Written By Paisley Hansen / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
There can be lots of reasons to want to take your health into your own hands and improve it. Whether you want to feel more energized or you want to help reduce symptoms of a health condition you are experiencing, there can be many reasons to be motivated to make positive changes to your health.
While this may seem like a daunting undertaking, the truth is that by making a few lifestyle tweaks, you can make significant improvements to your health over time. If you are looking for some ways to start feeling better naturally today, then here are some things to consider.
Eat a Balanced Diet
One of the most important things you can do when trying to improve your overall health is make sure that you are eating a balanced diet. While many are aware that eating a good diet is important, they may not always realize just how big of a difference it can make when it comes to making changes to their health.
When making changes to your diet, it is important to first assess the kind of diet that you are eating, and what important food groups could be missing from it. You need to ask yourself things like “is oatmeal good for diabetics?” and what kind of fats are healthy fats?
One good way to get a clear picture of what you are eating and where any gaps might be is by keeping a food journal. When you do this, you will quickly begin to see what you need more of in your diet, and what you are already getting enough of.
If that still doesn't help you gain a sense of direction, then taking steps to include more fruits and vegetables and decrease the amount of carbs and sugars that you consume can be a good place to start. This will help ensure that you are getting more nutrients, and that you are cutting down on foods that can cause your blood sugar to spike and crash.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water and making sure that you are always hydrated is another key part of maintaining good health and feeling your best. Even though some think that the only symptom of dehydration is thirst, there can actually be many more.
If you are feeling sluggish, moody, constipated or are experiencing more headaches, then it could be because you aren't getting enough water. If you aren't sure how much water you need to drink during a day, then taking your body weight, dividing it in half, and drinking that many ounces of water can be a good place to start.
Get Regular Exercise
Regular exercise is another essential component to feeling good and improving your health. This is not only because working out increases muscle tone and flexibility, but also because it can help increase energy levels and improve hormone balance.
Additionally, the good news is that it doesn't matter what kind of workouts you like to do. Whether you like power yoga or power walking, any kind of physical activity that gets your heart beating for at least 20 to 30 minutes a day can be beneficial for your health.
Make Good Sleep a Priority
One of the most important things to consider when you are trying to feel healthier or overcome a health issue is the quality of sleep that you are getting. When you sleep, your body does lots of work to heal and repair itself, so it is important to make sure that you are getting enough deep sleep if you want to improve your health.
While it may not always be easy to get a full night's sleep, there are things you can do to increase the odds of sleeping well. One thing you can do is make sure that you avoid or limit your caffeine intake, especially during the evening and night. Because caffeine is a nervous system stimulant, it can be great for waking you up in the morning. However, because it stimulates your nervous system it can keep you up at night as well.
Another thing that can be great for getting better sleep is reducing screen time at night. While scrolling through social media feeds may seem like a relaxing way to unwind, the truth is that screens from devices like phones and tablets emit a light that can keep you awake, rather than help you sleep.
By trying different ways to relax at night, like reading a book or writing in a journal, you can help ensure that you are getting in the right frame of mind to drift off into a deep sleep.
Improving your health, whether you simply want more energy or are combating a more serious health issue, can feel like a lot of work. While it may seem like a daunting task to some, the reality is that it doesn't have to be. By making a few lifestyle tweaks you can help change your health in a big way.
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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, and growing young. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. She loves hearing from readers so feel free to contact her through Facebook.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.