Given the vast amount of information now available, it can be difficult to determine the most direct ways to improve health. We offer 10 simple suggestions for better health and wellness.
Eat fruit daily:
Fruit is a great source of antioxidants and these may help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and macular degeneration. Fruits of the forest (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cranberries) are good sources of antioxidants, as are cherries, oranges, and plums.
Eating lots of high-fiber foods: Whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables are good sources of fiber, as is the psyllium cereal (ispagula) that would help lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as “bad” cholesterol.
Brisk walking improves cardiovascular and bone health. Try to walk daily for at least 30 minutes and at a moderately brisk pace.
4. Get into the habit of stretching exercises and muscle strengthening exercises:
Regular stretching and strengthening of muscles can improve mobility and prevent falls.
5. Doing yoga and tai chi:
This gentle practice that encompasses mind and body combines five important types of exercise, aerobics, muscle strengthening, core stability, flexibility, and balance. Research suggests that yoga and tai chi help lower blood pressure and stress, as well as improve mood and sleep.
6. Be optimistic:
Research indicates that those who think positively are more likely to feel better and live longer.
7. Develop an attitude of gratitude:
Be grateful for every experience in life, good or bad, and recognize it as an opportunity for personal learning and growth.
8. Try volunteering:
Research shows that volunteering in something meaningful promotes emotional and mental well-being. (In our Health Resources section you can find organizations in your country that you could help.)
9. Enjoying a pet:
Although few (though growing), research suggests that having a pet benefits health in a number of ways. One study found that among heart attack victims, dog owners were much more likely to be alive a year later than those who did not. Dog owners benefit from daily walks and are less prone to obesity than those without.
10. Improve relationships with others:
Take conscious steps to forgive those closest to you and yourself. Forgiveness improves mood and decreases stress.
Follow these tips and watch as your general health steadily improves 🙂