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5 Simple Habits To Promote A Healthier Lifestyle

We all know that life can throw us some curveballs…so one of the biggest questions many people have is, how do we maintain a healthy lifestyle while juggling everything else happening on a daily basis? The best answer is to form simple habits to incorporate into your everyday routine. This way you don’t have to worry about adding anything else to your day or changing your lifestyle — think of it this way… we’ll work smarter, not harder! Below, are 5 simple, and easy habits to form in order to promote a healthier lifestyle!

1. Create A Healthy Working Space

We spend hours a day working to benefit our careers or carry out a customers’ needs, but often times overlook our own personal needs. If you’re going to be glued to an office space or work computer, make it benefit not only your career goals, but your health goals too! Try adding a standing desk to your office, or swap out those pop-able munchies for a stash of healthy office snacks.

2. Drink Water With Every Meal

One of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet is to drink more water! Our bodies need and crave water to carry out basic functions throughout the day, and upping your water intake will result in numerous health benefits. From improving your hair and skin, to maintaining a healthy blood pressure and even losing weight, your body will surely thank you! Try replacing your go-to beverage with water during mealtimes and after just a few weeks you’ll be shocked at the results!

3. Sleep 7 – 9 Hours Each Night

Whether it’s stress, maintaining your social life, grief, or staying up to watch your latest Netflix binge, it’s very easy for life to get in the way of healthy sleeping patterns. However, giving your body a break and making consistent sleep (7- 9 hours each night) a priority is a MUST. A solution could be as easy as finding the best mattress to compliment your sleeping habits, or using natural remedies like meditation to relax before bed. Another tip for those having trouble sleeping, is to keep a strict sleeping schedule: Wake up and go to bed around the same time every night. That way, your body becomes used to this routine, and prepares you for sleep at the same time each night.

4. Drink Green Tea

Have you been searching for the fountain of youth? Well here’s a secret. One exists. In the form of Green Tea. Other than water, it’s the healthiest beverage out there. It’s packed with antioxidants that improve brain function, regulate metabolism, and ultimately keeps your body looking and feeling young! Bonus: Green Tea contains some caffeine, so instead of loading up on 4 cups of coffee to get you through the day, try replacing one or two cups with Green Tea.

5. Turn TV Time Into Exercise Time

Imagine this. You’re working late, you have to make dinner for your family, AND make sure you tune into Monday Night’s episode of The Bachelor before bed. Unfortunately, you didn’t have time to workout. Or so you thought… Here are a few simple workouts that you can perform in small spaces, such as your living room or bedroom during TV time and/or commercial breaks!

Self-Care During Illness: 
Tips for Cancer Survivors

Self-care is essential for all of us; it’s something that allows you to take a mental health break while also making sure your body is in good shape. After a period of stress or anxiety, you need a little time to heal and get yourself back to a good place. This is especially true for cancer survivors, who battle stress, physical pain, anxiety, depression, and worry every day. Cancer comes in many different forms and affects the body and mind in different ways, meaning no two people will handle it the same way. What works for you when it comes to coping may not work for someone else, and vice versa.

Fortunately, there are many different ways you can learn to cope with your feelings and take a time-out. From daily exercise to learning to listen to your body’s cues, self-care involves a variety of activities for you to choose from. You may choose to practice self-care alone or with a close friend; you can do it from the comfort of your own home or at the gym. Whatever makes you feel good in a healthy way is classified as self-care.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to practice self-care as a cancer survivor.

Take Your Medication as Directed

Most cancer survivors need medication to help with pain, nausea, and other symptoms that will make daily life a little easier. Some take several different medications every day, and it’s imperative to keep track of these and make sure you’re taking them correctly. You might use an app on your phone to help you remember what time you need to take specific pills, or invest in a sorter that will keep all your medicines measured out for each day.

If you feel that the dosage on a medication isn’t right, talk to your doctor immediately rather than attempting to change the dosage yourself or discontinuing use. Because many of these can be habit-forming, using them correctly is important not just in maintaining your health, but because opioids can be highly addictive and can cause many more issues than they treat if used incorrectly.

If you’re concerned about using prescription medication like opioids to treat your pain and nausea, it’s worth talking to your doctor about the option of CBD. It’s a natural, non-narcotic and non-hallucinogenic treatment that provides relief for many of cancer’s most troubling side effects, such as muscle pain, nausea and anxiety. As with any treatment, be sure to consult your physician before giving it a try.

