5 Healthy Changes That Are Easier Than You Think

Shin Min Ah Elle, Shin Min Ah Elle Korea, Elle Korea

Getting on a path to better health can be a challenge but it doesn't have to be. You may not be aware that there are actually some changes you can easily make today that will provide health benefits that will help you feel better, have more energy and have more fulfilling lifestyle.

Natural Cosmetics
The cosmetics industry is worth over $500 billion globally. Yet almost all health and personal care products are manufactured using unhealthy chemicals. Furthermore the labor practices of some companies are inhumane, ingredients aren’t sourced sustainability and they test on animals.  So while you might know about organic foods, you can also get organic products for your skin and hair. There are many reasons why organic is better for health and hygiene. Some significant benefits include ingredients from sustainable sources which make them more environmentally friendly and they can be more effective because they're not made with any chemical fillers.

Ditch The Sugar
Natural sugars are found in most foods. Eaten moderately, natural sugars are fine for most people. Problems arise with free sugars that are added to foods including cane, fructose, and artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and Stevia. Free sugars cause inflammation that can lead to weight gain and tooth decay as well as more serious health issues and premature aging. This alone should make you think twice about what you eat. Becoming aware of hidden sugars, reading labels and avoiding adding sweeteners to your food and drinks is a great way to reduce your sugar intake. Keep in mind that just because something doesn't have added sugars, it still might be high in natural sugar like dried fruits. Try swapping sugary snacks for healthier options like fruit or nuts and drink water or tea instead of soda.

Eat Better

Cutting sugar alone will only go so far. If you truly want to live a healthy life, you need to eat a well balanced nutrient rich  diet. Consuming a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits is essential. And there is evidence to show many benefits of reducing how your red meat consumption. If you are unsure of where to start, try to eat as many colors as possible. The colors of vegetables indicate what vitamins and minerals they contain. For example, leafy greens like kale, and purples, reds, and blues indicate vitamins A and C, folate, and potassium, while white produce is rich in niacin and riboflavin.

Easy Exercise
You can really boost the effects of your healthy eating by adding some form of exercise to your daily routine. You might envision exercise as having to run six miles a day and pump iron. But this is a false assumption. When paired with healthy eating, just 30 minutes of light activity per day is enough to boost your energy levels and keep your heart in good condition. And light exercises are some of the most fun. Walking and jogging, cycling and swimming have extremely good  benefits and they can be enjoyed with friends. So you can enjoy each other’s company and reduce the chance of stroke and heart attacks.

Love Yourself
A healthy lifestyle includes more than just looking after your body. Of course eating right and exercising are essential. But you should also consider your mental health. You risk severe depression and anxiety if you don’t and any existing conditions could be made worse. Fortunately, in the absence of a severe psychological disorder, healthy food and activity can help with depression and anxiety. Exercise and eating tasty foods increase serotonin, which makes you feel good. Serotonin is the "feel good" chemical your body produces that influences mood, appetite, and sleep among other functions. 

Getting healthier isn’t as difficult as most people tend to believe. All you need to do to get started is to change your eating habits to a varied diet, socially exercise a little more and to make sure that you're looking after your mental health.

This is a contributed post.
Photo: Shin Min Ah by Mok Jung Wook for Elle Korea


R's Rue said...

I need to love myself better.

Pilar said...

I absolutely love this post! I agree these tips are great for living healthier lifestyle!