50 Random Health Tips to Drastically Improve your Life Right Now

As fun and simple as these sound, they truly are a recipe for wellness. So please do yourself a favor and go through this list, pick out your weaknesses, and then strengthen them, one at a time. No rush, seriously. Life is a journey, enjoy it and keep on improving yourself.

1.  Eat breakfast.

2.  Drink enough water.

3.  Eat your veggies.

4.  Eat your fruits.

5.  Eat antioxidants.

6.  Eat alkaline foods.

7.  Don’t’ eat burnt foods. Cook veggies so they are crispy and meat so it is moist.

8.  Eat organic foods, especially animal based.

9.  Stretch, your mind that is. Be open and listen to others before expressing your already-made-up mind.

10.  Exercise or move 30 minutes daily at 60-85% your max heart rate. Knowing how to calculate your target heart rate is a must for this.

11.  Neurobics for your mind. Do things differently to keep your mind challenged and evolving. Do daily things with your off-hand. Park in different places.

12.  Meditate/Ground yourself daily with focused breathing and movements. 5-10 minutes is a great start.

13.  Serve others unconditionally on a daily basis. Trust me, it comes right back at you in amazing ways. Not that that should be motivation to do it though!

14.  If you speak it, mean it and make it happen, especially the small things like being on time when you say you will. Everything that comes out of your mouth should be a promise.

15.  Eat anti-inflammatory foods.

16.  Eat regular small meals throughout the day.

17.  Drink filtered water.

18.  Eat foods that are natural, not processed.

19.  Learn how to stretch properly to decrease your tension and relieve stress.

20.  Do higher intensity workouts with circuit training to help boost your metabolism.

21.  Mix up your cardio with interval training.

22.  Quit smoking. It is linked to just about every human disease.

23.  Use a neti pot before allergy seasons.

24.  Kick the drug habit and use natural essential oils. They easily replace aspirin, cold medicine, allergy medication, and more.

25.  Boost your immunity with laughing. Surround yourself with people orwatch movies/events that make you laugh.

26.  Sleep at least 7 hours every night.

27.  Do a dynamic exercise routine daily to keep the body strong and flexible.

28.  Wash your hands frequently. Use a natural hand sanitizer.

29.  Do not judge others, accept them as a lesson to improve yourself in that area.

30.  Be kind, or don’t be at all. Act as a ripple in a lake. We are all in the same lake.

31.  Follow the 80/20 rules.

32.  Follow the Rules of Eating list.

33.  Don’t drink more than 4 ounces of liquid with your meal, 15 minutes before, or within 60 minutes after.

34.  Eat dessert as its own meal, not after a meal, i.e., combine your foods properly.

35.  Know approximately how many calories you eat per day. Low to normal calorie intake is more related to longevity than anything else.

36.  Set time aside at least twice per week for preparing your lunches and snacks for the week. This should also decrease any need for fast food.

37.  Buy a juicer and make your own fruit and veggie juices. Also great for kids. No added sugar or calories, just fruit and or veggies.

38.  Limit alcohol to weekends or at most 1 glass per day

39.  Plan your meals ahead so chaos can’t stop you from eating well.

40.  Take yourself out of your comfort zone, daily. Growth equals discomfort, why do you think they call it growing pains? You must push past the hesitations that are created from fear of the unknown. Ready, fire, then aim. Otherwise you could be waiting to fire for the rest of your life!

41.  Know what a serving size is when you eat from pre-packaged foods, then teach your kids.

42.  Use fresh, natural smoothies as meal replacements.

43.  Throw away any spices or oils that are over a year old in your cupboard. At best they are useless. At worst they are rancid and unhealthy.

44.  Do not regret anything. Forgive, and accept life as it is. Any illusion of control we have over what happens is just that, an illusion. Trust life, it will take care of you. Life happens FOR you, not TO you. You can make the sourest of things taste sweet if you add enough sugar.

45.  Don’t overeat just because you exercise.

46.  Spread smiles to as many people as possible, starting NOW =)

47.  If you don’t know your purpose or have an intense passion for something, find one!

48.  Make sure to get at least one hug per day. Yes, animals definitely count.

49.  Eat your protein, especially if you don’t like meat or you exercise a lot. Protein is what REBUILDS us.

50.  Have cheat days or meals and enjoy them. Not only does guilt SUCK, it is also very unhealthy and HEAVY to carry around.

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Juicing

 

juicer
 
    Have you ever read what is in those “all natural” and “fresh” juices? They are not even close to fresh or natural. So
   without going off on a tirade about them, here is my favorite way to start the day out! And yes, I love coffee, but
   coffee is acidic and this juice is cleansing and alkaline. So it is a GREAT way to cleanse the blood and get your daily
   vitamins in.
   You will need a juicer, so if you do not have one check out the Breville Compact Juicer. It is one of the best
   investments you can make for your health. Now you can drink fresh natural juices the real way, and your kids will
   love it too.
 
