Our health is largely determined by how we take care of ourselves. Developing positive habits at an early age can lead to a prolonged life with fewer health complications down the road. Currently, the average American lifespan rests at 78 years, which is somewhat disappointing compared to other first world countries like Japan and Switzerland — which both have life expectancies of 83 years.
You may be wondering what are some natural ways to “hack your life,” and improve your health moving forward. So let’s dive into these quick tips, and start helping the body function better.
1. Drink a Gallon of Purified Water Each Day
Our bodies are made up of 60 percent of water, and consuming enough water each day promotes several health benefits. Water consumption helps regulate body temperature, move nutrients through the body, protects vital organs/tissue, provides joint lubrication, improves the digestion process, and moistens the eyes, mouth, and nose. Drinking water also helps the body rid harmful toxins from its system.
2. Eat Vegetables, Fruits, and (a little) Meat
A well-balanced diet brings a variety of vitamins and nutrients to the body. An ideal diet centers around rich-colored vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli, carrots, and red cabbage. To supplement vegetables, daily fruits should also be consumed like grapefruit, pineapple, avocado, and blueberries. However, as fruits can contain high levels of natural sugar, it is important to consume twice as many vegetables. Finally, adding in a small amount of grass-fed meat will round out a diet that is built to promote good gut health and proper nutrient levels.
3. Don’t Consume Alcohol or Tobacco
Drinking and smoking carry a multitude of health issues. The consumption of alcohol and tobacco can result in issues like high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, damaging inflammation to organs like the lungs, liver, and pancreas. Additionally, both substances work to weaken the body’s immune system, and its ability to fight harmful agents.
4. Get Enough Consistent Sleep
Sleep is when the body works to recover from the effective loads of each day. During sleep, DNA is repaired and restored to better function during this time. One of the best ways to ensure a healthy life is to get consistent, quality sleep. Going to bed by 10 PM every night, and getting 8 hours of sleep will help the body limit inflammation, improve immune function, and aid in supporting your mental health.
5. Get Good Stress – Exercise Daily
Exercising puts good stress on you. By working out 30 minutes each day, you are helping promote positive effects on various sections of the body. Both aerobic and anaerobic exercises provide a variety of benefits including: increasing energy levels, reducing the likelihood of heart disease, encouraging weight loss, reduces muscle loss, helps build bone density, betters sleep quality, and decreases feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.
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Whether that involves creating an entirely new diet regiment, developing a nutrient supplement plan, or impacting other lifestyle factors — The Epigenetics Healing Center will help improve your overall health. Schedule an appointment today, and together we will develop a strategy that works to better the quality of your physical and mental health.
Jay Goodbinder DC DABCI is a doctor in Overland Park, KS who serves patients in surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.