Five Ways To Become Healthier TODAY with Kezia Hall
Hello once more. I hope this wee post finds you well and you are not too sad about summer passing away. I am consoling myself with the fact that I can wear my fluffy boots again and and begin to buy more garishly coloured tights – a favourite pastime of mine.
Today I am going to share with you five easy tips on how you can get super naturally healthy TODAY.
Often we put off getting healthy – we postpone it until the distant future, hoping that one day our lives will massively change and we will suddenly get motivated to get into shape and revolutionise our bodies in one big swoop.
This is rarely the case. In order to create a naturally healthy future you need to make small lasting steps every day. Then, before you know it, you will look back and realise that you have become the wonderfully healthy woman you always dreamed off. And that’s they key – making small changes often, that are sustainable and realististic.
So today I am giving you 5 tips that you can implement right now to help make you naturally healthier.
1. Go to bed.
There has been countless studies showing how lack of sleep can lead to obesity, sugar craving, skin and digestive problems etc. I personally can tell when I have not had enough sleep as my immune system tends to weaken and I will often get some kind of virus. When I am sleeping well, sure enough, the common cold passes me by.
Night time is also when our bodies heal and rejuvenate themselves. Want to have younger, fresher looking skin, recover quickly from infections and generally heal faster? The go to sleep! Listen to your body, rest when you need to rest. Take afternoon naps if need be (and if practically possible) and try to have a consistent time for going to bed and waking.
2. Say no to white refined sugar.
You may not think sugar is a big deal but it can wreak havoc on your blood sugars and excess consumption can lead to diabetes. Sugar also is an antinutrient so in no way supports your body to obtain nutrients.
Also, surprisingly, sugar can increase your bad cholesterol level. As study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), said:
‘people who ate the largest amounts of added sugar had the highest blood triglyceride levels and the lowest HDL (good) cholesterol levels. That study also showed that eating lots of sugar more than tripled the odds of having low HDL cholesterol levels, a strong risk factor for heart disease‘ (source)
Can’t imagine a life without sugar? Just try and reduce your refined sugar intake (caster sugar, granulated sugar – basically any white sugary substance) and switch to honey, maple syrup, or brown muscovado sugar.
Also, beware most processed food uses the cheapest and most processed forms of sugars or artificial sweetener – avoid these in the same way you would a double glazing salesman.
Yes this may sound a bit weird and tree-hugging-esque, but so many of our contemporary health problems are related to stress. Digestive problems, eczema, insomnia, migraine, obesity and more, all can be due to our bodies’ reaction to potential harm – ie stress.
In response to stress, our bodies release adrenaline and the bulk of our energy is preoccupied by our endocrine system to help fuel the ‘fight or flight’ reaction. Taking some time our each day to take deep breaths, calm down your thinking, sit or move slowly will do wonders for your health. I love to take walks, baths or just lie on the floor listening to chilled music and allow my mind to meditate on good happy things.
4. Drink more tea.
Weird suggestion but very easy to implement. There can be so many benefits from drinking black, herbal or green tea. Green tea is filled with tons of antioxidants and contains less caffeine than coffee. Herbal teas like peppermint or ginger can really soothe a upset stomach, while raspberry leaf tea is supposed to help relieve pms symptoms. Chamomile is brilliant to help you calm down and licorice tea is amazingly sweet and supposed to help rosacea sufferers.
It also all counts towards your daily fluid intake which is so crucial for healthy skin and the elimination of toxins from the body. Just beware of your caffeine intake, have green/black/white tea in the morning but avoid it at night or late afternoon.
So basically grab a cup of tea every single hour and your body will thank you!
5. Thank your body.
Your body is the only one you have got. Sure, it may not be as streamline, hospitable or as Beyonce-resembling as you would like, it may do weird and wonderful things, and it might be scarred, wrinkly or misshapen. But it is yours, unique to you and there is no one in the world who has a body like quite the same. So why not celebrate it today instead of bullying or degrading it! Think about 3 things you like about it and write them down.
This step may sound very Oprah-like, but honestly the more we celebrate our bodies, the healthier they will become. I believe our minds are powerful tools and what we believe about ourselves, matters. So today why not think about why your body is awesome and keep this habit up? You never know, in five years time, the new happy you might even be presenting your own cheesy and uplifting chat show. We can but hope.