You are an incredibly complex organism, and it takes a lot to keep you looking, feeling and performing at your best day in, day out. You have to eat the right foods, you have to exercise, and keeping your skin, nails and teeth in check isn’t just for vanity’s sake, it’s essential.
But who has the time to go looking for the best tips and products to keep all of your best assets in top shape, inside and out? Well, we do, actually. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite health picks to keep everything running as it should, from top to toe.
Brain: So complex, yet so simple to maintain
Amazing brain fact: Your brain contains around 86 billion cells. That’s roughly equivalent to 80% of the number of stars in the Milky Way.
Without doubt, the best and easiest way to keep your brain firing on all cylinders, is to stay hydrated. Your brain is roughly 75% water, and being dehydrated by as little as 2% is enough to drastically affect mood, concentration and cognitive ability. Aim to keep a bottle or a glass of water with you at all times, and sip throughout the day.
Staying active and working hobbies into your life can help to keep your brain in shape, too. What we’re saying, is that work matters, but so does keeping up with your hobbies. Make time for painting, running, writing, whatever it is that makes you happy, because when your mood is lifted, you don’t just feel better, you perform better.
Hair: Choose all-natural products
Amazing hair fact: Cutting your hair doesn’t affect its growth rate. If you have split ends, those can travel down the hair, causing damage which makes hair seem like it’s not growing.
Everyone’s hair is different when it comes to thickness, wave pattern and oiliness. Contrary to popular belief, your hair actually needs some natural oil, and left to its own devices, will usually do a pretty good job of keeping yours in check.
Some people have more oil than others, of course, and problems can arise at both extremes. The best way to treat your hair, regardless of how oily it is, is to use products without artificial additives, which can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and dull.
Face: Exfoliate and hydrate
Amazing face fact: You have around 43 muscles in your face alone, and how you move them could land or cost you a job!
The skin on your face is different to the skin found on the rest of your body, in that on the whole, it’s a lot more sensitive. That means any harsh chemicals you expose your face to in the form of synthetic face washes, can end up doing more harm than good.
And when it comes to exfoliants, stay away from the kind with plastic beads, as these are causing big problems as they’re washed into the sewer system and out to sea. Instead, look for natural exfoliants like charcoal and pumice.
Teeth: Swtich from manual brushing to using an electric toothbrush and Charcoal for whiter teeth
Amazing teeth fact: Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Hardly surprising when you consider how long they’ve got to last.
A simple yet extremely effective way of improving the health of your teeth, and arguably your health overall, is to switch from using a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush. You will find a great electric toothbrush available at most price points and you can choose a range of brushing technologies such as 3D, sonic or ultrasonic. Your dentist and your teeth with thank you!
In addition, one of our favorite ways of keeping teeth white (apart from ditching the soda, of course) is to brush with a charcoal-based toothpaste. Charcoal is extremely absorbent, and as a result, does a great job of sucking out stains. Give it a try once or twice a month.
Lips: Heal and maintain lips naturally
Amazing lips fact: Studies have shown than waitresses who wear red lipstick earn bigger tips.
Few other body parts get as much attention as our lips. We paint them, pucker them and moisturize them almost constantly, and since there’s a good chance whatever we put on our lips will end up in our mouths, it’s a good idea to only choose natural stuff. Look for ingredients such as shea butter and coconut oil in your lip balms.
Underarms: Sweating is healthy
Amazing underarms fact: Sweat is pretty odorless; it’s really the bacteria which grow in the aftermath of sweating which smell.
Worried that your sweaty underarms are showing you up at the gym? First off, it’s a gym, so forget about it. Second, sweating helps to keep you cool, and pushes out toxins from your skin. So, embrace the sweat!
Stomach: Strong enough to eat through wood
Amazing stomach fact: Stomach acid is as strong as battery acid, and can even eat through wood.
An upset stomach can be the result of invasion from a foreign body like unwanted bacteria or a virus, or it can mean that your stomach acid’s pH is out of balance. Getting is back on track is one thing, but keeping it healthy in the first place isn’t just a good idea, it’s really easy, too. Limit fatty foods and sugar, and eat plenty of vegetables and fiber, and your stomach will thank you for it.
Fingernails: A sign of great health
Amazing fingernails fact: Fingernails grow faster than toenails, and will lengthen by an average of 3mm per month.
It’s often said that you can tell how healthy a person is by looking at their fingernails. We’re not just talking about whether they’re bitten or not, either, although that could be a sign of stress. If your fingernails are cracked, discolored, misshapen, it could be a sign of more profound problems, so keeping an eye on them is a good idea.
Feet: Working like dogs
Amazing feet fact: If you live to be 80, you’ll walk around 110,000 miles on average.
Staying active won’t just help to keep your weight in check, it’ll solve many other problems which affect people who spend too much time sitting, including back pain and depression. So getting out and about more often, and walking more often at work should be a top priority.