   Try this veggie juice recipe for adults (makes about two large glasses):
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 8 large carrots
  • one kale leaf
  • 2 green chard leaves
  • one celery stalk
  • 2 whole apples, cut in half
  • one whole lemon, cut in half
  • one half of a red beet
  • a few sprigs of parsley
   What’s great about juicing with the Breville is there is no need to peel or cut the ends off of the carrots or other
   veggies. Just wash all produce thoroughly!
   
    Here is a recipe your kids will love:
  • one apple
  • one quarter lemon
  • one carrot
  • small handful of grapes
  • handful of spinach
     And our Top TEN reasons to juice:
  1. Enzymes! Aids in digesting, stimulating the brain, cellular energy & repairing tissue.
  2. Prevents disease by keeping the blood more alkaline and feeding it with healthy enzymes.
  3. FRESH, natural nutrients (no added sugars like those you would find in the juices on the supermarket shelves).
  4. Less digestive work s your body can focus on other things, like healing itself!.
  5. Nutrients are absorbed quickly and more efficiently into your body.
  6. Healthy sugar (juices contain simple sugars) that your body can actually use.
  7. Phytochemicals. These are only found in fruits & veggies and prevent specific diseases.
  8. Vitamins and minerals.
  9. Juicing itself is a discipiline that carries over into other health practices.
  10. Used as a meal replacement, juicing can significantly reduce overall calorie intake per day, and therefore increase most people’s health with just that beneift.

 

Homemade Delicious Juice

Antioxidants

Please note there are many more foods, these just have the most per serving.

 

Berries (especially blueberries)

Green leafy veggies (especially kale)

Raw cacao

Sea veggies (sea weed)

Beans (red, kidney, pinto, black)

Quinoa

Apple (red, gala, green)

Sweet cherry

Pecan

Prune

Cranberry

Artichokes (cooked) 

Turmeric

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Walnuts

Kiwifruit

Soybeans (cooked)

Tofu (raw)

Cauliflower (boiled)

Broccoli (steamed)

Winter squash

Summer squash

Green tea

Papaya and pineapple

Ginger

Is Coconut Oil Really Safe? Here’s the Top 40 How’s & Why’s to Use it.

I recommend that you don’t believe me or any of the hype surrounding coconut oil, I sure didn’t, until I tried it for a while. My first experience with it went like this; I was curious about it, so I bought some, I used it, and nothing really happened. The end, or so I thought.

It took me awhile to realize the true benefits of coconut oil and how they differ from person to person. Results also vary depending on how many of the oil’s uses each person takes advantage of, because eating it is only one of many ways coconut oil can improve health. In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, the coconut palm is known as kalpavriksha, meaning “tree that gives all that is necessary for living” and is a “wish-fulfilling divine tree.”

If you are already very healthy with no major issues to deal with, then your experience with coconut oil may be very subtle, or you may find out that your digestion, skin, hair, nails, etc. are nowhere near what they could be with the right nutrients.

If you are overweight, lack energy, have poor digestion, high cholesterol and fall into most other categories associated with the average American, then you will often experience DRASTIC and life changing benefits from using coconut oil on a daily basis.

To me, one of the best gifts coconut oil users receive is not directly from the coconut itself, but because coconut oil can replace so many health and beauty products and even some medications, people will be absorbing 100’s to 1000’s of less chemicals and man-made “products” everyday. That is huge when you read about some of the side effects of these ingredients.

I don’t want to make coconut oil sound like it’s heaven sent or going to cure cancer, although it may be and might. My job is simply to filter through as much info and misinformation as possible, and then report back with intelligent summaries and ideas based on my experience, my client’s experiences, science and the latest research. That said, coconut oil is proving to be as good as all of the hype touts it to be.

But first, most of us need to let go of the thoughts that saturated fats are bad for us, clog arteries and increase cholesterol. You can read more on thathere and here.  Once we learn the true science behind saturated fats, we can have some faith that they won’t make us fat, and will actually help our metabolism, reduce inflammation, improve heart and digestive health, lower cholesterol and much more.

If you become brave enough to try this super fatty, taboo food, then the benefits will most likely be right around the corner for you. Remember, the more tools you use to improve your health, the less opportunities disease has to grow in your body.

The 40 Most Popular ways to use Coconut Oil

 *Coconut oil generally has no unhealthy side effects, so it can be used as often as needed and for as long as the applicant finds necessary.

*We are talking about pure, virgin coconut OIL here, not coconut flakes, water and the like.

* A little bit goes a loooong way with coconut oil.

