Over the Fourth of July, we are busy celebrating with fireworks, food and fun, but sometimes neglect our physical health throughout all of the hustle and bustle. Especially if you’re participating in physical activities, like an Independence Day 5K or swimming at the lake, it’s important to know that your body is healthy and able to participate. Having a health screening will give you the peace of mind that your body is functioning properly, plus it will let you know what things you should/shouldn’t be doing to keep your health in optimal shape. Find out what a health screening entails and what to expect during your next appointment with this guide!
What Is A Health Screening?
During the week of the Fourth of July, families are busy making food, cleaning the house and preparing for boating, parades and firework shows. This week is packed full of visiting family members and barbecues that take up our time and cause us to neglect our physical health. For those who are looking to participate in some type of physical activity, like an Independence Day 5K or swimming at the lake, it’s important to know if your body is healthy and strong enough to perform. A health screening is a great way to ensure that your body is working correctly so that you can enjoy all of the fun activities that you have planned for the Fourth of July. Unwellness begins silently and without symptoms, usually from unhealthy eating, poor sleep, medication use and high stress. A health screening is a preventative measure performed on people who are not feeling ill, whereas diagnostic testing is done to find out what is causing certain symptoms that a patient is experiencing. Blood sugar imbalances, nutritional deficiencies and inflammation are all consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle and environmental influences, but can be hard to recognize when there are no outward symptoms. Health screenings and exams find problems before they start and can influence your level of wellness that you experience later on in life. If you’re feeling fit and healthy, there is no better time to have a health screening to identify any underlying conditions that you may be unknowingly experiencing.
What To Expect During A Health Screening
Regular checkups and screenings are an important part of taking care of your physical, mental and emotional state. While most of us have had a physical exam performed on us before, not all know what to expect during a health screening. Most health screening packages include detailed lab work that analyzes your lipids to view your cardiovascular health, genetic markers, vitamin levels and hormone functionality. Your body composition will be measured plus a personalized diet and lifestyle plan will be created to keep your wellness on track. Health screenings are not considered functional medicine visits, but are solely for those who are seeking long-term disease prevention. Common screenings include breast and cervical cancer, cholesterol, skin cancer, HIV/AIDs, high blood pressure, colorectal cancer, skin cancer and prostate cancer.
An essential part of preparing for your health screening is having a list of your family health history prepared for the physician to review. Your family’s health history greatly influences disease and/or conditions you might develop, so it’s important that you and your doctor know what your family members have experienced in the past to safeguard your future health. Make sure to include any issues that you may currently be having, such as changes in eating habits, pain, lumps or depression. These are all factors that contribute to unwellness and should be made known to your doctor.
Importance of Taking Care of Your Body
Those who have learned of underlying conditions during a health screening have typically neglected their body in some form or another, but many have taken great care of their bodies, but could not prevent certain conditions from developing. Whichever person you may be, the best thing that you can do today is making a commitment to your health. Whether you’re an adult or you’re wanting to know how your child can be healthier, follow the tips below:
- Eat a healthy diet with foods from all food groups (dairy, fruits, vegetables, grains and protein)
- Brush and floss your teeth after meals and snacks
- Control germs by washing your body and hands often
- Exercise your body in some form each day
- Get enough sleep
By eating a varied diet, you are ensuring that your body is receiving the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that it needs to repair muscles, strengthen bone and build a stronger immune system. Choose healthy snacks to eat between meals and limit the amount of sugar that you consume each day. By watching what you eat and having a regular oral health routine, you will be able to combat tooth decay and avoid cavities, keeping your mouth and teeth healthy and happy. Keeping your body clean from germs will also keep you from getting sick, which depresses your immune system and leaves you vulnerable to infection. Being active by going on walks, running, swimming or even helping with household chores will help you stay in shape and affect your thinking processes. Physical activity may sound simple, but it can have a profound effect on your brain and body. Lastly, making sure that you’re getting enough rest will help your body fight off illnesses and prepare for the next day, especially those days like the Fourth of July where you will be busy and active.
Scheduling A Health Screening
To ensure your body’s physical health during Independence Day festivities, call Balanced Well-Being Healthcare to schedule your next health screening! Your health is of utmost importance to us, and our experienced staff is dedicated to helping you reach your physical, mental and emotional goals. Call today to protect your health!