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Quick Daily Health Tips-8 Things To Try

Many of these quick daily health tips you have probably already heard of but the question is, are you actually doing them? Most of these tips are considered standard good health practices and if you want to feel and look better and have more energy, you just can’t get away from the basics! These 8 daily health tips are a mixture of common practices, and some not so common practices, yet all are highly beneficial for your mind body health.

Drink plenty of water

You body is 70% water and is crucial for the smooth operation of all its systems. If we are dehydrated, the electricty in our body does not work as efficiently and that means less communication between muscles and organs which leads to a feeling of fatigue. So drink up!

Try this:

Buy a 2 litre bottle and refill it each day with filtered water. Take it with you where ever you go and make it your goal to finish drinking it by the end of the day. Alterntatively, get a smaller one and keep track of how many times you have refilled it until you have reached a total of 2 litres for the day.

vegetablesEat more vegies.

Most of us are not getting enough vegies and therefore it is no wonder our health challenges are sky rocketing around the world. Vegetables give us key nutrients we need, help the bowels stay regular therefore avoiding toxic waste building up in our body. They enhance our immune system and are low in calories. Many people get hung up on whether or not their vegables are organic or not. Of course ideally it would be best if we could all eat organically grown vegetables but if you can’t due to availability or affordability, don’t stress! Don’t use it as an excuse not to eat the recommended serving of vegetables per day. Just get what ever vegetables you can get your hands on in the shops near you. It is better to eat vegatbles that are not organic than to eat none at all because you can’t get organically grown vegies.

Try this:

Cut up some raw vegies to have as snacks with some hummus dip and bring it to work or pop it in the school lunch box. Make sure you also include a variety of vegetables at dinner time so by the end of the day you will have met your quota for the day.

green smoothieDrink a green smoothie

This is one of the best ways to get your green vegies in for the day and you can make it delicious. Drinking a green smoothie can supplement what ever vegetables you may not be getting throughout the day too!

Try this recipe:

  • Big handful of Kale
  • Half a Pineapple
  • 1 Avocado
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Half a large Cucumber
  • Half a cup of water (or a little more depending on how thick you want your smoothie to be)
  • Blend it all up in a blender and drink. Makes 3-4 servings. You can store the remainder in an air tight bottle in the fridge to have the next day if you don’t drink it all.

exerciseExercise

Exercise is best done in the morning, and it does not need to be longer than 25 minutes if you are doing effective exercises. The best exercise to do if you want to get fit, improve your cardiovascular health, shed fat and have more energy is high intensity weight bearing interval training. You don’t even need any equipment or a gym membership to do it either.

Try this:

  1. 1 minute squats
  2. 1 minute lunges
  3. 1 minute push ups
  4. 1 minute bent over row (squeeze through the muscles in your back if not using weights)
  5. 1 minute cross crawl crunches
  • Repeat 3 times with 10 secs rest inbetween each exercise.
  • Stretch the muscles you have worked, and then you are done for the day!
  • Maintain good form and posture through out and push it as much as you can and rest where you need to.
  • The trick is to go hard until you can’t maintain good form anymore, then get back into it when you are ready again. Over time you will get further and further into each minute until you are working continuously for 15 minutes.

Meditation

There is so much scientific evidence on the benefits of meditation these days that it is becoming the norm practice for top achievers in every kind of industry each day of their life. One of the lesser known meditation practices in the west but most effective form is Qigong. It is most effective because it not only works with the breath and the mind, but it also works with the body via the acupressure points and Chinese meridians as well as improve cardiovascucular health, reduce your stress, improve your balance and enhance your emotional health. And, there are also plenty of medical studies to back the practice up in terms of its effectiveness. it is also very practical as it can be done with little space, and in regular clothing. No need to change into exercise gear!

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Disconnect from technology and connect in real life again.

Despite our technology being the most sophisticated in history and our connection to each other through social media and other digital platforms being at an all time high, we have never been more disconnected from each other, and to ourselves. This is a health hazard in and of itself. Just like the neurons in our brain seek out connection to each other, so do we in terms of social connections. This is good for our mental and emotional health and has a tangible effect on our biochemistry.

Try this:

Look ahead in your calendar and see where you have free time. Make it a habit to contact friends and schedule in a catch up even if it’s only a coffee. Book it in as a priority.

Ground yourself with the earths energy

Our body is electrical in nature. Our brain, heart and muscles all need electricty to operate smoothly and it is best if our bodies electrical voltage has more negative charge in it than positive. One way to ensure this is to take your shoes off and put your feet on the earth and walk around. The earth has negative ions that we absorb through our feet and studies have shown that the practice of earthing reduces pain and inflamation in the body, promotes better sleep and brings down our stress levels which enhances our emotional health. This is something that we don’t do in modern life anymore, but it was an everyday occurance for our ancestors. Our biology has not changed for thousands of years, but our enviroment has and our body still thrives most when it is connected to nature.

