12 doctor’s share their top tips for a healthy lifestyle

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Trying to work out how to exercise enough, eat intelligently and stay positive? Good Housekeeping asked 12 health professionals to reveal the best sanity-saving, life-changing advice anyone ever gave them… Check out the latest information about pelvic floor strong.

Go slow on antibiotics

Professor Tim Spector, consultant physician and author of The Diet Myth

« For years I would develop sinusitis every time I got a cold and take antibiotics. I was an antibiotic junkie – taking four or five courses a year. Then, eight years ago, I went to a lecture by Professor Martin Blaser and it changed everything for me. He warned that regular courses of antibiotics adversely affect your immune system and could lead to weight gain because of their impact on your gut bacteria. It was the best piece
of advice I’ve ever received. I stopped taking antibiotics for sinus infections – they only reduced the symptoms by a day or so, anyway – and have never looked back. From having six colds a year, I now have one every couple of years, I don’t get sinusitis and I’ve stayed a healthy weight. I became concerned about antibiotics in food as well, and now try to eat organic and only eat meat once or twice a month. » 

Check your Vitamin D levels

Dr Sarah Jarvis, Good Housekeeping GP

« I’m a pale, freckled redhead and got sunburnt several times as a child. Once I became a medical student I was extremely worried about my risk of skin cancer and have avoided the sun ever since. It’s only been in recent years that I’ve become aware of the health risks associated with lack of vitamin D. Colleagues including neurologists (multiple sclerosis), rheumatologists (osteoporosis) and cardiologists (heart disease) warned me there was a silent epidemic of vitamin D deficiency, and I was shocked to find I was way down in the deficient range. I now take Fultium, a vitamin D supplement. » These are just some of the best healthy benefits that according to these biofit probiotic reviews it provides.

Drink more water

Dimple Thakrar, dietician and founder of Fresh Nutrition

« The best advice I ever got was from my mother-in-law, who told me I needed to drink more water for my skin. She had the most amazing skin, so I took her advice. Once I started, I realised that I got more headaches when I didn’t drink enough. Being dehydrated can also make you bloated, as your body will hold on to water and you’ll be more likely to suffer from constipation. It can even leave you feeling fatigued – people often think they have low blood sugar when they are actually dehydrated. I make sure I have about eight drinks a day (ideally no more than four are caffeinated), but go by how you feel and by the colour of your urine. It should be pale and straw-coloured: any darker and you are probably dehydrated. And 20 years on, I have great skin, too! »