How Much Control Have You Got Over Your Health?


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We are surrounded by empowering statements that encourage us to take control of our health journey. You only need to tune in to your favorite social media platform to read the inspiring stories of those who have managed to lose a lot of weight or get rid of handicapping health issues through a balanced lifestyle. 

Hashtags are plentiful, and they all strike a chord in the human psyche. 

#YouCanDoIt

#BeProudOfYourself

#YouWillGetThere

#StrongWoman

#FitInspiration

You can hear your inner voice telling you to grab the chance and transform your life. Granted, you control many factors that can affect your health, from your lifestyle to your habits. However, empowering communication is missing one essential fact. You can’t prevent external and environmental factors from affecting you. In other words, believing that everything about your health comes down to your personal choices is not always true. 

Everyday products can be harmful 

We all understand that some of our habits could be damaging to our health. Everybody knows that smoking and drinking will have health consequences. But what you may not realize is that everyday objects can hide just as much danger underneath their friendly appearance. Some of the medications you might be prescribed to improve your health, for instance, could also weaken your immune system or make you vulnerable to other conditions. Even if you are careful about what you put into your body, have you considered your surroundings? The elegant bed could contain formaldehyde, which is typically used as an adhesive in furniture. Formaldehyde may be invisible to the eyes, but it is a highly volatile substance that is recognized as a carcinogen for people. The list of potentially dangerous substances in your home is long and constantly growing. There’s still too much we don’t know about, and that could still affect you! 

Inexperience or stress can affect doctors too

We rely on healthcare specialists to fix our bodies and repair what is broken. To some extent, doctors can identify and address many health conditions that you may not even realize you had. However, doctors are no wizards that can heal you at the wave of a magical wand. They are individuals who have studied and trained to learn more about the human body. And that’s precisely what you need to understand when you put your health in the hands of healthcare professionals.

For a start, some conditions and diseases may be hard to diagnose, either because they are rare or new. Reports suggest that the first cases of covid-19 probably appeared toward the end of 2019. However, many couldn’t be identified on time because doctors didn’t know about the virus then. Another potential issue that can affect your treatment is psychological stress. Expert malpractice lawyers are familiar with the consequences of stress and exhaustion in doctors. Under pressure, people can make poor decisions or struggle to manage a situation that would otherwise not be challenging. Unfortunately, these are things you can’t control, which can affect your health in the long term. 

The office is toxic

According to a new study, poor air quality in the office can lead to 40% of employees requiring sick leave. Unfortunately, indoor air pollution is invisible to the naked eye. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s not around you. The A/C system, for instance, can fail to filter pollutants. This can happen with old units or when companies fail to stick to a maintenance schedule. As a result, particulate matter can cause headaches, concentration issues, and even respiratory and allergy discomfort. 

Excessive cleaning could also be counterproductive. Many businesses are working closely with their cleaning teams to keep work surfaces free of germs; they also rely on aggressive chemicals. These can leave residues in the air, which can gradually weaken the immune system or cause allergic reactions. 

Your parents gave you bad habits

It is unfair to blame our bad habits on our parents. However, we can’t deny that our relationship with food comes from childhood. Decisions that your parents made could still affect your dieting choices. For example, most of us have been told to empty our plate, even though we may not have been hungry anymore. Unfortunately, this can prevent you from eating mindfully and listening to your body. If you’ve been taught to carry on eating when you are full, you could have developed an overeating habit as a result. 

It can be scary to realize that you are not in full control of your health. Your environment, at home and in the workplace, your parents, and your healthcare specialists could impact your health. However, don’t assume that your efforts to improve your lifestyle don’t count. They do! But if you’re going to manage your health, you also need to understand how much you can do. Realizing your limitations can put you in a better position to compare options and make informed decisions. 

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Karla Urwitz

As a full-time career oriented mother of one, I love to chat and write about topics that matter to me in my life. My day has to starts with a cup of joe and usually ends with exhaustion. I have a passion for cross stitching and of course spending time with the kiddo. I am always on the look out for topics to write about like recipes, healthy living, and products I find fascinating.
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