Vibrant health is something we all strive for—and there are little things we can do every day to help us achieve that goal. Take a moment today to show your body a little TLC in these five simple ways!
1. Take good care of your gut.
Did you know up to 70 percent of your natural immune defenses live in your digestive tract? That’s where friendly bacteria called probiotics work to maintain a healthy, balanced environment. To support digestive and immune health throughout the year, many experts recommend taking a daily probiotic supplement, like Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics.* Need help choosing the right probiotic for your family? Start here!
2. Wash your hands often.
Have you ever thought about how many times you touch your mouth and eyes throughout the day? News flash: germs love it when you do, because it gives them an easy way in. Frequently washing your hands in warm, soapy water helps prevent the spread of germs to support good health. Many of us know this, but it is especially important to teach little ones this tried-and-true tactic. Remember to lather up and scrub for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and dry with a clean towel.
3. Take a natural approach.
Have you ever heard the expression “Eat a rainbow?” It refers to the wide range of colors we see in our favorite fruits and vegetables, and what those colors mean for our health (here’s a quick list). Each shade of red, orange, yellow, green, and even purple and blue comes from different nutrients that support a healthy immune system and overall well-being. Cutting up fruits and veggies ahead of time makes it easy to create nutritious smoothies, soups, and meals throughout the week—plus it’s great for quick and healthy snacking!
4. Drink plenty of water.
Water plays an important role in many bodily functions, including circulation, temperature regulation, digestion, metabolism and kidney function, which is why it is so important for our health to stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces every day to support optimal health. If your kids prefer juice or sports drinks, encourage them to replace at least one sugary drink a day with purified (filtered) water.
5. Lift your mood with a little sunlight.
During the fall and winter months, many of us spend less time outdoors because of the cooler weather—but that means less exposure to sunlight, which is one of the main ways our bodies produce vitamin D. Because vitamin D has been linked to a positive mood, try to spend time outside or near a window each day. Better yet, take a walk! Research shows simply walking outdoors can boost your spirits and leave you feeling refreshed.
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