Being healthy, becoming healthy and staying healthy is a choice. You choose your way of living, you choose what you eat, you choose how often you exercise, you choose how many hours you sleep, you choose your beliefs and practices…
Being in control of your health empowers you, but there are some choices that are doing you more harm than being beneficial. Sometimes, you need guidance to keep you on the right track of your health journey. So, we want you to know that our health experts got your back!
In fact, the Beyond Good Health team compiled empowering health tips to guide you in your health journey. We will update this post regularly to give you access to the latest health tips from our health experts. It’s also best if you LIKE our Facebook Page to stay updated, and share your thoughts and experiences with other health advocates.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #15 – Add lavender drops in your hot bath
The temperature of the water during a hot bath alone relaxes the muscles, relieve stiffness and muscle tension. Adding Lavender essential oil produces a synergistic relaxing effect, but it is focused more on calming the nervous system resulting in lowered blood pressure and heart rate, as well as a more relaxed state of the brain. It also improves quality of sleep and reduces anxiety. Lavender aromatherapy also stimulates the limbic system that is connected to your emotional response and memories.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #14 – Keep yeast infection at bay
Eating probiotics like kimchi, kefir and yogurt is one way of keeping yeast infection at bay. These foods boost the good bacteria in your body and restore balance in the microflora to inhibit the growth of yeast in people with recurrent infections.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #13 – Protect your eyes from dry eye syndrome
Salmon, sardines and mackerel are rich in Omega 3, which is essential in the production of tears. In fact, a study conducted by the Ocular Nutrition Impact on Tear Film (ONIT) revealed that omega 3 in certain fish oil supplements had helped reduced dry eye symptoms in their study participants.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #12 – Improve your memory by smelling fresh rosemary
Are you going to attend a meeting, seminar or need to take a test that requires sharp memory and alertness? You better sniff some fresh rosemary or rosemary oil before these activities. Studies showed that inhaling the scent of rosemary either oil or fresh improves mental performance, particularly memory. In fact, the study finding presented by Northumbria researchers in 2013 revealed to the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society that the subjects in their study who were exposed to rosemary scent performed well in a memory test than those who had no exposure to the said aroma. They were also able to remember to carry out tasks on time.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #11 – Use ginger to relieve nasal and chest congestion
In 2 cups of boiling water, add a 1-inch peeled and grated ginger. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, strain the ginger and keep the boiling water. Add 1-2 pinch of cayenne pepper to that boiling water. You can drink whenever you need it to relieve nasal and chest congestion. Moreover, ginger also has analgesic (pain relieving), anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-emetic properties.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #10 – Relieve tension headache with peppermint oil
Peppermint oil contains menthol, which has analgesic (pain relieving) properties. Some studies showed that applying substances that contain menthol relieve headache, not just tension headache but also migraine. In fact, the study finding conducted by the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran revealed that cutaneous (skin) application of menthol solution could be an effective, safe, and tolerable therapeutic option for the abortive treatment of migraine.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #9 – Keep your liver in good shape
It’s your liver’s job to clean your blood by removing harmful chemicals or toxins, a process called detoxification. When the liver is damaged, these toxins will be retained in your system and can result in health problems. You can help in keeping your liver healthy by avoiding too much alcohol intake, exercising regularly to prevent fatty liver and nutritional detoxification.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #8 – Cut carbs, eat more protein and fiber
Did you know that your waist size is a more significant health marker than your weight? When you have too much belly fat, it can build up around your abdominal organs, and it is also often associated with heart diseases and metabolic disorders like diabetes. Some of the best ways to lose belly fats are cutting your refined carbs intake, eating more protein and fiber.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #7 – Laugh more
Laughter is indeed the best medicine. It can relieve stress, boost your immune function, ease pain, burn calories, and improve your mood. To bring more laughter in your life, indulge in funny activities such as watching funny movies, being with funny people, and spend time with kids!
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #6 – Turn off the light or use dim light for better sleep
You need to keep your bedroom dark at night when you sleep and avoid exposure to bright lights because it will disrupt the production of your sleep hormone called melatonin.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #5 – Boost your energy by drinking more water
Did you know that dehydration can cause a drop in your energy levels? When you’re dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker that makes blood flow sluggish. When this happens, your heart needs to exert more effort to pump blood. Since the blood flow is slower, then oxygen and nutrients’ delivery to your organs and muscles are delayed resulting in low energy levels and fatigue. Ideally, you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. However, if you’re more physically active or the outdoors temperature is high, drink more!
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #4 – Check food labels to avoid free sugars
What are free sugars? These are any sugar added to drinks or foods or are naturally found in unsweetened fruit juices and syrups. To determine if a certain food or drink is high in free sugar content, check the label. If it indicates that the total sugar content is more than 22.5g per 100g, then that food is high in sugar! Ideally, 5g or less per 100g of total sugar to consider a food or drink as low in sugar content. So, limit your intake of sugary fizzy drinks, sugary breakfast cereals, cakes, alcoholic beverages, biscuits and pastries. Remember that high sugar containing foods and drinks increase your risk of tooth decay and obesity.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #3 – Make your own ice pack
It’s difficult to keep a traditional ice bag in place, as the ice cubes or blocks doesn’t follow the contour of your bones. So mix 1 part of rubbing alcohol to 3 parts of water. Pour the mixture in a zip-top plastic bag and freeze. The good thing is that this mixture never hardens but gets really cold. It’s easier to manipulate it around your joints and bones during cold compress.
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #2 – Drink 2 glasses of water 30 minutes before each meal
Did you know that drinking more water each day can help increase the amount of calories that you burn? Water actually increases your metabolism up to 24-30%. In other words, water can help promote weight loss. The best time to drink more water for weight loss benefit is 30 minutes before meals -make sure to drink 2 glasses!
EMPOWERING HEALTH TIP #1 – Avoid processed junk foods
You need to eat real foods instead of eating processed junk foods. It’s because the latter is low in nutritional value – low in protein, fiber and other micronutrients. Meanwhile, processed junk foods are high in unhealthy ingredients like refined grains, added sugar, preservatives and other additives. They are hyper-rewarding as well, which makes you lose control over your consumption. Knowing that these processed junk foods are high in calorie content, you will surely gain unnecessary weight!