Doctors and experts agree that the key to living a long, healthy and enjoyable life is by following ‘lifestyle medicine.’ Simple, subtle lifestyle changes considerably improve your life and lie expectancy. Start small and aim big and you can turn your life around -at any age. Use the five tips below to get your fix of lifestyle medicine, but don’t stop with these changes. You’re in charge of your life and live it to the fullest, one small change at a time.
1- Use Natural Health Products
There are a myriad of natural and holistic health products available, offering you the chance to promote better health and your overall well-being without the risks associated with taking products that contain harmful chemicals and otherwise artificial ingredients. Natural wellness products, like CBD hemp oil and other plant-based wellness supplements help to support your health without harsh side effects and without the worry or stress that other products may cause. CBD is a preferred choice for most adults these days due to its broad appeal across multiple generations—from millennials and those who fall within Generation X to Baby Boomers.
2- Change Your Diet
Write down a list of the foods you eat over the course of a week. At the end of the week, take a look at the sheet. Do you make good food choices? A healthy diet is one that follows the food pyramid, or the American Dietary Association guidelines. Eliminate sugary drinks and foods from your diet, as well as processed foods. Limit the consumption of red meats and aim to consume more seafood and lean meats. Add a superfood, such as Quinoa, to your diet for added benefits.
3- Tend to Your Mental Wellbeing
Our mental wellness is important for our overall well-being yet is ignored by many people. Take time for yourself and take time to destress. Stress is a silent killer in women and may lead to numerous symptoms that affect a person’s health. Relax more often. Aim to be your best at all times. Talk to friends. Write journal entries several times a week. Whatever it is you need to know to ensure you are mentally sound, do that.
4- Get More Sleep
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that adults need at least seven hours of quality sleep per night, although some age groups need closer to 9 hours of sleep each night. Yet, studies show the average American sleeps an average of 5.5 hours per night. A lack of sleep impacts our lives in many ways. Not only are we tired and cranky, which may lead to low serotonin levels in the brain and bad choices, we also focus less and suffer from poorer concentration.
Regular exercise controls body weight, reducing risks for obesity, a growing health problem across the country. Just 30-minutes of daily exercise also improves cardiovascular health, mood and energy levels, and your overall well-being. If the idea of exercise makes you cringe, turn on your favorite music and dance or clean house to sweat off the pounds and maintain good health.