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Life and living: Prioritize your health with these strategies

Health has been on everyone's mind these days, and for good reason! It's never been more important to be proactive about your health. Start with this list of tips to incorporate more healthful habits into your life:

Drink more water

It's just a fact: Water is the healthiest drink out there. So, ditch the caffeinated beverages and pour a cold glass of H20. Add some lemon for added flavor and a squeeze of vitamin C.

Take your vitamins and supplements

While you may have your own mix, important in most diets are multi-vitamins, vitamin D and fish oil. Of course, always check with your doctor before taking any new vitamin or supplement.

Walk daily

Movement is key to good health, and a simple walk is one of the best exercises. Getting outside is another important aspect of the mind-body connection-so be sure to exercise outdoors when you can. In other words: Take a hike!

Practice preventative maintenance

There are many measures of good health. Be sure to keep an eye on key indicators such as blood pressure, cholesterol, vitamin D levels, iron levels, vitamin B 12 levels, blood sugar and others discussed with your physician. Being proactive by getting regular check-ups is another way to ward off unexpected ills.

Find your balance

It is important to keep stress levels low and your work-life balance calibrated to be productive and at peace. Too much stress can create health problems and make you more prone to illness.

Sleep well

Our bodies need adequate sleep. In fact. good sleep is one of the most important things we can do to maintain proper health. Make sure you give yourself time to unwind, and do not eat too much or drink any caffeinated beverages before bed.

These are just a few basic, but important, preventative health tips that you can use to keep your body, mind and spirit in tip-top shape all year long.

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