The holiday season is one filled with loads of stress of all kinds. For some people, the holiday season is filled with magical memories and wonderful memory-making opportunities; whereas, for others, it is a time when life is filled with heartache and despair. One of the first things to go is one's desire to live a healthy lifestyle. I figured it was a good time to share 41 health tips to get through the holidays and life.
41 Health Tips
- Most people are dehydrated (especially in winter areas where you have to heat your home) so do drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.
- [Tweet “Got a headache? Try drinking a couple of glasses of water first before reaching for the aspirin.”]
- Inhaling and drinking a cup of black coffee can help stop mild asthma attacks before they get worse.
- If water makes you gag, add a slice of lemon or lime. Stick with trying to drink 1 glass a day for 22 days (21 days=new habit).
- “To keep the body in good health is a duty. Otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~ Buddha
- If you’ve never had surgery, avoid cosmetic procedures until you know if your body reacts abnormally to scarring.
- If your child is putting on unnecessary weight, look to your own cooking and feeding habits. Lead by example.
- If your child needs to control their weight, start exercising with him – but call it “play” – not “exercise”.
- “The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” ~ Deepak Chopra
- Never put a child on a diet. Instead, focus on slowing weight gain until she grows into the weight she is now.
- If you hate water, start with 1 glass then make the next 5 soda water. As you get used to water, start cutting down on the soda.
- [Tweet “To get your child interested in healthier foods, ask her to help you prepare and cook them.”]
- Step away from the computer. Go do some stretches. NOW!
- Instead of that second cup of coffee, wait 10 minutes; then have a glass of water.
- Human beings are like car batteries: we start short-circuiting and run out of steam if we don’t keep topped up with water.
- To cut down on weight gain from alcohol during the party season, try dry white wine spritzers made with soda water.
- Did you know that the higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories, when it comes to wine?
- Red wines slow your metabolism down more than white wines due to a higher alcohol count.
- People who are too rooted in habit are using the same worn neural pathways. Exercise your brain by doing new things.
- If you seem to have low immunity, get your folic acid checked and take it as a supplement.
- If you avoid carbs for at least an hour after exercise, your body is forced to burn fat. (Share with your low carb friends.)
- Install an air filter in your home if you have pet allergies. And be sure to let someone else brush him – outside!
- The food you eat can affect bladder health. Be sure that fresh fruit is a part of your diet – your bladder will thank you.
- Everyone knows about cranberries being good for your bladder – but did you also know pears can help too? (They balance acidity.)
- “Eating good yogurt can improve bladder health by strengthening cells and helping balance acidity.
- Hand-washing is never a “suggestion”. Wash thoroughly with soap and scrub for at least fifteen seconds before rinsing thoroughly.
- If you frequently end up with bladder infections, cut irritants such as caffeine, spicy foods and acidic foods from your diet.
- Avoid sunscreens with a citrus or coconut scent: This can indicate the presence of psoralen, which speeds up aging!
- If you have asthma, choose aerobic (endurance-building) forms of exercise rather than anaerobic (e.g. sprinting).
- If you need to carry an Epipen, make sure you always carry at least 2 (1 is rarely enough). And keep them current.
- If something is not working in your life, get rid of it. The results will be less stress and better health.
- Whether or not you opt for a low-carb diet, starchy or sugary foods should make up no more than 1/3 of your daily food intake.
- [Tweet “Eat lots of leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale if you want to protect your eyesight.”]
- Our foods and diets are no longer “pure”. It’s now essential to supplement with vitamin D in the winter and Omega 3/DHA all year round.
- Not only does smoking age your skin, it causes cataracts, macular degeneration, and optic nerve damage.
- Be eye-smart: Winter or summer, use sunglasses that block out 99-100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly when taking out or putting in your contact lenses. (How many do that, do you think?)
- “Your body hears everything your mind says.” ~ Naomi Judd
- Did you know that being overweight puts every system at risk – including your eyes? Diabetic glaucoma is one of those risks.
- Let’s beat insomnia! Cut off caffeine drinks by 2pm and go to bed instantly when tired – don’t wait.
- “Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” ~ Ralph Marston
- Strive to maintain a solid posture. The QiPillow that I got to review is a perfect companion to help you make that happen. Unlike your typical pillows, the QiPillow is adjusted by air to accommodate your needs. It has a nice soft texture too. You won't regret giving it a try yourself.
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