Are you sick of all the conflicting health advice out there?
There’s article after article promising you quick and simple health tips, but all they give you is advice you’ve heard a hundred times before.
Learning how to be healthy isn’t easy, but it can be done one step at a time.
No big changes are needed.
In this article, I share what has worked for me, and what hasn’t.
You’ll also discover a different way of looking at health. I focus on being happy and healthy right now.
There’s no need to make your life miserable in order to be healthy some time in the future. That’s the wrong way of looking at things.
This article is both for men and women, so let’s get started. You’re about to discover tips that you can use right now.
These health tips are simple and quick, but some of them are a bit unconventional, so prepare yourself.
1. Skip Breakfast
Yup, you read that right–skip breakfast. Sometimes called intermittent fasting, or simply fasting, skipping breakfast has started to gain traction, because it works.
It has been proven to help you lose fat, balance out your hormones, and even live longer, all without depriving yourself from the foods you enjoy.
I rarely eat breakfast, because I simply don’t feel like it. My stomach gets queasy if I start to eat something right after I wake up. Instead, I have some green tea, do some writing, and eat sometime around noon.
Meditation has been studied intensively the last few decades. It has been proven to provide benefits such as:
- Improved mood
- Better handle stress
- More in touch with your intuition
- A sense of purpose in life
You don’t have to spend hours sitting and breathing.
All you have to do is notice your breath going in and out (more on this below). You could also be mindful of your thoughts.
And yes, you can do this while you’re walking your dog, buying groceries, or even hanging out with friends. Simply be aware of what’s going on inside you.
3. Breathe Deeply
If you’re not into meditation, you can always breathe deeply. Remind yourself a few times per day to breathe. Focus on your breath as you do this and notice how much you relax.
3. Fast for 24-48 Hours
If you want to take things a bit further, and lose fat in the process, you can try fasting for 24-48 hours. If you have a medical condition, check in with your doctor first.
I do these kind of fasts now and then, because it reminds me that food doesn’t have to be the center of attention in my life. And just like skipping breakfast, fasting can dramatically improve your health, because it lets your body rest.
For more on this, I recommend Eat Stop Eat.
4. Eat Candy
Okay, I admit it. The subheading on this one was to get your attention. The fact of the matter is that we’re too uptight about what we eat.
Yes, eat a healthy diet, but also allow yourself to dip into the forbidden foods. When something is forbidden or off limits, we want it even more, so when you relax a bit, you start eating healthier.
As long as you eat 80% healthy, you’re doing fine. Just avoid going on a binge. I eat candy from time to time. Why? Because I want to. But overall, I eat whole foods, I don’t eat breakfast, and I spend time in the gym.
5. Lift Weights
Getting in good shape is never easy, so don’t look of shortcuts. One of the best ways to increase your energy, and get a toned body, is by going to the gym.
Your gym workouts don’t have to be grueling like so many people believe, and you don’t have to be in there every day. Even if you only go to the gym once or twice a week, that’s enough, if you’re doing things right.
The benefits of lifting weights include:
- A more attractive body
- Regress obesity
- Alleviate metabolic issues
- Improves coordination
- Helps with diabetes
- Increases energy
- Improves stamina (VO2 max)
- Healthier bones
- Relieves stress
The list goes on and on. You may believe that you get bulky muscles from going to the gym, but that’s complete baloney. Getting bulky muscles is extremely hard, and often requires that you take a few illegal substances.
Just go to the gym, start lifting (with proper form, of course), and keep at it. You’ll start feeling amazing within a short period of time.
6. Use EFT
EFT is short for emotional freedom techniques. But there’s also something called FasterEFT, which you can access for free on YouTube.
Here’s a short introductory video:
When you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or fearful, use EFT (or FasterEFT) to get relief. It may look ridiculous, but try it. You have nothing to lose.
I do recommend you do it when no one is watching, just in case.
