5 Easy Ways to Become a Healthier You

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It’s amazing what little things can do for our well-being. Simple small changes can ultimately combine into huge health benefits and a happier, more energetic life and wellbeing. Here’s 5 things to start doing every day for a happier, healthier you :)

1. Wake up with a glass of warm water with lemon: Not only is warm water with lemon great to start your day with, it’s simple and quick. Before anything else in the morning, warm up a cup of water and then squeeze in the juice of a lemon (and if you’re feeling crazy throw in a dash of cayenne pepper). This power combination provides total detoxification, immune benefits, and anti-fungal properties. And, who knows, it might even start replacing your normal morning coffee or tea…

healthier you2. Eat chia seeds: Yum! This ancient superfood is a nutritional powerhouse packed into a tiny seed. Bursting with fiber, protein, omega-3s, and antioxidants, these seeds are amazing additions to your daily nutrients. You can put them in smoothies, make a chia seed pudding, or even add them to your morning oatmeal.

3. Drink green tea: You know what they say, green tea is a weight loss miracle. Should you believe it? I vote yes! A cup of green tea provides you with relaxation, metabolism fuel, blood glucose regulation, cholesterol reduction, antioxidants, cardiovascular protection, and much more. All it takes is a cup a day to protect yourself.

4. Meditate: Aaah. Meditation is the ultimate stress-reducer and confidence boosting remedy; not one pill can do what meditation does. You don’t need seek a retreat in the middle of India to reap the benefits, simply find a quiet room in your house either before bed (or whenever), clear your mind, and start taking deep breaths. It may take a few times before you can sit still without fidgeting or creating a to-do list in your head, but practice makes perfect. If you need a little more guidance, here’s a great beginner’s guide to meditation.

5. Headstands: Finally! Yes, I do mean standing upside down either on your head, arms, or shoulders. Headstands reverse the flow of gravity and let all your blood and oxygen travel to your head creating a glowing effect on your skin. In addition, it has been shown that by hanging out upside down, improved circulation leads to a decrease in depression and an improvement in digestion. Be careful though when trying headstands. If you’re new to the practice, make sure you have a friend (or a large amount of pillows) nearby the first time you try one. If your strength isn’t quite there yet, try a shoulder stand or simply stretch your legs up in the air (or against a wall) to experience a similar inversion effect.

This may seem like a lot to take in at once, but if you incorporate at least one of these new practices a day for a week I guarantee a happier, cleaner, and healthier you! I look forward to hearing your results!

Which one of these tips have you tried? Are you already practicing any of them?

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