If your idea of maintaining your health is through meeting a doctor once or twice a year, you’re being complacent. You live in your body every second of every day so you are the best judge for your health, provided you know the signs to look for. Here are some helpful tips to monitor your health on a regular basis.
1. Think PERF every evening:
There are four things you need to monitor every day that can tell you a lot about your health. They are the fruits and vegetables that you ate in a day (Produce), whether you walked and exercised (Exercise), whether you got at least 15 minutes of you-time with plenty of laughter and relaxation (Relaxation) and finally whether you got enough veggies and beans (Fibre). If you can say you did a healthy dose of all of this, then you can say you’ve lived a healthy day.
2. Check Your hairbrush:
Check your hairbrush and see if hair is falling out. If so ask your doctor to check your blood ferritin which is an indication of how chmu iron is present in your body. Studies suggest that low levels of iron may be related to hair loss and thyroid disease could also be another cause.
3. Keep track of your urine colour:
The colour of your urine can tell you a lot about your fluid intake. Ideally, your urine should be a clear, straw colour. If it has a dark colour with a strong smell, it means you are not getting enough water and fluids. If it is still dark after taking a lot of fluids, it is a good idea to follow up with a doctor.
4. People with diabetes, check your feet:
People with diabetes usually have slight nerve damage in their extremities like their feet so it is a good idea to idea to examine your feet for blisters, fungus, peeling skin, cuts and bruises. These daily self-examinations are critical clues to monitor your blood sugar level and are a simple check to see if you have nerve damage.
5. Measure your height every year after 50:
Skeletal health and posture become important after 50, especially for women. A change in your posture can be extremely informative about your bone density and assessing your overall bone health. But don’t skip bone density tests as they will tell you much more about your health.