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Think you’re too busy to be healthy?

Dr. Peter Edelstein, M.D., says, “”No matter where you live, how much money you make, or how busy your day is, there are simple things everyone can do each day to boost their immune systems.””

So, if you could do just five things every day to keep yourself healthy, what should they be?

What Are The 5 Healthiest Things You Should Do Every Day? Dr. E explains…

Eat A Peach. Okay, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a peach per say, but getting a daily dose of a fresh fruit or vegetable helps keep your immune system strong, which not only helps prevent and fight infections, it’s also an early line of defense against the development of cancer. So it doesn’t matter whether you’re at a healthy weight or overweight, active or a couch potato: eat fresh every day!

Get Some Action. Of course, not every one of us hits the gym for a 60 minute power workout at 6AM each morning, but choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator (at least as many flights as you can, and then take the elevator). Instead of driving the two blocks for your lunch, walk. These little episodes of physical activity really add up, and they help keep your heart healthy, your blood pressure down, and your immune system strong. Simply walking for as little as thirty minutes three times a week has been shown to truly improve and maintain your health.

Lather up. We touch door handles and handrails and chairs and keyboards. We share phones and use someone’s computer mouse. We shake hands again and again. Then without realizing it, we touch our faces, our mouths, our nose, our eyes, many times throughout the day. To reduce your chance of getting sick: simply wash with soap and water a few times during the day (or an alcohol based gel if a bathroom isn’t nearby), and try to touch your face less often.

Take Your Medication. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pulmonary disease, and other conditions are a major source of poor health, emergency hospitalizations, and death. Most medications aren’t like aspirin, where you take a pill whenever you have a headache. Your medications need to stay at certain levels within your blood in order to help you. Always take your medications exactly as directed. It will not only keep you feeling better, but also keep you out of the hospital and living longer.

And Get To Bed. Last but not least, make certain that you get a full night’s sleep by going to bed at a reasonable time. Lack of adequate sleep weakens your immune system, making you more prone to infections and less effective at screening for cancerous cells, and may worsen dangerous conditions like high blood pressure.

Peter Edelstein MD, FACS, FASCRS, is a passionate cancer patient advocate, honored educator, and experienced surgeon. After graduating from Stanford University with Distinction, “Dr. E” received his Doctor of Medicine from the renowned University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He served as Chief Resident in the Department of Surgery at the University of California, San Diego and spent an additional two years training in the University’s Surgical Oncology cellular research lab. He was awarded a coveted Surgical Fellowship at the acclaimed University of Minnesota’s surgery program and then served as the program director at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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