It is the perfect time, now more than ever, to boost your overall health and immune system. Maybe you have been thinking about improving your health in 2020? Well, start now! Here are five ways to boost your health, and they are pretty easy, too!
Focus On What You Eat
One sure way that you can boost your health is by focusing on what you eat. As a whole, most of us focus on foods that are not-so-great for us, unfortunately. I’ll admit that I have eaten my share of junk, too. I’m not perfect by any means! But, I try my best to eat whole, nutritious foods, especially in the middle of flu season, or during a time like now. A few foods that will help boost your immune system are: citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, yogurt, almonds, turmeric, green tea, papaya, kiwi, poultry, sunflower seeds, shellfish, and more. While this list is short, there are so many other foods that you can add in. Focus on raw produce + lean meats (preferably grass-fed) and you are well on your way to boosting that system!
Remove Harmful Household Items
Another great way to boost your health and immune system is by removing harmful household items. A company that sells non-toxic home items (cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, etc.) started a campaign called Toss The Toxins. In this campaign, they shared why it was so important to toss the toxins and instead, fill your home with cleaning supplies (and other household supplies) that do not have endocrine disrupting chemicals (and other bad-for-you chemicals) in them. We are surrounded by so many toxins and chemicals each day and unfortunately, they are bringing down our immune system and causing our health to tank. I urge you to do the research on this because once you switch and go non-toxic, you will forever be a believer.
Add Plants In Your Home
Fake plants and real plants both have their perks. With fake plants, you do not have to worry about watering them, or putting any additional time and effort into taking care of them. That’s why I listed fake plants as my first tip. Fake plants add just the right amount of pizazz to a room, but do not require any care.
Alternatively, you could go with real plants, which would benefit your family in terms of air quality. NBC News says, “Houseplants are good for your health — and not just for their visual beauty. Why? They essentially do the opposite of what we do when we breathe: release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This not only freshens up the air, but also eliminates harmful toxins. Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your work space, too.”
The reason why I think real plants are so beneficial is because studies have been shown that the indoor air quality (in our homes) is much worse than the outdoor air quality. Crazy, right? Maybe there really is something to getting fresh air…because our homes are actually polluted. To improve your air quality in your home, switch out the toxic products for non-toxic options, open your windows occasionally, diffuse essential oils instead of burning toxic candles, and incorporate real plants into corners of your home. The more, the better, in my opinion!
Keep Up With Dental Work
Want to hear a cool fact? Medical studies have shown that good oral hygiene not only helps prevent tooth loss, but it can also help prevent heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and other health issues. Such a great reason to keep up with your dental health right now, right?! If you want to start with a good deep cleaning, I highly recommend checking out Dr. Simms with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC.
Born in England, but raised in Queens, Dr. Gary Simms started his career by obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Science at the University of New York. After getting his degree, Dr. Simms went on to obtain his D.M.D. degree at the University of New Jersey School of Dental Medicine. While at the University of New Jersey, Dr. Simms participated in a number of outreach programs that included visits to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Once he completed his dental residency, he opened up his own practice in Bronx, New York, but in 2006, he decided to make the change and move to Georgia, opening up Metro Decatur Dental Group PC. He believes that even a subtle change can help your self-confidence and self esteem skyrocket.
Metro Decatur Dental Group PC provides many services such as dental fillings, dentures, dental implants, teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, invisalign, tooth extraction, and more. Most of the treatments done by Dr. Simms is covered by a long-term guarantee, which will definitely be discussed with you before you begin your treatment.
Now is the time, more than ever, to focus on your health, so go ahead and schedule that dental appointment today!
Look Into Supplements
This is a tricky one because 1) not everyone can take each recommended supplement. You have to double check with your doctor to play it safe. Also, 2) this virus is tricky and some supplements that people think are really great for you can actually do more damage. For example, some studies have shown that taking medicine such as Ibuprofen has actually put quite a few people in the ICU (that have been diagnosed with COVID-19). Also, elderberry, which is a natural supplement that a lot of people take to help boost your immune system IS great, but it can be not-so-great (at all) once you have a virus. Do your research before taking any supplement and also check with your doctor! Some can be so great for you, but others can hurt more than they help in the long run.