7. Try the Sedona Method
The Sedona Method is another great way to let go of psychological distress. Learning how to be healthy is not just about taking care of your body and eating right, it’s also about learning how your mind works, and learning to reduce stress.
When you’re anxious, it affects your body. When you’re stressed, you increase the risk of having a heart attack, and many other health issues.
The Sedona Method is based on you asking yourself three simple questions:
- Could I let this go? (a thought or feeling)
- Would I be willing to let this go?
It may seem too simple at first, but it works. Once again, don’t judge it before you’ve tried it seriously. You can learn more about it on their website.
8. Follow Your Heart & Passion
This isn’t officially a way to be healthier, but when you feel better, you’ll be healthier. When you follow your passion, and when you do what makes your heart sing, you’ll feel amazing.
We can extrapolate from this that it will boost your health, because positive feelings improve your immune system. And anxiety has the power to wreck your health.
So if you do what you love, you’ll be healthier, have more energy, and just feel better about life. I’ve been doing work I love since 2009, and it has made a huge difference in my life.
So find your passion, and do things you enjoy. Yes, you may have reasons for why you can’t do it, but eventually you have to realize that you are the only one who has the power to live the life you want, and to be healthy.
9. Face Your Fears
If you want to learn how to be healthy, you have to be willing to face your fears. When you start following your heart, and your passions, you’ll notice that there’s a lot of resistance to it.
You may not feel like you’re good enough. You may not feel worthy. You may worry about what other people think. But you have to realize that you’re living your life. It’s not up to other people to tell you what you can or can’t do.
If you give into your fears, and run away, you’ll end up being miserable, anxious, and scared of everything, which means it’ll negatively affect your health.
The solution? Face your fears. Start small. Start tiny. But do what you can. It’s scary at first, but once you start challenging your fears, you’ll notice that the fear of fear is a lot worse than actually facing your fears.
10. Consume Omega-3 Fats
There’s been a lot of debate about omega-3 essential fatty acids, or fish oil. Experts can’t decide whether or not it’s beneficial to take supplements, but to me the answer is simple when you use common sense.
If you aren’t getting high-quality fats from your food, then use a supplement. Otherwise, don’t use a supplement. It’s tough to know from all these conflicting studies whether or not you should listen to them.
You can’t know all the variables that are in play. The bottom line is that there has been decades of research done into fish oils and their benefits. They do help, but don’t expect miracles. It’s just another way to improve your health.
If you want more on this, read this article.
11. Try Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is a great alternative if you don’t want to take fish oil pills. Hemp oil contains a perfect balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids.
Just make sure you find a high-quality, cold-pressed hemp oil. The benefits are the same as with fish oils, because they both contain essential fatty acids.
Some of the health benefits you may notice are increased:
- Health (because anti-inflammatory properties)
The bottom line is that you may want to look for some source of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, unless you eat a lot of wild caught, high quality fish.
12. Eat More Berries
I love blueberries, raspberries, cloudberries, and strawberries. During the summer, I eat them like candy, because they taste so delicious when fresh.
During the winter (and we have a long winter up here in Scandinavia), I eat them frozen in a smoothie with bananas, which tastes equally delicious.
Berries are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They’ll help make your immune system stronger, and give your body the fuel it needs. So often we eat foods that are devoid of nutrients (think processed food, white bread, and so on), but when you eat berries, you get lots and lots of nutrition.
A simple way to improve your wellbeing is to walk. Yup, just walking a bit more can make a big difference to your health.
For example, did you know that taking a 15-minute stroll after food can prevent risky blood sugar spikes for the rest of the day? It’s true. And that’s just one of the benefits.
Walking may seem easy, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t benefit your health.
Learning how to be healthy comes down to making tiny changes that add up over time. So instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs once in a while. Instead of getting the parking spot nearest to the store, park farther away, and walk.
14. Tiny Changes
I just mentioned tiny changes, but I want to give it its own section, because if you want to learn how to be healthy, you have to realize that it’s done one step at a time.
