Health can mean something different to everyone, but we can all take steps to improve how we feel physically and emotionally. If you’re tired, anxious, or just want to feel better about your body, it may be time to make some simple changes. Here are some ways to address your health directly.
Maintain a toxic-free environment. Unfortunately, even our homes can become a source of illness. If you do not keep your home clean regularly, you may be breathing toxic particles due to exposure to mold, radon, pests, or water or ventilation problems. If you start to notice that you are sick more often than not, or you see signs that your home may be having problems, you need to address these issues quickly. You can do this by testing your home for toxic mold and radon, using pest control products, and purchasing the hardware needed to improve your home’s ventilation and water filtration system.
Limit social media. Whether it’s catching up with friends on Facebook or checking out your news channel on Twitter, we’re sure to use social media and probably several times a day. Unfortunately, excess can lead to stress, eye strain, and fatigue. However, this does not mean that you have to abandon social media altogether. Rather, it is best to limit yourself and find the balance between being up to date and being flooded. Therefore, do not give up the urge to pick up the phone constantly, but instead save your social media for specific times of the day. A good option if you need to stay active on your social media is to use an automated service like Bulk.ly
Change your hygiene practices. Sometimes, when life gets tough, we can find that our hygiene is fading. This can cause us to feel worse about ourselves and the cycle repeats itself. While showering and brushing your teeth may seem like the most obvious solution, you can look at other forms of personal hygiene to promote self-care and good health. For example, consider exfoliation and how it affects your body. Not only does it benefit our skin, it can improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, which releases toxins and provides oxygen where we need it. Exfoliating your body with a sponge only once a week can increase your well-being, and it only takes a few minutes.
Get more fiber. To improve how you feel, look at how much fiber you have in your diet. In particular, soluble fiber supports a healthy digestive system by feeding the good bacteria in our intestines. These bacteria, in turn, reduce weight, improve immune function, regulate blood sugar, and even help our brain stabilize emotions. Therefore, we should all increase the amount of soluble fiber we eat and, fortunately, it does not take much to see the results. In fact, a cup of black beans is almost enough to reach your daily goal of 25 grams, but you can also try lentils, chia or Brussels sprouts. With so many sources, you’re less likely to get tired of this important part of your diet.
Drink enough water. Many of us know that we need to drink six to eight cups of water a day, depending on our weight, body type, and height, but few of us get the recommended amount. However, when we do, our minds are clearer, our cognition improves, and our mood often improves. In fact, if you do not get enough water, you may also find yourself chronically tired or having difficulty keeping up with exercise. Surprisingly, if you do not eat water-rich foods, the symptoms may still persist even when you drink enough water. After all, we need one or two extra cups of water from our meals to eat foods such as cucumbers, melons, berries, fresh vegetables, tomatoes, or cauliflower. For a list of the 35 most moisturizing foods, click here.
There is no single path to a healthy life. However, by taking care of your basic daily needs and making sure your environment is safe, you can feel better than ever. You don’t have to transform your entire routine to see the benefits of good health.
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Guest article by Jennifer McGregor
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