Are you one of those people that goes to bed early, has their head hit the pillow and is instantly off to dreaming heaven? Nope… me either. I can go a week or two where I think I’m sleeping fairly well, only to realize that when I actually sit down and think about it that I am probably only getting five or so hours of actual somewhat quality sleep. I can’t even remember the last time I went to bed, slept eight hours and woke up refreshed and energized. In my effort to try and live a cleaner, healthier life, I want to actually find out how to sleep better once and for all. Below are a few of the tips and tricks that I’m going to try to incorporate into my life to sleep better, no crazy pills or chemicals included here.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to help keep the extra pounds off? A way that didn’t include hours and hours of grueling exercise or obsessively counting calories? As most of us know, it gets harder and harder to keep the pounds at bay the older we get. Our metabolism naturally slows down and we inevitably end up in cubicle dwelling jobs that create a sedentary lifestyle, while still maintaining, if not increasing, what we eat. That’s all depressing enough, but more and more research points to ways in which we can actually increase or speed up our metabolism, without taking weird diet pills or subjecting ourselves to various dieting regimens. You can actually learn how to boost your metabolism naturally, with a few easy lifestyle modifications.
Turmeric is the bright orange spice we often associate with curry or other exotic dishes, but turmeric is also becoming more well known for its health benefits as well. What I didn’t know was that turmeric can not only spice up my food, but it can help relieve everything from depression to an upset stomach. More research is being done every day, but that doesn’t mean we should overlook what we do know now about the health benefits of turmeric.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say that calculating your BMI can be a little nerve wracking. Am I thin enough? Why does it say I’m obese? I don’t feel obese… I think many of us are under the impression that the BMI test (body mass index test) is the gold standard to measure what a healthy weight is and how healthy we are in general. As more research is done, this is becoming less and less true. It looks like you can actually ditch the old BMI test and use something far more accurate.
We all feel grumpy from time to time. Some of us more than others, but it’s only natural, right? Maybe you have a stressful day a head, maybe you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Whatever the case, the way in which you hold your body may hold the key to adjusting your mood – really. By simply making a couple of easy physical adjustments, you really can change the direction of your day and hopefully feel just a little bit sunnier. These tips are beyond easy and will take you less than a minute to implement. Try at least one of these natural ways to boost your mood and you may be well on your way to turning things around.
Doesn’t it seem like some people are just naturally fit and healthy? It almost feels effortless for them…In reality, they have just adopted healthy lifestyle habits into their daily routines that make it easier to get and stay fit. Of course, they put in the work and watch what they eat, but maybe we can copy what they do to makes things just a little easier long-term. Here are a few healthy lifestyle habits of the fit and healthy that I’ve picked up on and hope to incorporate in my life.
First, I’d like to say that I am not a doctor and I do not play one on the internet. You should always consult your doctor about any medical issues you may be having or any treatments you are considering trying. Depression is no joke and can be a very crippling condition that oftentimes needs counseling or drugs for treatment, or a combination of the two. That being said, if you feel that you are struggling with a more mild case and/or are just feeling a little more down than usual, trying out some of the ways to brighten your mood below might be a great way to start treating mild depression naturally. Some of these natural remedies may be just enough to help get you back on track and avoid medication.
I know I am not alone when I have a complete disdain for hard water stains in my toilet. They are completely frustrating and seemingly impossible to get rid of. I have tried an endless number of toilet bowl cleaners, natural and not so much, but to no avail, nothing worked. It finally dawned on me that there has to be some way that I can scrape the stains off the bowl. After a little research I came upon the easiest hack ever to clean toilet bowl stains naturally – and it actually worked and worked well. I would absolutely give credit to the original person who came up with this ingenious hack, but I honestly don’t know who that person is. There are also a lot of people out there who probably already know this, but since I didn’t, I feel like I should share again.
Meditation is definitely the buzzword of the day. It seems like every program you turn on or magazine you read is touting the benefits of meditation – with good reason. Meditation has been shown to help with everything from stress, anxiety and panic attacks to quitting smoking and curing insomniacs. This is all great news, but can you use meditation for weight loss? Recent research seems to think you can. It makes sense if you think about it – the more relaxed and centered you are, the more in tune with your body you are, so the easier it should be to lose weight, right? I, myself would like to see how meditation and weight loss work together, so I decided to give it a try – for only 5 minutes a day. That is pretty much the extent to which I think I can handle before my brain will wonder in 20,000 different directions.
You are what you eat is a phrase that most of us are aware of, but how many times do we actually take it to heart? Especially when a cheeseburger is staring you in the face… or a doughnut… or French fries… you get the point. But, what we eat really does count, more than we realize. If you want to live longer, but don’t want to totally revamp your life, it is pretty easy to just make a few food modifications to your daily diet to increase your days on this plant. Here are 6 healthy foods to eat now, so you can be here later.