Your lifestyle plays a huge role in overall health and well-being. It’s important to take care of yourself, by establishing healthy habits in every part of your life.
Daily physical activity has tremendous health benefits, which includes preventing conditions and diseases as well as controlling weight. For instance, if you are diabetic, adding regular exercise to your routine can lower blood glucose, according to the American Diabetes Association. Routine physical activity can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. So where do you begin? There are many, easy ways you can start becoming more active.
What you eat is just as significant as exercise in a healthy lifestyle. Poor nutrition can lead to a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. If you want to help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, a healthy diet is critical. Eating some foods can help you get one step closer to your goal.
Sexual health can dramatically impact your overall health. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that African Americans accounted for 47% of HIV diagnoses from 2008-2011. Of all ethnic groups, African Americans are actually the most affected by the majority of sexually transmitted diseases, (STD) including gonorrhea and syphilis. There are many things you can do to help decrease your chances of contracting an STD. Many treatment options are available if you have already contracted one.
How you handle stress in day-to-day situations can affect your health. According to the American Psychological Association, African Americans are disproportionately affected by stress. Some reasons for this may include perceived discrimination, environmental stress, and socioeconomic status. So, what are some healthy ways to handle stress?
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Choose foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars; look at the labels because the first listed items on the labels comprise the highest concentrations of ingredients.