Whether it’s relieving a migraine, brushing your teeth on the regular, or getting enough sleep, here are 8 health hacks that will change your life.
- Take a break from Sugar
Instead of using the usual sugar to your morning java, try adding cinnamon powder to sweeten to your tea or coffee. Cinnamon not only has fewer calories than cream and sugar, but it also has numerous health benefits, like fighting diabetes and protecting heart health.
2. Meditate for 10 minutes a day
Meditation is an age-old, stress relieving practice that everyone should at least try for 10 minutes a day. It works as a type of mind-body medicine, as it produces a deep state of relaxation and a calm mind. Meditation also enhances physical and emotional well-being, and helps to reduce stress, which is increasingly common in today’s environment. Mindful meditation can help you perform under pressure while reducing the feeling of being stressed.
3. Relieve a migraine
The third of 8 Health Hacks that Will Change Your Life is for those who suffer from migraines.
The next time you get a migraine, instead of reaching for the usual medicinal ‘relief’, use your thumb and forefinger to pinch down on the muscle on the web of your hand (thumb on the back of your hand and forefinger underneath). Press (or squeeze) for 2 minutes, and repeat. Most headaches and migraines should subside after just 4 minutes. This shiatsu point addresses headaches by dispersing stagnant Ki (i.e. blocked energy) and moving blood in the head, neck, and other parts of the body.
4. Floss regularly
Number 4 of the 8 Health Hacks that Will Change Your Life is to floss regularly.
Flossing is important to mouth health, and does a great deal in removing plaque buildup, which can cause gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. A recent study even suggested that flossing can even play a role in preventing heart disease. That said, remember to also get regular dental checkups, and be sure to treat any sign of gum disease early.
5. Green Juice Rocks 🙂
If you feel like you’re not getting your recommended daily doses of veggies, there’s no better way to do it than to drink it. Blending fresh green leafy vegetables into green juice is a quick and easy option that will give you the nutrients needed to stay healthy and strong. Don’t believe me? Read for yourself!
6. Breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day
Number 6 of the 8 Health Hacks that Will Change Your Life, is eating a nutritious breakfast every morning.
I’m as guilty as anyone else of feeling like breakfast is the one meal of the day that it’s okay to skip. But just like mom said when we were kids, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. And mom was right. Experts agree that skipping breakfast can actually be counter-productive to our health and fitness goals. Starting the day off with a nutritious breakfast will give you energy, fuel your brain, and help you be more productive through the day.
7. Get into Yoga
I don’t think I need to tell you that numerous studies suggest that yoga is good for alleviating several medical conditions, but it’s also a great help in prevention of some of those conditions.
Benefits of yoga include;
- Increased flexibility
- Higher stamina
- Better body alignment
- Reduced stress levels and
- Improved strength
…to name just a few.
8. Get More Sleep
The last of the 8 Health Hacks that Will Change Your Life, is to get more sleep.
Research shows that about 1 in 3 Americans gets less than seven hours of sleep a night and more than 83 million adults in the U.S. are sleep-deprived.
Getting too little sleep can trigger a host of medical issues, like increased risk of accidents, reduced sex drive and weight gain, to name a few.
Sleep also plays an important role in memory formation and retention, so if you find that you’re having trouble remembering things these days, lack of sleep could very well be your culprit.
To improve your sleep, here are some things that you should avoid:
- Alcohol and caffeine
- Artificial lighting
- Anxiety and depression
- Long work hours
A hot bath before bed gets you for a good night’s sleep, because it causes your dilated blood vessels to radiate inner heat, lowering your core body temperature, which is an essential activity to initiate sleep (a bath before bed renders me near comatose).
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