Have you ever heard the phrase “the best things in life are free”? Well, when it comes to health and wellbeing, that is definitely the case. In the matter of managing our own health and wellbeing, we seem to always look for over-the -counter medicines and wellness products without considering natural ways of keeping us healthy. A recent survey found that most of us think that it is very expensive to be healthy, especially for people living in cities. However, there are many natural medicines that are free and accessible to all of us. Below are my 6 best natural medicines that will significantly improve your health and wellbeing, and will cost you literally nothing:
1. Exercise regularly
Exercising regularly is not about going to the gym every day, or running 30 km on a daily basis. Being physically active could be working in the garden, doing some housekeeping work at home, going for daily walks outside for 30 to 60 minutes or playing intense sports for an hour every week. I love playing tennis 🎾 as part of my regular physical activities that complement a good nutrition to help me decrease the risk of developing serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Exercising also pumps up my work performance and creativity! In addition to that, I also spend time walking in the wood, in green spaces 🌿🌴🌳🍀🌼 or by the beach as it not only improves my mental health, but it also improves my physical health and it also makes me feel happier. It is very important that you find the physical activity that you love and the one that brings you joy as will give you the most health benefits.
2. Have enough sleep
In order to have a healthy lifestyle, having adequate sleeping hours should be one of your priorities. A recent study revealed that sleeping less than 5 hours per night weakens our immune system and increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, and hypertension. Additionally, the lack of sleep negatively affects our mental health and productivity at work. However, sleeping seven to eight hours every night helps our immune system regenerate itself and build the defence necessary to fight viruses and bacteria.
3. Think positive, be positive!
Positive thinking has an enormous power on our physical health, and recent studies have shown that thinking positively help our immune system to work better and it also build our resistance to common cold and flu. According to an American study, positive people have 10 years of greater longevity compared to people that think negatively. Thinking positively also reduces stress and the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. With the challenges of modern life and all the difficulties we are facing, it is not easy to stay positive. However, one the best ways that can help you keep a positive mind is to practice positive affirmations every day. I personally like to start my day on a positive note by reading and repeating at least three times one positive affirmation and this helps me to feel and be healthy.
4. Love unconditionally
Loving makes us feel good and it has a direct positive impact on the stress level, our weight, and on our sleep. Loving someone unconditionally makes us feel positive about life, reduces the feelings of anxiety, calms the mind, and strengthens our immune system. Saying "I love you" to someone boosts our positivity and our immune system. So what are you waiting for - Start saying "I love you" more! It doesn't have to be to your partner or spouse only; it could be to your parents, children, siblings, best friends etc...
5. Laugh everyday
Laughs are part of my daily routine! Laughter has the same benefits of a cardio workout and it gets our hearts pumping and burns the same amount of calories as walking, and most importantly, it lowers LDL cholesterol (bad) and raises HDL cholesterol (good). If you want to bring more laughter into your life, then befriend a funny person like me and your frequency of smiles will increase instantly 😂. Connect with me on social media (@Franck Banza) and I will share with you some funny jokes that will make you laugh every day!
6. Practice intermittent fasting
Knowing "when to eat" is as important as "what to eat". Eating makes all our organs work and by eating all the time, our body get tired. Giving our body time rest every day is essential to stay healthy. This is why intermittent fasting is good for our health as it is about stopping eating everyday for a certain period of time. It reduces inflammation of the body (which is the causes of all diseases), strengthens the immune system, increases important hormones, and it gets rid of cancer cells, viruses, bacteria, and toxins. It might be difficult for a lot of people to practice intermittent fasting, but the best way to start is to go from having 3 meals a day to two meals a day, which will make a massive different on your health.
Now that you know how to live a healthy lifestyle at no cost, try to practice these 6 natural medicines that will boost your wellbeing and help you live a happier and healthier life.