthritis

Gallstones

Sleeping problems

Snoring

Associated symptoms of obesity can include:

Excessive sweating

Fatigue

Lethargy

An inability to manage tasks and/or activities which require physical activity in sudden bursts

Put simply, being overweight is generally caused by eating too many calories (fatty foods, sugary drinks…) and not exercising enough to burn them off.

At its most basic level, your balanced diet should include:

An appropriate amount of nutrients and minerals from fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts

Sufficient quantities of water

Limited intake of sugar, and

Low salt intake

By shedding those pounds and working towards becoming your ‘correct’ weight, you can prevent the development of illness and disease now and also in the long term. Also, if you are unfortunate and fall ill through contracting a contagious condition, or break a limb due to an accident of some sort, being slim and otherwise in good health can help accelerate your recovery process.

Note: Although most cases of obesity are due to the aforementioned causes, it is also important to point out that for some people obesity may be due to:

Medical reasons, such as excessive production of steroid hormones in the body, underactive thyroid, metabolic syndrome and familial obesity

Certain medications, such as antidepressants, steroids and blood pressure drugs

Finally, and before we summarise and look at suggestions for further learning through this website, let’s now consider how you can help others to protect themselves from illness.

How can I help others?
Share your knowledge. You could actually save someone’s life through doing so.

So many people know deep down that they should be working much harder at protecting their health both now and for the long term, but they simply don’t know how to go about it, or where to start. You could help them.

Also, tell others about the Chemist Online Health & Fitness Centre! The wealth of useful and up-to-the-minute information available here is changing people’s lives every day – for the better.

Let’s summarise now and then look at some suggestions for further learning through this website.

Summary
Through reading this article in Zone 1 of the Centre you have gained a deeper understanding into how the body and brain works. You have learned about the reasons as to why we sometimes fall ill. And you have discovered invaluable ways to protect your physical and mental health both now and in the long term by adopting a new healthy lifestyle which combines a balanced diet with regular exercise. All this will help you to live life to the full, without being waylaid by unexpected illness, (and also to help others to do the same). In fact, the information you are now empowered with could actually protect you or someone you know and care about from developing a serious, life-threatening illness.

Now learn more!
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