It’s easy to think of health as this impossibly unattainable thing that’s too difficult for any of us to really be able to do on our own. While it can be overwhelming if you do try to change many health issues all at once, you can do small things that will make a big difference to your health.
Water is not only good for helping you regulate your body temperature, but also for digestion and improving blood circulation. Probably the most surprising perk; the way it helps your brain. According to one study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, “Being dehydrated by just 2% impairs performance in tasks that require attention, psychomotor, and immediate memory skills”; that’s pretty big if you want to be able to focus! Try starting your day with a large glass of water, ending it with a glass of water, and having a glass of water before each meal, and use the Lifesum app to help you stay hydrated.
Did you know that regular exercise can help to reduce the risk of a lot of common health issues? It can be used to help manage a lot of issues and concerns such as type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, arthritis, and strokes. It’s recommended that you aim for around 30 minutes each day; if you’re worried about squeezing in the time, try just taking a 15 minutes walk in the morning and 15 minutes of some other exercises like yoga before bed.
Sleep is one of the key factors in how the body repairs, regenerates, and recovers. This includes healing your heart and helping your body to defend itself against harmful substances and strengthening your immune system. Want to get sick less? Try sleeping more. The CDC recommends 8-10 hours for teens aged 13-18, and upwards from 7 hours for people aged 18-60.
This is two in one: Not only does fresh air boost your immune system, much like sleep does (open the window, take a walk!), but according to the Natural Product Communications journal, it also is known to lower anxiety, promote relaxation, and decrease stress (which is incredible for your health by the way!).
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