By: Shannon Monson
It can be daunting to make drastic changes to improve your health—and most of the time we think that we’re just way too busy for that kind of complete lifestyle overhaul. But the truth is, you don’t have to double your exercise every day or devote an entire day to meal prep to step up your health game. Below are five simple things you can do to make a big impact on your overall health.
- Unplug 30 minutes before bed.
Turn off bright lights and implement a “no screen time” rule 30 minutes before bedtime. Artificial light from phones, laptops, and television screens can raise cortisol—the body’s primary stress hormone—making it harder to fall asleep.
- Add cinnamon to your meals and snacks.
Try adding a pinch of cinnamon to your smoothies, steel cut oats, and one of my personal favorites—tomato sauce. The extra flavor kick will mix it up a little while naturally slowing carbohydrate digestion. This puts less stress on your adrenal glands, which regulate cortisol release, and helps to minimize fat storage.
- Hang fresh eucalyptus in the shower.
Tie a bouquet of eucalyptus in the shower for a refreshing aromatherapy experience. The natural oils and smells can have a therapeutic effect that can leave you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, and renewed. Bonus points, it adds a lovely visual touch to your bath tiles.
- Swap out your lotion for coconut oil.
Use a small dollop of extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil as a natural moisturizer instead of your typical lotion. Most beauty products contain chemicals and ingredients that can irritate skin and introduce toxins into the bloodstream. Our favorite way to make coconut oil lotion is to whip a few cups in our stand mixer for a few minutes, along with two or three drops of blood orange or lavender essential oil.
- Add turmeric to your grain bowls and smoothies.
Try grating fresh turmeric root over ancient grains like faro and quinoa, roasted vegetables, or even adding a pinch or two to your morning smoothies. It has a subtle, earthy flavor and is packed full of anti-inflammatory properties—making it a perfect quick addition to step up your health.
Try implementing one or two of the above this week and see how you feel. What are your favorite quick go-to game changers that make a big difference in your body?
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