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Guest: Stay Healthy - Learn to Be Your Own Advocate by Charlene Roth

When visiting medical practitioners, it is essential that you can trust the person providing your care. However, you should not consider doctors to be unquestionable. Their word is not always final. Instead, if you can advocate for yourself, you may receive better healthcare. 

Living Healthy

Be your advocate by taking your health into your own hands. Start preparing your meals with whole foods. You should eat plenty of starchy carbohydrates and high fibre foods. The more colour on your plate, the better. Make sure you have a variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet. Try to eat lean meats and add more fish to your diet than other forms of meat. 

In addition to food, stay active. You do not have to pay for an expensive gym membership or buy fancy equipment to increase your health. There are workout routines that you can do in your living room or your backyard. Focus on cardio and strength training exercises that require you to use your body weight. Try to get extra physical activity every day by choosing the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a walk during your lunch break. 

Part of healthy living is your vision. Exercising and playing sports involve a lot of hand-eye coordination. Hand-eye coordination exercises can improve your central and peripheral vision. The point is to strengthen the neuromuscular pathways between your reflexes, eyes, and brain. Consider clay pigeon shooting if you and your family want activities that aid hand-eye coordination. 

Prioritizing Medical Care

According to the experts, you should be open and honest with your care providers. Let them know about your medical history, current symptoms, and any drugs or medications you take. Whenever you have a change in your health, bring it up as soon as possible. 

If you have uncertainty about a diagnosis, do not be afraid to seek a second opinion. You do not have to worry about a doctor feeling you do not trust him or her. Instead, a second opinion should be your way of ensuring that you have the correct diagnosis and that you can receive appropriate treatment. You may learn more about your condition if you do not receive a new diagnosis. 

Keeping Track of Your Health

To be an advocate for yourself, you have to know your health history. In addition to understanding your conditions, learn your family history. Your parents and relatives may have suffered various health issues that could have a genetic element. When you receive a diagnosis, seek more information about the condition. The more knowledge you have on the subject, the more likely you will be able to have a productive conversation with your doctors.

Have copies of your medical records. Save files to your computer so that you can access them as necessary. To access your documents wherever you are, opening a PDF on your iPad is also a must. When you save a document as a PDF, you can save the file, share it and quickly pull it up even if you do not have access to the internet.  

Living a healthier lifestyle includes advocating for yourself. You are your most important advocate for your health and wellness. When you take the time and effort to remain in good health and to keep track of your medical records, you can hold your doctors accountable for your care.

by Charlene Roth

Author and Founder of Safetykid.info

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