The Best Things You Can Do For Your Health

healthy livingQuality of life has almost everything to do with one thing: your physical health. When your health is out of whack, it doesn’t matter what else you have. Without your health, everything else fades away into unimportance.

We all know about mastering the basics: food, exercise, and sleep, but maintaining perfect health is a lot more than just hitting the gym and eating a few servings of vegetables each day.

Optimal health not only involves cardio every day, five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables each day, getting enough nutrition and calories from the major food groups, and getting eight hours of sleep – it is a lot more nuanced than that.

To really take your health to the next level – to be truly healthy – you’ve got to think about the minutiae of health. Flossing, meditation, safe sex, stretching, fiber, stress relief, etc. are all pieces of the health puzzle you’re trying to put together. You are that puzzle. Better get to work on it.

Let’s look at some of the best things you can do for your health.

Meditation

Meditation is not a fad. It actually has some real health benefits. Taking a good 20 minutes a day to distress and concentrate on yourself is one of the most essential (yet very underutilized) secrets to longevity. Meditation can help with a whole range of things – improved immunity, better posture, lower blood pressure, and improved sleep. All of these benefits help lower your risk of heart problems that could send you to the cardiology center like Cardiovascular Solutions in Bradenton. You’re also going to feel a lot better – because you’ll be disconnected from all the noise, overstimulation, and pressure of life (at least for 10-20 minutes or so). You can take that feeling that meditation gives you and try to culture it in your daily life.

Better Sleep

Invest in that mattress. Skip that late show. A lot of hardworking people are sleep-deprived. Just because everyone is doing it, it doesn’t mean you have to. Sleep is the lynchpin of a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if you eat right and work out a lot if you don’t get hardly any sleep. Your physique will be harder to keep up if you’re not getting at least seven (if not eight) hours of sleep a night. You can’t just catch up on sleep when the weekend hits either.

There is new research that suggests that not getting enough sleep makes it harder for the brain to tell the body to flush out toxins.

Drinking enough water, drinking tea, flossing, taking probiotics, stretching, wearing sunglasses and sunscreen, eating enough fiber, drinking vegetable juice, and having more sex are also helpful for your health.

Major Emerging Medical Technology Innovations

medical technology

Medical technology companies, scientists, and engineers are always pushing to create products that help deliver more effective, affordable, and quick patient care. Companies and scientists are always striving to come up with new ideas from enhancing and managing patient care and human health.

The best new medical technology strikes a delicate balance between cutting medical care cost and improving patient safety and survival.

Let’s look at some emerging medical technologies to look out for in the years ahead.

Electronic Aspirin

For people who suffer severe chronic migraine headaches, as well as other types of facial or head pain, taking a couple of aspirin just isn’t enough. They need more help than OTC headache relief can provide. Because doctors have long linked the most severe headaches with a facial nerve bundle called the sphenopalatine ganglion, a new technology is being developed that will allow a patient to block SPG signals at the first sign of pain. The system would be comprised of a permanent implant and a remote control.

Diabetes Care Without The Needle

Diabetes self-care is a lot of trouble – and it can be painful. There is a continuous requirement to draw blood for glucose testing, insulin shots every day, and a risk of infection as well. Even though continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps are great options for automating a lot of blood sugar management-related tasks, they don’t totally remove the need for needle pricks. A company called Echo Therapeutics is creating technologies that would replace the needle with a patch. The ability to read blood through the skin without having to draw blood would be revolutionary. The device would remove just enough skin cells on the top layer to measure the glucose in the bed.

Robot Hospital Attendants

New medical robots could one day be patrolling the hallways of your local hospital, checking in on patients in their rooms and keeping up with their charts and vital signs without the need for a human to be involved at all.

An Alternative To Open-Heart Surgery

Some patients need a new valve, but they can’t go through open-heart surgery. Open-heart surgery can be very energy-draining, and if there was a way around it for people who couldn’t handle it, that would be preferable – and sometimes necessary. Before deciding on any type of surgery for the heart, consult with doctors from Bradenton Heart Center in Florida.The Sapien valve has been created by Edwards Life Sciences, and it has been available in Europe for awhile, but it is only now starting to show up in U.S. hospitals.