We all wish for a healthy life. However, many patterns of behavior that we don’t do or forget to do in our daily lives keep us away from living a healthy life, keeping diseases closer. The specialists explain the things to do to have a healthy body and skin.

Healthy living in ten steps
Everyone wants to live a healthy life; however, what do we do in order to be healthy? Do we watch our nutrition; do we move enough? Private Medicana Hospital’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist Dr. Gamze Yılmaz Yanartaş gives recommendations for a healthy life: “One cup of water that you drink as soon as you wake up in the morning clears your intestines and enlivens your metabolism. You should try drinking at least 1.5 liters of water a day. Try to eat slowly and restfully. Keeping your meal times long would work. Eating your food fast is not going to cause a feeling of fullness, it will awake a desire to eat more. You should walk for half an hour four times a week. Become physically active during your free time. Don’t be afraid of taking vitamin supplements discontinuously according to your doctor’s instructions while keeping your age in mind.”

Keep a fiber rich diet
“Double your fiber intake… According to a new research, people who double their fiber intake reduce their risk of dying from colon cancer by forty percent. That is why we suggest you to take at least 25 grams of fiber a day. Find goals that would make your life more meaningful. This is going to heal your mind and immune system. Stress management might seem like a hard thing to do; however, spending time with friends and family, sports, music, and social support groups can do the trick for you.”

Routine health check-ups
“Talk to your doctor and get your routine health check-ups done. Cleanse your body from toxins regularly. If it is necessary, get acupuncture or bio-resonance, use nicotine patches or medication to quit smoking. Existing treatments to control your appetite such as acupuncture might work for you, as well as diet, or exercise.”

Listen to your body signals
Our body has a well-organized system. Within this system, if anything goes wrong, our body begins to give signals. We can take precautions by listening to those signals and not avoiding them. Private Medicana Hospital’s Internal Diseases Specialist Dr. Selda Geçer tells us about the symptoms of the most seen diseases:

Watch for headaches and fatigue
“High blood pressure; it doesn’t cause any symptoms most of the time; however, when it is high, patients experience headache, throbbing neck pain, chest pain, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and sometimes nose bleeding. Don’t avoid getting your blood pressure measured regularly.”

“Anemia; fatigue, sleepiness, restricted movements, and panting for air after physical activity are among its symptoms.”

“Gastritis; vomiting, nausea, pain in upper side of abdomen might occur in chronic gastritis. Belching, loss of appetite, bloating might also be seen. Stomach burn, pressure, and pain are among the symptoms of acute gastritis.”

Watch for excessive thirst and frequent urination
“Diabetes; excessive thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss are among the often seen symptoms; however, there may not be any noticeable symptoms at all. If you have one or more of these symptoms, you should see a health care provider immediately.”

“Infection; the most seen symptoms are fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite, weight loss, skin rashes, and pain.”

Do you have severe joint and muscle pain?
“Rheumatism; people with rheumatism describe the pain mostly as ‘joint and/or muscle pain.’ The pain caused by inflammation may be mild, sudden, and may last for a few hours or may be severe, and may last for days and affect your daily routine. These symptoms might be accompanied by other symptoms such as joint stiffness, for instance, when you wake up in the morning you might have hard time moving your fingers.”

“Acute hepatitis B; you may experience common flu symptoms such as fatigue, pain, fever, and/or loss of appetite. Some patients become intolerant to smoking and alcohol.”

Protect from the sun each season
Although, we cannot completely prevent getting dark spots, pimples, wrinkles, or saggy-skin because of aging, we can postpone or reduce them. Medicana Sivas Hospital’s Dermatology Specialist Dr. Selma Uçar reminds the simple rules of having a healthy, radiant, and smooth skin:

Use sunscreen products
“Using sunscreen products every season is important to protect our skin against the harmful effects of the sunrays, such as premature aging, wrinkles, and sagging. Don’t say, ‘One cigarette is okay.’ Smoking causes premature aging of skin. If you smoke, you might have deeper lines and more wrinkles in time. Your skin around your neck and décolleté is as sensitive as the skin on your face. Apply anti-aging, sunscreen, and detoxifying face products to your neck and décolleté.”

Protect your eyes
“Skin around your eyes is the most sensitive area of your body. Stop rubbing your eyes all the time. Use suitable anti-aging eye products of good quality. Black heads and pimples sometimes dare, ‘come and get me;’ however, taking care of them such way would only cause inflammation and ugly marks. It would be the best to resist the temptation and keep those hands away from your face! Using peeling products, more than it is necessary might spoil the balance of your skin, increasing the oil production, and causing dryness or more pimples. According to your skin type, using a peeling product once or twice a week would be enough.”

Don’t go to bed without washing your face
“If you don’t clean your face from makeup, dirt, and oil accumulated all day before going to bed, your pores become clogged, causing acne and black heads. It also causes your skin to look unhealthy and dull. Using multiple skin products at the same time may not be a good idea. Follow the order of ‘cleanse, tonic, moisturize’ and use responsive and good quality products to keep your skin’s elasticity and balance.”