You don’t have to overhaul your entire life to start living healthier. You can begin one minute from now, with these easy health tips.  It can feel overwhelming, expensive and frustrating sometimes when there are health changes you want to make but they are out of your current budget. The great news is that even in this case, sometimes the best things (for your health) are free after all… most of us just tend to neglect them.

  1. Get plenty of sleep.  If you’re having trouble sleeping try cutting out stimulants such as alcohol or caffeine, especially in the hours directly before you go to bed.Watching TV or using a laptop or tablet directly before going to sleep has also been shown to disrupt sleep. Trying reading a book or listening to some music before bed instead – you might find it easier to drop off. Putting a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow at night has also been shown to have relaxing effects.
  2. Drink more water. Your body is 90 percent water and needs water for almost every function.  Many of the aches and pains, headaches, and other symptoms we experience would lessen if we just drank more water.  We should all be drinking around eight glasses of water a day. It will greatly enhance your digestion‚ nutrient absorption‚ skin hydration and detoxification — as well as many other aspects of your health. Try to have a glass or bottle of water with you all the time – slipping water throughout the day is the easiest way to get the required amount.
  3. Eat 2 or 3 pieces or servings of fruit. (count ½ cup of fruit like grapes, blueberries, cherries, etc. as a serving). Fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruit are a great source of vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system. Also, citrus fruits and bananas are a good source of potassium which can help to regulate blood pressure. If you struggle to eat lots of fruit each day try to find creative ways to include it in your diet – like making homemade smoothies or having fruit salads as a dessert.
  4. Eat a large salad. I’m frequently told by someone who is making excuses for his/her bad diet that eating healthy is expensive. Nonsense. Some of the best superfoods are cheap and readily available in the form of salad greens. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll (gives plants their green color and boosts our blood health), enzymes (that improve digestion and increase energy), and many phytonutrients.
  5. Eliminate at least one item from your life that contains toxic chemicals (all commercially-available dryer sheets, almost every type of commercial laundry soap sold in grocery stores, dish soap, “air fresheners,” etc.) For essential items, choose a natural option instead.
  6. Don’t skip breakfast Your body needs good quality fuel to wake up your metabolism so always tuck into a good breakfast. It means you will burn more calories throughout the day and it also prevents you from getting that lull in the morning when your body is running on empty. Having a filling breakfast that will provide lots of energy will set you up well for the day. Maybe porridge or a poached egg with avocado or smoked salmon.

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