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Posted: November 4, 2012

Three easy steps to better health

By Anne Davis

You don’t need to make major changes to improve your health, simple things can make a big difference.  Create new healthy habits by starting with small steps and here are three super easy ways to start:

Drink Water

This is such an obvious tip but one that we all too often forget or ignore.  And don’t waste your time counting how many cups of water you drink because not everyone needs the same amount.

Here are some signs that you may be dehydrated:

your mouth is dry;

your skin is dry and itchy;

your lips are chapped;

unexplained diarrhea;

lack of energy or feeling of exhaustion.

Be sure to drink plain old water several times a day. Tea, coffee and sugary drinks are not substitutions for water, they actually cause greater dehydration!

Dehydration can also be a sign of adrenal fatigue.  Signs of adrenal fatigue include cravings for sugar or salt on food, difficulty falling asleep at night, sleeping lightly or waking early or often as well as having difficulty relaxing.  So don’t ignore these signs, start drinking water now.

Get some sun

Getting 10 to 15 minutes of sun each day, outdoors, can make a huge difference in your life.

Lack of sun can weaken your immune system and cause brittle bones.  Depression, osteoporosis and several diseases have also been linked to lack of sunlight.  Even tooth decay has been linked to lack of sun.  If you aren’t able to get out in the sun, be sure to add a Vitamin D supplement to your diet to help make up for it.

Change your position

Move around more during the day – at least once every hour. Get up and walk around if you sit all day long.  Sit down and rest if you stand all day long.  Sit, stand, bend over, reach or do whatever you can to change up your usual position. Spend a minute or two doing stretching exercises. If you stare at a computer all day, be sure to change your focus to something in the distance every so often.

Each of these items is easy to do and won’t take too much time or effort.  Start with one and work up to adding all three into every day. Your health is worth the effort!

Anne Davis is a writer, blogger, artist and photography buff.  Born in Quebec, she now lives in Kimberley, BC where she is editor of and contributor to the City of Kimberley’s Active Community Guide and webmaster for the City’s websites.

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