8 Things You Can Do to Make Daily Life Better (and Healthier)
September 19, 2013 | Published by Dr. Eric Bakker
When it comes to good health, much of it relies on the little day-to-day things we do to take care of ourselves. With busy jobs, kids, and increased stress, it can be easy to skimp on these things, but we always pay the price with low energy and higher stress. Here’s a guide to 8 things to not skip or skimp on for a feelgood, low-stress day.
Stay hydrated – I know, you hear it all the time, but are you really drinking enough water? The general guidelines are men should drink about 3 liters (13 cups) a day, women about 2.2 liters (9 cups), with more in summer and less in winter. An easy trick is to keep a larger water bottle with you, so you’ll have more on hand if you can’t refill often.
Get your sleep – It’s not always possible, but try to get to bed at about the same time every night. The most important thing is aiming to get 7-9 hours of sleep. Higher subjective ratings of stress during the day are associated with poorer sleep. Conversely, poorer sleep is associated with higher ratings of stress during the day. Have difficulties sleeping? Our sleep tips might help.
Love your teeth – Giving your teeth some daily TLC can help save you from the stress of expensive dentist visits later. Along with your gums, your teeth are essential to keep you in great shape. Remember: brush in soft, circular motions, making sure to get the tongue as well. Flossing once a day is also recommended. Soft bristle brushes are preferred, and you should replace it often (at least every 3 months). Your breath should smell clean—one sign of a healthy digestive system.
Eat healthy food – Food is your fuel for the day, so healthy, food is essential to keep going. Take a look at what you eat daily: is it prepared, fresh, from things you recognize? If not, work on eating better. If you need some inspiration, we have some quick and tasty breakfast meals and lunch ideas on our blog.
Do something daily that makes you happy – When you feel happy you feel less stressed and more confident in yourself. And when you stress less, your body is less susceptible to acute or chronic illness. Sometimes finding that happy place can be tough; here are 6 things proven to improve happiness in case you get stuck.
Wash and moisturize your face – It might seem silly, and a “women’s thing” (if you mind the commercials for face wash), but a clean face is a fantastic way for everyone to beat tension. Wash with a gentle cleanser and remember to moisturize your skin regularly; this will help keep your skin looking good in the long run. I recommend using a natural moisturizer like aloe vera or Jojoba oil, and avoiding the chemical-laden ones.
Watch your posture – Look at how you are sitting right now, slumped over in a chair?
Be mindful of how you sit and stand – it will almost certainly have long-term effects on how you breathe, as well as determining your musculo-skeletal health.
How are your bowel movements? – It might seem like a weird question to ask, but it deserves your attention. Do you go every day? Do you have any difficulty? At times are there days in between? If so, get checked out—many serious health conditions have origins in poor bowel function. It’s nothing to be embarrassed over (we all do it), and you’ll feel better for sorting it out.
About the Author: Eric Bakker B.H.Sc. (Comp.Med), N.D, R.Hom. is a highly experienced naturopathic physician who has been in clinical practice for 25 years. Eric is passionate about improving people’s lives through proven wellness and lifestyle principles, natural medicine practice as well as public and professional practitioner education. Eric specializes in candida yeast infections, as well as adrenal fatigue, and thyroid disorders. Dr. Bakker has written one of the most comprehensive books on yeast infections called Candida Crusher. Website: candidacrusher.com You can complete his online survey to determine if you have a yeast infection here, or link through to his many You Tube videos: www.yeastinfection.org Dr. Bakker’s Blog: www.ericbakker.com
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