Five simple tips to improve your wellbeing (plus one bonus!)

Spoiler alert – I don’t think any of these will be a shock!

Get enough sleep

It’s sad but true that many adults don’t get the 7-8 hours that almost all humans need. Yes, even the macho 4-5 hours ones. Low-level sleep deprivation is really common and can lead to all kinds of health problems. Feeling tired all the time is only one. Mood swings, weight gain, immune problems and many more. Are you ready to sleep more now? Here are some tips:

Eat well

Simple isn’t it? Fewer processed foods, saturated fats, sugars. More fresh fruits and veg, especially green leafy veg, complex carbs, whole grains, oily fish. Smaller portion sizes. We all know this. It doesn’t have to be an overnight change, just start cutting down a bit on the junk. Eat on smaller plates. Take your time and enjoy your food, eat slowly, chew properly. Make your meals look good.

Less alcohol and caffeine

Again, everything in moderation. Some caffeine can help with certain tasks and many of us love tea and coffee (partly because it’s addictive!). And a drink from time to time is enjoyable, which adds to a feeling of wellbeing. But a bottle of wine or 20 cups of tea or coffee a day is not a good idea. And if you think it is, ask yourself how you feel when you get up in the morning. Or go without for a few days.

Drink more water

Please don’t tell me that you don’t like water. It’s water. Add a little squash or fruit syrup if you must but drink more water. The human body is 50-60% water. It needs topping up. Feel thirsty? Drink water. Feel hungry? You’re probably thirsty, drink water. Headache? Drink water. Bad stomach? Drink water. Your brain needs lots of water, for many of its functions, but also for cooling. Think of a car engine without a radiator. You don’t want that to happen to your brain, do you?

Move more

Humans were not designed to sit all day. We are basically still creatures that walk and run everywhere, often on all fours. So sitting down all day causes all kinds of health problems. We may have to sit or stand in one position for long periods but we definitely need to take breaks and move as much as possible. Little and often is better than a weekly marathon or even once a day exercise. So get up and move.

Here’s a bit more about this (and not just for those working from home):

Bonus tip. Drink Aloe Vera

Every day. This is why:

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Stay safe in the sun

Follow these simple tips to stay safe in the sun:

  1. Wear a hat
  2. Don’t stay in the sun too long, especially the first few days
  3. Spend time in the shade, especially the first few days
  4. Wear loose clothing that covers you, especially the first few days.
  5. Wear sunglasses.

SLAP ON LOTS OF SUNSCREEN!

Don’t believe these myths:

  1. I have dark skin, I won’t burn. Although darker skins have some extra protection against sun damage, it’s not enough and you still need to use sunscreen.
  2. I tan easily and don’t burn, so I don’t worry too much about sun protection. Just because you’re not fair-skinned, doesn’t mean that you don’t need plenty of sun protection.
  3. I’m in the water most of the time, so this keeps my skin cool. Wrong! You can burn badly especially near the surface eg snorkelling, but you may not realise it until it’s too late.
  4. I put sunscreen on when we arrived. Yes, but that was four hours ago. You need to re-apply after swimming or every 2-3 hours.
  5. All sunscreens are similar, they all do the same job. Oh no, they’re not!

What to look for in a sunscreen

  1. Broad spectrum protection. You need a sunscreen that protects against both UVA rays (penetrate deeper, linked with premature skin aging) and UVB (linked with burning).
  2. An SPF rating of at least 30. (That is generally adequate – factor 30 blocks 97% of UVB, factor 50 98% and factor 100 99%, so the difference at this level is minimal).
  3. Water-resistant. No sunscreen is waterproof, but a good level of water resistance will allow you to jump in and out of the water freely. Especially important for kids!
  4. No chemicals which damage the environment, especially reefs. Chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate contribute to coral bleaching and reef destruction.

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WHY DO WE NEED MINERALS IN OUR DIET?

Have you ever noticed how TV ads for breakfast cereal always mention vitamins and minerals? But when you think of minerals, food isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, is it? Aren’t minerals something you find in the earth, like iron and quartz?

Well, yes, but small amounts of some minerals are also in foods. And our bodies need them. Lots of them.

Just like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop, and stay healthy. Our body uses minerals to carry out lots of different functions — from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat.

Which ones do we need?

The body needs different amounts of each mineral. Different people have different requirements, according to their age, sex, state (e.g. pregnancy) and sometimes their health. So there’s no ‘one size fits all’.

Essential minerals are sometimes divided up into major minerals (macrominerals) and trace minerals (microminerals). These two groups of minerals are equally important, but trace minerals are needed in smaller amounts than major minerals.

Here’s a guide to macrominerals:

SodiumNerves and muscles
ChlorideStomach acid
PotassiumNerves and muscles
CalciumHealthy bones and teeth; helps muscles relax and contract; important in nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation, immune system
PhosphorusHealthy bones and teeth; found in every cell.
MagnesiumFound in bones; needed for making protein, muscle contraction, nerves, immune system.
SulfurDNA, cell damage, skin, tendons, ligaments

And microminerals:

IronPart of a molecule (hemoglobin) found in red blood cells that carries oxygen in the body; needed for energy metabolism
ZincPart of many enzymes; needed for making protein and genetic material; taste perception, wound healing, normal fetal development, production of sperm, normal growth and sexual maturation, immune system health
IodineFound in thyroid hormone, helps control growth, development, and metabolism
SeleniumAntioxidant, cell damage
CopperPart of many enzymes; needed for iron metabolism
ManganesePart of many enzymes
FluorideInvolved in formation of bones and teeth; helps prevent tooth decay
ChromiumWorks closely with insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels
MolybdenumPart of some enzymes

Other trace nutrients known to be essential in tiny amounts include nickel, silicon, vanadium, and cobalt.

Sounds like a pharmacy, doesn’t it?

Our bodies are quite tough, we don’t generally fall down dead if we don’t eat enough molybdenum. But when people don’t get enough of these important minerals, they can develop health problems. For instance, too little calcium — especially when you’re a kid — can lead to weaker bones.

How do we get them?

We should get enough from a healthy diet. But lots of people don’t eat such a healthy diet – do your kids eat broccoli? Do you? And our soil is lacking in some minerals these days too. Did you know that Popeye would need to eat ten times as much spinach to get the same amount of iron as when he was first on our screens? That’s why some minerals are added to cereals and other foods.

We can get minerals from various foods but, as usual, red meat, dairy, pulses (peas, beans etc) and those diet superstars, green leafy veg top the list. So vegetarians and vegans need to pay special attention to minerals.

We can also take good quality supplements to make sure that we get enough. Forever Living has a whole range of supplements which contain minerals:

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Forever Daily

Vitolize (men and women)

Forever Gin-Chia

Forever Calcium (there’s a clue in the name!)

ARGI+

Supergreens

Our amazing Aloe Drinks

and, of course Forever Nature-Min.

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Our bodies are complex and amazing, minerals help keep them that way.