10 “Effortless” Ways to Be More Healthy
Let’s face it, being healthy can be an effort…
It requires preparation, planning, and often extra time, attention and energy.
Sometimes that’s time and energy you don’t have. Because you’re going through a busy period in your life and juggling a lot of roles and responsibilities. Or you’ve, like, just drunk a bottle of red wine.
Either way, I sympathise, and I’m here to help with 10 super easy ways to be more healthy.
Now, I should preface this post by stating that I’m a big believer that doing the health “things” that take extra time and energy always pay off.
I’m talking things like:
- Healthy meal prep
- Weekly market excursions for fresh produce
- Daily exercise / moving your body
- Yoga and stretching
- Using a Netti Pot
- Practicing gratitude
B U T….I also know that a lot of you slackers (jks) aren’t always gonna do those things.
So, I’ve narrowed down a list of some of the easiest shortcuts to upgrading your health.
There’s no reason to sweat through 90 mins of bikram yoga each week, perform daily 20 minute oil pulling sessions, meditate for hours a day, dehydrate crackers, wash/peel and juice half a kilo of fruit and veg for 1 drink, or bake a whole bunch of kale for a measly handful of “chips” to optimise your health.
You can do those things, but there are much easier, more time-efficient and less wasteful ways to upgrade your health game, so you can get on with other things, like dominating.
Think of these as shortcuts to living well.
10 Effortless Ways to Be More Healthy
#1 Mark Your Morning With H20
Start your day by drinking 1 glass of water first thing in the morning (about 1-2 cups). This tip alone will CHANGE YOUR LIFE people! Why? You’ve just spent (hopefully) a solid 7+ hours on the sack and now your body is crying out for hydration (even if you don’t feel super thirsty).
That first glug of water will arouse your kidneys (toxins be gone) and stimulate your bowels (just keeps getting sexier, I know). Soon enough this will be your trigger for the daily no. 2, which is handy cause it gets it out the way first thing. Nope, you don’t event have to squeeze 1/2 a lemon in it or warm it up, my lazy friends.
#2 Daily Probiotic
Now I’m not usually one to advocate “quick-fixes” like poppin’ pills as a bandaid solution to fixing health issues. But, taking a daily probitotic supplement is one of the easiest ways to elevate your digestive prowess in a safe and supportive way. I cannot stress enough, your digestive health is absolutely CRITICAL to feeling and looking your best.
Mumma got it wrong, you ain’t what you eat, you’re what you absorb. So chugging down green smoothies won’t do a load of good if your gut is not in good shape and absorbing all the nutrients. Probiotics feed the good bacteria in your tummy so you can poo like a pro. Yes, we’re done.
Breathe easy cause this tip is as simple as it gets…
Then, breathe as usual. Depending on the oil used you are now helping to clear your sinues (eucalyptus), boost mental alertness (peppermint), support your immune system (Melaleuca), or calm the mind and body (lavender).
#4 Use a Natural Toothpaste
You’re doing something you’ve always done (brushing your pearly whites) only better. Natural toothpastes don’t contain the nasties in traditional toothpastes. Things like.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Propylene Glycol
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
These things mess with your hormones and have other toxic effects on the body. Your mouth is a highly absorbable environment, why would you swish a bunch of questionable chemicals in it twice a day?
Here’s some natural toothpastes you can give a whirl in your mouth, found in your local healthfood store.
#5 Add Essential Oils to Your H2O
Do you have 5 seconds a day? That is all it will take to follow through with this genius tip. Add 1-2 drops of edible essential oils to your water bottle for some serious health boosting powers. I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty details of all their health benefits here (I’ll leave for another post), but be advised that essential oils are fantastic for supporting immunity building and digestion.
Oils like: wild orange, lemon, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, grapefruit, peppermint, ginger and oregano are all edible and can be used to treat various symptoms (e.g. stomach aches, cold and flu) or as a preventative health aid. Do ensure the essential oils used are actually okay to ingest orally. I use Doterra oils for their purity.
#6 Get Some Sunshine
Vitamin D. I’m pretty sure the ‘D’ stands for ‘Divine’ amey right people?! If you’re looking for an easy and completely free way to load up on some of this essential vitamin, get yourself in the sun for around 10 mins a day, whilst baring some skin. Bonus points for sitting in the grass with bare feet, which will allow you to absorb nature’s electrons.
#7 Chew Your Food
OMG guys sorry to get all mum on you but seriously this one’s gotta be said…chew your food! Too often we rush our mealtimes, demolishing our breakfast, lunch and dinner without a moment to really break it down.
Digestion starts in your mouth. Notice the saliva that generates as you chew your food – this is the beginning of the digestion process and should not be rushed. You will notice massive improvements to you digestion, simple by slowing down to chew more mindfully.
#8 Install f.lux on your Computer for Better Sleep
Sleep. My favourite health practice. Sadly, late night instafeed scrolling, blog reading and YouTube marathons will mess with your circadian rhythm – the biological cycle that signals to your brain when it’s time to be awake and when you should catch some Zs. Think of it as your personal internal clock.
Electronic devices like laptops and mobiles emit a blue light that makes you more alert and tricks your brain into thinking this is a good time to get shit done (cause your brain equates daytime with being productive). Blue light exposure will also inhibit the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. That’s why you may find it hard to fall asleep if you’ve just been trawling through your phone before bed. The guys at f.lux fix this by adjusting your computer’s display to align with the time of day (“warm at night and like sunlight during the day”). Once installed, you don’t even have to think about it – f.lux works it’s magic automatically.
#9 Bring Plants Inside
The benefits of plants indoors extends beyond an instaworthy habitat. Let’s revisit some grade 6 science. Humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. So indoor plants = increased oxygen levels = good for your human brain. What’s more, plants pull air contaminants into the soil, where microorganisms in the plant’s roots convert volatile organic compounds into delicious plant food. It’s no wonder adding plants to the workplace has been linked with improving the mood of staff whilst decreasing fatigue, colds, headaches, and general sickness.
Once you’ve set up your hood and office space up with some greenery, you’re effort levels can subside to a twice-weekly watering for A+ air purification. The Snake Plant, also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, is my pick for newbie green-thumbs. Seriously hardy, this guy is pretty hard to kill (minimal maintenance) and improves air quality like a boss.
#10 ACV Shots for Better Digestion
If you struggle with digestive issues like bloating and tummy troubles, ACV can help. Taking a shot of ACV (about 1 tbsp) with some warm warm 20mins before a meal will increase the production of HCl in the stomach. Stomach acid is responsible for breaking down your food for better nutrient assimilation. Definitely one to try next time you dig into a bowl of pasta.
There you have it – boosting your health does not require wads of cash or hours of effort.
I hope these simple health habits and hacks help you reap the glorious rewards of more energy, brighter eyes and clearer skin, stellar digestive performance, better sleep, mental clarity and stamina and all the other things that come with being well.
What are your “effortless” health practices?