How To Improve Your Health

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Good health can be fleeting, but in this age of high stress, busy schedules and the demands of family and work, maintaining your health is more important than ever. There are several areas that may need attention to improve your overall health and wellness.

How are you doing on the core areas?  Check in with each category below:

How To Improve Your Health

Eat More Vegetables

The term “healthy food” is a far-reaching phrase that can be interpreted in many ways. One of the most basic and universal ways to eat more healthily is to increase the number of fresh vegetables in your diet.

Vegetables are the most concentrated source of many vitamins and minerals, as well as a good source of the fiber so necessary to maintaining gut health. Raw vegetables carry more nutrients than cooked do and the brighter the color the better they are for you.

Drink Fresh Water

The human body is mostly comprised of water. Not drinking enough can cause dehydration, which affects your muscles, skin and organs, and even affects brain function. Clear, clean water is a critical part of your health and well being, and drinking several glasses a day is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health. If you are interested in a home water filtration system look at the water filters Livermore dealers have to offer.

Get Quality Sleep

Beauty sleep is not just a myth. Getting several hours each night of uninterrupted sleep can work wonders for clearing your mind and rejuvenating your body. Good sleep is the one of the fastest ways to rebuild your energy and clear your head. Many illnesses can be staved off or the symptoms reduced by getting good sleep.

Stay Active

Staying active does not necessarily mean you have to run five miles a day or force yourself to do punishing cardio workouts. It does mean you should get in the habit of walking a little further from a parking spot, getting off the bus a block or two before your destination and walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or getting in a bit of yard work after a busy day. You may have heard that sitting is the new smoking, so take advantage of any or other ways to get your body moving.

While all of these physical changes are important, remember that keeping your mind keen is just as important to your health. Work on puzzles such as crosswords, Sudoku or strategic board games. Try out watercolor or sculpture. Dabble in floral arranging or cake decorating, or sewing. Spend some time on a hobby, which uses the creative side of your brain. It can keep your mind sharp and refresh you body and soul.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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