While it's typically everyone's goal to live a healthier lifestyle, all the fads, hectic lifestyles and conflicting information can leave many feeling like it's simply too hard.
Eating more ginger can help with the common cold, as well as ease tummy trouble and even help many with morning sickness. Image credit: Jeff Shone/sxc.hu
1. Eat more ginger The natural oils found in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. As it's also known for helping with nausea, many expectant mothers find it soothes morning sickness.
Including more probiotic foods like yoghurt can help maintain your digestive balance. Image credit: Alessandro Paiva/ sxc.hu
2 Eat probiotics Supplementing the good bacteria in your digestive system is a great way to help keep a positive balance in your body. If you suffer from irritable bowl syndrome or thrush frequently, simply adding more naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and yoghurt with active cultures can make a big difference. You can also buy probiotics in the vitamin aisle at your chemist.
Eating potassium rich foods like bananas may help lower high blood pressure. Image credit: melting dog/sxc.hu
3 Get more potassium Many dietitians believe that people whose diets are higher in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. While you're lowering the sodium in your diet, eating foods with lots of potassium can also help get your blood pressure back on track. Foods such as bananas and cantaloupe are great for potassium.
Using lavender around bedtime or when you feel anxious can be great for relieving stress and giving you a better nights sleep. Image credit: Aleksandra P/sxc.hu
4 Use lavender Feeling stressed? Not sleeping very well? Using lavender is great for calming the mind and body. Burning a lavender scented candle in your bedroom before sleep can improve your sleep (just don't fall asleep with it burning!). Alternatively soaking in a bath with lavender scented products can also do the trick. Many people who experience anxiety also find that carrying a bit of lavender oil with them for those anxious moments can be a huge relief.
Adding a bit of garlic to your meals can give your immune system a little extra help. Image credit: Paul38/sxc.hu
5. Go for garlic While it has a bit of a bad rep for giving you garlic breath, adding garlic to your meals can keep you healthier as garlic has both antiviral and antibacterial properties and is believed to boost immunity.
Simply adding these everyday common foods and herbs to your regular everyday life is a great way to improve your health without feeling like you're making a huge diet or lifestyle overhaul. Try these simple things today and see how it improves your wellness.