Try this:

Spend some time in nature each week and spend some of that time with your shoes off and feet directly touching the earth. Ideally if you could just spend five minutes out in your back yard with your feet on the ground you will feel a tangible difference in your wellbeing.

Turn off the news and feed your mind with something positive instead.

Most of what you hear on the news is going to be bad. We know this, yet we are still obsessed with listening to it. The thing is, most of what you will hear you will not act on. Most of it actually makes absolutely no difference to your life, and yet you feel that it might. The mainstream media plays on our fears and for every bad thing that happens in the world, there are thousands of good things happening too, it is just that ‘good things’ are far less exciting to the news as well as to us, and therefore they don’t get the attention they deserve. If you want to feel more grounded and in control of your life, turning off the news will free your mind to put it on things that positively feed it.

Try this:

Switch off ALL news for a week. This includes not looking at Facebook or other social media profiles and see what affect this has on you. Don’t worry, if something really big happens in the world that you need to know about, you are going to find out anyway, because everyone around you will inform you! If you find yourself bored and anxious then you know that on some level you are addicted to drama of some sort and it is an opportunity to ask yourself why this might be the case, and whether or not it is serving you to be your happiest and most fulfilled healthy self.

What do you think?

Did you find these tips useful? Are you implementing some or all of them into your life? What are some of your challenges in sticking to healthy routines? Feel free to comment below and let me know!
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Comments (12)

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    Sharon

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    Hi Liz,

    This is a very interesting read. 2 things that caught my attention was going barefoot. Does it really help? This is the one that I am gonna try.
    The other was to turn off the news. I learned this many years ago from a motivational speaker. All we read/listen from the news are mostly negative news. Why bother our mind with negativity? It also wastes our time. We should be doing something positive and be happy.
    Thank you for sharing these daily health tips.

    Happy Day,
    Sharon

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      Liz

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      Hey Sharon, yes turning off the news is really important I think. As I said, most of what we hear on the news we are not going to act on, so why fill our minds up with so much negative stuff?

      Earthing really does work to reduce stress and decrease pain in your body. You just have to try it and find out!

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    Israel

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    Hey Liz!

    I’ve been a little nervous and anxious lately… you know, work, life…

    I already drink a lot of water, summer is so humid here that I don’t even have to force myself. But what I could really use is some meditation and a little positivity, as well as some pure earth energy.

    I’m definitely going to try some of these for a change. It can only make everything better 😉

    Thanks for sharing it!

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      Liz

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      My pleasure Israel!

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    Christine

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    You are 100% correct!! We frequently hear what we should be doing to stay healthy but implementing the habits can be challenging. Your tips for how to incorporate health tips into our daily lives were very helpful and practical. I believe I can easily incorporate several today. Thanks for the valuable advise.

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      Liz

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      Hey Christine! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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    isaac

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    These are all very nice tips that I’ll surely try. I really like the disconnect from technology and reconnect in real life instead. So much of our time is spent looking at a screen, so much so we barely get a true eye-to-eye conversation with our friends and families. By the way, do we need to actually walk barefoot on the ground? Or does walking barefoot on our houses will do the trick too?

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      Liz

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      Hey Isaac, you need to walk barefoot on the actual earth so you have skin contact with it. Walking around our house barefoot is still not connecting us to the vital energies of the earth because it still serves as a barrier. It is a reasonably easy thing to do in summer, but not so much in winter if you live in a place that gets very cold!

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    Learn to be Great

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    Hi Liz,

    I just published a blog post on morning routines today. I’ve publicly declared that I’m going to meditate every morning. I’ve downloaded an app called headspace for my Android phone. It seems like it’ll be easy enough to follow.

    How do you meditate? Do you have any tips for beginners on meditation?

    Thanks,
    Darren

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      Liz

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      Hi Darren, I have heard that Headspace is a very good app. I have not tried it myself, but I know others recommend it. I like to use binaural beats for meditation which is special sound technology to help my brain waves get into an alpha state faster than when I am not using them. But I also do Qigong meditations such as The Inner Smile which is a guided meditation. I actually find guided meditations really helpful so if you can find some that you like, it works very well if not better than just sitting there in silence because it gives your mind something to focus on.

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    Tiffani

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    Hey Liz!
    I think these are indeed great ways to stay healthy! Even though im guilty of not doing most. But i do drink alot of water. And occasionally eat veggies. I really want to try exercising though. Green juices aren’t really my thing. My dad makes them alot and I always pass on them because they always have a smell i dont like but im down for fruit smoothies.

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      Liz

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      Hi Tiffani, you can make green juice/smoothies way more appealing by adding fruits to them so they don’t taste bitter and taste more sweet. This can really help. These tips for health-especially exercise and healthy eating are basics for staying healthy for life. You might be young now and feel you don’t need to do it, but at some stage you will find if you want to be at your optimum level of health, you can’t escape these tips. Even just taking a 30 minute  brisk walk each day is enough exercise, and then add in healthy eating and you will be miles ahead of people who don’t do these things!

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