5 Ways to be proactive with your health
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Shifting from reactive to proactive health care

Making daily wise decisions about your health contributes to the synergy of your overall well-being. Sadly, many Filipinos are still used to reactive measures when it comes to their health. Admit it, many of us only go to the doctor’s clinic when we don’t feel well. While the “bahala na attitude” may seem to work for some, health and wellness experts are encouraging Pinoys to see the value of proactive healthcare.

 Reactive vs Proactive healthcare

In simple terms, reactive healthcare is waiting to get sick before taking action. But why wait until you feel unwell before doing the right measures?

 

Proactive healthcare is different from reactive because it involves taking preventive actions before symptoms manifest. For instance, instead of waiting to catch the flu, you build a stronger body immune system by eating healthy, taking vitamins, and working out regularly. Getting a flu shot is also another proactive health choice.

 

It’s about time that you move away from the reactive paradigm and take better control of your health.

Your journey towards proactive healthcare

Here are ways to boost your proactive healthcare commitment.

1.   Embrace healthy eating

Maintain a healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits. Choose organic and whole foods that reduce health risks. You can also supplement your diet with multivitamins. Avoid processed foods and unhealthy snacks like sugary treats, chips, and soda. When you have healthy eating habits, you can avoid obesity which has been linked to a variety of adverse conditions.

2. Stay hydrated every day

Make it a habit to drink plenty of water every day to aid in digestion and prevent dehydration. Keep in mind that thirst is not a guaranteed indicator of your body’s need for water. In fact, some adults don’t feel thirsty until they are already dehydrated. That’s why it’s important that you drink a lot of water especially when it’s hot.

3. Maintain an active lifestyle

Global lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced many of us to stay at home and cut down our outdoor activities. Restrictions including social distancing protocols led to widespread inactivity. Sedentary lifestyles increased, which is linked to various chronic health conditions. Thankfully, things are gradually getting better with the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. You can start being active again now that restrictions have eased up. Try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to strenuous exercise at least three times a week.

4. Get quality sleep every night

Sleep plays a crucial role in your health. Getting a good night's sleep can help boost your concentration and productivity. Whereas, poor sleep can impair your problem-solving skills and affect your memory. Inadequate sleep also affects metabolism, immune function, and it has also been linked to depression. Make it a point to sleep 7-8 hours at night to avoid these health issues.

5. Get a healthcare plan that you can depend on

One of the best ways to be proactive about your health is getting a high quality healthcare plan. Getting one gives you better control of your situation should a medical crisis occur. In these challenging times, proactive healthcare planning is important now more than ever.

 

It’s one thing to get sick but the burden increases when you get sick and don’t have the means to pay for your medical bills. A healthcare plan provides you and your family with financial capacity in case of any unfortunate incident that requires hospitalization and medical care. Our healthcare plans include Preventive Health Care to help you lead a healthier life. Ready to take an active role in managing your health? Get in touch with us and a Health Benefit Advisor will be happy to assist you.

Say yes to better health!

Protect what is meaningful to you by shifting from Reactive Health to Proactive Health. Your best defense against medical challenges is caring for your body and well-being.