You only get one body, and you don’t always get a second chance to treat it well. That’s the most important advice any young adult will learn about his or her health. Young adults rely heavily on their parents to make their doctor appointments, take them to the dentist, handle their insurance needs, and keep them healthy. When they move out of the house, they aren’t always sure how to handle their own health. Perhaps you haven’t any idea how to see the doctor, when to go to the dentist, or if you even have insurance.
As a young adult, it’s time to start learning how to be a real adult. You’re still free of most of the responsibilities adults have every day, but you’re also learning how to help yourself succeed in life. Now is the time for you to make it your mission to get healthy, know your body, and maintain good health so you live a long and healthy life. Here’s what you need to know about your health as you grow into adulthood.
Protect Your Skin
Your skin is the only set you get. You can have your nose done, implants put in for a bigger chest, liposuction, and anything else you want done to change your look, but you only get one set of skin. If you mess that up, you don’t get another chance to have beautiful skin. You must protect it all the time. Drink water to keep it hydrated. Don’t smoke, and don’t use drugs.
Never forget to moisturize, and always wash your face before you go to bed. Keep your dirty hands off your face, and never use anything you aren’t sure about on your skin. Most importantly, however, is that you must always wear sunscreen. Summer, winter, inside, outside, and anywhere in between is the perfect time to don sunscreen to protect your skin.
Always Use Protection
This is uncomfortable for many young adults to discuss with others or with their own parents, but you must always use protection. Even if you are a young lady on the pill or taking some other form of birth control, you must not have unprotected intercourse with a man. You must use protection to prevent the spread of STDs. You can’t take them back once you get them, and many of them stick around the rest of your life.
If someone asks you to engage in an intimate moment when him or her without using protection and insists it is fine to remain unprotected, say no. This is one of the most important things you will ever do for yourself. Some STDs can make it difficult or even dangerous for you to have a baby, and they can make your life miserable in the meantime. Just say no.
If it Seems Odd, Get it Checked Out
Your body is the thing you are most familiar with in life. If something seems wrong or off with your body, you should have it checked out. You know which spots, moles, freckles, and other things have been on your body your entire life. You know when something appears that seems off, and it’s time to understand you must get those looked at if you feel there is a problem with them. New moles, spots, and dots are not always a bad sign, but they have a great deal of potential to be devastating.
Your Oral Health is Related to Your Overall Health
If you’re not already seeing a Calgary dentist or other similar local professionals, now is the time to make an appointment for a regular checkup. Your dentist should become someone you see twice a year at least, and you should always be sure you’re listening to his or her advice. Are you familiar with the fact your oral health is directly related to your overall health?
Developing gum disease or periodontal disease increases your risk of developing additional health problems later in life. Certain types of cancer, diabetes, and even heart disease are linked to poor oral health. You can decrease the risk of being diagnosed with health issues like this simply by allowing your dentist to keep your mouth in great shape.
It’s an added bonus that you’ll have whiter, cleaner, better-looking teeth when you see the dentist. This helps you stay confident and happy, and that’s a good look for anyone. Confidence is noticeable to people, and you want to show off that you have plenty of it.
Listen To Your Gut
As a young adult, you might now know much about taking care of your own health. Fortunately, you will learn a lot about caring for your body. One thing you should know right now is you need to go with your gut. If something feels wrong, don’t let it go. Even if your doctor tells you there is nothing wrong or even if you suspect what is wrong is not what he says is wrong, ask for a second opinion.
Sometimes your gut is right, and the doctor is not. If you feel there is something wrong with you, your health, or your body, don’t let it go just because the doctor told you there was nothing to worry about. Many patients keep asking for more tests, more opinions, and even a deeper look into their health for nothing more than a gut feeling. It’s not wrong. If you feel there is something more to the story, don’t stop looking for help until you find out what it is.
Your health is important. You can’t ignore it, and you shouldn’t ignore it. As a young adult, you want to do things on your own. You want to focus on your own life, but you must take the time to focus on your health. Ask your parents what you should do. Get to know what is necessary and what is not, and never underestimate the power of a good doctor or dentist in your life.