Being healthy is something we all want. No one wants to feel ill and sluggish or like they’re not letting their body work at its full capacity. Our bodies are our temples (this can be used in any number of awkward contexts – I encourage you to experiment! Also, make good choices!) and it’s part of our duty as the residents of the temple (I don’t know where this analogy is going…) to take care of it!
There are of course the long term things, such as eating cleanly and exercising, that will make us look and feel better, but what are a few things we can do right now?
Hydrate. This is a huge one! I know that soda and coffee and juice and other drinks whose names are escaping me at this moment, are tasty, but water is the pudding in this case. And most cases, really. Not only does good ole H₂O good for your body, which is about 70% water if you didn’t know, but also for your skin. Your complexion will be better, brighter, and clearer (I ran out of b’s) without fail if you down a few more glasses of water per day.
Green Tea. Green tea is hugely beneficial for your health. It is chalk-a-block (Crocodile Hunter, anyone? – RIP, Steve Irwin a.k.a. my childhood) full of polyphenols (such as epigallocatechin gallate, which is a major preventer of cardiovascular disease) and antioxidants because it is the least processed tea. It has no calories and helps to prevent cancer and heart conditions, aids in weight loss, and is a staple for people with type 2 diabetes, along with about a million other wonderful things.
Move. (That sounds a bit rude, doesn’t it? Should I tack on a please there or no?) Exercise is a great way to release stress and invigorate yourself, but it is also extremely important for your overall health and wellness. Getting your blood pumping is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not having time isn’t an excuse because there are some workouts, such as HIIT (my favorite), that take less than ten minutes. But things like just going on a walk or taking a yoga class a few times a week can make a world of difference!
Remember, your body is yours and it is never too late to make a change!