You don’t have to go from hamburgers and pizza to salads and fruits overnight. You can start by adding one bite of fruit to your day. That’s all. One bite. Nothing more, nothing less.
It will also help you take some of the pressure off you. So often we believe we have to achieve perfection, but we don’t. And we can’t. So stop trying. Do what you can with what you have, and take tiny steps.
That’s all you need to do to cultivate habits that stick.
Did you know that journaling can improve your health and wellbeing quite dramatically? Just sitting down with pen and paper, and writing about your day, your past, your worries, or your fears, can make you happier.
It’s true. Journaling can also help you:
- Increase your focus
- Reduce stress
- Improve your mood
- Release fears and worries
- Boost your immune system
The list goes on and on. All you have to do to get started is to start writing whatever comes to mind either on your computer or on a piece of paper. If you’re worried about something, start writing down what you’re afraid of. Write down everything you think will happen, and how your life will fall to pieces if it does.
It may seem counterintuitive, but once you get it out on paper, you’ll feel great.
16. Take Probiotics
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help your digestive system. They increase the intestinal microbial population of your gut, which can reduce pathogens, diarrhea, and even help with allergies.
There are many different probiotic supplement available, and they’re quite affordable.
If you’ve been on antibiotics recently, you should know that antibiotics kill the beneficial bacteria in your stomach, so supplementing with probiotics might be a good idea.
It’s also a good idea if you’ve had digestive issues.
17. Purify Your Water
Our water supply is filled with chemicals, toxins, and even drugs. Some argue that the fluoride in our water is poisoning us, while some say it’s helping us.
It’s hard to tell. I’ve been using a water filter for almost the last decade. You can find great ones from Aquasana, Brita, and other reputable manufacturers.
There are many expensive products out there, but I’d recommend you start with something affordable, because affordable will do just fine for now. You don’t need anything fancy unless the water in your area has a certain chemical or pathogen that can’t be removed by normal filters.
18. Take a Nap
Have you ever take a nap after lunch or dinner? If you have, you will have noticed how refreshing it is. It recharges your brain and gets you ready for the rest of the day.
Several studies have found that a 20 minute nap is more effective than a dose of caffeine. It may feel like you’re wasting time taking a nap, but the truth is that you’re wasting time if you DON’T take a nap.
Why? Because your brain won’t function as well as it could. You won’t be as awake, and you’ll more easily procrastinate.
Napping also improves learning, heightens your sense, and increases your creativity. Not a bad deal, is it?
19. Get Enough Sleep
Let’s face it, we live busy lives. We have things to do. And we don’t have time to sleep.
But if you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases a hormone called cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone.
If you have too much cortisol running around in your body (which most people do), you’ll be more likely to put on fat, catch flus, and feel more stressed.
Not getting enough sleep can also put you at risk of heart-related diseases. So get your 6-8 hours per night, and become healthier almost overnight (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun).
20. One Kind Act
Helping other people, volunteering, or simply holding the door open for someone makes you feel better, and may increase your physical health.
It doesn’t happen right away, but researchers have found that over time, when you’re kind to people, you become happier. I’ve noticed this in my own life.
When I hold the door open, pick up a piece of trash while outside, or simply say hello to my neighbors, I feel better. So what’s one kind act you could do today?
Daydreaming has been shown to help you:
- Solve problems
- Sleep better
- Maintain a healthy mind
We’re so busy that we forget to take breaks. So lie down on your sofa and throw up your feet. Daydream for awhile about anything. You might even want to throw in a nap while you’re at it, or do some meditating if you feel awake.
22. Drink Green Tea
I love drinking green tea. Especially when it’s high-quality straight from Japan (I order my green tea from Hibiki-an).
