There is nothing more important than our health, which is why we must actively make it a priority. Changing your lifestyle will, however, require you to adapt your mindset to embark on a healthier path. That is why we have created the definitive guide to improving your health.
Boost Your Water Consumption
The human body is made from 90% water, and it also requires a considerable amount of water to function each day effectively. You might be surprised to learn that those troublesome headaches, bodily aches and pains can often be a sign of dehydration, so ensure you drink up to 8-ounces of water per day; however, the amount will vary depending on your body size.
Go for a Walk
Step into the great outdoors and enjoy a brisk walk, which will allow your heart’s muscles to function effectively. The plants and trees will also turn carbon oxide into healthy oxygen, which can improve your breathing, while the oxygenated air can kill viruses and bacteria.
Take a Bath with Epsom Salts
Treat yourself to a well-earned warm bath with some Epsom salts. The magnesium can absorb into the skin, which not only relaxes your muscles but can reduce your pain levels. It is the perfect excuse to enjoy a relaxing soak in a hot bath after a long, hard day.
Set a little time aside for deep breathing for at least five minutes each day, and try to perform the exercise as often as you can. It is believed to help decrease stress hormone levels, which can reduce anxiety, improve your sleep and can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Eat More Fruit
Try to enjoy between two to three pieces of fruit each day to maintain a healthy body. For example, one serving will count as half a cup of blueberries, grapes or cherries. The more colorful the fruit, the better it will be for your health, as they will offer various phytonutrients, which can help fight diseases, while improving breathing issues and alleviating allergies.
A busy, stressful personal and/or professional life can often cause our minds to race and our blood pressure to rise. Don’t allow stressful thoughts to consume your life and start meditating. It will clear your mind of negative thoughts, and you will walk away feeling both calm and peaceful. It is a successful way to take care of your mental health.
Cut Out Fat
Fat can play havoc with your general health, clogging up your arteries and causing various health conditions, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. For this reason, you should try to cut fat out of your diet. For instance, you could make healthy cooking swaps by switching butter for a spray cooking oil, or grilling, baking, poaching or steaming over frying.
Improve Your Sleeping Pattern
Sleep deprivation can cause stress, anxiety and weight gain. Improve your sleeping pattern by cutting out stimulants a few hours before bed time, such as caffeine or alcohol. We also recommend you avoid watching TV or using a smartphone, computer or tablet, which can all disrupt sleep. Relax into sleep by reading a good book or listening to relaxing music before bed. It might even help to add a drop or two of lavender oil onto your pillow, which will help you to sleep like a baby.
Build Stronger Bones and Muscles
Build stronger bones and muscles by enjoying a diet that is high in calcium and vitamin D. Excellent sources include egg yolk, oily fish, broccoli and direct sunlight. You can also strengthen your bone health with exercises such as running or dancing.
Attend Regular Medical Appointments
Proactively care for your health by regularly attending medical appointments. This will allow a doctor to spot the signs of any illnesses, diseases or health conditions, which could be stopped in its tracks. Routine medical examinations will, therefore, help you to stay on top of your health, while identifying the changes you need to make to live a healthier lifestyle. Also, ensure you always consume or apply any prescription medications, which you can order from the AARP recommended Canadian Pharmacies.
Decrease Your Salt Intake
Improve your blood pressure by decreasing your salt intake. Instead of seasoning your food with a bag of salt, we recommend adding various herbs and spices to your dishes. You can guarantee your meals with be bursting with flavor once you add a pinch of oregano, paprika, nutmeg or pepper onto meat, vegetables or pasta. You will soon discover you don’t need salt to enjoy some great-tasting dishes.
It’s also wise to add more garlic to your food. Not only will it create delicious meals, but it can improve circulation, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and can promote your heart’s health. That’s not all, as garlic can also help to improve your body’s immunity, which can fight infection.
Have you heard the saying “laughter is the best medicine”? That’s because it can increase your body’s blood flow by more than 20%, so it can reduce the development of heart disease. Sounds good, right? Well, it gets better. Laughter can also relieve hay fever, fight infections, alleviate aches and pains and can help you take control of diabetes. So, socialize with friends and family to laugh a little more, while improving both your physical and mental health.
Drink Green or Black Tea
Both green and black tea can have a positive impact on your health, as they contain antioxidants that can strengthen cardiovascular health, support dental hygiene, increase bone density and prevent the growth of cancer cells.
Consume More Wholegrains
If you want to reduce the likelihood of heart disease and decrease your cholesterol levels, we recommend consuming more wholegrain foods, such as bread, rice and cereals. Look for wholegrain options on packaged foods when shopping at a grocery store.
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