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5 Simple Habits to Improve Your Health

beth March 11, 2013
5 Simple Habits to Improve Your Health
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By Nina, Contributing Writer

When I started learning about alternative health, I got a bit overwhelmed. Never mind that it”s really easy for me to get overwhelmed … I felt like there was so much to learn, so much to do, that I didn’t know where to start.

Thankfully, like many of the best things in life, alternative health can be both simple and intuitive. The key is to consistently make small changes. Before long, you’ve created habits that you can sustain for a lifetime – habits, that while simple, can dramatically improve your health.

1. Sleep More

Getting 8-10 hours of sleep is optimal for our health. The ideal time to sleep is between 10 PM and 6 AM because of the way your body was naturally designed to release certain hormones. Unfortunately, insomnia has always been a problem for me, so I’ve found some natural ways to get to sleep easier:

  • Sleepy Tea – Not always necessary, but I know when I need it. You can buy an herbal blend that’s great for sleep.. Plain old chamomile tea helps, too.
  • No computer/screen after 9 – Screens work to reset your brain, waking you up when you should be winding down.
  • Bed by 10 – I find that I have an easier time going to sleep around then and it’s easier for me to get up in the morning.
  • Bath or foot soak – I add epsom salts and lavender and frankincense essential oils to help me relax.

2. Stress Less

Stress is inevitable, but too much has adverse reactions on our health. As someone who tends to stress too much, I’ve had to learn ways to reduce stress and alleviate it quickly. Thankfully, it’s pretty simple to do:

  • Say No – I’m learning to say no and have shed several commitments that just weren’t serving the needs of me or my family.
  • Laughter – It’s a great way to beat stress, enjoy life and break out of whatever funk you’re in.
  • Quiet time – One of my top needs is solitude and sometimes I just need to withdraw and have some time to myself. This rejuvenates me and allows me to pray and think through whatever is stressing me out.

3. Give Thanks

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude will greatly shift your perspective on life, and can improve your over-all well-being.

Find things in your life to be grateful for and give thanks oftenBlessings abound all around us and it is much better to focus on them than anything negative.

4. Supplement Simply

Ideally, all of our nutrients would come from fresh, whole foods. However, we’re often left with nutrient gaps that need to be filled with quality supplements, especially vitamin D. Thankfully, I can get a lot of what I need from a few simple supplements.

I give my kids their vitamins (Rainbow Light Kids) and FCLO at the same time. They love their “chill pills” and remind me each day to dole them out. It helps me remember to take mine.

5. Eat Nourishing Food

I strive to feed my family nourishing, whole foods as much as possible.

Does that mean I eat all organic? No. My focus is on lots of fruits and veggies, food made from scratch and healthy alternatives to “junk food.” Healthy fats and protein from organic, hormone-free sources. Honey instead of sugar. Butter instead of margarine. Simple  snacks like carrot sticks and apple slices.

What simple health habits have you created?

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Nina, I’m currently taking the Lifelong Vitality Pack too. Those have the mega pills, which I thought would be a replacement for the FCLO. Are you essentially doubling up on this or am I mistaken and they’re not really the same the thing?

    I’m currently pregnant so I’m going to switch over, I think, to the Rainbow Lite prenatal, as the DoTerra isn’t formulated especially for pregnant women. However, since I’ve been taking it (almost three months) I haven’t been sick once. But I had been sick every single month of my pregnancy for the first two months. Perhaps a coincidence, but so far I’m feeling really good with DoTerra’s vitamins. Just concerned it isn’t quite right for pregnancy.

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    • Cassie,
      I’m essentially doubling up. My vitamin D levels were below the minimum levels when I had them checked, so I take both. I feel a lot better since I’ve started doing that.

      I’m not sure about using the lifelong vitality pack for pregnancy – personally, I would use it, but that’s me 🙂 – but if you’re concerned, contact the company. They might be able to tell you whether it’s good for pregnancy.

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  2. Number three has been a big one for me this year. I’m in the middle of Ann Voskamp’s “1000 Gifts” devotional, and it’s been really wonderful. I think we often get in the rut of just living life and forget to even notice the everyday blessings. That sense of ongoing intentional gratitude has been such a blessing.

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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