Green tea has multiple health benefits. Here are just a few:
- Helps increase fat oxidations (which means you lose fat faster)
- Helps regulate blood sugar levels
- Kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells
- May prevent tooth decay by killing bacteria and viruses
- Increases your mood
- Can help reduce the signs of aging
In order to reap the health benefits, you’ll probably have to drink anywhere from 2-5 cups per day. But the health benefits are there, and they are awesome. And if nothing else, you just feel amazing after having a cup of high-quality green tea.
23. Kill Scents
Did you know that those sprays that make your house smell good are filled with chemicals and potential toxins?
Most of them are not good for you. And besides, they mask bad smells. It’s much better to clean your house or apartment, instead of fill the air with chemicals that your body doesn’t like.
I’m sensitive to all kinds of chemicals, preservatives, and toxins, so I immediately notice when someone is using artificial scents. You may not notice, but it has an impact on your body.
24. Use Natural Deodorant
Deodorants are even worse, because they are applied directly on your skin. Some deodorants block your pores from releasing sweat, which means that your body cannot get rid of toxins.
There are many deodorants that are completely natural and that work with your body instead of against it. If you want to find one of them, just do a search for “crystal deodorant,” and you’ll find plenty of alternatives
25. Check Your Shampoo
Your shampoo is no different.
Look for ingredients such as:
- TEA Lauryl Sulfate
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
- Ammonium Xylene
- Selenium Sulfide
- Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate
Usually the bad ingredients will be things you can pronounce or spell. Look for natural alternatives, and your hair, body, and health will thank you. I know it may be inconvenient right now, but it’s worth it in the long-run.
26. Read Labels
As with your shampoo, foods are often filled with chemicals, toxins, and animals are injected with growth hormones and steroids to get more meat out of them.
The safest option? Go for organic, farm-raised meat and produce. It’s not always possible because it can get pricey, but you do what you can with what you have.
The ingredients you should avoid are:
- Hydrogenated oils
- Artificial sweeteners (such as splenda, aspartame, and sucralose)
- High fructose corn syrup
- Potassium benzoate
- Sodium benzoate
- Canola oil
- Brominated vegetable oil
As always, the list goes on and on. Many of these ingredients if consumed in high amounts can lead to health problems, so stay away from them, and stick to nature’s foods.
27. Buy Whole Foods
One of the best things you can do is buy whole foods. Don’t buy anything that comes in a box or that’s processed.
Yes, some whole foods may still have bad stuff in them, but this is about taking tiny steps in the right direction.
If you don’t know what whole foods are, they are foods like they are in nature, such as potatoes, rice, meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and so on. You could debate as to how much we human beings have messed with nature, but that’s a tale for another time.
29. Learn New Recipes
If you want to learn how to be healthy, you have to learn how to make new recipes, unless you have a personal chef in the house. In that case, you can ignore this tip
The hardest part for me in changing the way I eat is that cooking new foods leaves me clueless. So what I do is focus on learning one simple recipe at a time. I don’t put unnecessary pressure on myself.
You can find plenty of healthy recipe sites if you do a search for them, but to get you started, here’s one.
After about the age of 25, your body starts stiffening up, which means you need to stretch regularly if you want to maintain or even increase your flexibility.
You don’t have to spend hours stretching every day. I like to spend about 5 minutes stretching before I go to bed. It helps me relax, unwind, and fall asleep faster.
Stretching has also been shown to help you reduce stress and alleviate back pain. Here’s a good video on a quick 5-minute stretch routine you can use:
31. Add Fruits
Ah yes, fruits. You’ve been told to eat more of them, but are you?
If not, why not?
Once again, I’m not too hard on myself I don’t eat fruits every day. Some days I’ll eat nothing but fruits because they are delicious, yet other days I’ll have a pizza. It’s all good as long as I don’t go overboard.
The reason you want to eat fruits is because they are packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients we probably haven’t even discovered yet. And the good news is that these nutrients all work together synergistically.
So find your favorite fruit, buy it, and eat it. I really like bananas, and banana smoothies with berries in them.
32. Make Fresh Juice
Another thing you’ve been told is to eat vegetables.
