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Just like you service your car, you should get a full health check-up done at least once every year. Every leading private hospital in Sri Lanka now offers a comprehensive health check-up so that you don't face unexpected illnesses. It just could end up saving you money you might otherwise spend on a major surgery. Depending on your age, sex and family medical history, a check-up with your doctor may include blood, urine, vision, and hearing tests to evaluate your overall health, assessments of your blood pressure, cholesterol level and weight, your diet and exercise habits, any tobacco and alcohol use and immunization shots.
Research has shown that starting from the age of 25, people are prone to obesity mainly due to prevalent food habits, lifestyle and stress. Exercise is important not only to look fit and maintain your weight, but for your health as well. Some of the benefits of regular exercise include improved blood circulation, stress relief, increase in energy for daily activity, lower blood sugar and lower risk of heart disease and stroke. You don't have to drag yourself to the gym and lift heavy weights to stay fit. Fun physical activities can be considered as daily routine exercise such as dancing, walking, jogging, working in the garden and cycling.
Many Sri Lankans are guilty of skipping meals or having meals at unhealthy times. Make sure to eat breakfast before 9am, lunch before 1pm and dinner before 7pm. A lite diet is always recommended for dinner. You don't have to eat like an Olympian to stay healthy. The best practice is to eat 5 to 6 times a day in small quantities. Also don't forget to keep yourself hydrated with at least 6 -8 glasses of water each day.
Sri Lankans are almost dysfunctional without their cups of tea. However, while tea serves as an antioxidant against Non-Communicable Diseases, this could also be a major contributor towards diabetes if the tea is drunk with too much sugar. Sri Lankans drink an average of 3 cups of tea. Tea is still the most popular 'on the go' and welcome beverage in Sri Lanka. Being a hospitable culture, that sweetness is expressed literally in a guest's cup of tea. However, these tea cups could have more than the required amount of sugar which is harmful to one's health. For instance, the internationally approved intake of sugar per day per person is 5 tea spoons but in Sri Lanka it is 9 tea spoons. Tea is healthiest when consumed sugar free. Consider brown sugar and sweeteners as alternatives.