4 Unexpected Ways You Can Change Your Routine and Health
Are you looking for better ways to take care of your health from your head down to your toes? Well then you’ve come to the right place! We have a few simple, yet surprising ways you can change up your routine to improve your overall well-being. Read on to learn about some simple changes you can make.
1. Treat Your Hair With Care
It may come as a surprise to learn that your hair can provide key insights into your overall state of well-being. One crucial sign of a chronic disease that many people miss is thinning hair. If your hair is thinning, this could be a sign of thyroid disease, which typically needs to be treated with medication or other forms of therapy.
While it’s important to keep an eye on your hair because it can provide vital clues about your health, it can be equally important to take proper care of your health to boost your self-esteem. Self-esteem is important because if yours is low for an extended period of time, you could end up developing a serious mental health issue such as depression or anxiety. So if your hair is damaged, tangled, or just not looking the way you would like it to, consider treating yourself and your hair to some self-love in your hair care routine. If you struggle with dry or frizzy hair, investing in keratin treatments could provide the boost you need. Plus, keratin treatments infuse hair with extra protein, making it stronger, shinier, and healthier.
2. Put Your Best Face Forward
Much like your hair, taking better care of your face can also provide a major boost to your mental health, and taking care of the skin on your face can also help you avoid serious and life-threatening conditions. By using sunscreen on a daily basis, for example, you can protect yourself from skin cancer. Daily sunscreen use can also prevent the development of wrinkles and age spots in the future, so make sure you apply it during your morning routine. For sunscreen to work properly, you need to reapply it throughout the day, so be sure to keep a tube of lotion or powder sunscreen with you.
In addition to preventing skin cancer and premature aging with sunscreen, you should also be sure to protect your oral health. Having a sparkling, clean smile can also boost your self-esteem, but brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth at least two times per day can also help protect you from chronic health conditions, including heart disease. So be sure to practice good oral health at home, and schedule routine checkups and cleanings.
3. Protect Your Heart From Harm
Taking better care of your teeth and gums can help preserve your heart health, but there are other steps you can take to preserve this precious organ. You can change up your diet to include heart-healthy foods, like fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, and of course, healthy fats. By getting more good fats into your diet, via olive oil, avocados, or fish, you can not only prevent future heart attacks and heart disease, but you will also be taking a very important step in preserving your skin. Your body needs those healthy fat chains to encourage skin cell turnover and to absorb the essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals needed to keep your skin clear and glowing.
Another lifestyle change you can make to improve your heart, mental health, and overall appearance is to get plenty of vigorous exercise. Researchers have found that calorie-burning cardio is the most effective at helping your brain to produce endorphins that keep your mood level, but working out also helps to get blood pumping to your skin, heart, and other organs, which makes exercise crucial for long-term health and wellness.
4. Keep Your Digestive System Balanced
If you pay attention to health and wellness blogs, you may notice a trend toward balancing the gut and encouraging proper digestion. This is because researchers have recently discovered that imbalances in your gut can lead to both physical and mental health issues. Even more than healthy fats, the bacteria in your digestive system help to break down food and ensure that your body absorbs the nutrients needed for optimal physical and emotional health. So if you feel tired and cranky, it may have less to do with your head and more to do with your gut.
Try introducing some probiotic-rich foods into your diet, like kimchi, yogurt, or kefir, to provide a big boost to your gut microbiome and improve your overall diet. If you are prescribed antibiotics, you may also want to keep these fermented foods on hand, since these medications are notorious for disrupting gut health.
From paying closer attention to your hair to understanding your gut, there are so many small ways that your body can provide insights into the state of your overall health. Subtle changes in your daily routine can make a big difference, so start paying attention to those clues and begin making lifestyle changes to improve them.
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