Obviously, staying healthy can sometimes take effort. You might have to pay close attention to your diet, visit a mental health professional, or start exercising more often. However, other times, very simple hacks exist to help you stay healthy.
Brush your teeth
If you do not think you brush well enough, then you might want to start brushing harder. While it is great for your teeth, mouth and gums, it is also great for your throat and lungs. The bacteria in your mouth does not always stay in your mouth. If it ends up in your digestive tract, it will probably die quickly from all the acid in your stomach. However, your throat and lungs are more delicate. The bacteria can cause inflammation in your respiratory tract and increase your chances of getting diseases like pneumonia. Therefore, you should brush well, stop skipping your annual trip to the dentist, and use mouthwash if you need to.
Additionally, do not forget to floss. You may not take your dentist seriously when you are told that you need to floss more, but flossing cleans much more than brushing. In fact, you should thinking of brushing as a supplement to flossing and not the other way around. First, you floss to get all the food at plaque out of your gums, then you brush to make sure that none of the plaque sticks around on your teeth.
Develop a bathroom schedule
This technique might seem a little bit strange, but a bathroom schedule is extremely good for your digestive health. If you can train yourself to relieve yourself at the same time every single day, then your bowel function will be better regulated. As a result, your digestive tract will thank you and you will reduce your chances of constipation. A bathroom schedule will also help you monitor how different food groups affect you. Additionally, you will have an easier time noticing if something is wrong with your digestive health, which will help you catch digestive tract problems early on.
The best time for a bathroom visit is right when you wake up in the morning. Throughout the night, you have parasympathetic nervous system activation, which the part of the involuntary nervous system responsible for both sleeping and digestion. Therefore, when you wake up, your colon is probably ready to be emptied. Other good times for a trip to the bathroom is about an hour after meals.
Read more books
Studies show that people who spend a lot of time reading live longer lives. Whether or not the studies are completely accurate, there is no question that reading has a number of health benefits. If you hate reading, you do not have to push yourself to read the most complicated and slow reads. Even comic books can have health benefits. Just find a story or genre that interests you and get reading. You can also read magazines or newspapers. Reading has many benefits. Of course, it is great for your brain. It can keep you sharp and prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Reading is also great for your mental health. It helps you significantly reduce stress because it helps both your brain and body relax. As a result, you can avoid many health concerns, including high blood pressure, which often leads to heart disease.
Put protein and minerals in your water
Of course, you need to drink lots of water. However, many people who drink enough are still not getting properly hydrated because your body is not properly absorbing all the water. It just runs straight through your digestive tract and then your bloodstream without getting into any of your cells. As a result, you do not get as hydrated from drinking lots of water as you might expect.
An easy way to figure out if water is not doing the trick is check how soon after drinking you feel the urge to go to the bathroom. If it only takes thirty minutes after drinking water before you have to make a trip to the bathroom, then you might want to spike your water some minerals that help with water absorption. One good mineral to put in your water is magnesium. Spiking your water is especially important if you are in a hot environment that is making you sweat a lot and, if you work out intensely for about two hours per day, then you can even consider trying to stay hydrated with sports drinks.
Wear socks and gloves to sleep
Socks and a thin pair of gloves can help you deal with sleep problems. Warm hands and feet can help you fall asleep very quickly. You may know that the temperature in your bedroom should be pretty cold in order to get your body temperature to drop. This drop in body temperature can promote sleep. However, studies show that you do not want your hands and feet to be quite as cold as the rest of your body. Warm hands and feet promote blood vessel dilation, which is a good way to signal to your brain that it is time for bed. In the middle of the night, you might start to feel too hot, so you can take them off later.
Get some natural vitamin D
You can get vitamin D from the food that you eat, but it is probably better to get it from sunlight because sunlight makes the effects of vitamin D more pronounced and because sunlight is also good for your mental health. Spend at least ten minutes in the sun every day without sunscreen in order to get your skin to start producing the vitamin D that you need. Vitamin D is incredibly important. It strengthens your bones, reduces your blood pressure, and helps you sleep better at night. If you are worried about cancer, put sunscreen on your face and back. You have less of a chance of getting skin cancer on your legs, arms, and shoulders. Additionally, only ten minutes in the sun is usually not enough to give you a sunburn unless it is extremely hot outside.
If you want to live a long and happy life, then you have to treat your body well. Sometimes, taking care of your body can take a lot of effort. However, other times, it is a lot easier than you think.