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7 Underrated Ways to Take Care of Yourself

You’ve probably heard how eating a balanced diet and exercising can help improve your quality of life. What you don’t know is you can do a lot more. You may have just been ignoring or undermining them.

Here are some underrated ways to take care of yourself.


1. Get Enough Quality Sleep

There’s so much focus on getting enough sleep, but the quality also matters. Poor sleep quality can still cause problems with mood, alertness, and memory.

As far as adult bedtimes go, the National Sleep Foundation suggests limiting screen time an hour before bed, avoiding big meals within two to three hours of sleeping (especially your last meal), and leaving enough room in your schedule for 7-8 hours of sleep.

To improve sleep quality, keep sleep consistent and stick to the same sleep schedule as much as possible. You might also want to use block-out curtains to darken your bedroom and install a white noise machine to help you relax.

2. Try IV Infusions

It’s the newest beauty craze that’s taking over Hollywood. Not only do they help you feel rejuvenated but also energized and healthier than ever before.

During an IV infusion therapy, you’re hooked up to an intravenous line filled with a solution of a combination of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. The fluid then flows into your body through your veins as you drift away into a relaxing bliss.

The procedure can take between 30 minutes to an hour. In between, you can watch television, read a magazine, or even doze off. Unless you are suffering from an illness, in which the doctor may suggest a different protocol, you can do this once or twice a month.

3. Drink Matcha Tea

It’s the green tea you should be drinking. Not only does it have less caffeine than your average cup of Joe, but matcha tea also contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which is great for the immune system and promotes relaxation.

It can keep you sharp and focused. It also has plenty of antioxidants to keep you looking young.

To prepare your matcha, you’ll need 1 teaspoon of matcha powder and 8 ounces of hot, not boiling, water. Pour the powder into the cup first, then add the water.

Whisk thoroughly for about 10 seconds to get out all the clumps (and to prevent frothiness). Then enjoy your cup of healthy goodness.

4. Try Dry Brushing

Your lymphatic system is your body’s waste transportation system and is responsible for moving toxins out of the cells and through the lymph nodes.

Dry brushing helps encourage this process by stimulating the flow of fluid and waste to remove dead skin cells and improve collagen production.

A dry brush mimics the motion of a loofa or even your fingertips, but it does so without getting your hands dirty or putting pressure on blemishes and wrinkles.

To use it, brush up your skin in long, sweeping strokes moving towards your heart. Brush your entire body, except your face (it can irritate sensitive skin).

5. Stop Checking Your Phone Every Five Minutes

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Your phone may be the one device you can’t live without, but it’s also capable of doing a number on your mental and physical health. It can actually decrease productivity and effectiveness because it leaves you feeling drained.

It’s hard to resist checking your email and Facebook alerts or updating Twitter, but doing so will only make you feel anxious and less sure of yourself.

Whether it’s for a few minutes or an hour, try giving yourself a break from your phone so you can focus better on the task at hand rather than feeling distracted.

6. Include Turmeric in Your Diet

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Turmeric is more than just a spice. It’s also filled with anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, sprains, strains, fractures, bruises, headaches, liver problems, menstrual cramps, and PMS symptoms.

Although you can always add turmeric to your meals to give it some heat, you can also consume this as milk. In a saucepan, boil milk in low heat and add a teaspoon of turmeric.

Sprinkle pepper to improve the body’s absorption. After two to three minutes, you can remove the mixture and drink it up.

7. Consider a Calorie-Deficit Diet

If you want to reduce inflammation in your body, decrease the onset of age-related diseases, and live longer, eat less calories.

This is the finding of a new rat study by scientists from the United States and China. It currently provides the most comprehensive report so far about the effects of a low-calorie diet on cells.

To stay on a calorie deficit, you don’t have to eat like a bird. You can reduce your calorie intake by around 15 percent and still get the right nutrients while achieving all of the benefits that come with eating less.

Contrary to what most people think, taking care of yourself need not be complicated. You can always explore, work with your doctor, and find out which of the other strategies help you feel better.

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