It’s The Little Things That Make a Huge Difference

5 Easy Ways to be Healthier:

  1. Drink water.

I know it seems super simple stupid, but this is literally the best way to stay healthy and have natural energy. Did you know dehydration can affect you physically if you lose so much as two percent of your body’s water content? This will affect anything from performance to motivation. Not to mention if you are like me and you get headaches all the time, water helps prevent them and get rid of them. It also helps with constipation, so if you’re backed up try drinking water. Anyone who’s ever had a hangover, myself included, knows that water is the best treatment to flush the alcohol from your system. No amount of coffee and miracle cures will work like good old fashioned H2O. Water can also help with weight loss! In two studies, drinking at least 17 ounces of water has shown to increase metabolism by 24-30 percent for up to an hour and a half.

  1. Get more sleep.

Lack of sleep is a huge problem in our culture. I personally have always had a hard time going to sleep at night. When I was in middle school I went through a three year period of insomnia. I would pace around my house for hours trying to make myself tired. Now that I’m older I can’t seem to get enough of it. It takes me up to two hours to fall asleep when I get into bed, this is why I try to go to bed at 8:30 or 9:00 pm every night.  Sleep has more benefits than just you being in a better mood. Sleep can make you live longer. “In a 2010 study of women ages 50 to 79, more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night.” (Sleep) Sleep also helps with your sex life, 26 percent of people say their sex life is altered in a negative way when they don’t get enough sleep.  Sleep also helps with memory and basic cognitive functions. So if you aren’t sleeping for better sex and you aren’t sleeping for a longer life at least sleep so you can walk straight.

  1. Relax

No worries, man, that’s the way to do it. We all live pretty stressful lives so don’t forget in all the hustle and bustle to take some time for you. Meditation is my favorite way to relax, but sometimes I want to do something with a little less discipline. Curl up with a good book, take a bath, listen to a rainstorm (natural or recorded), light a candle, or maybe just sit with a cup of non-caffeinated tea. Just try to stay away from the phone and the T.V. This is too much stimulation to be clinically considered a relaxation technique. Relaxing is good for your heart and brain. It can also help prevent you from catching a cold. “Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University, has been at the forefront of stress research since the 1990s. Early on, he showed that chronic stress lasting more than a month but less than six months doubled a person’s risk of catching a cold.” (Relaxation) Relaxing also helps lower your risk of depression or depression attacks. The human stress hormone can prevent the production of dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

  1. Cut out the sugar.

Sugar is so very bad for you. Obviously it is bad for your teeth, but also 20 percent of calories we consume are from sugar and this leads to many nutrition deficiencies. It is bad for your liver, so bad in fact that it can lead to non-alcoholic liver disease because of the fat it creates. And hey huge red flag, but sugar can cause cancer. Cancer cells LOVE sugar. It’ s like crack mixed with growth steroids for them. A few easy ways to cut out unnecessary sugars; eat more fruit instead, buy whole foods, eat your veggies (if you cook them right they are better than any candy out there, go wheat free when you can, and most of all eat your omega-3’s because this is your best bet besides a raw foods diet and 24/7 exercise to reverse the damage caused by sugar.

  1. Do yoga.

Maybe you’re not that flexible. Maybe you think it’s a girl thing. Maybe you think it’s just fancy stretching. If you have any of these excuses you will be fondly surprised by the reality of yoga. Yoga is meant to make you more flexible, not cater to those who already are. Many men do yoga; in fact when it is observed for religious purposes in India mostly men do yoga. In ancient times it was exclusive to men only. Yes yoga involves stretching, but it is also a strength training exercise. Yoga helps with weight loss and can help with injuries. It also is a wonderful way to achieve better understanding and appreciation for the way your body works and in this sense generally improves self-confidence.

 

If you are more interested in any of the studies or facts mentioned here are all the places I got my highlights from. I hope this post informed you on a few ways to be just a little more healthy and potentially happy in life. I hope everyone’s week is filled with positivity and good health! Talk to you next time. If you have any topics you want me to address Email me  or messege me on Instagram, please!

 

 

 

Works Cited

|, B. J. (2016). 7 Science-Based Health Benefits of Drinking Enough Water. Retrieved October 07, 2016, from https://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-of-water/

Sparacino, A. (n.d.). 11 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep. Retrieved October 07, 2016, from http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221,00.html#ad-3

Sleep and Health: 9 Surprising Reasons to Get More Sleep. (n.d.). Retrieved October 07, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/9-reasons-to-sleep-more#1

Klein, S. (n.d.). 10 Health Benefits Of Relaxation. Retrieved October 07, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/stress-awareness-day-relaxation-benefits_n_1424820.html

https://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/

  1. (n.d.). 9 Ways to Cut Sugar Out of Your Diet and Be Healthier. Retrieved October 07, 2016, from http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/how-to-cut-sugar-out-of-your-diet-and-be-healthier/

The Benefits of Yoga. (n.d.). Retrieved October 07, 2016, from http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/yoga.aspx

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