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How to Take Care of Your Own Health

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author image Denise Stern
Denise Stern is an experienced freelance writer and editor. She has written professionally for more than seven years. Stern regularly provides content for health-related and elder-care websites and has an associate and specialized business degree in health information management and technology.
How to Take Care of Your Own Health
Follow healthy lifestyle habits for long-term benefits. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

To stay as healthy as possible, you have to be an active participant in your own care. You can help maintain health and wellness by following a few steps every day, and be aware of changes in how you feel. This responsibility is not only for adults, but teens as well. Talk to your doctor about healthy lifestyle tips and avoid engaging in habits or activities that have the potential to damage your body in any way.

Step 1

How to Take Care of Your Own Health
Smoking is a major risk factor for developing chronic lung conditions such as emphysema and lung cancer. Photo Credit Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Quit smoking, and if you don't smoke, don't start, suggests Familydoctor.org. Smoking is a major risk factor for developing chronic lung conditions such as emphysema and lung cancer. Do your best to avoid situations where you're exposed to second-hand smoke as well.

Step 2

How to Take Care of Your Own Health
Eat a healthy, well-balanced and nutritious diet. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Eat a healthy, well-balanced and nutritious diet. This doesn't mean you can't enjoy junk food once in a while, but don't over-do. Make sure you eat three to five servings of vegetables every day, and two to four servings of fruit, as noted by the American Heart Association. Children, teens and adults should eat two to three servings of dairy products and five to seven ounces of meats or beans, suggests USDA's MyPlate.gov.

Step 3

How to Take Care of Your Own Health
Exercise every day if you can, but at least three to four times a week. Photo Credit Maridav/iStock/Getty Images

Exercise every day if you can, but at least three to four times a week. In addition to improving your mental alertness and mood, exercise helps your body stay strong and resist illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight, increase your energy levels and sleep better at night.

Step 4

Resist pressure to drink, regardless of your age. Drinking affects your vital organs, regardless of how much you consume, warns College Drinking Prevention. Drinking may lead to conditions like hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver. Alcohol can cause an increase in blood pressure, which places added strain on the heart to pump oxygenated blood to cells and tissues of the body, including the brain.

Step 5

Avoid getting behind the wheel if you've been drinking, and resist the urge to be a passenger in a car driven by someone who's been drinking or using drugs. You may be embarrassed to call someone to come pick you up, but the alternative is even more unpleasant.

Step 6

How to Take Care of Your Own Health
Avoid taking chances with unprotected sex. Photo Credit Nick White/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Avoid taking chances with unprotected sex. Sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis are devastating to the body, and may even prevent you from being able to have children in the future. Other communicable diseases like human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome--more commonly known as AIDS -- may damage body function and even lead to death.

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