Wellness

Wellness

Wellness
Wellness is a difficult word to define. Traditionally wellness has meant the opposite of illness and the absence of disease and disability. More recently wellness has come to describe something that you have personal control over. Wellness is now a word used to describe living the best possible life you can regardless of whether you have a disease or disability. Your wellness is not only related to your physical health, but is a combination of things including spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness. Wellness is seen as a combination of mind, body and spirit. Different people may have different ideas about wellness. There is no single set standard for wellness and wellness is a difficult thing to quantify.

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    ADarria Long Gillespie, MD, Emergency Medicine, answered
    There is no evidence that detoxes are necessary at all, and in my cases, they can actually cause harm.
     
    When it comes to your lungs, your body has an amazing system for keeping them clean, including immune cells and tiny protective cells that serve to push toxins back out of your lungs and out of your body.
     
    Of course, that’s assuming you don’t smoke. If you smoke or use any sort of inhaled tobacco, then the #1 way you can detox is to STOP. If you live around anyone who smokes, you absolutely need to reduce your exposure, as breathing secondhand smoke is just as dangerous as smoking yourself.
     
    As far as your liver, again, your body is amazing at doing its own detox -- and the great news is that you don’t need to do anything to help it! Instead of a detox, take 2 weeks and only put healthy things into your body. That means eating plenty of fruits and vegetables -- you can choose organic if you’d like -- and avoiding alcohol, high-fat foods and sodium. Instead of doing anything to get rid of toxins, focus on only putting the good in your body, and your lungs and liver will thank you for it!
     
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    ACres P. Miranda, Jr, MD, Cardiology, answered on behalf of MountainView Hospital
    Why Is Preventive Medicine So Important?
    Preventive medicine saves lives, says Cres Miranda, MD, a cardiologist at MountainView Hospital. In this video, he says starting early in your life will have great benefits.
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    ACres P. Miranda, Jr, MD, Cardiology, answered on behalf of MountainView Hospital
    How Can Lifestyle Changes Affect My Health?
    Lifestyle changes can affect your health but can be difficult to make, says Cres Miranda, MD, a cardiologist at MountainView Hospital. In this video, he says that medications can play a role in better health as well.
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    AAnaisys Ballesteros, DO, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    While you’re young, you can avoid chronic problems years down the road. Adopting a healthy lifestyle as early as possible includes healthy eating, regular exercise and preventive physicals. It’s important to stay ahead of the game with preventive physical exams and health screenings, depending on your age group.
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    AManuel Torres, MD, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    Workplaces are starting to understand the negative impact of sitting for too long on workers’ health and are making some changes. For example, some companies are:
    • Incorporating stand-up desks
    • Expanding areas for walking or exercising
    • Allowing more breaks from sitting at workstations
    • Consulting ergonomics experts to help employees sit at their computers properly
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    AManuel Torres, MD, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    You can develop disabilities from sitting disease (sitting too much) because you’re not moving muscles and joints and there is less blood flow. Less blood flow negatively affects blood pressure, cholesterol and your overall heart health. Sitting for too long also increases insulin resistance and increases the possibility of diabetes. There is also a greater probability of chronic neck and back pain from too much sitting.
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    AAnaisys Ballesteros, DO, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    Much of the responsibility for motivating young people to think about their long-term health is falling on employers across the nation. More companies are actively encouraging employees to get annual physicals, sometimes even offering basic lab services and health insurance rebates as incentives. Companies understand that if they keep their employees healthy in the long term, they can save both lives and money.
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    AAnaisys Ballesteros, DO, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    Typically, young adults don’t think much about aging and its potential link to chronic health problems. Attending college, launching careers and starting families are often priorities for the 20- and 30-something crowd. But preparing for aging? That’s a tough order.

    But good health should be a way of life from the earliest stage of adulthood. The prescription for your senior years: If you want to age well, you need to start now. That’s the prevailing wellness and prevention theme that a growing number of family doctors, internists and primary care doctors are telling young people.
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    AManuel Torres, MD, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida

    The heat doesn’t necessarily cause swelling. Swelling can be a result of sodium intake. For example, swelling of the extremities can also be due to cardiovascular disease, kidney disease or liver disease. So, if you have one of these diseases, it's important to follow up with your doctor to make sure the medicines you're taking are correct and that your diet is appropriate.

    For example, if a patient with cardiovascular disease has swollen limbs, they need to be mindful that entering a time of year in which we may exercise less or perhaps consume more. Therefore, it may be necessary to adjust his or her medications or diet. This is typically seen during the Christmas holiday season. Watching salt intake is very important, and salt intake increases significantly during that time of year. A lot of the foods that we enjoy during the holidays are very salty, so, balancing the person’s medication, hydration and salt intake can have an important effect. Swollen limbs can also be a result of other diseases. So the heat is not a factor.