Simple No Cost Ways to Improve Your Health

Simple No Cost Ways to Improve Your Health

Here are some simple things you can include in your daily routine that can improve your general health and sense of wellbeing. After doing them for a while you may find them to be as simple and routine as brushing your teeth - give it a go!

Tongue scraping - toxic accumulation can build up on the tongue overnight. Scraping your tongue every morning effectively removes the build-up. You can buy special tongue scrapers, but a non-serrated bread and butter knife can work just as effectively. 

Meditation - a little bit of meditation is better than none at all. Even just 15 minutes in the morning before starting your day can be beneficial. Meditation brings calmness, clarity, balance and optimal functioning to all aspects of your being.

Yoga / stretching - many people do not include this in their daily routine because they feel like it takes too much time, dedication, or know-how or a combination of all three, but like meditation - a little is better than none. Even just doing a couple of sun salutes (a short, flowing combination of yoga postures) every day can be simple yet effective for maintaining strength, flexibility and wellbeing.

Drink water - how simple could this one be! The body is made of at least 70% water - this is how important water is in your body. Even just the slightest bit of dehydration can have detrimental effects on your wellbeing. 30mls per kg of body weight is recommended daily.

To bed before 10pm - try to do this as much as possible - you'll definitely feel all the better for it! Our natural rhythms are designed to be in tune with the rhythms of nature. We are not naturally nocturnal animals; therefore, we need to sleep when it is dark and be awake when it is light. Naturally you'll find yourself winding down before 10pm - your body's natural way of readying itself for sleep, but if you ignore your body's innate intelligence and push on, you can go into a second wind phase. This can lead to a tendency of not going to bed until late at night which is to the detriment of your wellbeing. Certain beneficial hormones are produced when we are in the dark and asleep. The sleep we get before midnight is highly valuable and for this reason, early nights should not be overlooked when addressing your overall health and wellbeing.

Positive mental state - your thoughts have a huge effect on your wellbeing - every cell in your body is affected by how you think and feel. A negative mental state can cause not only negative emotions but also poor health. So, try to look on the bright side of life as much as possible. Be thankful for what you do have, rather than focusing on what you don't have. Try not to take life too seriously - there's a lot of truth in the saying "laughter is the best medicine".

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