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Take Good Care of Yourself Anyway

Take Good Care of Yourself Anyway 4/27/18No doubt about it.  Our late spring is likely to create some situations where we feel crunched for time.  However, we always have choices. 

If you consider health to be your most valuable asset, you will want to prioritize it and safeguard it by following health and wellness recommendations, even when faced with time crunches.

You will also want to be strong when faced with temptations to cut corners on good health habits, recognizing that the possible short-term gain of doing so will not justify the predictable long-term consequence.

The people who care most about you are cheering you on!  Some of the reminders they are shouting out to you are things like these:

Do everything you can to eat a well-balanced and healthful diet.  You are better and you deserve better than calorie-laden, nutrient-lacking “junk” food. 

Eat a healthy breakfast that includes moderate amounts (portions) of foods and beverages from at least three of the five MyPlate food groups. 

Eat nutrient-rich snacks and meals.  Some nutrients have specific roles in helping the immune system work properly. For example, vitamins A, D, E, C, B6 and B12 and folate, as well as the minerals zinc, iron and selenium.  By eating colorful fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and lean protein, we nourish our body with those nutrients. 

Omega-3 fatty acids have an impact on inflammation and immune function. Salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel and sardines, as well as walnuts, flaxseed, canola oil and soybean oil are food sources of omega-3 fatty acids. 

Get plenty of exercise and rest.  Perhaps easier said than done, but well-worth the effort.  Exercise and rest help improve immune function. We can think of them being kind of like “insurance” against sickness and disease. 

At times like these, it’s worthwhile to remember the wisdom of age-old sayings such as “pay now or pay later,” “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and “a stitch in time saves nine.”    

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