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January 20th, 2018
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9 Natural Health Tips For 2018

Tips to Stay Healthy This Year

If you’re after a better you, there are a number of natural health tips that will help you get there in 2018 by following guidelines for better living. There are natural ways to improve your health that rely on our own natural processes and natural sources of nutrition and healing.

Here are 9 solid natural health tips for 2018 that will get you on the way to a better you!

Drink More Water

The body can live a few days without water in survival situations, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without. Inadequate hydration can lead to a lot of problems, muscle aches and cramps, and poorer health in general.

You should look to drink half your body weight in ounces every day. A 150 pound adult should therefore drink 75 ounces of water per day, almost two and a half quarts. This will help you stay hydrated. When at all possible, drink filtered water as filtration will clean additives and contaminants, as well as removing any poor tastes.

Eat Natural Foods

So much of our health depends on what we put in our bodies. Cars don’t run well on dirty fuel, and neither do we. So many modern health problems are due to the Standard American Diet, which includes far too many processed carbohydrates, processed meats and other foods, and too few fruits and vegetables.

Switch to a whole foods diet comprised mostly of vegetables, fruits, fewer carbohydrates (stick to complex sources like lentils, legumes and moderate amounts of tubers such as potatoes) and natural meats. Keep away from overly processed unnatural fats, and stick to healthy, natural oils like olive oil. Believe it or not, butter is actually better for you than margarine.

Stick to the edges of the grocery store and you’ll do fine. If possible, buy organic produce, reduce meat portions and buy high-quality organic meats.

Get More Exercise

Of course, getting more exercise is always a good idea. Walk more. Start lifting weights a bit more. Cardiovascular and weight training should be undertaken every week. Regular exercise will make you feel better and more vital, stronger and more energized. You’ll also get more endorphins.

Excercise even reduces inflamation.

It’s practically a panacea for many ills.

Eat More Fish Rich In Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Another constant criticism of the SAD is that it doesn’t include enough fish. The diets of the longest-lived people around the world – such as the Mediterranean, Japan and so on – include far more fish than the American diet.

Eat a few meals of fish per week, and select a fish that’s sufficiently rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Some species with high concentrations of Omega 3s include herring, mackerel, salmon, halibut, swordfish, pollock and flounder.

Chia seeds and lingonberries are also good sources.

Switch To Natural Cleaners And Cleansers

A source of contamination in the home, ironically, are the products we use to clean it. Unnatural, caustic and toxic cleaning products seem counterintuitive to health, yet we rely on them for cleaning. Replace these products with natural and nontoxic cleaning products.

Get Better And More Regular Sleep

Another great natural health tip is to get more of the body’s own built-in restorative: sleep. It’s another far-too-common health problem in modern people. Our circadian rhythms are constantly interrupted by not only work, but the ever-present blue light of electronic devices and artificial light sources.

Make a sleep schedule that gives you 8 hours or more if needed, but try to never get less than 6.5 hours of sleep. Get the electronic devices out of the bedroom, and yes that includes the phones and television. Stop using said phone, tablet or computer – and the television – a couple hours before bed. Create a schedule and stick to it – you’ll feel vastly better.

Get More Sun…But Don’t Skip The Sunscreen!

Get out into the sun a bit more often. Sunlight is vital both for our circadian rhythms but also gets you vitamin D, an essential nutrient. Decreased access to sunlight causes a great many health problems, exacerbates mood disorders and creates many more health problems besides.

Get a bit more exercise outdoors and you’ll take care of two items of these natural health tips. Just make sure not to skip the sunscreen! A little tan is okay; looking like toasted cheddar is not. You don’t want skin cancer…do you?

Reduce Drinking To Moderation

We all like a tipple every now and again. The human relationship with alcohol is long and complicated, and while you HAD to have beer in the old days (before water treatment and when people needed the calories they couldn’t get from fresh fruits and vegetables that weren’t available) you don’t have to now.

Study after study confirms moderate alcohol consumption can be beneficial, but moderation means a drink or two per day. You can have that glass of wine, that beer or that Martini with dinner…and maybe one after, but don’t exceed more than that.

Reduce Stress

Another great natural health tip? Do what you can to reduce stress. Modern life is far more stressful than the lives lived by people in previous eras. There are more pressures and more sources of stress than ever before.

If you want to enjoy your life more, start managing that stress a little better. Take some time for yourself! Meditation, exercise and a little more quiet time will help a great deal. Reduce those negative influences however you can, and find a little serenity whenever you can.