Let’s talk prevention in the Red Cross Month
March is the beginning of spring, a month of hope and rebirth. It is also Red Cross Month in honor of the people who make the mission of the American Red Cross possible. Having been founded in May 1881 by Clara Barton, an American philanthropist, the Red Cross will also celebrate its 140th anniversary this year.
Thus, it’s only natural to talk about such a significant movement started by one of the most revered women in U.S. history. Since the beginning, the Red Cross has been a beacon of hope to people in the face of tragedy and suffering. The members and volunteers help during disasters, donate blood that saves a countless number of lives, support military communities and veterans, and offer vital training in saving lives. However, the celebration of the Red Cross every March started in 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation. Since then, it has become an annual tradition that commemorates all the compassionate souls that help the ones in need.
When it comes to saving lives, prevention is an important key point.
In medicine, prevention is called prophylaxis, and it consists of all the measures one takes to prevent illness. Since diseases are highly influenced by environmental factors, genetic predisposition, disease agents, and lifestyle choices that can affect one’s health, let’s see some steps that anyone can take to make sure they stay healthy:
1. Quitting smoking can save your life in the long run. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, developing bad habits that put our lives at risk. Smoking can lead to several health issues including heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and lung disease. The earlier you give up this vice, the better.
2. While heavy drinking is a major risk to your health, moderate drinking is actually a way to prevent many future health issues. Drinking too much alcohol for long periods of time can lead to high blood pressure, liver disease, cancer, heart disease, or even stroke but a couple of glasses once in a while are harmless.
3. Eating healthy can prevent or delay many chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. To stay healthy, it is recommended to maintain a balanced diet that includes veggies, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean meats. Avoid eating sweets, carbohydrates, and heavily processed foods.
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4. Get the right amount of sleep. Lack of sleep amplifies the risks of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Oversleeping can also cause health problems. The ideal amount of sleep for a healthy lifestyle is between 7 and 9 hours each night.
5. Consider taking natural supplements to balance out any deficiencies you might have. Vitamins and minerals are crucial for the good functioning of your body. Depending on your needs, you can take a specific organic supplement like Vitamin C, a Vitamin B-complex, Ionic Zinc, or you can opt for a multivitamin formula that ensures your daily intake of various essential nutrients.
6. Staying physically active is another great way to prevent various health issues. Exercising regularly can improve your life quality, and reduce your risk of depression, dementia, diabetes, and a myriad of other health issues. Choose to do some light, aerobic activities like power walking, jogging, or biking.
If you haven’t established a prevention routine yet, the month of new beginnings is a good time to start one. It’s never too late to take better care of yourself.
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