Five Daily Health Tips: Do These Every Day for Wellness

Dr. Amir

Looking for ways to stay healthy and avoid contracting a chronic illness down the road? Maintaining good health is a good plan and one that may be easier than you think. By following some simple steps every day, anyone can help ensure wellness for life. Here are five daily tips for maintaining good health:

1. Take a Multivitamin With Vitamin D

Starting the day with a multivitamin helps ensure that the body gets important nutrients. But don't just settle on any multivitamin. Consider taking a food-based multivitamin, which absorbs better than many of the synthetic brands available at the drugstore. Whichever brand you choose, make sure it contains at least 600 IUs of vitamin D for protection against everything from the common cold to cancer.

2. Raise Your Heart Rate With Cardiovascular Exercise

At least 30 minutes per day of aerobic exercise helps strengthen the heart and boost immunity, according to the Mayo Clinic. But that's not all. Daily heart-pumping exercise also attributes to low stress, better lung function, and a healthy weight, all which promote wellness. Some good ways to get the heart rate up include walking briskly, jogging, swimming, cycling, and participating in aerobic exercise classes.

3. Get a Daily Dose of R & R

"Rest and relaxation" includes good sleep and enjoyable leisure activities, and getting a helping of each every day does wonders for mental and physical health. Those who struggle with getting the recommended 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night will benefit from short naps and periods of rest during the day. Relaxation activities, such as engaging in a hobby, socializing, and practicing yoga, are also good daily health habits.

4. Include Superfoods in Every Meal

Not only are superfoods loaded with powerful nutrients, they're usually low in calories and high in fiber, all good reasons to consume them at every meal. Among the best superfoods are deeply-colored fruits, like blueberries and raspberries, which contain health-promoting polyphenols; flaxseed, high in both fiber and cancer-fighting lignans; and antioxidant-rich salmon. Other top picks? Broccoli, nuts, beans, cherries, and eggs.

5. Drink Enough Water

Water keeps the body hydrated, rids it of toxins, and helps with digestion, which makes drinking it an important daily health tip. Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses per day, either alone or with tea. Caffeinated tea and coffee should be avoided in excess, as they may act like a diuretic and work against hydration. And be sure to steer clear of sugary sodas and even diet sodas, which can lead to disease precursors, like metabolic syndrome.

Anyone wishing to take steps to boost immunity and avoid illness will benefit from the above health tips. Do them every day for lifelong health and well-being.