The problem is that vegetables are often boring and taste bland. I’m not a master at making salads, so I tend to skip vegetables.
However, I’ve found a way to get them into my body, and that’s through juicing. I have an Omega Juicer that helps me create delicious and healthy juices.
The key is to find something sweet to balance the green taste of vegetables. I’ve found apples, oranges and carrots to work well for this. Try it out!
33. Take a High-Quality Multivitamin
The amount of nutrients in our food supply has gone dramatically in the past hundred years. That means that more than ever people are running into nutritional deficiencies, and it’s messing with their brain, body, and happiness.
Even the Harvard School of Public Health now recommends you take a daily multivitamin. Just make sure you find one that’s high quality and that doesn’t use too many synthetic vitamins (created by humans, instead of extracted from nature).
34. Take Vitamin D
Vitamin D supplementation has recently been discovered to be incredibly beneficial.
Why is it so effective? Because our bodies need vitamin D, which is the vitamin we get from the sun. But can’t you just get it from the sun?
Yes, but there’s the risk of cancer, and that some people’s bodies just don’t take up vitamin D that well.
On top of that, if you live in Northern Scandinavia like I do, you won’t see the sun for most of the year. And even when you see it, it won’t be strong enough, which is why I take a vitamin D supplement every single day.
The good news is that vitamin D supplements are very inexpensive. Just make sure you grab a vitamin D3 supplement, not D2. A great option is this one from NOW Foods.
35. Limit Alcohol
There have been some health benefits reported of drinking a light or moderate amount of alcohol, but nothing has been proven.
My body has never been good with alcohol, and I don’t particularly like it, so I’ve never been a big drinker.
Nonetheless, I’ll have maybe a beer or two per year. And if you like drinking red wine, then go ahead and drink it, but don’t go overboard.
Drinking too much alcohol messes with your liver and the rest of your body. Your body treats excessive amounts of alcohol as a poison.
So if you want to be healthier, drink less. It’ll make you happier, less prone to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
36. Use an Electric Toothbrush
An electric toothbrush will help you clean your teeth better, which will lead to better health.
Researchers have found that mouth health is strongly related to how healthy you are.
The best way to clean your teeth fast is to use an electric toothbrush. I switched over to electric just in 2012. I resisted it for a long time but it has been well worth it.
Yes, an electric toothbrush costs a bit more, but it’ll help you clean your teeth better, increase your health in the long-term, and hopefully decrease your dental bills.
37. Scrape Your Tongue
Your tongue is a breeding ground for bacteria. Just take a look in the mirror and look at the back of your tongue.
Scraping your tongue may prevent halitosis, and it can improve your breath.
There’s not much too it. You can buy a cheap, plastic scraper at your local store, or ask your dentist if you can’t find one. It only takes a few seconds to do when you wake up, and it’s well worth it.
Flossing is another one of those things I hated to do. I still don’t like it, but I’ve got a secret weapon, and that weapon is called Plackers.
Plackers make it easier to floss, and you no longer have to wrap that deadly string around your finger and then struggle to get it between your teeth.
You know the health benefits of flossing already, so I won’t go into it here. But grab a pack of Plackers and start flossing. Your mouth and health will thank you for it.
39. Add Raw Honey
Raw honey is the nectar of life. It contains all the nutrients your body needs, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s delicious.
Learning how to be healthy means eating the right foods, and giving your body the right fuel, and raw honey is one of those foods.
Raw honey is also an effective remedy for acne, skin rashes, heat wounds, and it can be consumed to treat infections. If you buy raw honey, make sure it’s unheated and unprocessed, otherwise the nutrients and enzymes are destroyed.
40. Try a Neti Pot
A neti pot helps you irrigate your nose. It’s a way to run water through your nose and flush out anything that doesn’t need to be there.
Many people have claimed that a neti pot can help with allergies and sinus infections. It seems to work for some, but not for others, so it’s up to you to try it.
