• Caroline O'Hagan

Free things you can do to improve your health!

Updated: Sep 20, 2018

First of all, I feel I should say; There is no magic bullet, when it comes to improving your health. There are countless pills and potions, both natural and those created in a science lab, and while there are plenty of circumstances where they are absolutely necessary, changes to your lifestyle, diet and emotional wellbeing can work wonders too.

Whether you have chronic health issues, are struggling to lose weight, or are trying to conceive, sometimes the best thing you can do for your own health is to go back to basics.

We as a society have become conditioned into believing that we are not in control of our own health, and that we must get out of the drivers seat when it comes to managing health conditions and let someone else tell us what to do. While that is true in some cases, especially in serious and potentially life threatening conditions, there are many instances where we can do many things to help ourselves.

Something as simple as making sure you drink adequate water each day can have life changing implications! Adults should drink 2 litres of water at least, each day. The quantity children need varies depending on their age and body weight, but most people need to drink more - especially in our harsh Australian summer.

Being properly hydrated can reduce symptoms of constipation, headaches, dry skin, and muscle cramps and may have a positive effect on blood pressure.

Another simple way to improve your health is to go outside! Just 15 minutes of morning sun (before 10am and without sunscreen) each day, can boost our own Vitamin D stores which increases our ability to absorb some other vitamins and minerals from our food, has a positive impact on bone health, and is generally extremely good for you. Gardening for those few minutes is a great way to get your sun exposure, while reconnecting with the earth.

Studies have shown that "Earthing" or "Grounding" - walking or standing, bare foot on the ground; especially on bare earth rather than paving - is extremely good for your health; reducing inflammtion, improving wound healing, and increasing the immune response to name a few. You can read a journal article about Grounding here, and I will cover this in more detail in a later blog.

Walking for half an hour at least 3 times per week can improve your wellbeing too. You don't have to spend a fortune on gym memberships (that you might not ever use!) or home gym equipment to get some exercise. Just get out there and move! You could even combine your half hour walk with your vitamin D exposure by taking your walk in the early morning sun!

Lastly (for now!) Meditation!! You don't have to be an expert in calming the mind to meditate. The simple act of taking 5 minutes for yourself each day, can significantly improve your emotional wellbeing. With practise you will get better at stilling your mind and relaxing and you may be able to sit in meditation for half an hour or more. Whether you find a comfy spot in the garden and gaze up at the clouds and let your mind wander, or have a dedicated cushion and your favourite relaxation music somewhere in your house, or maybe you use a meditation app on your phone...whatever works for you, just go for it!

There are no rules, you just need to find your own inner peace and allow yourself to heal from the inside. We live very fast paced lives in the here and now, and it has never been more important that we find time to slow down and breathe. Here is a website that might be helpful as you begin to learn to Meditate.

So there are my hot tips for Free ways that you can begin to improve your health. Simple little tweaks that will make you feel better, even just from the knowledge that you are making some changes!

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