A healthier lifestyle is easier than you think. Try some of these easy changes that can make a big difference in your health!
1. Drink Water. Go. Do It. Right Now.
Most of us are at least a little dehydrated throughout the day, and that takes a toll on your body and it’s functions. Keep a bottle or jug of water in the fridge, add lemon or lime, or even frozen ginger – just drink more water! You just might find yourself with fewer headaches, better digestion, less bloating, and less fatigue.
2. Use Honey Instead Of Refined Sugar.
Besides the fact that something called “bone char” is used in the process of refining sugar, the common white stuff is a nutritionless, minerally vacant non-food. Honey, on the other hand, contains vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. It’s also sweeter than sugar, which means you can use less of it.
3. Put On Sunblock
Or at the very least, switch out your lotion for a blend that has an SPF rating of at least 10. It’s the 21st Century, and daily sun protection is just a reality – skin cancer is the most commonly found cancer worldwide. Many common skin lotions, cosmetics, and even aftershaves offer skin-saving UV protection with no added scent or residue, so you don’t have to wander around smelling like a pina colada.
4. Get A Peace Lily
You can pick up this happy little plant almost anywhere. It’s easy to take care of, and removes harmful toxins from the air like acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene and xylene.
5. Turn Off The Devices
We are still finding out exactly what the long-term effects of wifi & electronic radiation exposure are, but one thing we know for sure is that being tied to your email or social network isn’t conducive to relaxation. Relaxation is definitely an important part of improving your health. Give the devices a break for a few hours a day and enjoy the silence.
6. Eat Breakfast & Lunch
Put simply – your body doesn’t like it when your blood sugar levels are on a constant rollercoaster ride. Eating regularly is important, and most of us don’t do it. Even if you’re not typically hungry in the morning, try a handful of nuts or fruit with your coffee. Make time for lunch, even if it’s at your desk – don’t wait until you’re “hangry”. You’ll enjoy your new steady energy levels and ability to control the 2pm munchies.
7. Move Around
If you don’t use it, you lose it – we aren’t talking about weight, but your ability to move. Beyond burning calories, adding some simple exercise to your daily routine will keep your muscles happy, your bones strong, joints mobile, and your circulation flowing. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, get off the bus 1 stop earlier than you need to and walk the rest of the way, or simply get out in the back yard and chase the kids/dog/neighbour around for a bit. It doesn’t have to be a big deal.
8. Take Meat Off The Menu Just 2 Days A Week
There are plenty of vegetarian dishes out there that are as satisfying to us omnivores as those with meat, and eliminating meat from your table just a few days a week is a simple change anyone can make that can cut your risk of heart disease. You’ll save money, reduce your environmental impact, and improve your health.
9. Switch to 1% Milk
One of the easiest changes you can make on your road to better health. If you use 1%, switch to skim. After a few days you’ll hardly notice the difference, but you’ll be trimming your fat and calorie intake in a totally manageable way. Hardly a sacrifice! You can also be adventurous and try yummy alternatives like almond or rice milk.
10. Get Some Rest
Time to rest & recoup is essential to our wellness. Engines overheat, batteries get drained, and people burn out. We are not perpetual motion machines. Give yourself adequate time for sleep, spend the last hour before bed away from the phone & computer, cuddle up with a loved one or just enjoy some “me” time.
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