The best healthy tips are simple, easy to do, and most importantly, they work! But, if you’re like most of us, it’s hard to get started. So, these tips focus on the first step to a healthier you.
1. Know your vitamin D blood level and supplement with D3 as needed.
Vitamin D deficiency is implicated in a whole host of diseases from cancer, to bone disease, to susceptibility to infections like the flu. Although the recommended daily intake was raised from 200 to 600 IUs (800 IUs for those 71 and over) per day, most nutritional medicine experts say it’s not nearly enough.
Get you vitamin D blood level tested soon. You can have your doctor order it, or you can order a test kit on-line.
Then, “adjust your dosage so that blood levels are between 50–80 ng/ml,” recommends the Vitamin D Council.
2. Increase your walking time by 5 minutes.
Exercise, with walking being one of the best, is the most powerful anti-aging and health tonic known.
Park your car further out in the parking lot, walk around the building at lunchtime — it all counts. Start slow and gradually build up your time to 30 to 45 minutes 5-days a week.
3. Intentionally relax or meditate 5 minutes each day.
You’re probably well aware of the damaging effects of stress. Invest just 5 minutes a day to counter those effects by choosing a relaxation or meditation technique you enjoy.
4. Feel appreciation, gratitude, or love at least once daily.
These emotions make you feel great. Plus, studies show they improve heart rate variability, promote greater emotional stability, and help you think better too, report scientists at the Institute of HeartMath.
Here’s a simple method:
- Think of something or someone you feel love or gratitude for (a person, a pet, something in nature).
- Bring your awareness to your heart and imagine breathing in and out of your heart.
- Now, breathe the feeling of love or gratitude in and out through your heart.
You can also take 5 minutes to reflect on the things you appreciate or are grateful for before going to sleep or when first waking up.
5. Simplify your life and give to others.
All the great traditions speak to the spiritual benefits of a life lived simply. Find that place where your feel you have “enough.” Then, live a life where “enough is enough.”
You’ll save money. You’ll uncover what’s really important, and have more time and space to develop your spiritual nature too.
Go through your stuff and give away those items that you haven’t used for a long time. Many people need help now and you’ll benefit from the positive effects of giving.
6. Notice the light of the sunrise and sunset two days a week.
Bring your body more in harmony with the universal rhythm of the sun’s light.
Light turns on and turns off genes that control your internal biological clock. Your internal clock regulates the release of hormones that govern sleep, physical energy, performance, and mood.
Being out of sync with the natural rhythm of the sun’s light can cause all kinds of havoc in life from sleep disorders, to jet lag, to mood disorders.
7. Consciously change a negative thought to a positive thought 2 times a day.
Your mind is like a broadcast station in that your thoughts produce feelings that send biochemical messages all the way to your cells and out to your immediate environment and ultimately the universe.
These messages can help or harm you, they can serve as obstacles or help you get more of what you want out of life.
Too often, thoughts go on automatic formed from early childhood experiences. First, become more aware of your thoughts, and then substitute those that harm you with more life affirming thoughts.
8. Take a News-Fast.
Ever notice what you’re feeding your mind when you watch the news?
Many start and end their day with these anxiety-producing messages. Little wonder we feel stressed and anxious much of the time.
Pick one day a week that you will not look at the news. Do it for 4-weeks and see if you notice a difference.
9. Daily, take a good supplement with a balanced blend of antioxidants, minerals, and other micronutrients like the B vitamins.
If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t eat what experts recommend. Plus, even a healthy diet may not protect you from a top culprit of accelerated aging and life sapping disease…oxidative stress.
Give your cells the nutrients they need to counteract oxidative stress.
10. Ask for help.
Too often, we forget to ask for help when overburdened or distressed, or assume “no one cares.”
Asking for help can be as simple as asking a friend or husband to massage your sore shoulders or to take out the trash. Or, it can be asking for professional advice or help from a higher source too.
You’ll be surprised how effective and relationship building it can be!
Print these 10 tips out and keep coming back to them during the year. Check them off as you complete them. Most importantly, begin now using at least one of them to start creating a healthier you the natural way!