It’s easy for us to make grand health plans come January 1st. We might make claims that we’re going to go to the gym every day after work, completely cut out chocolate and give up all of our bad habits. And while these are great things to aim for, actually there are plenty of smaller things you can do too which will make a big difference. The great thing about these is that they’re so easy it’s impossible to fail! Here are some really easy ways you can be a little healthier in 2017.
Drink Filtered Water
We all know we should be drinking plenty of water, it helps aid just about every function in our bodies. But there are a surprising number of nasty things you can find in regular tap water. Everything from viruses, bacteria heavy metals and plastics can be found- many of which can have a detrimental effect on our health. You could buy simple jug filters, or have a system fitted which purifies the water in your entire home. Either way, there are plenty of benefits you can get from quality water, so it’s something worth considering for your health.
Switch Coffee and Regular Tea for Green Tea
The odd cup of coffee can be fine, but regularly consuming too much caffeine should be avoided. It’s been shown to lead to nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat and even muscle tremors. If you suffer from anxiety related issues, caffeine can make these worse too. Since it lasts in the body for such a long time, if you’re unable to sleep at night this could well be why. If you do have a cup, try to drink it early in the morning and then stick to tea for the rest of the day. Green tea, on the other hand, is naturally very low in caffeine. It’s just as warming as a cup of coffee but provides some health benefits. It’s loaded with antioxidants which can help prevent some cancers. It improves brain function, helps fat loss and can even improve dental health. There are so many great reasons to switch to this miracle drink. If you already drink regular tea, making the switch should be even easier. Forget milky, sugary tea- a fresh cup of green tea flavored with a little lemon is just as delicious and something you’ll get used to in no time.
Make Time To Relax and Destress
Life can be busy and chaotic. It’s impossible to eliminate all forms of stress, we’re always going to have things like deadlines to meet, driving tests, exams or whatever else life throws at us. The important thing is being able to effectively deal with these stresses, and use healthy coping techniques. Instead of turning to alcohol or junk food, try exercising or meditating. Even taking a hot bath and going to bed early can be hugely beneficial. Don’t see time to relax and destress as a bonus, instead, view it as something that’s absolutely vital for your health and productivity. Treat yourself to a spa day or a massage when you get the chance. Make time to kick back and unwind in the evening. We all have busy schedules to work out where you can fit this time in.