Health isn’t just something to aspire for; it’s the crucial ingredient of a happy life. Health is one of those treasures that we don’t quite appreciate until it’s gone. If you have an ailment like diabetes, or a mental health condition, you will be well aware that maintaining good physical health is so important for overall positive mood and well being.
If you’ve not been looking after yourself as well as you should, don’t worry about it now – because it’s never too late to start. The differences you can make today, or tomorrow, will lay the groundwork for improving your health for the rest of your life.
- Eat Healthy Fats
Eating a diet of healthy fats can do wonders for improving your skin, your immune function, reducing your waistline… they are really little miracle workers.
Of course, not all fats are good, but you knew that already. Eating healthy fats doesn’t involve chowing down on fried foods like there’s no tomorrow, but it’s still tasty to incorporate a wide variety of natural fat sources into your diet! Swap out burgers for delicious grilled fish dishes.
Incorporate more nuts into your diet, which are a great protein source to boot, and add avocado to breakfast burritos to get a greater balance of good fats. Feel more energetic and improve your skin in no time.
- Get Enough Sleep
Did you know that people who get 6 hours of sleep a night are 23% more likely to be obese than people who get 7 to 8 hours? Sleep is really important for overall health. At the end of the day, sleep is the time your body needs to recover from all environmental stressors.
If you struggle with sleep, make sure you’re avoiding your laptop and phone for two hours before you go to sleep. Use things like essential oils or lavender pillows and practice good sleep hygiene for a good night’s rest.
- Stay Hydrated
It’s been said before and it’ll be said again; you should be drinking water – a lot of it. The reason this is such frequently given health advice is because of just how important it is. Our bodies are 80% water – assist in your immune function by drinking more of it.
Staying well hydrated reduces your risk of obesity, and it improves your energy, your skin, your digestive function: basically, water helps everything. So, pour yourself a glass!
- Hit the Gym
There’s no two ways about it – exercise is good for you. The human body was designed to move, not to remain sedentary, and there’s nothing that’s much better for you than burning up a sweat.
Exercise helps lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in your blood, which is only good for your mood and your sleep. There are also the obvious weight loss benefits, in addition to improving hypertension symptoms & treatments, among many other things.
- Get Up on Your Feet
Even if you exercise, you could be jeopardizing your health by sitting down all day. New evidence says that the health benefits of exercise are undermined by remaining sat down for the rest of the day.
The best way to guarantee good health is to spend periods of time up on your feet, either standing or walking. It helps get the blood circulation going better, which in turn, positively impacts on the function of all your organs.
- Make Time for Loving
There’s nothing much better for reducing stress and increasing energy than human contact – and what a lovely way to improve your health! Even a quick hug with your kids or your friend will do wonders for boosting your mood, as it increases levels of happiness as it soothes nerves.
Want to go one better? Have sex. The combination of the physical contact and the orgasm do great things for your health. They improve sleep regularity, and with it, boost your creativity and confidence – what’s not to love? And, if you’re short of someone to tumble with, just remember that orgasms have great health benefits with or without a partner.
- Take Care with What’s in Your Beauty Supplies
If you’re doing everything else right but are still feeling sluggish, and with dull skill, check out what’s in your beauty cabinet.
There are a whole host of nasty chemicals lurking in beauty products that can have negative effects for overall health. Anything that includes phthalates, parabens, silicones or petroleum must go – it could be doing some serious damage to your health.
Instead, look out for products with naturally occurring ingredients and essential oils – that’s the stuff you want to trust.