The internet is chock full of helpful hints on how to take care of yourself. You could follow the advice of celebrities on how to stay healthy and fit, or, why not rely on healthy and natural products instead of high-priced products with potentially harmful ingredients which may not get the desired result in the long run? Always bear in mind, that as good as a celebrity looks, that person no doubt has a chef on hand to prepare their meals, a professional makeup artist and hair stylist, as well as a personal trainer to help maintain their fitness routine. You can’t compete with a celebrity, so why not just be YOU and benefit from some of these helpful daily health tips to let YOU put your best face forward and keep your body up to par.
Stay away from artificial ingredients
Natural ingredients to destress. Lavender oil will do this for you. After a long day, ease stress by a long soak in a hot bath spiked with a few drops of Lavender essential oil. Soothing music while you soak will help you unwind further.
Want to be more alert; skip the caffeine The solution is to sniff rosemary. Researchers say that catching a whiff of this aromatic herb may help increase alertness and also improve memory. So, stay sharp before a big meeting by smelling fresh rosemary or rosemary essential oil.
Drink Green Tea. We’ve heard the benefits of green tea for years and now drinking iced or hot green tea ten minutes before exercising will rev up your workout. Green tea’s catechins, antioxidants, and caffeine help to increase the metabolic generation of heat.
Eyes dry from too much computer screen time? Learn to love seafood and eat it more often. If you suffer from dry eyes, up your seafood intake. Salmon, sardines, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, and those beneficial fats will help your body produce tears. Dry eyes often occur from not blinking enough while staring at a computer screen, age and even some medications (especially antihistamines). Research suggests that people who consume higher amounts of these fats are less likely to have dry eyes.
Prevent migraine Don’t resort to dark glasses or sequestering yourself in a dark room during a bout with an acute migraine headache. Instead drink a full glass of water because dehydration can trigger headaches, and, if that doesn’t help and you must take medication for the pain, try wrapping your head with an Ace bandage so that it covers your eyes, then lie down and breathe deeply. This method will help the migraine pain pass more quickly.
Keep feet warm in cold weather. Battery-operated socks will do the trick, but so will cayenne pepper. Warm up cold feet by sprinkling a bit of cayenne pepper into your socks. This is an old folk remedy which warms your toes, increasing circulation and improving blood flow.
Fight indigestion without antacids. If that spicy meatball has done a number on your stomach, here’s a pleasant way to relief the discomfort. Ease occasional indigestion by sipping a cup of peppermint tea after your meal. Peppermint improves the flow of bile, which moves food through the digestive tract more quickly. (If you have serious acid reflux issues, use peppermint tea with caution – it may make the problem worse.)
Up your potassium level and reduce your sodium level without the need to take prescription meds. Go bananas over bananas because they are full of potassium. A diet rich in potassium helps make you less prone to high blood pressure. They help keep your heart healthy by reducing sodium levels. Not a banana fan? Cantaloupe and oranges will do the same trick.
Coughs and colds
Head off the head colds that circulate at the workplace. Skip the garlic pills – eat the real deal. Add raw or lightly cooked garlic plus onions to your meals it may help you ward off colds as they circulate around the workplace. These foods appear to possess antiviral and antibacterial properties that are believed to boost immunity.
Sometimes it is hard to keep from catching a cold, but here’s how to nip it in the bud – always keep a bottle of Echinacea handy. If you feel a cold coming on, consider reaching for this Native American medicinal herb as it can reduce cold symptoms. Just consume at least three grams daily as soon as the cold symptoms start.
Slippery Elm to eases a sore throat. Sure, the old standby of gargling with salt is a good choice, but here’s another natural alternative. To soothe a sore throat, suck on some Slippery Elm throat lozenges. They will ease the sore throat pain by coating irritated tissue.
Can’t stop coughing. If you’ve tamed the sniffles and sore throat, but the nagging cough persists, you might be gazing at row after row of cough control products at the drug store. You needn’t resort to these products which may have side effects like drowsiness. Research has proven that honey may be more effective than an OTC cough syrup at silencing nighttime coughing. Use a medicinal-grade variety such as Manuka honey and take up to 2 teaspoonfuls at bedtime.
Healthy hair and skin
Tea tree oil for athlete’s foot. Cure fungal infections by using tea tree oil. Combat athlete’s foot by using Tea Tree Oil, an extract of the leaves of an Australian tree. This natural cure appears to have antiseptic properties and may work as well as, or even better than OTC antifungal products. Apply a light coating of the oil to affected areas two to three times a day until symptoms disappear, then continue using it for another two weeks thereafter.
Clear up warts. Eliminate warts without painful caustic solutions or visits to the dermatologist. Warts are actually a virus, so first and foremost, improve your overall health and ability to ward off future warts by boosting your immune system. Get plenty of sleep, incorporate exercise into your daily routine and eat properly. Then, go to the hardware store and buy a roll of duct tape. Apply the tape over the problematic warts for about a week. The tape’s strong adhesive will irritate the skin, triggering an immune reaction that fights the infection. No pain, but lots to gain!
Get smoother skin. Do you want skin that glows without the need to slather on a lot of greasy night cream? For dry skin, incorporate more avocados into your diet. They promote healthy skin since they are rich in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E.
Boost your hair strand production, by using GLA. There are many reasons for hair loss. If you’ve ruled out other causes of hair loss, such as stress, overuse of hair care products, certain medications, or diseases such as hypothyroidism, consider taking the supplement Evening Primrose Oil. It is a good source of gamma-linolenic acid (“GLA”). GLA is an essential fatty acid that is needed for hair growth and is hard to get it just from your diet. Taking 500 milligram capsules of this omega-6 fatty acid twice a day will find you with healthier and thicker hair after eight to ten weeks.
Incorporating some, of maybe many, of these health tips into your daily routine will provide benefits today and in the future – why not start today?