tips to live a healthier, happier lifestyle—all simple, easy things that can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily life:
1. DRINK A GLASS OF WATER FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
Coffee’s great too, but it’s best to start your day by re-hydrating with a full glass of water. Hydrating first thing in the morning helps to aid digestion, enhance skin health and boost energy.
2. TAKE THE STAIRS
Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a simple way to get a little more physical activity in your daily life. It also strengthens and tones your legs and core while you’re at it!
3. MAKE HALF YOUR PLATE VEGGIES
A simple hack for healthy eating (and portion control) is to make half your plate veggies at each meal.
4. GET A FITBIT & TRACK YOUR STEPS
Using a Fitbit (we like the Ionic and Versa) to track your steps is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough physical activity. We aim for 10,000 steps each day, which has significant physical and mental health benefits. The Fitbit will also remind you to get 250 steps each hour (another important measure of health—see tip #9!).
5. SWITCH TO NONTOXIC HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS
Conventional household cleaning products are full of harmful chemical ingredients that are not good for our health. Switching to healthier alternatives (we share a complete list in our Healthy Cleaning Guide) is a simple way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins in your home.
6. USE NONTOXIC SKINCARE & PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS
Similar to cleaning products, conventional skincare and personal care products are formulated with toxic ingredients we should not regularly let absorb into our body’s largest organ. Reduce the toxic burden on your body by switching to nontoxic personal care and beauty products (see our specific recommendations on deodorant, sunscreen, and green beauty products).
7. TAKE A PROBIOTIC DAILY
A daily probiotic can help with digestion, skin health, immunity, mental health and more. Learn more about the health benefits of probiotics (and all the ways to get them in your diet), and shop our favorite probiotic here.
8. EAT REAL FOOD
Aim to only eat real food that’s made of whole food ingredients you would have in your own kitchen pantry, or that your grandmother would recognize. (Yup, this rules out most packaged food, sorry!)
9. STAND UP EVERY 30 MINUTES WHILE WORKING
Reduce the harmful effects of sitting (like at your desk job) by standing up and moving around a bit every half hour.
10. GET SUNLIGHT EVERY DAY
Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for overall health, and sunlight is a great source of it.