The holy grail of health is a different path for each of us. Our bodies, abilities, goals and potential are all different, so each individual’s journey to great health will be unique. But there are things that benefit everyone, and here are our top 22 ways to help you get the most out of your life.

To drink water
Our bodies need water. They need it for joint health, digestion and circulation, and much more. Drinking water is good for our mental performance, mood and skin, and it also helps us better control what we eat. If we don’t drink enough, we may experience headaches or muscle cramps, and symptoms inevitably worsen as dehydration progresses. The recommended amount to drink per day varies depending on who you ask, but somewhere in the region of 2-3 liters is sufficient. And if we choose water over soda, we’ll hydrate while removing some sugar from our diet, and that’s a great trade-off.

Sleep properly
Lack of sleep has been linked to some serious conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a weakened immune system, so getting enough quality sleep isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. For many of us, good sleep remains elusive, but there are things we can do to help us get eight hours a night. Regular exercise can really help, as can meditation and other stress-relieving activities like yoga or mindfulness.

A warm bath, a hot cup of chamomile tea, or a little lavender oil on the pillow can calm us down and help us drift off. Eating earlier in the evening and avoiding caffeine in the afternoon could be a game changer. Setting a time in the evening when all screens turn off and you start a bedtime routine can also help.

Exercise is good for us in many ways. It strengthens our heart, improves our blood circulation and supplies our muscles with oxygen. It can help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers. It is also medically proven that people who exercise regularly have up to 83 percent lower risk of osteoarthritis, 68 percent lower risk of hip fracture and 30 percent lower risk of premature death. People who exercise also experience that magical release of serotonin and endorphins that make them FEEL SO GOOD and have a 30 percent reduced risk of depression. What are you waiting for? Put on the Lycra!

Exchange food
It’s hard to make radical changes to our diet, even though deep down we know we should. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do anything! We can make simple food changes that only make small ripples in our everyday world, but can make a whole tidal wave of difference to our health. In your favorite recipes, for example, replace beef with beans or white rice with brown rice and soda with sparkling water and fresh lemon.

Go vegan
He’s vegan and then he’s vegan. It is possible to be a vegan even if you subsist entirely on foods high in fat and sugar, but that is not what we are talking about. No, we are talking about a plant-based diet where whole foods, legumes, fruits and vegetables play a major role. Vegans who eat a balanced diet get all the nutrients they need while reducing their risk of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Eating a plant-based diet can even stop and reverse some chronic diseases and can also help you live longer. If this is something you’d like to try, sign up for our free resources and try veganism for 31 days.

Avoid negative people
Maybe you have someone in mind right now! Yes, those people who leave you stressed, upset, or angry, and who may not know that they are affecting you. If you can talk to them about how they feel about you, it might help, but there are times when it might be better to have some distance between you. It’s harder if they’re family members or part of a social circle, but there’s no law that says you have to spend time with people just because you’re related. Limiting your contact with them or gently cutting them out of your life can be very liberating and can greatly improve your mental health.

Be more positive
It’s funny how we know we need to exercise to be physically fit, but somehow we think mental fitness just happens to us. Not so, says world’s happiest man Mattieu Ricard, a Tibetan monk whose brain scans show he experiences huge levels of positive emotion in the area of ​​the brain associated with happiness. If anyone knows it’s positive, it’s Ricard, so what does he suggest we do? Among his tips is that we train our brains by setting aside 15 minutes each day for positive thoughts. It could be during our walk to work, in the bath, while cooking dinner, or when we sit down to specifically think about these thoughts. Focusing on the positivity in our lives helps us maintain those feelings, and, Ricard says, we should start feeling the spin-off benefits within a few weeks.

Eat at your own leisure
How many times have you eaten while watching TV or scrolling through social media feeds and barely registered what you ate? Quiet eating is about shutting out the noise at mealtime so you can focus on the food itself. This helps slow down our eating, which aids digestion and helps us stop eating when we’re full. It also increases the pleasure of it and suspends the busyness of the rest of our lives. It may only be 15 minutes, but a meal can be a small oasis of calm and enjoyment in an otherwise frantic day. Take the time to enjoy them and appreciate the food.

Start cooking
It’s easy to rely on ready-made meals and take on-the-go snacks to fuel us as we push through each day. But if we took the time to cook the food, we could reap some pretty great rewards. It allows us to: eat exactly the food you want, with the taste you like; cook in batches, which saves you time; use real ingredients and seasonal produce to save money; reduce unhealthy ingredients in semi-finished products; and spend some time doing something creative. You don’t have to be Wolfgang Puck to make a great meal. Anyone can make a really tasty meal without a stack or kitchen experience. Start with simple recipes that are quick to prepare and build on them.

Stop smoking
This is obvious, but that doesn’t make it any easier to do. The disadvantages of smoking are well known, and living better and longer means reducing the risk of tobacco-related cardiovascular disease and lung cancer. If you tried to quit once and failed, try again. There are many resources to help you – from moral support to help with smoking cessation – and the sooner you can rid yourself of these toxins, the sooner you can

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