Keeping it simple is often times the best way to proceed in life. Sometimes if you make things too complicated then you’re more likely to fail. The same is true when it comes to your health. The following list are 5 simple and basic things you can do (if you’re not doing it already) to improve your health:
The simple act of walking 20 – 30 minutes a day will improve your health and decrease your risk of numerous illnesses according to research. Some benefits of walking include weight loss, better heart health, lower blood sugar levels, improved immune function, improved mood, and better creative thinking. Going to the gym will allow you to get a fuller workout regiment, but going to the gym on regular basis isn’t always convent, it may be hard to get started if you’re really out of shape, can be intimidating for some and not to mention gym memberships aren’t exactly cheap. Walking, on the other hand is a simple exercise that anyone can do and for free.
2.) Drink plenty of water
Water has been around since the beginning of time and the human body is made up of about 70% of it. Instead of drinking juice or especially soda, your body would benefit much, much more by drinking water. Some of the health benefits of drinking water include clear skin, improved digestion, prevention of kidney damage, regulation of body temperature, weight loss and better performance during exercise. Also, drinking water will save you some money by not having to spend it on juice, soda and other beverages.
3.) Get plenty of sleep
You will often hear that the key to good health is diet and exercise but sleep is often overlooked. Sleep is your body’s time to rejuvenate itself and includes numerous benefits, some of which include reduced stress, improved memory, lower blood pressure, reduced chance of diabetes, and improved mental function. Don’t let the stress and rat race of everyday life keep you from doing this simple necessity for your body. If you’re having trouble sleeping then seeing a doctor or sleep expert may be in order but definitely don’t overlook the importance of sleep.
4.) Stay away surgery foods
There are many, many books, articles, blogs, videos and weight loss programs out there on different diets – what to eat, what not to eat, you should eat this amount of that, but not too much of this, and on, and on, and on. I am not discounting any of that accumulated nutritional and dietary wisdom, but many would probably agree that if there is one thing you can do in terms of your diet and nutrition, a simple thing you should cut out or reduce from your diet would be sugary foods. According to research, a number of diseases and other health conditions have been linked to too much processed sugars in your diet. Some of the benefits of a low or no sugar diet include clearer skin, better sleep, lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, lower heart attack risk, lower risk of diabetes, lower chance of fatty liver disease, reduced risk of cancer, more energy, better mental focus and memory and reduced risk of depression.
5.) Vitamin & Other Supplements
Taking vitamins and other supplements is another component achieving better health. You should do your research of what vitamins and/or supplements to take, but briefly I will say that there are certainly benefits to taking vitamins every day such as healthy aging, better heart health, reduced cancer risk, healthy hair and skin and better overall mood. There are other supplements that you might consider taking every day, but I’ll leave for a possible future blog post.
This this is not meant to be the be all and end all of what you should know and do for your health. These 5 simple tips are the basics everyone should be doing for their health and well-being anyway (if you’re not already doing so) before trying anything else. Always do your own investigation before trying further health related advice or seek the advice of a doctor for more information.