Health

  1. Lubricant. Yes, you know what I’m talking about.
  2. Sun treatment. After being out in the sun coconut oil is known for soothing the skin, as is aloe vera. Coconut oil has great antioxidant properties and helps heal the cells and tissues. Because of the lipid barrier (a layer of fat) that it provides over your skin, it locks in moisture and blocks some of the sun’s damaging rays.
  3. Lice treatment
  4. Research shows that it boosts metabolism and energy. ” In the l940s, farmers attempted to use cheap coconut oil for fattening their animals, but they found that it made them lean, active and hungry” and ” G. W. Crile and his wife found that the metabolic rate of people in Yucatan, where coconut is a staple food, averaged 25% higher than that of people in the United States. In a hot climate, the adaptive tendency is to have a lower metabolic rate, so it is clear that some factor is more than offsetting this expected effect of high environmental temperatures. The people there are lean, and recently it has been observed that the women there have none of the symptoms we commonly associate with the menopause.”
  5. It is an anti-infammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral substance for the body  – especially in the gut and Crohn’s disease. Read more.
  6. It can help hypothyroidism and thyroid function, especially when coconut oil replaces the use of unsaturated fats. This combination will increase enzyme production and promote the conversion of T4 to T3 hormones in the liver.
  7. Stress relief. Massage into your forehead and around your temples, the smell is very soothing and the health benefits plentiful.
  8. Protects against heart attacks, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and strokes. Heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis account for nearly HALF of all the deaths in the United States. Coconut oil and its medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), especially lauric acid, destroy both the bacteria (Helicobacter pylori and Chlamydia pneumonia) and viruses (cytomegalovirus) that are most commonly associated with atherosclerosis. In Sri Lanka, where coconut oil has been the primary dietary fat, the death rate from heart disease has been among the lowest in the world.
  9. It helps diabetes and stabilizes blood sugar levels by encouraging the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Read more and more.
  10. Increases bone and teeth strength. Coconut Oil improves the body’s ability to absorb minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which are needed for the development of bones.
  11. Coconut oil can be used as a kind of liquid bandage because of its antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Application of coconut oilaccelerates the process of wound healing. It is very safe to apply on small cuts and wounds. Apply it to an infection and it will form a chemical barrier and help heal your wounds. It can also be applied on bruises to help speed the healing process.
  12. Reduces the tendency to form blood clots .
  13. HIV and Cancer – it is thought that coconut oil may help HIV and cancer sufferers become less susceptible to viruses.
  14. Helps candida/yeast infections.
  15. Helps digestive problems and regulates bowel movements.
  16. Chronic fatigue and fibromayalgia
  17. Lowers cholesterol. Natural, nonhydrogenated coconut oil tends to increase HDL cholesterol and improve the cholesterol profile. HDL is the good cholesterol that helps protect against heart disease.
  18. Has the potential to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
  19. The antifungal properties of coconut oil can also be used to prevent foot fungus like athletes’ foot, and treat ringworm and diaper rash.
  20. Coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a treatment option for the pain and itching of hemorrhoids.
  21. Strengthens the body’s immune system.
  22. Massaging foot with coconut oil helps to soften cracked heels and increases the beauty of the foot.

Beauty

23.  Leave in hair conditioner. Massage coconut oil into your scalp to revive limp hair and to rid the scalp of microbes that can harm your roots. Use the oil as is, and leave in your hair for at least an hour and then shampoo it out to remove the oiliness.

24.  Shaving cream

25.  Helps reduce lines, scars and wrinkles in the skin. The Coconut Research Center claims it can help prevent age spots, sagging skin and wrinkles.

26.  Deodorant

27.  Sun screen

28.  Improves the condition of your hair. Rub some on your scalp before a shower to prevent and treat dandruff. Mix some in your conditioner to help moisturize it, or put some on the ends of your hair to keep them healthy.

29.  Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and body lotion. Apply it to your body anytime or after a bath or shower to help lock in moisture, combat wrinkles, skin discoloration, and the effects of sun damage and aging.

30.   It makes a great lip balm.

31.  Great as a massage oil and cuticle oil.

32.  You can make a body scrub out of it by mixing it with sugar or salt.

33.  Makes a good makeup remover.

Cooking – Top 7 Uses

Coconut oil is the most stable oil and has a long shelf life, plus contains many antioxidants. It aids digestion and helps in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. It contains less fat than other cooking oils, and the fat it does have is easily converted into energy. Coconut oil can be used for baking, frying, eating off the spoon and stir-frying. Coconut oil is solid when it’s stored below 76 degrees Fahrenheit. When solid, it can be used as a substitute for shortening or butter.

34.  Mix in smoothies (1tsp-1 tbsp).

35.  Sauté veggies (not so good with onions and garlic though).

36.  Whip into sweet potatoes, hot or cold.

37.  Use as the oil base for cooking popcorn.

38.  Use instead of butter to cook pancakes.

39.  Eat right off the spoon.

40.  Coconut ice cream.

Check out many more recipes here.

What kind of oil is best?

My favorite and most healthy are the oils made from centrifuge extraction and cold-pressed, both virgin coconut oils. The best place to get them seems to be from Wilderness Family Naturals

They both have their benefits above and beyond any other type of coconut oil. The centrifuge extracted oil has the highest % of the healthy fatty acids, while the cold-pressed has the highest amount of micro-nutrients from the coconut.