Sometimes the little steps we take (consistently) make the biggest impact, so why not try one or more of these five easy health tips to create a better and healthier you? It only takes twenty-one days to establish a new habit, and today could be “Day One.” Remember this, the Titanic would not have sunk had the guy in the Crow’s Nest not lost his binoculars, and little efforts can yield big results, which could mean the difference between sinking and staying afloat!
1) Eat Plain Oatmeal
You know that oatmeal that comes in the round cardboard container? That oatmeal is the one I’m talking about. You just mix some water into the oatmeal till it’s fairly good and soaked, heat in microwave for about 45-55 seconds (that’s SECONDS) and then drizzle some honey over it. You don’t even need milk because the honey gives it enough liquid. Of course you can always add some berries and milk if you don’t particularly care for bland.
- Fiber in oats will keep bowel movements more healthy, and as the old adage goes, “better out than in.”
- The insoluble fiber in oats has cancer-fighting properties.
- The soluble fiber in oats slows down the digestion of starch, which might benefit diabetics in particular, because slower starch digestion may avoid sugar level spikes that come after meals.
- Eating oatmeal regularly has been proven to help ward off heart disease and because oats have phytochemicals it has cancer-fighting properties also.
- Oats are a good source of vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium; as well as protein.
2) Drink Water
Okay, I know they say you should drink around eight 8 ounce glasses per day, but even if drinking four 8 ounces glasses daily would be better than nothing. The human body NEEDS water to survive, and no amount of other liquids will give you what good old water will. Of course it’s best to drink filtered water, and occasionally one should detox with distilled water. (But don’t drink distilled regularly because it can cause mineral deficiency.)
- Increases energy
- Enhances fat loss
- Combats headaches and fatigue
- Reduces hunger
- Hydrates skin, which could even make one look more youthful.
- Lowers LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol)
- Raises HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol (“good” cholesterol)
- Lowers blood pressure
- Manages weight
- Helps maintain strength
- Calms the spirit and clears the mind
4) Chew Your Food Properly
No matter what you may think, digestion starts in your mouth. Your saliva contains enzymes that start the digestion process, and the enzyme, alpha amylase, breaks down the starches into smaller molecules that your body converts to energy. Then there’s lingual lipase, an enzyme that starts digesting the fat content found in food. And we won’t even go into indigestion…suffice to say, if you suffer from it you might try chewing your food better.
- Better digestion with less gas and bloating
- Brings out the flavor of foods more
- Better assimilation of the nutrients in your food
- Better energy after eating
5) Morning Stretch (Before You Start Your Day)
Stretching is the act of focusing on lengthening the body’s muscles in order to increase muscle flexibility and range of motion. Starting the day with a morning stretch is very beneficial-not only for working out the kinks received from your night’s sleep, but also to prepare your body for the day’s labors. And if you’re someone who has an extremely physical job, then it’s all the more important. It’s one of those simple things you can do each morning that truly makes a difference in how you’ll feel throughout the day.
WARNING: If you’ve never been instructed in how to properly stretch, then you should Google “stretching” and learn about it before starting your stretching regime.
- Reduces muscle tension
- Enhances muscular coordination
- Increases circulation of the blood
- Increases energy levels
- Helps to keep spine in good alignment (your chiropractor will like that)
- Can be very relaxing, which can help to de-stress.