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January 16, 2018

Simple Tips for a Healthier You in 2018

 

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The path to a healthier you doesn’t have to be complicated. Nightingale compiled a list of a few simple tips to get you started on the path to enhanced physical and mental well being this year. Check them out.

If there is anything that we all want for ourselves and our loved ones, it’s to live a happy and healthy life. Ringing in the New Year grants us an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and add some healthy habits to our lifestyle.

 

The path to a healthier you doesn’t have to be complicated and you don’t have to do it alone. We’ve compiled a list of a few simple tips to get you started on the path to enhanced physical and mental well being this year.

 

Start in the Kitchen

You’d be surprised what changing a few simple habits in the kitchen will do to promote a healthier lifestyle. A healthy diet helps protect against noncommunicable diseases including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and cancer. According to the World Health Organization, more than 19% of residents in the UAE are suffering from diabetes. That’s about every 1 in 5 people. Most of those inflicted are suffering from Type II diabetes. Type II diabetes is a non-insulin dependent diabetes and is directly linked to obesity. So this year, let’s start in the kitchen.

 

When it comes to your plate, healthy rainbow coloured vegetables should take up the most real estate. Think carrots, bell peppers, leafy greens, broccoli, beets and Brussel sprouts. Rich in vitamins and minerals, by adding more veggies to your diet you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs to thrive.

 

Consider swapping out meat for beans a few meals each week. Not only are the lower in fat, but they’re also packed to the brim with protein, fibre, potassium, magnesium, iron, and folate. Regularly consuming beans and lentils helps lower blood pressure and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol levels to promote a healthy heart.

 

It can be overwhelming trying to revamp your diet. There are so many places to start. Working with a certified nurse from the comforts of your home can help set you on the track to healthier eating habits. At Nightingale, our nurses possess the knowledge to help you customize a nutrition plan that suits your lifestyle and medical needs.

 

Get Moving

The thought of starting an exercise or physical activity routine can be overwhelming, especially if you suffer from a chronic illness or are recovering from an injury. However, exercise is an important aspect of a healthier lifestyle. Regardless of your age or health condition, incorporating movement into your daily routine will promote cardiovascular health and the production of muscle mass. Additionally, research conducted at Australia’s Black Dog Institute indicates that as little as 1 hour of exercise each week, regardless of intensity, can improve mental health.

 

Even if you have a physical ailment or medical condition, the nurses at Nightingale can help get you moving. Our Physiotherapy program is designed for individuals who have suffered an injury and people who are beginning to experience the effects of life’s wear and tear on their bodies. Through a combination of cardiovascular exercises and strength training our nurses will help you build strength, restore flexibility and improve coordination and balance.

 

Nightingale Home Nurse and a Healthier 2018

Nightingale DHA registered home nurses are experienced and trained with the skills to help you live a healthier lifestyle. Whether you are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes or need post-operative care to get back on track, a home nurse will help you and your loved ones on their path to health.

 

A registered nurse can help you make preventative healthy decisions to improve quality of life. From customized nutrition plans and accompanying you or your loved one to the pool or gym to tracking your health progress (i.e. your heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, etc.), our home nurses can help. Contact us today to learn how we can help you and your loved ones on the path to a healthier 2018. Happy New Year!

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