March 26, 2023
March 26, 2023
Whether you're a doctor, nurse, therapist, or another healthcare provider on call at all hours of the day, or an office receptionist looking after patients who are still awake when you get there in the morning, nutrition and hydration play an integral role in your ability to perform at your best. In order to stay healthy and strong in your chosen profession, you need to balance protein-rich meals with hydration elements like water and caffeine during your busy days. It's easy to overlook these vital nutrients at work—especially when you're getting so much done! DirectShifts brings you few simple steps today so that you can develop a plan that works for you —and helps keep your blood pressure up while keeping up with demand!
Nutrition and hydration aren't just important when you're fighting a virus, they're also crucial factors that support your lifelong health. In the short term, staying hydrated and eating a nutrient-dense diet can help prevent dehydration, which can cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue, fainting, rapid heartbeat and other symptoms. In the long term, proper nutrition can help you avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies and support your immune system, which is critical to keeping you healthy and supporting recovery if you become sick.
Frontline healthcare workers have a small window of time each day in which to eat and drink, so it's essential for them to focus on nutrients that both satisfy their hunger and meet their nutritional needs. Here are four nutrients that should be prioritized:
*Omega-3 fatty acids
*Carbohydrates (including fiber)
*Fluid balance (including water)
It's also important to remember that these nutrients are not just "empty calories"--they have important functions in our bodies that help us function at peak performance!
Keeping your immune system in top shape is a key part of staying healthy, but it's not always easy to do. That's why we recommend that you follow these five tips:
1. Get enough sleep. Adults should aim for seven hours of sleep each night.
2. Exercise regularly--at least 150 minutes per week or 30 minutes per day for five days each week.
3. Wash your hands properly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before eating or handling food or touching other people's food (including yourself).
4. Practice food safety by washing all produce under cold running water before eating it, keeping raw meat separate from other foods, and refrigerating perishable foods appropriately so they don't spoil too quickly once you bring them home from the store!
5. Make sure your immune system is strong by getting plenty of rest when sick or injured so it can fight off germs better than ever before!
In the workplace, clinicians are managers and leaders of their own lives. They are responsible for their own health and wellness, which includes paying attention to proper nutrition and hydration. They must prioritize their health over work responsibilities if they have any hope of performing reliably, but only if they think about their well-being. HR leaders must lead by example by implementing innovative policies to get their colleagues thinking about both health and wellness in the workplace. Check the link to read how DirectShifts' clinicians have chosen to look after their health in the new year: As a Healthcare Professional, why are New Year's Resolutions So Difficult to Maintain? (directshifts.com)