10 Quick and Easy Ways to Stay Healthy
Now-a-days schedules seem so hectic. Children to take care of, schoolwork to help with, spending time with friends, family, and God, homes to keep clean, work to finish, bosses to make happy, dinner to cook….
It’s no wonder stress levels are through the roof and people are finding it harder and harder to stay healthy.
With how busy many people’s schedules are, it can be difficult to find the time to research quick and easy ways that will keep you and your family healthy.
And it can be even harder to implement those findings and improve you and your family’s lifestyles when you’re so busy.
So here are 10 quick and easy ways to stay healthy and improve your family’s health as well!
1) Take a vitamin D supplement daily.
Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system. Consider taking one daily especially during the winter months, if you don’t get outside very often, if your immune system needs support, or if you’re feeling depressed.
2) Exercise for at least 20-25 minutes per day.
Exercise supports your immune system, increases your energy levels, improves your strength, and helps you sleep better at night. Here are some exercises that you can do in 20-25 minutes.
– Walking or Jogging
– Strength Training
To see what how much and what types of exercises are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.
3) Wash your hands frequently.
Most diseases are spread by people who aren’t washing their hands frequently.
And you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t wash their hands after using the restroom… I’m talking like 50%….
And the person who didn’t wash their hands is touching doors, lights, and who knows what else. So when you touch those objects after them, you’re getting those germs on your hands also.
The best practice is to always use soap and clean, running water but if those things are unavailable to you, use hand sanitizer.
And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, washing your hands frequently “helps prevent infections because:
– People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. These germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.
– Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Plus, germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick.
– Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands.
– Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.” 
4) Drink smoothies and/or juices.
Smoothies and juices are healthy and quick options for getting lots of nutrients and vitamins into your body. And for additional information as well as some of my favorite recipes read these articles:
Here is a video from Joe Cross (RebootwithJoe.com) showing the difference between juicing and blending.
5) Spend 15 minutes each day doing something for yourself.
Everyone has things they enjoy doing. And making time everyday to do something you enjoy can help a lot with stress levels.
I realize with the busy schedules everyone has these days, it can be hard to find the time. But it’s important to make time to take care of yourself. And doing something you enjoy doesn’t mean it has to take up a lot of time.
It can be things like:
– Yoga or another type of exercise
– Target Practice
– Cooking or Baking
– Listening to your favorite music
6) Switch soda for water.
Soda contains nothing but artificial ingredients, additives, and chemicals.
“And most soda that has caramel coloring contains the probable human carcinogen 4-methylimidazole (4-MEL).
And despite petitions to the FDA for setting limits on the amount of 4-MEL, the FDA believes it’s completely safe for consumption, no matter how much is in the product.
Most soda containers contain BHA which is a “probable” carcinogen. Let me remind you, “probable” means it has been proven to cause tumors and cancer in animals. But there isn’t “sufficient” evidence it causes cancer and tumors in humans.” 
Click here to see an infographic showing how soda affects your body.
7) Switch sugary snacks for healthy alternatives.
There are many snacks that actually can come in healthier alternatives. You just need to know which brands use real ingredients.
Do your research on organic brands and check food labels when you’re at the grocery store. Also, it’s a good idea to avoid these 10 ingredients.
A good idea for keeping your sweet tooth happy, but also your body, is to make sweets yourself. If you make your own cookies, muffins, fruit snacks, etc. you know what is going into your body and you can choose organic ingredients.
Here are 7 Healthy & Homemade Snack Ideas.
8) Use essential oils.
Did you know that many essential oils can improve your health?
Some can help you sleep and relax. And others improve digestion, remove infections, help with skin conditions, prevent and fight cancer, fight depression and anxiety, support thyroid function, and aid the immune system.
The list truly goes on and on.
I highly recommend getting this book! It tells you all the different oils, what they are used for, how to use them, and whether they need to be diluted or not. Honestly, it contains a wealth of information and I believe the price is very fair. (Personally, I would’ve paid at least double for it, I use it that much!)
I use DoTerra essential oils, but many people I know also use Young Living. Whatever brand you choose, make sure the oils are high-quality, therapeutic-grade: pure, medicinal, and steam distilled. That’s very important!
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and my advice or advice I give from the book, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils (Seventh Edition) from Aroma Tools, shouldn’t be taken as doctor’s advice or instructions. See the full disclaimer for more information.
9) Wash your linens (and your children’s linens) frequently.
Dust mites love to hang out in your bed.
I know, gross.
But you can make your bed much less attractive to them by washing your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases weekly in hot water.
You can also use mattress covers as well as duvet covers which are designed to keep dust mites out.
10) Before you go to sleep, turn your phone on silent.
Getting restful sleep is very important to keeping your body healthy. If your phone is ringing all night, you’re probably not going to get good quality sleep.
Most smartphones have settings where you can turn disruptions off or turn on a “Do Not Disturb” mode.
This way you’ll be able to keep your phone from going off at night for texts or phone calls.
You may also be able to allow exceptions, such as allowing the phone to sound or vibrate when you have an alarm set or if certain people call or text (such as if it’s someone who would contact you if there was an emergency – e.g. kids, husband, parents, siblings, etc.).
Hopefully you find these 10 ideas to be quick and easy ways to stay healthy. They shouldn’t take much time out of your day and will greatly improve your health and your family’s health.
For more ideas on keeping your family healthy read, 10 Important Tips to keep your Family Healthy.