Choosing to be healthy shouldn’t be a burden. There are a variety of basic things which can be gradually added to in order to create a healthier version of you that is maintainable and manageable for everyone.
We all need to conquer the basics and arm ourselves with healthy habits, before we are able to reach that summit of optimal health and wellbeing. In the New Year, a lot of people take this opportunity to try and get ahead and get back on track.
The key is to keep it simple and build from there. Below I’ve written a handful of basic, yet extremely practical ways which small amounts of effort really increase your health and wellbeing and the great thing is you can start with one of these things to focus on then gradually build up and add the others over time.
* Starting off on the right foot: BREAKFAST!
It’s so important to provide your body with the fuel it needs to kick start the day. There are various types of breakfast options too, depending on your preferences and available time: muesli or eggs, smoothies or a protein shake. Something is better than nothing and you will find that your morning will function a lot better with food in your stomach.
* Help defend against infections:
Whether it is returning to the work place or going back to school, heading back after a holiday increases your exposure to microorganisms that are ready to grab the opportunity to nestle in and flourish if your immune system is compromised. To prevent this from happening you need to ensure that you’re receiving adequate nutritional levels and the key to this is:
-Avoiding/minimising refined and processed foods
-Try and stick to a whole food diet (essentially choosing foods that don’t have food labels on them)
-Drink plenty of water
-Not skipping on meals and making sure to include healthy snacks during the day
-If you find that you are getting run down, look at boosting your zinc and vitamin C intake. These nutrients are amongst the most critical nutrients in healthy immunity, as both are involved in wound healing, immune balance and boosting resistance to infection.
* Moving around keeps you ‘fitting fit’:
Lack of exercise can compromise your wellbeing. Be sure to keep moving; either walking, bike riding, yoga or sports all help keep you feeling younger and fitter for longer.
Proper sleep is essential for wellbeing as it gives your body time to repair and recover. Great ways of improving sleep are having a cup of chamomile tea about 30 minutes before bed and magnesium is also a great supplement to help the nervous and muscular system relax so you get a better quality sleep.
Stress is by far the most common and most underestimated component of life that can have a massive impact on health and wellbeing. Magnesium can be used to help try and take the edge off your stress. However, if you’re feeling that your stress levels are negatively impacting on your health, call the clinic and book in to see one of our healthcare practitioners.