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The 15 Best Things You Can Do For Your Body

Exercise

We have heard it before: Exercise is great for the body. But it has an endless amount of health benefits as well. Regular exercise helps combat health conditions and diseases, while improving your mood, helping you sleep better, and controlling your weight. According to the Mayo Clinic, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (brisk walking, swimming), or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. This, combined with two days of strength training, is exactly what you need to stay healthy.

Meditate

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Meditation is by far one of the best things you can do for your body. It helps your emotional well-being and improves your overall health. Meditation reduces stress, depression, and anxiety while improving the immune system, focus, and mood. Daily meditation can also reduce the risk of heart disease (Live and Dare).

Sleep

Sleep is one of the absolute best things you can do for your body. It helps improve memory, strengthen your ability to fight infection, reduces stress, helps control your body weight and reduces the occurrence of mood disorders. According to a recent study by the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers (14-17) should get 8-10 hours of sleep per night, young adults (18-25) and adults (26-64) should get 7-9 hours and older adults (65+) should get 7-8 hours.

Drink Lemon Water

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Look no further than a squeezed lemon for numerous health benefits. Get in the routine of drinking warm lemon water each morning. Lemon water keeps you hydrated, and helps your body eliminate waste products while aiding in the body’s digestive system. It detoxes your body, rejuvenates you skin, boosts your mood, cleanses your liver and helps relieve heart burn.

Take Multivitamins

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It’s almost impossible to consume all the nutrients your body needs on a daily basis. That’s why multivitamin supplements are extremely important. It’s a healthy way to consume the nutrients and reap the benefits of food. As WebMD explains, “vitamin and mineral supplements can help prevent deficiencies that can contribute to chronic conditions.”

Take Care of Your Skin

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If you don’t have a good skin care regimen, now’s the time to start one. Wash, moisturize, and use care creams to keep your skin healthy. Also, make sure you use sunscreen. Leaving your skin unprotected against sun exposure can cause wrinkles, sagging skin, and dark spots.

Eat Healthy

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Although some of us choose to ignore it, we all know eating healthy is very important for the proper function of our bodies. According to Healthy Eating, “healthy eating includes consuming high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and water in the foods you take in while minimizing processed foods, saturated fats and alcohol.”

Take Your Meds

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If you have a medical issue and your doctor prescribed you meds, it’s important that you take them on time and as directed. “According to a 2006 survey, nearly 75 percent of Americans don't take their prescription medications as directed (Women’s Health).” Medication is there to help you, not hurt you.  

Quit Smoking

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We have heard it a million times… smoking is bad for your health. So why is it that many people continue to puff away? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S., but it still manages to kill more than 480,000 Americans each year.

Stay Hydrated

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Is your mouth dry? Are you feeling tired? Maybe you are suffering from a headache. These are all signs of dehydration. Your body cannot function without water.  It helps maintain body temperature, while reducing high blood-pressure, fighting fatigue, eliminating digestive disorders, and slowing the aging process. Fact: Did you know drinking water can help with weight loss? According to Natural Society, “often when you feel hungry, this signal from the body is actually telling you that you need to drink more, so try a glass of water first, and then eat something if you are still feeling hunger pangs.”

Eat Breakfast

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Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day. As WebMD explains, “many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.” Therefore, start your day right with breakfast, which will help kick start your metabolism and give you a healthy energy boost.

Yoga

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Begin the day off with yoga and set a positive and calm tone for the day ahead. Yoga has numerous benefits on the body. Mentally, it helps manage stress and a person’s overall mental wellbeing. Physically, yoga has proven to help increase flexibility, improve energy, protect from injury, increase muscle strength, and help maintain a balanced metabolism.

Brush, Floss and Rinse with Mouthwash

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One of the best things you can do for your body is take care of your mouth. Keep up with regular dental visits and make sure you brush, floss, and use mouthwash every day. Poor oral health can lead to facial pain, heart issues, and digestion problems. The “American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach.” Flossing is extremely important; calculus or tartar can form if plaque is not removed and it also helps prevent cavities and gum disease.

Go Outside

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The outdoors can have numerous benefits on your body. First and foremost, the sun stimulates the production of Vitamin D in your body. As Healthline explains, vitamin D helps regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, while also facilitating normal immune system function. Exercising outside has been proven to help prevent heart disease, stroke and obesity. That being said, whether it be sitting outside reading a book or running a nature trail, being outside will help boost serotonin levels and fight depression — ultimately leading to a healthy and happy mind and body.

Fish Oil

Omega -3 Fatty Acids are commonly found in Fish Oil and have amazing effects on the body. They have been known to help fight cancer symptoms and have incredible anti-aging effects on the brain’s structure and functionality. They also have been known to reduce the risk of heart disease and keep skin and hair healthy.