Thursday, May 3, 2018
Surprisingly Simple Health Hacks
When it comes to taking care of our overall health, sometimes we want to keep it as simple as possible. If you’re one of those people then you’re in luck, because there are some surprisingly simple health hacks that you can incorporate into your life to improve your overall wellbeing.
Health Hack #1: Oranges
You’re most likely already well aware that oranges are a great source of vitamin C and can help boost immune system and decrease the risk of getting frequent colds or flu viruses. In order to get more vitamin C, this can come by eating oranges, from freshly squeezes orange juice, or through vitamin C supplements found at your local pharmacy or vitamin store. However, a boost in immunity isn’t all oranges are good for. Studies have shown that orange oil can also help improve the mood and reduce anxiety – so if you happen to be under a lot of stress, you might want to consider adding more oranges into your diet.
Health Hack #2: Lavender
Nearly half of all Canadians suffer from some type of sleep disorder – including insomnia. Insomnia is when you either have trouble falling asleep or cannot stay asleep. It is considered chronic when your sleep is disrupted for 3 or more nights per week and for at least 3 consecutive months. To combat insomnia, Dr. Ali Ghahary may need to prescribe a patient with medication. However, there is one natural remedy that has been long-proven to help individuals get a better night’s rest, and that’s lavender. Lavender essential oil can be found in stores that specialize in aromatherapy and come in many different forms – such as room spray, pillow mist, and even soap.
Health Hack #3: The 20/20/20 Rule
It might sound strange at first, but the 20/20/20 rule is something that is crucial for keeping your eyes healthy. Especially if you’re someone who stares at a backlit device for prolonged periods of time – such as a laptop or smartphone. The 20/20/20 rule works as follows: Every 20 minutes you are to take a 20 second break and allow your eyes to wander at least 20 ft. in distance. Doing this will reduce eye strain. To make sure you have no problems with your eyesight, Dr. Ali Ghahary also recommends seeing your optometrist for regular eye examinations.
Health Hack #4: Salmon
Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acid, which is proven to not only improve eye healthy, but also fight depression and anxiety, promote brain health, and improve risk factors for heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acid is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so if you suffer from achy joints then consumption of salmon may not only be just as effective as taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories), but also much safer.
Health Hack #5: Apple Cider Vinegar
You’ve heard the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but apple cider vinegar also has some incredible health benefits, including promoting weight loss, reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as improving symptoms of diabetes. It’s also a great alternative to marinades or salad dressings.