5 tips to improve your family's health

>> Feb 5, 2018



Family means everything to most of us, and discovering ways to keep each other safe and happy is always a fantastic idea. As a father, you'd do anything possible to ensure your family's safety and overall well-being. Also, mothers are never left out, as they're mostly eager to improve the well-being of the children and her home in general.
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While there are numerous ways to support and safe guard your family, the most important step begins with their health. When a family is at its best—both physically and mentally—they are better equipped to handle whatever is thrown their way; be it illness and disease, or a sudden unfortunate circumstance, or maybe even one of the happiest moments of their lives. In essence, "a family who puts their health first, extends their lifespan and quality of life."

Here are five tips on how you and your family can improve health wise.

1.  Make the home a healthy environment

Your home is the first place your children, most especially; encounter most of their life experiences and lessons.

Lead by example and rid yourself of any abusive habits like drinking, doing drugs, physical, and emotional assault in your relationship; and this would improve the overall well being of your family.

"In studies of community samples, children of substance abusing parents are more than twice as likely to have an alcohol and/or drug use disorder themselves by young adulthood as compared to their peers," says a report by Jessica M. Solis[1].

2.  Use more organic and natural products

These days, harmful chemicals and toxins exist in just about everything you and your family use. From the clothes you wear, to the foods you eat, beverages you drink and even the bed you sleep in.

"As we look at protecting children's health, we need to look not just at nutrition, diet, and physical activity, but also exposure to chemicals," says Jason Rano, director of government affairs at the environmental Working Group.

Utilizing more organic and natural products would reduce the risk of your family getting exposed to harmful chemicals that can damage their health, or even worse, threaten their lives.

Organic products are basically products that are made with at least 95% authentic materials and ingredients—products made out of cannabidiol are organic and can be purchased at a CBD gummies retailer[2].

3.  Get a pet

"Studies have shown that Alzheimer's patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home," says Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine[2].

"Their caregivers also feel less burdened when there is a pet, particularly if it is a cat, which generally requires less care than a dog," says Hart.

Families who own pets, most especially dogs, tend to be more active and aware. Dogs are fantastic companions who help in reducing stress, improve happiness amongst other things. In a bid to keep the dog healthy and sharp, family members have to wake up early and take the dog for walks, or runs, and in turn are exercising.

It’s also important to make sure that your pet is living a happy and healthy life, as they technically a part of your family as well.

4.  Eat meals together

Just like the popular saying "a family who eats together, stays together", quality time spent with your family is extremely important to their physical and emotional well-being—and one of the most common avenue to do that is during meal times.

Having dinner together can greatly improve self-esteem, lower their risk of depression, promote healthier relationships, reduce risks of obesity, build a higher sense of resilience, and reduce the risk of harmful behaviours such as drug abuse or teenage pregnancy.

"In many cases, kids who eat dinner on a regular basis with their family also have higher self-esteem and above average grade point averages. Having regular conversations around the dinner table can help boost vocabulary and public speaking skills," said Jennifer Chung, parenting expert and co-founder of Kinsights: a parenting community and online health record.

5.  Schedule regular family medical checkups

Regular health exams and tests are necessary to discover problems before they even begin. This would greatly improve the health of every family member, and ensure that everyone is in topnotch condition.

Early medical examination can help to find problems early, when the chances for treatment and cure are higher. By scheduling regular checkups for the family—at a reputable hospital—for screenings and treatments, you are taking important steps that'll help your chances and that of your family, for living a longer, healthier life.

Besides, the age of your family members, health and family history, lifestyle choices, and other important factors, determine what and how often your family require healthcare.

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