Health trends come and go, as do fad diets. But there are some necessities and tools that have been around for years that continue to hold their value as they provide improvement to your overall health you can count on.
Improve your well-being inside and out. Here are 12 essential tips, tools and habits to get you started:
- A reusable water bottle
Staying hydrated is, by far, the most important step in caring for your body and mind. Your body needs water for a number of functions, and when you are properly hydrated, you will benefit all around.
- A well-stocked fridge
Stock your fridge with fresh produce and lean proteins for a healthy heart and strong bones, and avoid saturated fats and sugar. Check out these dietary guidelines.
- Comfy running shoes
An important aspect of a healthy lifestyle is activity. Don’t love working out? Even a lite walk anytime during the day for about 30-45 minutes will help. Strive for 3-5 times per week. Still a challenge? Park your car further than you typically would on your next shopping excursion and walk briskly to and from the store. A witty way to squeeze in your cardio without adding it to your to do list!
Herbal tea can treat a number of ailments – mind and body – and can promote excellent health overall. Some of our favorites include Green, Ooolong, Rooibos and White Teas.
- Coconut oil
Coconut oil, while once shunned for its high saturated fat content, has shown health benefits in a number of arenas, including heart health, diabetes, and weight loss. It can also be used to moisturize your skin and hair, and even treat acne!
- Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar—it helps with throat care, aids digestion, clears your sinuses, can aid in weight loss, and boosts energy—and those are only a handful of a number of reasons you should always have this magical solution in your cupboard. Look for the powerful ingredient in natural remedies, such as Gargle Away® Advanced Throat Care by Nature’s Jeannie™.
Honey is great to have on hand when you’re suffering from any kind of sinus or throat-related illness. It soothes sore throats, suppresses cough, and has even been shown to improve immunity. Honey can boost energy, aid in weight loss, and has been used to treat wounds.
Keep fresh ginger on hand to ease nausea and digestive issues. It has also been found to treat pain and inflammation! Add it to your morning smoothie, tomorrow’s stir-fry, or boil it down and make your own ginger tea.
The health benefits of adding lemon to your water speak for themselves: lower risk for stroke or cancer, healthy complexion, asthma prevention, stronger immune system, and a decreased risk for diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Garlic’s medicinal properties should earn it an automatic place in your pantry. A study conducted by the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China showed that people who ate raw garlic had a 44% decrease in their risk for lung cancer. Other studies have shown benefits for heart health and hip osteoarthritis, and suggest garlic may be a powerful antibiotic.
- A comfortable bed
Get some rest! A good night’s sleep will improve energy, mood, motivation, and judgement.
- A method of relaxation
How do you unwind at the end of the day? Chronic stress can lead to depression, immunity problems, and an overall decline in health. Light some candles, brew some herbal tea, and try a soothing bath soak, like Nature’s Jeannie Stress and Tension Relief Bath Soak. The combination of ocean minerals, aromatic herbs, and vitamins will relax your mind and body, for better health and wellness.
Your body is important. Dedicate just a little bit of focused time and energy to maintaining it – to provide you with a better opportunity for a healthy mind, and healthy body. Stock up on these simple items and try to follow these reasonable daily routines – because the benefits each provide are significantly worth it.