Between school, activities, work, and socializing, families these days leave little time in their life for health. Give your family a boost by using these easy “health hacks” that will keep your loved ones in top form.
You may know that we sleep in cycles, but did you know that when you wake in those cycles matters? Waking from deep sleep can cause all-day grogginess, while waking from lighter sleep helps you feel more energetic. Calculate ideal wake and bed times by aiming to include five to six, 90-minute intervals in your sleep schedule. Add fifteen minutes to account for time spent falling asleep, and you have an ideal bed or wake time. There are also smart phone apps designed to help with perfect wake times.
Soak Up the Sun
Pale skin is not the only side-effect of an indoor life. Our bodies need sunlight in order to produce vitamin D. Even a mild D-deficiency can cause lethargy, muscle weakness, and even weak bones in children, a scary fact to consider when the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggests that 75% of Americans are D-deficient. Give your family a pick-me-up by adding D-rich foods to their diet, and getting at least 15 minutes of sun a day.
Don’t Skip the Dentist
It’s tempting to put off your family’s annual visits to the dentist, but it turns out that the health of your mouth is directly related to the rest of your body. According to a dentist in Utah, gum disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and respiratory illnesses. Give your dentist a call, or visit SmithFamily Dental.com for more home remedies you can try to keep your family’s mouths clean.
Ditch the Skim Milk
Skim milk is healthier for families, right? Maybe not. Numerous recent studies suggest people that drink whole milk and eat real butter are less likely to be obese, or gain weight over time. Researchers aren’t sure why, but some hypothesize that whole fat dairy products contain substances that boost metabolism, give feelings of fullness, and help the body absorb milk’s nutrients efficiently. Eat as naturally as possible to avoid the side effects of processed foods.
Get a Dog
If your kids have been begging for a pooch, caving might be a good thing. Dogs have been shown to improve quality of life and life expectancy. They are also an excellent way to encourage family exercise. Just make sure you have the time to take care of your animal friend.
There may not be any shortcuts to a healthy life, but there are plenty of little things you can do to make a big difference. Try out these health hacks and see how they work for your family.