Updated: Apr 18, 2019
World Health day is almost here, so we've rounded up a collection of simple ways to improve your health to celebrate!
The goal of World Health Day is to draw attention towards the importance of global health. People all across the world celebrate it every year on April 7th under the leadership of the World Health Organization.
To help you celebrate, we've got 7 tips to share! There is a wide variety of ways you can improve your overall health, but we've collected just a few to start with. Being healthier doesn't mean you have to overhaul your entire lifestyle. Sometimes all it takes are a few simple changes.
1. TOSS YOUR DISH SPONGE
"This is the germiest thing in your house" says germ guru Charles Gerba, PhD, a microbiologist at the university of Arizona in Tuscon."About 15% of sponges contain bacteria that will make you ill." So toss them in a dishwasher once a week or microwave them damp on high for 30 seconds. (1)
2. Grab your toes and pull
"This boosts circulation after your feet have been cramped in shoes all day," says Michele Summers Colon, DPM, a podiatrist in El Monte, California. "Without proper circulation, the muscles and nerves in our toes don't work properly. And that can cause pain in your knees, hips and back." (2)
3. Wash the linens
Dust mites, a major allergy trigger, love to hang out in your bed. Zap 'em by laundering sheets and pillowcases every week in hot water. Also smart: Use mattress and duvet covers designed to keep mites out.
4. Get outside
"Fresh air is full of feel-good negative ions, which may boost oxygen flow to the brain," says Kathleen Hall, PhD, founder of the Stress Institute in Atlanta. " If you can, combine it with exercise, like a brisk walk - activity boosts endorphins and energy."
5. keep good company
You can do all the right things- but if you have personal relationships with people who have unhealthy habits, it is often an uphill battle. The healthiest people are those who have relationships with other healthy people. Get your family or friends involved with you when you walk or plan healthier meals. Making healthy changes with a loved one can bring you closer together as well as motivate you.
6. Drink more water
Fun facts on drinking water
Adult Humans are 60 percent water, and our blood is 90 percent water.
Water is essential for the kidneys and other bodily functions
Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. (3)
7. Get your 8 hours in
Sleep deprivation can be undermining to your health as malnutrition.
"Besides making you irritable, anxious, depressed, impulsive, and accident-prone, it causes inflammatory changes in the body, promoting heart disease and even stroke," Harvey Karp, CEO of the health company Happiest Baby, told Business Insider.
"Lack of sleep undermines your metabolism, pushing you towards obesity and even pre-diabetes. It's incredibly important to prioritize getting ample sleep every night."(4)
Don't wait for the New Year to implement some of these tips. The healthy version of you is depending on it. Happy World Health Day!