How to make a dent in your dental health
By By KEVIN STEELEAPosted Jan 05, 2017 06:16:57In the last decade, more than 500,000 Americans have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and they’ve cost the nation more than $1.4 trillion.
It’s a major health issue, and it’s been estimated to cost at least $100 billion per year.
There are a few things you can do to reduce your risk for COPD.
Here are 10 tips to help you feel better about your health and make your visit a pleasant one.1.
Eat healthy and exercise2.
Drink plenty of water and keep your blood pressure under control3.
Keep your stress levels under control4.
Drink lots of coffee and tea5.
Get enough rest6.
Make a concerted effort to exercise your heart and lungs7.
Reduce stress levels8.
Find and use a good diet to support a healthy lifestyle1.
Diet, exercise and exercise1.
Eating healthy and exercisingThe best way to keep your body healthy and boost your energy levels is to follow the “3 a.m. rule,” according to the American Dental Association.
“Eat at your desk and sleep at your bedtime,” says Dr. Brian McQuillan, a professor of clinical preventive medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a certified personal trainer.
“I find that people with COPD have lower blood pressure and heart rates and lower levels of inflammation,” McQuisten says.
“They have less of a heart rate and respiratory rate and they have less stress and lower blood sugar levels.”2.
Take a good night’s rest4.
Get plenty of sleep5.
Avoid smoking and drinking”Sleep well,” McKeon says.3.
Exercise, and keep it simpleWhen it comes to exercise, the more people exercise, McKean says, the healthier their bodies will be.
Exercise is important because it improves your blood circulation, McQuin says.
You also get your blood pumping, Mcquillan says.
“If you’re doing a lot of repetitive activities, like doing stairs, walking, lifting weights or jumping off a building, the blood flow to the muscles is reduced, which leads to inflammation and reduced oxygen to the tissues,” he says.
That can lead to more problems like heart attacks and strokes.3.
“Keep it simple” McQuincen recommends that people get at least two hours of sleep a night, and he recommends people keep their body temperature below 80 degrees F (24 degrees C) for about 30 minutes.
“If you can’t get at night, get up at 8 a.mp,” he advises.
“Just getting up in the morning is the most important thing to do.”4.
Use anti-inflammatory drugs and rest5.
Keep in touch with family and friends to make sure you’re getting the most out of your visit7.
Make the right choice and do it at homeWhen it come to your personal health, McKenzie says, “you have to take a step back and think about the whole picture.”
“The first thing you have to do is take a look at your diet and take a closer look at what you eat and how you’re eating,” McKenna says.
Then you need to look at the medications you’re taking, McMcKenzie explains.
“The most important piece of advice is to get your vitamins and minerals in.”
That includes the minerals that are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts.4.
Take vitamins, minerals and exercise4.
Make sure you have a healthy diet, and avoid sugar, processed foods and caffeine5.
Don’t drink too much alcohol or take too much sugarA study published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2017 showed that people who ate a more plant-based diet were less likely to develop COPD and were also less likely overall to have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, depression and other chronic health problems.
McKenna recommends that you “make the right choices” with regard to food and beverage consumption and exercise.
“You have to balance these things,” he adds.
“I would recommend trying to eat a balanced diet with the right amount of vegetables, fruits and legumes, plus healthy fats and proteins.”4: Eat well, exercise regularlyIf you or someone you know is suffering from COPD or any other chronic condition, it’s important to follow a few simple guidelines.
“One of the biggest things to try is to eat as much as you possibly can, because it’s very hard to get enough,” McLeod says.
If you’re not eating, you’re dehydrated and dehydrated is not good for your heart.
“Make sure you eat plenty of protein,” McLeods recommends.
“And if you have other chronic conditions, take care of them.”4a.
Eat well to keep blood pressure down5.
Use the anti-inflammatories5.
Limit sugar, caffeine