Life is full of ups and downs, some controllable, some uncontrollable. Here are 5 Ways to Start Feeling Healthier Today to help you get through the downs.
Water is essential — it regulates the shape of every cell inside our bodies. If we don’t get enough, in fact, these cells begin to shrivel up. The CDC recommends choosing water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages to “help with weight management.”
Did you know that daily exercise can reduce all of the biomarkers of aging? This includes improving eyesight, normalizing blood pressure, improving lean muscle, lowering cholesterol, and improving bone density. If you want to live well and live longer, you must exercise! Studies show that even ten minutes of exercise makes a difference — so do something!
There’s scientific evidence that smiling can help the body and mind recover from stress. A 2014 study published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers induced stress in 170 students by asking them to perform a dexterity test and then plunge a hand into ice water. When the subjects were made to smile during these tasks, their heart rates returned to normal levels more quickly after they recovered from the stress. They were also better at maintaining positive feelings during the plunge than were those who held neutral expressions.
Ninety percent of serotonin is made in your gut. Serotonin is the chemical that makes you happy. That means, whatever you are putting into your body, could impact your mood. Do your best to stay away from frequenting antibiotics, processed foods, and high sugar and carb diets. Healthy habits like taking walks, doing yoga, avoiding “toxic” people, and eliminating negative self-talk will all help to minimize stress.
According to the Buddha, “we are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.” Whether you’re angry, scared, or aroused, your thoughts trigger neurochemical reactions in your body, preparing you to fight, flight, or make love. Even more, what you think regularly shapes your deepest beliefs about yourself and the world – and what you believe ultimately steers your actions.
So get to it and start using these Ways to Start Feeling Healthier. Don’t miss these productivity hacks!