100 Ways To Live Healthy: Numbers 11 – 20
So, here are 100 simple ways to be healthy. Over time, you’ll find that these habits start to accumulate. Before you know it, you’ll wake up and discover that you’re leading the healthy, happy life you’ve been aiming for. This article features numbers 11-20.
11. Lower your blood pressure with herbs and spices.
Add ground cloves, ground Jamaican allspice, sage, marjoram, ground cinnamon, ground oregano, thyme, turmeric and cayenne pepper to your dishes.
12. Beware of highly acidic foods.
If you want to protect your bones, you should cut down on the following foods:
• Cured meats: These are often preserved or color-/flavor-enhanced with sodium nitrite.
• Processed sugars: The most common forms of both brown and white sugar are bleached with sulphur dioxide and phosphoric acid. This can result in tissue acidification, poor vitamin C distribution, copper deficiency, and poor calcium and magnesium absorption.
• Bleached flour: The bleaching process introduces troublesome chemicals such as chlorine dioxide, benzoyl peroxide and alloxan.
13. Practice hygge.
The Danish have been crowned the happiest nation in the world. They suggest that we all add a little hygge (pronounced hue-guh) to our lives if we want greater life satisfaction. Hygge is a feeling of “cosy, charming or special”. You can create this feeling by lighting candles during the day, having tea and cake (or something healthier) with a friend or curling up in a patch of sun with a good book. It can be described as “the art of creating intimacy”, whether with yourself, your friends or your home.
14. Drink apple cider vinegar.
Drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water once a day can boost your health. It can improve insulin sensitivity, help you to lose weight, lower your risk of heart disease, improve your ability to absorb nutrients, alkalise your body, improve your digestion and give you more energy-efficient muscles. To find out more about why you should drink this, click here.
15. Take cold showers.
Research has shown that cold water can boost your longevity. Taking a cold shower daily can improve your immunity and circulation and help you to burn fat. Believe it or not, this was one of Katherine Hepburn’s anti-aging secrets.
16. Practice intermittent fasting for a healthier diet.
Neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart shares that it can be useful to practise intermittent fasting, as it teaches your brain that you can manage small amounts of physical stress. This makes you more mentally resilient.
17. Try HIIT workouts.
High-intensity interval training is the best form of exercise for longevity. A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism revealed that it improved age-related decline in muscle mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell). It also increased protein production in cells, important for normal body function – a process that normally declines with age.
18. Don’t check your email when you wake up.
Don’t check your WhatsApps, either. Rather allow yourself 10 minutes of quiet and calm while you drink a cup of tea or coffee. This is a great way to center yourself and practice mindfulness at the start of your day.
19. Get creative with yoghurt
No one can deny that yoghurt is a quick and easy, healthy breakfast option. It is also great for your gut health – just make sure that it contains live bacterium. Pair it with fruit salad and seeds for your classic breakfast, or use it to marinate meat; as a base for dips, soups and sauces; or as a replacement for butter in mashed potato. Click here to find out how it can be used to treat diabetes.
20. Use a neti pot.
Valerie Orsini, health and wellness expert and founder of LeBootCamp, swears by it. “Every morning, wherever I am in the world, I do a neti pot session to rinse my sinuses and stave off nasty bacteria and germs. Since I started this regimen, I have not caught a cold during winter or after travelling by plane.”
Want to know more? See the first 10 tips here.