Many people opt to do some deep cleaning as a way to start fresh after the dark, cold months of winter. Your home isn’t the only thing that can benefit from a cleaning though, your health can too! Keep reading for some simple tips that will help you hit the reset button on your health journey as the weather warms up.
Dehydration can pose serious health risks. Even if you’re only mildly dehydrated you can experience fatigue, low energy, and headaches. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces each day. A glass of water before a meal can also prevent overeating. An easy way to encourage yourself to drink more water: carry a reusable water bottle with you.
Enjoy some fresh air and sunshine
Did you know that sunshine helps boost your serotonin levels and improves your mood? Sunshine also helps your body produce vitamin D which is good for bone health and other functions. Going for a walk or run outside on uneven terrain can engage more muscles and improve your balance, compared to moving on a flat surface. Just remember to apply sunblock to protect against UV rays before heading outside and wear appropriate shoes for your planned activity.
Add in-season fruits and veggies to your diet
There are plenty of yummy options to choose from this time of year including arugula, brussels sprouts, collard greens, mushrooms, squash, and sweet potatoes.
Check out Teague Farmers Market on Saturday, March 25, from 10am-3pm for fresh, local produce and enjoy some live music while you’re there!
Improve your sleep habits
To clean up your bedtime routine, avoid exercising or eating large meals within two hours of going to bed, and avoid alcohol within four hours. Cutting out caffeine in the afternoon will also help you unwind and sleep better. Avoid spending time in front of a computer or phone right before bed as the light from devices tends to turn your brain on, making it more difficult to fall asleep. It’s helpful to eliminate all unnecessary ambient light in your bedroom and keep the temperature near 65 degrees, give or take a couple of degrees.
When it comes to waking up, wake up at the same time every day and let some light in right away. Consistent wakeups get your body used to a routine and make it easier to stick to over time.
Check in with your doctor
Spring is a great time to schedule your annual physical to make sure you’re up to date on immunizations and to discuss any health questions or concerns you may have with a medical professional.
Using these tips as a jumpingoff point to take charge of your health now will make a big difference down the road. Even a small change can have a lasting impact on your overall health. For any questions, or to schedule an appointment with one of Freestone Medical Center’s practitioners, give us a call at (903) 389-2121.