How to Steer Clear of 3 Avoidable Health Disasters

Health disasters can’t all be circumvented. However, some of the world’s most critical health disasters are avoidable ones. Let’s discuss some ways you can be proactive about dodging 3 avoidable health disasters that people commonly experience.

1. Obesity

Obesity is considered a health disaster because it is frequently correlated with chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis. 

The causes of obesity are more complex than you’ve been led to believe. You already know that poor diet and lack of sufficient exercise are key factors that can cause obesity. But maybe you aren’t aware of a few of the other most important factors that could cause you to gain weight and make that weight difficult to lose.

Lack of sufficient sleep can obstruct the proper functioning of the metabolic hormones that regulate your food cravings and feelings of hunger. So beyond eating well and exercising regularly, getting enough sleep is high on the list of things you want to do to maintain a healthy body weight.

There are synthetic chemicals known as “obesogens” that can also contribute to or possibly even cause obesity by disrupting the proper functioning of your hormones. These chemicals show up in surprising places like your food packaging. It’s hard to avoid them if you’re buying processed food; but an easy solution is to shop for your food fresh from the farmer’s market. You’ll also want to consider reducing your use of plastics and avoiding using plastic containers to heat up your food if you want to minimise your level of exposure to obesogens.

The bacteria in your gut play an important role in how your body metabolises the food you eat. Researchers have discovered that certain types of bacteria are correlated with an overweight physique, and certain different types of bacteria are correlated with a slender physique.

There are a couple of steps you can take to increase the levels of friendly bacteria in your gut. For starters, avoid taking antibiotics unless it is an urgent medical necessity, because antibiotics are likely to kill off all the bacteria in your gut – both the beneficial kind and the bad ones. Once the good bacteria are gone, it can be challenging to get them re-established.

Eat more probiotic foods like Korean kimchi and German sauerkraut, many of which are fermented. Fermented foods tend to attract high numbers of beneficial bacteria. In particular, clinical research has demonstrated that fermented kimchi has anti-obesity effects.

Of course, in addition to the things mentioned above, it is also important to exercise regularly and avoid overeating.

2. Drug Addiction

There are many and diverse paths that could potentially lead a person to experiment with drugs and ultimately become addicted to them. One of the most common factors is boredom. People often experiment with alcohol and drugs when they can’t think of anything more exciting to do. Then it can quickly evolve into a habit.

One of the smartest things you can do to avoid drug addiction is to avoid boredom. There are many worthwhile pastimes you can adopt to keep your mind engaged or your hands occupied.

A few examples of beneficial, boredom-relieving hobbies could include team sports like cricket; visual arts like painting; strategy games like chess; or creative hobbies like knitting. Virtually all of these pastimes are healthier than a drug addiction would be – and most of them are less expensive, too. Some of them even have the potential to save you money. For example, foraging for wild food is becoming a popular pastime; if you’re successful at that, it could save you substantial amounts of money at the grocer’s.

Stress and anxiety are two other reasons people  might choose to abuse drugs and alcohol. We recommend implementing these 8 tips for fighting stress.

3. Botched Cosmetic Surgery

Most of the time, cosmetic surgery procedures go as planned – but they don’t always. Failed cosmetic surgery is absolutely tragic. It can leave a person with a deformed face or body and a shattered self-image.

The only foolproof way to avoid a botched cosmetic surgery is to not have any procedures in the first place. Before you decide to undertake a cosmetic surgery procedure, you’ll definitely want to consider all of your possible alternatives. For example, if you’re considering bariatric surgery, you could try a gym membership instead; and if you’re thinking of breast augmentation surgery, you could try buying a few push-up bras to see if that would be a satisfactory solution.

But if you have your heart set on cosmetic surgery, there are a couple of steps you can take to minimise the chances of that procedure going all wrong:

Work With a Qualified Physician

There are many unscrupulous practitioners who are completely unqualified to perform plastic surgery – yet they are practicing anyway. To avoid these, you’ll want to have your procedure performed by a licensed physician in your home country. In Australia, it’s advisable to choose a physician who has received accreditation from the Australian government via the Australian Medical Council.  You’ll also want to ensure your provider is highly experienced and specifically specialises in plastic surgery. 

Be sure to check your provider’s references before agreeing to complete a cosmetic surgery procedure. The RealSelf.com website is helpful for accomplishing this. Take a look at the profile of Dr Joseph Ajaka for an example of a doctor you’d want to work with; the doctor should ideally have plenty of experience and many positive testimonials from satisfied patients.

Have the Procedure Done in Your Home Country

Complications can arise when you receive treatments from a practitioner who is not in communication with your GP and does not have a proper understanding of your medical history. Follow-up care is extremely important for plastic surgery patients, and it may be hard to get the follow-up care you need if you undertake the procedure outside your home country. It may also be challenging to check references, because of a language barrier.

Taking these two steps does not guarantee that you will have a flawless procedure, but it does maximise your chances that things will go as expected.

 Obesity, drug addiction and botched cosmetic surgeries are 3 avoidable health problems. We hope this information is helpful in empowering you to avoid these health disasters.

This is a guest post.

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