21 Health Hacks you need to know and incorporate in your life.
For most of them, it is only about taking the decision to work towards a healthier you and then create the habit.
If you think being healthy is just about eating a nutritious diet and exercise, think again! It is so much more than that. You might want to check out this video, where I talk about it – But what really is healthy for me?
It is a whole, like a gigantic puzzle with different pieces equally as important. Creating habits is important, not just for you but it is also exactly what you are teaching to your kids for their future!
Here are my 21 first health hacks I will share with you:
1: Get enough sleep
Plan your day around your night! Make sure to get around 7-8 hours of sleep every night. See it as an investment, a time “investment”! When you sleep enough, you will have more energy and be able to better focus the next day. Therefore, your time “interests” will be to actually be more productive even if you have fewer hours during the day.
2: Eat spicier food
Adding a bit of extra spice to your meals will help with improving and boosting your natural metabolism rate. But be careful, spicier does not mean adding more salty spices. Think curry, chilly, herbs, …
3: Avoid stress and overwhelm
Become more organized, use timers and reminders on your phone for example to help you. If you have too much in your mind, you will feel stressed and overwhelmed. Working on getting more organized, prepared and efficient will help you decrease this feeling. Take the time to re-organize your routines more efficiently.
Make sure to set aside at least 5 minutes per day, ideally in the morning or before bedtime to connect with yourself and calm down your mind. Meditation or breathing exercises are an ideal way to calm your entire system.
4: Use Epsom salt
Once a week take an Epsom bath or at least a foot bath. It will help you detox and feed your muscles on magnesium. The trick is to not overstay in an Epsom bath. 20 minutes is the right time, do not rinse after, so that you will still benefit from the salt on your skin. (it won’t be itchy, I promise)
You can make the experience even nicer by adding a few drops of essential oils in your water. Peppermint for muscle pain, lavender for relaxation, tea tree to fight flu or eucalyptus for a stuffy nose are some great examples.
5: Sleep on your left side
Due to your internal organ placement, sleeping on your left side can have a positive impact on your digestion and lymphatic system.
6: Freeze your bananas
Always have frozen bananas (and other fruits) in your freezer! Using frozen bananas will help you prepare beautifully creamy and healthy smoothies. Quick and healthy!
7: Drink a glass of water, first thing in the morning
After a night sleep, you are dehydrated. Make it a habit to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
8: Take stretch breaks
Set up alarms in your phone that will remind you to stretch your legs, arms, neck, back. At least a couple of times a day. Make it more if you are working in a sitting position.
9: Swap your plate for a smaller sized plate
This will help you decrease the amount of food you eat at once. Take the habit of waiting at least 5 minutes before taking seconds if needed. It will give your body the time to start the process of digestion and you might find yourself satisfied enough to actually not have to take seconds.
10: Stuffy nose: Onions are your friends
Add a sliced onion next to your bed. We’ve been doing this for years and it works! The theory is that the onion will absorb the bacterias. So make sure to get rid of your onion in the morning.
11: Be friendly with your guts
Add fermented food to your diet. A couple of tablespoons of sauerkraut a day is a good start. Products like miso, kombucha, kefir, tempeh are all good sources of fermented food. Keeping your guts happy is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle.
Another way to love your guts is to add a probiotic to your daily routine. It will work wonders to your general health and happiness (be careful to get a good quality one! – this is what we use here!)
12: Invest in a foam roller
Backaches are debilitating and not fun, yet so common. In my work as a remedial massage therapist, I have seen so many people suffering from unnecessary backache. Most of the time, this tension comes from your hips, butt and your upper legs.
With the help of a foam roller like this one, you can easily avoid this built up tensions triggering pain.
Once a day, roll your thighs (front and back, meaning quads and hamstrings), hips and butt (glutes). You can even do this while watching tv, so no excuses. You will have to let me know how much better you feel!
“a healthy lifestyle is a succession of habits, not rules – Nat Carrel”
13: Forget about calories!
I never count my calories, but I always check my labels and make sure to feed my body with proper food. Focus on where the calories come from instead of the calorie count – Wholefood is best.
14: Surround yourself with people who make you feel great and happy
Your surrounding energy is vital to your wellbeing. Create a cocoon of positive energy. Negativity is contagious. Avoid it! If this means finding yourself a new group of friends, so why not?
15: Take the stairs
Forget about the elevators and instead take the stairs. Make it a habit and you will automatically move more and improve your fitness.
You can as well decide to park further away from where you have to go. Make it a game by chasing the furthest park spot on the supermarket parking and time yourself on the way in and then on the way out, from your car to the entry of the centre, walking fast. Did you beat your time on the way back? A little bit of cardio is always good.
16: Live in gratitude!
At the end of the day, write up or think about your day and list what you are grateful about. And even better, every time you feel stressed about a situation, go back thinking about your gratitude list instead of focussing on issues. Keeping your body and mind calmer will make you healthier.
17: Use your commuting time effectively!
Why not use this time for personal development or a chance to laugh! Have your favourite podcasts or audiobooks ready to listen to while commuting. The benefits of laughing on your health are actually quite impressive. You can read more about it here
18: Take the time to soak in vitamin D
Besides making you feel amazing, Vitamin D is known to improve your general health in the following areas. Fighting diseases, immune system, depression, anxiety and even overweight. Find out more on that here
You can as an example make it a habit to sit in the sun for 5-10 minutes every lunch break or during your coffee break.
19: If you can, take cold showers.
I know this one is tough love! But, it is better for your lymphatic system and blood flow, skin and hair as well.
20: Forget about tin foil (aluminium)
Besides obvious recycling reasons, you should seriously consider swapping your tin foil with something safer for your food (no aluminium leakage risks) and our environment. We use glass dishes for cooking and beeswax wraps to keep our food fresh.
21: Add chia seeds to your smoothies and food in general
Those little seeds are jam-packed with goodness. Nutrients, antioxidants, good fibres and quality proteins, source of Omega-3 fatty acids,… and the list goes on and on. They are super easy to use and add to your food intake.
We add them in dishes like tomato sauce, smoothies, bread and wraps batter, cakes or even sparkle them over our breakfast bowl. They are simply amazing!
and that’s already 21 Health hacks! So to resume…
My list of health hacks stops at 21 for today but could actually go on and on. In fact, I am already considering making a second blog post on this in the future. Would you like more? Comment below to let me know! Also, tell me which one you are going to add to your lifestyle first!
All those health hacks are relatively simple to incorporate into your lifestyle and I hope you’ll find them useful. (Also, this post contains affiliate links to products. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links – I only recommend products I am using myself.)
Remember that in order to successfully apply them, it needs to be a choice of yours. Don’t beat yourself up or be too harsh on yourself if it takes a bit of adjustment first.
I love to think that a healthy lifestyle is a succession of habits and not rules.
About the Author:
Natascha is firstly a wife and mum of 3, originally Swiss and a French native speaker, she lives in Queensland Australia. She also is a passionate online entrepreneur and author.
Natascha’s passion is to share the message of Living a Life of Purpose.
Her mission is to help other mums create more freedom to live their dream life while becoming healthier and happier!
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