I like to use a neti pot when there’s pollen in the air, and it seems to help.
You can find a neti pot in most drug stores, pharmacies, or regular stores. If you don’t, you can always check out Amazon.
41. Include Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is interesting. I’ve been using it regularly for the past few years and it helps improve my digestion, gives me more energy, and helps me reduce allergies.
The best kind of apple cider vinegar you can buy is unfiltered and unprocessed. If you’re in the U.S, I recommend you pick up BRAGG’s apple cider vinegar.
If you’re in Europe or other parts of the world, you may have to do some detective work.
Some of the things apple cider vinegar may help with include:
- Blood pressure
- Stronger immune system
- Hair thinning
- Hair loss
- Weight loss
- Skin problems
Please note that these health benefits have NOT been proven. But you can find them all over the web, and if you read the reviews on Amazon for BRAGG’s apple cider vinegar, you can see how it is helping people.
42. Regular Check-Ups
You should see your doctor regularly, especially after you start getting up there in age.
However, and this is a big however, make sure you have a doctor that isn’t just giving you prescriptions left and right.
Good doctors have a holistic perspective, and they know that natural remedies can help. Nonetheless, regular check-ups are necessary. You don’t have to go every month, but even once a year or every two years is enough.
If you’re healthy, you can probably get away with going even less. Ask your doctor about this, and make sure you find a good one.
43. Have Sex
Having more sex could help you:
- Boost your immune system
- Burn calories
- Optimize your blood pressure
- Improve your heart health
- Have deeper relationships
- Increase your self-esteem
On top of that, sex is a lot of fun, so have more of it. Be friendly toward your partner. Don’t try to change them. Instead, accept them as they are, and let them be themselves. That’s the best gift you can give someone.
44. Listen to Music
A 2011 study done in Canada, published in Nature Neuroscience, found that listening to your favorite music could enhance your mood. But I think you already knew that, didn’t you?
When you listen to music you like, you perk up, unless your favorite music makes you depressed.
You intuitively know what kind of music makes you happier. Music can also help you de-stress. So turn on your favorite song and enjoy your day. This is what life is all about.
When was the last time you laughed? I mean, really laughed?
It’s easy to get so serious about life and our problems that we forget to enjoy ourselves.
The truth is that there will always be problems in your life, but having problems doesn’t have to be a problem. You don’t have to solve all of them right this second.
Things you can do to enjoy yourself more are:
- Watch a funny movie
- Watch some stand-up comedy (Dave Chappelle is great)
- Spend time with friends and family (but avoid talking about your “problems”)
- Do something that you love
Life is a roller coaster ride meant to be enjoyed. You can try to figure everything out, but you’ll only end up unhappy, so enjoy your life. Enjoy your problems, and have fun.
46. Spend Less Time at Work
When you’re on your deathbed, and you look back at your life, you won’t care about your career. You are more likely to regret spending too much time at work.
If you want to learn to be healthy, you have to discover what truly matters to you. For most people, what matters are moments where you laugh, help others, and enjoy life.
You don’t have to work yourself to death. And if you do, you may want to look at your expenses. Maybe you can eliminate some of your expenses so you don’t have to work as much. Only you can know what will work in your life.
47. Take It Easy
Last, but definitely not least, take it easy.
You don’t have to overhaul your life, or become amazingly healthy overnight.
You can take things one step at a time. And above all, you can enjoy yourself while you’re taking those steps.
There’s no hurry anywhere. It’s more important that you’re happy now. Don’t set a goal for yourself that makes you miserable now and happy when you reach your goal.
Even if you reach your goal, you’ll find another goal, and another way to be unhappy.
You’ve just got a whole mountain of tips thrown at you.
What you could do is give up in sheer overwhelm and do nothing.
Or, you could pick one tip that resonated with you and apply it right away. If you like the idea of stretching, watch the video and do the stretches right now.
Pick one thing, and start there.
Remember, tiny steps is where it’s at.