By Kim Thomas of US Health Corps
Are you looking for some simple ways to improve your overall health? Then you will be happy to know that staying healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. Some of the most effective strategies for strength and wellness start with a shift in your everyday habits. Ready to make your own change? Then start with these head-to-toe wellness tips.
Help Your Brain and Body Recharge With Quality Sleep
If you choose only one habit to change for your health, it should be your sleep. Good sleep is important for maintaining a healthy weight, preventing disease, and preserving cognitive function. One factor that keeps many people from getting the quality sleep they need is sleeping on an old, worn-out mattress. Lumps, dips, and sags in your mattress could indicate it needs to be replaced, and these issues could even cause (or exacerbate) chronic pain. Spine alignment is essential for restful sleep and to prevent pain, so in order to choose a new mattress that provides the support you need for a good night’s rest, refer to a guide like this one.
Clear Your Mind and Soul With Meditation
With the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, it can be difficult to protect our minds from stress, which can make you feel tired, anxious, depressed, and out of control. Take back some of that control and help bring peace to your life by taking up a meditation practice.
Mindful meditation has been shown to reduce feelings of stress and lead to a more positive overall mindset. Mediation can also help you manage certain chronic conditions, such as asthma, high blood pressure, and pain. You can set up a calming meditation space in your home or look for a local class to get started.
Wear Sunscreen to Protect Your Face and Skin
The sun can be a positive source of energy, but repeated sun exposure can be dangerous. It’s best to wear sunscreen anytime you plan on being outside for more than a few minutes. Since your face tends to be exposed the most, make sure you choose an SPF of 30 or higher. Wearing sunscreen on any exposed areas of skin not only helps decrease your risk of cancer but also prevents premature aging and keeps discolorations from popping up. To keep your skin protected and toxin-free, check out this sunscreen guide.
Prevent Heart Disease Through Healthy Eating
Another crucial step in preserving your health is to clean up your diet. Eating a balanced diet, including healthy grains, lean proteins and plenty of vegetables, can reduce the risk for chronic disease, including stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. To further boost the effect, consider adding some heart-healthy superfoods to your diet. Foods rich in fiber, healthy fats and nutrients can negate any future health problems and even give you a boost in energy.
Keep Your Gut Healthy with Probiotics and Exercise
You may already know that having healthy bacteria in your gut impacts your physical health. However, did you know that gut bacteria affects your brain as well? Recent studies have shown that the bacteria swimming around in your gut can have a major role in the way you think and feel. To keep your gut in check, try adding some probiotics to your daily routine. Several healthy foods are rich sources of probiotics, from fermented foods to yogurt, so it should be simple to keep your gut healthy. Exercise is essential for gut health too, as well as overall wellness, so be sure to get regular workout in throughout the week.
Staying healthy shouldn’t include gimmicks or extreme measures. The easiest and most effective methods to improve your wellness only require minor adjustments to your regular routine and a commitment to your mind, body, and well-being. So, take charge of your health and happiness by taking part in some nourishing everyday practices
Kim Thomas’ mission is aligned with that of US Health Corps, and that is to triumph over chronic disease. Her mission is to advocate for those suffering from chronic disease and she enjoys writing about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.