Eat Well

Sometimes, medication or chemotherapy can interfere with appetite, making it extra important to make sure you’re eating well when you are hungry. Try to eat small snacks throughout the day made up of whole, unprocessed foods, and remember to stay hydrated. Talk to your doctor about the best foods for your body’s needs, and consider hitting up the farmers market for fresh produce as often as you can.

Make Your Needs a Priority

Many individuals who are faced with a battle against cancer find that they are so focused on the people around them that they rarely take time out for their own needs. You may be worried about how your family will pay for treatment or how your illness is affecting your children. While these are valid concerns, one of the best ways to help ease your mind is to take a little time for yourself. Go for a short hike, sit down with a good book, or lie in bed and listen to your favorite music. Learning how to slow down and reset your mind isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary.

Try Something New

As long as you have the energy for it, now is the perfect time to try something new. Finding something that is enjoyable and allows you to shake off worry or anxiety for a while is a great way to take care of yourself. Whether you want to learn a new language or travel to a place you’ve never been, don’t put it off. Just make sure your health won’t be affected negatively, and talk to your doctor before making any major plans.

Taking care of yourself can be a big job, so remember that there are only so many things you can do in a day. You might try yoga and meditation during this time to learn how to practice mindfulness and focus on the present; this can help you cope with stress in the moment so that you can turn your mind to more important things.

How To Reduce Cancer-Causing Toxins in Your Home

Thanks to advancements in medicine, infectious diseases are no longer the mass killers they once were. Unfortunately, cancer has stepped up to the plate with it being estimated that as many as 1,735,350 new cases of the illness will be diagnosed in the USA this year alone. Cancer in younger patients is becoming increasingly prevalent, forcing us to take a closer look at the link between environmental and dietary factors that can increase the cancer risk.

While quality medical care is imperative when it comes to fighting diseases like cancer, certain preventative measures can help avert several medical conditions before they begin. The first place that such preventative measures must be implemented is in our own homes that often conceal a number of cancer-causing toxins. By following these simple guidelines you can significantly limit your exposure to harmful toxins within your home.

Ditch your harmful cleaning products  

Most modern-day homes are flooded with toxic cleaning products that not only destroy our immune systems by overwhelming our environments with disinfectants, but expose our bodies to cancer-causing toxins as well. While bleach-based products are the most successful at killing germs, their fumes are especially dangerous to us while ammonia offers greater health risks than cleaning potential.

Air fresheners are another common household product that contains a substantial amount of potentially harmful ingredients such as Acetaldehyde and Benzaldehyde, both of which are known carcinogens. Although there are a number of organic cleaning products available on the market soap and water always remains a good choice. You can also make use of natural cleaning agents such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice to keep your house clean without being detrimental to your health.

Use glass

Polystyrene and plastic are both big culprits when it comes to containing harmful chemicals. Syrene, which is used in manufacturing polystyrene, is a known carcinogen that can leak into your coffee, soup and other hot foods.  Avoid using polystyrene containers to hold any hot food and liquids, opting for recycled cardboard and paper instead. When it comes to plastic, Bisphenol (also known as BPA) is often found in inflexible toys, storage and drinking containers (including baby bottles) and the lining of certain canned products. BPA has been linked to both developmental as well as cancer risks and products containing it should best be avoided.

According to Dr Sumi Dina, a professor at Oakland University School of Health Sciences, a seemingly healthier alternative to BPA known as BPS, has exhibited similar behavior to BPA in terms of multiplying cancer cells, rendering it useless as a substitute.  To avoid possible exposure, buy toys that are labeled as BPA free and make use of glass when it comes to drinking and storing food products.

While we want to rid our homes of potentially dangerous germs and bacteria it is important to note that we are harming our immune systems by aiming to live in a sterile environment. We need to be exposed to germs to a certain extent to keep our immune responses in an optimal working condition. It really is only food prep facilities and medical institutions such as hospitals that require sterile environments. By removing the greatest risks from our homes and allowing the predominantly innocuous germs to roam fairly freely, we will not only reduce the risk of illness but give our bodies the best possible chance to fight the diseases too.


Editor’s Note: For information about lead in homes, how to identify it, and different methods of dealing with it, please take a look at the article: Lead in Your Home: How to Safely Identify Issues and Avoid Exposure.