The COVID-19 outbreak has completely changed our lives. Before the pandemic, most people didn’t prioritize their health. But now, over 80% of Americans have become more mindful. However, while it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed during these uncertain times, it’s important to take care of yourself.
Below are a couple of things you can do today to boost your health and live a longer life.
Cut down on your juice and soda consumption
Most sugary drinks contain added sugars, which are key contributors to weight gain and diabetes. Note that these sugars are also added in fruit juice and sodas, including those labeled “sugar-free.” Added sugar has been linked to a high risk of diabetes and heart disease. Therefore, if you consume sugary drinks, you may be at risk of developing these terminal illnesses.
To improve your health, ensure that you cut out sodas and fruit juices and choose healthier alternatives like water. You can also use healthier sweeteners like stevia and honey. Because pure juice loses its nutritional value when processed, consider eating fruits instead of juice.
For example, if you like orange juice, have an orange.
Make exercise part of your life
Exercise is a great way to improve your health and mental well-being. But if you’re like most people, you may think going to the gym is the only way to keep fit and healthy. However, you don’t have to join a gym to become fit, especially if you don’t like exercising. Instead, you can invest in a bicycle today and cycle whenever you feel like it. Cycling is an aerobic activity, which means your heart, lungs, and blood vessels will get a workout. Plus, it’s a great way to connect with nature and exercise without realizing it.
Get more time to sleep
Most adults get less than 7 hours of sleep per day. Yet, health experts recommend that the average adult requires about 8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation has been linked to a high risk of obesity and diabetes, and it can also affect your energy levels. Therefore, if you don’t get enough sleep, you’re likely to develop anxiety and depression.
If you want to boost your health, get more time to sleep well. You can do this by creating a sleeping ritual. This includes a series of actions that will prepare you and your body for sleep, such as taking a bath, listening to relaxing music, and reading before you go to bed. Remember to also get rid of bright lights in your bedroom, including screens.
Detox your home
Did you know the indoor air is 2 to 5 times more toxic than the air outside? Although you’re exposed to many toxins daily, you have control of toxins inside your home. You can start to detox your home by simply opening the windows more often for better ventilation, replacing beauty products with chemical-free alternatives, and using glass more often instead of plastic. Another way to detoxify your home is to use environmental-friendly household cleaners.
Wash your hands more often and floss your teeth
One of the hygiene practices that health experts have stressed is washing your hands. Therefore, if you want to stay healthy, ensure that you practice the simple habit of washing your hands often and keeping them away from your face.
Remember to also floss your teeth to remove plaque. Flossing your teeth after every meal can help reduce your risk of diabetes, stroke, respiratory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease.
It’s the Simple Things You Do That Matter!
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s now more important than ever to stay healthy, boost your immunity, and avoid stress. However, although there’s no magic pill to better health, doing the above simple things today will help improve your health.