67 top health tips

It’s Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday, and I thought I’d find something we could all use and give away – there’s bound to be something on this list for everyone:

glass of wine

glass of wine

  1. drink water, at least four glasses a day
  2. eat breakfast every morning
  3. choose steaming over frying or baking when you can
  4. eat fruit and vegetables, a lot and every day
  5. sprinkle olive oil on your greens – the greens make it easier for your body to absorb the essential fatty acids in olive oil
  6. eat chillies because they stimulate the release of feel-good endorphins in the brain
  7. cut down on white sugar and white flour in your diet – they’re dead foods that give very little to your body
  8. eat as early in the evening as possible and wait at least 2 hours after eating before you go to sleep
  9. avoid huge energy highs and lows by eating small meals often – this balances your blood sugar
  10. eat fermented foods like yoghurt – they contain bacteria beneficial for the gut
  11. eat as much junk food as you like as long as you make it yourself
  12. make sure nothing in your fridge, freezer or cupboard contains MSG – it’s highly addictive and tricks the brain into thinking the food is more nutritious than it actually is
  13. stop dieting to lose weight – dieting fails approximately 90% of the time
  14. eat organic foods, if you can, and buy from an outdoor market rather than a supermarket
  15. avoid fizzy drinks – they contain phosphorus which depletes calcium levels and makes our bodies acidic
  16. when eating, slow down and chew each mouthful thoroughly for the best digestion possible
  17. eat only when you are hungry and stop when you’ve had just enough
  18. have one meat-free day each week
  19. get more variety – exotic fruits, veggies or traditional meals in your diet – most of us end up eating just like our parents which may (or may not) be a good thing
  20. get your vitamins and minerals from fresh, whole foods rather than relying on supplements
  21. eat more seeds and nuts – brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, pecans
  22. avoid drinking large amounts of water or other fluid while eating as it dilutes and hinders your digestion process
  23. think about what you can ADD to your diet, rather than just what you want to remove – you’ll feel less deprived 

    family

    family

  24. learn how to be present in each moment so you don’t miss out on life’s magic by overthinking everything
  25. s-t-r-e-t-c-h when you wake up
  26. work on your emotional health – it impacts heavily on your relationships, job and physical health
  27. learn to let go of grudges and release anger
  28. maintain supportive relationships – invest in family and friends
  29. be yourself, honestly & graciously, in all situations at all times
  30. make love to your partner as much and as often as you can
  31. move your body in a way that you enjoy as often as possible – dancing, soccer, swimming, yoga, running
  32. breathe deeply every day
  33. plant and tend something beautiful, and something edible – even if it’s only in pots
  34. park as far away from the shops as you safely can and use the stairs so you’ll have to get some exercise
  35. use heat to relieve pain – used properly, heat packs and hot water bottles do an great job of releasing tension and promoting healing
  36. be outdoors and around nature as much as possible – it reminds us of what’s really important
  37. get some direct sunlight on your body every day if you can
  38. minimise or remove completely toxic relationships from your life and mind
  39. give attention often to your relationship with yourself
  40. ask your yourself, honestly, what it would take to change some destructive habits in your life
  41. learn to listen to the signs, signals and symptoms your body gives you every day
  42. read – it feeds your mind and soul, and read to your children
  43. sing, as often as you can it’s therapeutic and a stress-reliever
  44. learn something new on a regular basis
  45. create a safe, nurturing environment in your home
  46. if you don’t have a passion, find one – something that has no purpose apart from the pleasure it brings you
  47. a daily walk with your partner deepens your connection and strengthens your body

    dream clouds

    dream clouds

  48. get involved in your community in some way – have a reason to get up in the morning that’s bigger than just you and your own family
  49. an afternoon nap can be a great recharger
  50. create something, anything – a good meal, a DIY project, music, art, anything
  51. don’t just donate money, donate your time as well – you’ll get far more internal reward this way
  52. for women, spending time with other women releases stress-reducing oxytocin
  53. for men, spending time alone increases and improves their ability to deal with stress
  54. seek constructive criticism – see it as an asset
  55. hone your problem-solving skills and don’t be afraid to ask for help
  56. recognise when negative emotions start creeping in, whether it’s stress, sadness or anger
  57. laugh a lot and often
  58. cry when you need to, it’s a sure stress-reliever
  59. save money, no matter how little – get into the habit of saving, and teach your children how
  60. plan for your retirement – start now
  61. get into the habit of having an annual check-up, and get your eyes tested
  62. use hats and long-sleeve shirts for sun protection rather than chemical barriers like sunscreen
  63. immerse your body in water as often as you can: the ocean, a pool or the bath
  64. get 7 hours sleep every night you can
  65. sleep on the right side of your body – it takes pressure off your heart
  66. get a massage regularly – not only does it feel wonderful, it promotes circulation and stimulates your immune system
  67. educate yourself about how your body works
Stop to smell the flowers

Stop to smell the flowers

Sources:

http://www.dumblittleman.com/2007/09/30-happiness-tips-program-your-life-for.html

http://www.susansfoodforthought.com/whole-food-nutrition-2/my-100-best-ever-health-tips

 

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