If you’re anything like me, you’re pretty busy and somewhat time-poor. That means that sometimes finding the time to do all of the things we need to do to maintain a healthy body and mind is super challenging. So it’s great when you find a cheeky hack that helps you maintain your health AND save time! I’m always being asked which apps, devices, and tools I use to help maintain my health so I thought I’d share my everyday favourites with you all, enjoy!
1. Blue blocker glasses. As most people who have been subscribed to my newsletters know, I’m obsessed with my sleep hygiene and the research seems to indicate we should all be. Sleep deprivation has been linked to most of our modern diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer! Unfortunately, most people are not willing to put away all devices (including TV, etc) and dim the lights from 7.30 pm so my recommendation is to don some sexy blue-blocking glasses. My favourites are Swanwick Sleep or Baxter Blue. This means you can keep on watching your favourite TV show but you still need to be in bed by 10 pm!
2. Long Physio Roller. You’ve all heard the saying “sitting is the new smoking”. That’s not just a throwaway phrase, it was actually developed after research showed that chronic sitting increased our risk factors for disease as equally as our most despised bad habit. This means our posture is compromised leading to a forward head posture, poor thoracic spinal posture, and generally a more stressed nervous system. One of the simple ways we can improve this is by spending 10 minutes a day lying on a Long Physio Roller. Ensure you seek the advice of an expert to help you do this one correctly.
3. FitBit Flex. Following on from the last point, movement, daily, hourly in fact, is what our bodies evolved doing. It’s much more important than doing three HIIT sessions per week in the gym or going for five rides of some distance. Our bodies are designed to walk around the place and we’re just not doing nearly enough of this. I know that before I purchased a FitBit and started tracking my steps, I was getting just a few thousand. Now I aim for 12,500 and interestingly, I’m leaner than I’ve ever been. I also track my sleep through this device and app and watch for trends in sleep quality so it’s killing two birds with one stone #winning.
4. Liver Capsules. Did you know that we should be eating as much liver, kidney, heart, and other organs as possible? Didn’t think so…Dr Weston A Price in his amazing research which he collated into a book called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration noted that in every indigenous tribe that he visited (22 in total) every single one favoured organ meats over any other part of the animal. Why? Because they have the highest concentration of bioavailable nutrients than any other food, bar none. Most people don’t know that liver has more vitamin C than any of the other plant-based sources. It also has high doses of A, E, D, K2, B12, Iron, and more. Problem is, we’ve become unaccustomed to eating it so my solution to this is dehydrated liver capsules. Taken daily, this is one of the most powerful ways we can ensure we are eating a nutrient-dense diet. Here is my favourite Australian brand.
5. Meditation Apps. We live in a world so fast-paced that our nervous systems are constantly being stimulated. I don’t think there’s anyone in the western world that doesn’t suffer from overstimulation of the nervous system. Our stress hormones like cortisol can cause all sorts of issues from infertility to accelerated ageing and much more. In my opinion, meditation is key to helping to manage our nervous system as well as just keeping us calmer. Once upon a time, we would have had to pay a meditation teacher or go to a Buddhist temple to learn how to do this but now it’s as simple as downloading an app on your phone. I won’t place hyperlinks in here for this one as there are literally hundreds of thousands but a few of my favourites that you can search for in your app store are Simply Being, Mindfulness, Buddhify, Smiling Mind, and Headspace.
I hope these hacks make living a healthy life somewhat easier for you. Please feel free to comment if you have any feedback. I love to hear from you.