8 Ways to Monitor Your Own Health

Monitor Your Own Health

Follow these 8 simple methods to monitor and be in control of your health:

1. Strive for PERF-ection

Apply these steps on a daily basis (Fresh Produce, Exercise, Relaxation, Fibre)

  • Fresh Produce – Consume a good portion of fresh fruit & veg
  • Exercise – Move constantly & consistently. Brisk walks to workouts
  • Relaxation – 15 minutes to yourself; Laughter, fun and/or reflection
  • Fibre  Make sure your diet consists of high fibre foods (beans, grains)

2. Monitor Your Sleepiness.

Answering yes to the following is a sign you’re not getting enough sleep.

  • Cannot wake up without an Alarm clock?
  • Do you fall victim to strong case of afternoon drowsiness?
  • Cannot help dozing off after dinner?

3. Check Your Hairbrush

Do you lose a good portion of hair when you brush? There are 2 possible reasons.

  • Low Iron count has been linked to hair loss. Boost Iron with leafy veg
  • Thyroid Disease. See a doctor to determine whether this is the case

4. Measure Yourself

Tracking your height after the age of 50 gives a solid indication to the porosity of your bones. A drop in height is an indication that your bones are losing density and becoming brittle. See a doctor if this is the case.

5. Monitor Your Urine

The colour and tone of your urine is an indication of how hydrated you are. A dark tone of yellow indicates dehydration, while a clear, straw hue indicates good hydration.

6. Check Your Heartbeat After Exercise

The slower the heart recovery (HRR) post-exercise, the higher the risk of having a heart attack than those who with normal HRR.

To determine your HRR after activity;

  • Count your heartbeats for 15 seconds, multiply by 4. This is your heart rate.
  • Sit down and wait 2 minutes before checking again.
  • Subtract second number from the first.

If it’s under 55, your HRR is higher than normal and you should talk it through with your doctor.

7. Diabetics Should Check Their Feet Every Day

Diabetes sufferers tend to be susceptible to damage of their extremities. Check your feet daily for blisters and wounds

8. Check Your Blood Pressure

Check your blood pressure every 6 months with either a blood pressure monitor. If the top number is greater than 140, and the bottom number is higher than 90, you should see the doctor immediately.

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