When it comes to health, we take care of our kids, our husbands, our parents and even our dogs. But how much time do we spend taking care of us?
I know I am way overdue for a doctor's visit because I've had a bad cold for two weeks. I just don't have time.
The statistics say that I'm not alone. But I've got some tips to help us all take better care of our health.
Sambucol, the makers of a homeopathic cold remedy called black elderberry extract, had some interesting statistics on the average adult and their own health.
- 3 in 4 adults do not make health a top priority.
- 50 percent of us say we do not get enough exercise.
- People with children, 49 percent, are less likely to get enough sleep.
- 23 percent are worried that we don't get the right nutrients from our food.
- 27 percent of women vs. 18 percent of men say they feel run down.
Here are 5 tips for taking better care of our health from Dr. Claire Wheeler, a Fellow in the Dr. Andrew Weil training program for physicians at the University of Arizona.
- Take a break. Many of us choose to "push through" times when we feel tired and under the weather. Usually, that's a signal from the immune system that you may be fighting off an infection.
- Don't crash diet. Cold and flu season is not a good time to start a restrictive diet.
- Think Positively. If you wake up in a bad mood, your stress hormone levels will be elevated before your feet even hit the floor, making you more vulnerable to the germs you're exposed to all day long.
- Get Plenty of Exercise. According to Dr. Wheeler, exercise helps keep stress hormone levels in check, which can help strengthen immunity.
- Drink Plenty of Water. When you're not getting enough water, toxins build up and strain immunity.
As a busy mom, do you take time to take care of your health?