The changes that are happening in our lifestyle are amazing with its telltale impacts on our health. Knowingly or unknowingly, we are fast becoming victims of modern day consumerism despite the fact that healthy living is within our reach even today. Lifestyle diseases are waiting to devour you, and it is high time to prepare yourself to fight them and take steps that will make today healthier than yesterday and pave the way for healthy living tomorrow, too.
Going in for unwanted, expensive and complicated cosmetic surgeries, excessive spending on physical makeovers and cosmetic treatments and even using high-heels and going in for the latest kind of tight pants and leggings can harm your health beyond repair, according to medical researches and studies.
The whole point of cosmetics – from toothpaste to sunscreen to lipstick –is to help you clean and protect your body. Unfortunately, in recent times, there have been large rises in chronic diseases associated with the indiscriminate usage of cosmetics that flood our market. Many scientists think that changes in our health such as the increase in long-lasting diseases like cancer, puberty starting earlier, or reproductive problems in adult women may be partly caused by all of the chemicals contained in the cosmetics that we use or we are exposed to every day.
How can this happen? A part of the reason is that there is not enough government regulation in the cosmetic industry. The existing laws do not have enough teeth to control the marketing and usage of things that we put on our body for the sake of looking better. It is quite serious that without the government telling companies what they can and can’t put in their products, many companies pick chemicals that make their products smell better or look glossier, without thinking about the health impacts of all those chemicals.
Firstly, one should be aware of the dangers posed by diseases associated with lifestyle. Prevention is always better than cure, as the old adage goes. A healthy lifestyle most importantly calls for adequate aerobic exercise and a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and a reduced intake of fatty and oily food. A brisk walk, a few hours of swimming or playing shuttle or tennis, jogging, cycling, or workout at a gym on a regular basis can do wonders in avoiding lifestyle diseases. It is very important to assess your activity. How much physical activity do you do in a typical week? How intense is that activity? How much variety do you get in your activity, and how much do you enjoy it? It is recommended by experts that adults get at least two and a half hours a week of moderate intensity aerobic activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week.
Safety Messenger, in this issue, tries to highlight the various aspects of lifestyle-related health issues with the hope that it will help the readers have an introspection of their current lifestyle and the decision-makers realise the gravity of excessive consumerist lifestyle eating into the health and pockets of the general public and take remedial measures.