Everyday Simple Hacks To Boost Your Health
Imagine you could take a magic pill and automatically wake up every morning with a smile on your face and feel energised and ready for the day? You'd do it in a heartbeat, right? Well, here's 8 simple tips to boost your brain, body and life without the need for a pill ... just a few simple tweaks.
DON'T GO FOR 'SECONDS'
We all know that too many calories of any kind will lead to obesity, which increases your risk of many major diseases, including cancer and diabetes. But in 2013, a study concluded that if you add 150 calories of sugar a day to your diet it increases your risk of developing diabetes by 1%. Meaning that 'sugar calories' are particularly bad and we should avoid over-doing it with sugar.
CHICKEN SOUP IS YOUR FRIEND
There's some evidence showing that chicken soup can help with colds and flu. It interferes with the ability of white blood cells to get to the source of infection and can help to relieve inflammation and unblock your sinuses. Here's a great gut friendly chicken soup recipe for you to try HERE.
DO THE TUESDAY TEST
When buying things do the 'Tuesday Test'. This idea is that when you focus less on money you are pushed towards happier activities and socialising which helps you to lift your mood and stay more active. You see, when you are thinking about buying something try the TUESDAY TEST; by considering how it will affect the way that you spend time next Tuesday. This means you begin to focus your mind and energy more on TIME rather than MONEY and THINGS.
Having positive thoughts can reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown that optimistic people are more likely to workout, eat well, not smoke, drink less alcohol and be less stressed.
TURN THE HEATING OFF
Interrupted sleep is even worse for you than not enough sleep so try to sleep for longer periods uninterrupted for the best nights sleep and less chance of depression. The temperature could help with this; 16 - 19 degrees Celsius is the best temperature for a good nights sleep when wearing your pj's, so perhaps slightly warmer if sleeping in your birthday suit!
COLD NOT HOT
When you wash your hands with water that is uncomfortably hot it increases bacteria as it damages your skins natural protective barrier. It's therefore best to use cold water when washing your hands. And don't worry they'll still be clean - it's the rubbing and rinsing action that does most of the work!
ROUTINE IS KEY
We all like to sleep in sometimes but by going to bed and waking up at different times in a week you'll be disrupting your circadian/sleep rhythm which affects your tiredness, mood, energy and health. A shocking study found that each hour of a weekday sleep-in results in 11% more chance of heart disease. Is that cheeky weekday lie in worth it?!
We all know that being active is a key ingredient to being happy, healthy and fitter. But this doesn't mean you have to sign up to the gym, take part in triathlons, get muddy or even leave the house if you don't want to! You could walk with a friend, go for a relaxing swim, join a dance class or just do some extra housework. If you don't even want to leave the house then have a go at our FREE 7 Minute Max programme (just 7 minutes of movement a day) to boost your fitness HERE.
THINK ABOUT YOUR PLATE SIZE
Plate size, and even shape, weight and colour can change how much we eat. The easiest tip is to go for smaller sized plates and cutlery so that you eat smaller portions and take longer to eat and therefore control your calorie intake better. As well as this try to chew your food thoroughly as it takes 20 minutes for your brain to know that your stomach is full when eating!
The 7 Minute Mornings Team