Yes, we all want to be healthier and live longer but overhauling our day-to-day habits can be tough. That's why we love these quick and easy ideas that will boost your health without you having to put in too much hard work. Win-win!
1. REACH FOR THE BEET
Switching your morning OJ to beetroot juice could boost your health. A recent study by a US university found that a group of elderly adults showed an improvement in vascular function after a daily dose of beetroot juice.
2. ADD IN ADAPTOGENS
Small studies show that adding herbs to reduce stress, balance hormones and boost energy – known as adaptogens – to your diet can aid your health. Tinctures, herbal teas and even eating certain herbs have benefits that range from boosting immunity to lowering stress. Read Healing Herbs (Althea Press) by Tina Sams.
3. PICK UP THE PHONE
Busy lives are putting a strain on relationships with research by Nescafé finding that we now live, on average, 114km from our oldest friend. Making time to connect can – according to a New Zealand study – help protect your future mental health.
4. EAT REGULARLY
‘Skipping meals results in low blood sugar levels,’ says nutritionist Helen Bond. ‘Which in turn can leave you feeling tired, hungry, irritable, fuzzy minded and unable to concentrate.’
5. SAY NO TO NOTIFICA