If you already are, or desire to be self-sufficient, you may realize that it takes quite a bit of energy. For energy, you need at least decent health. Homesteaders can last up till their last days if they have excellent health. Now, for some of us, back pain, hip problems, and joint aches are unavoidable. I want to share with you 10 ways to improve your health, be it immunity or bodily pain
Make sure you are drinking a sufficient amount of water. Each person’s body is unique in this aspect. For instance, my body holds water, my husbands does not. He can drink and drink and drink, and it doesn’t show. I drink sixteen ounces and immediately bloat. A good ratio of water is 50% of your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 fl. oz. a day. If you’re a bloater, slowly work your body up to that amount. When you begin to consume the water amount required for your body, you will find more energy being given to you
#2 Adequate Sleep
Some people get 4 hours, others get 9-10 hours of sleep. However, sleep is one of the most sensitive areas in our life. Too little, and you will be facing burn out. Too much, and your body craves sleep like sugar. 6-8 hours is a good amount for most individuals, however, this may be an experiment that will take a while!
#3 Vitamin D3 and B12
These are essentially the feel good, get going vitamins. If you are a person who spends many hours a day out in the sun, D3 shouldn’t be much of a concern for you. However, if you are suck in a windowless building for most of the day, you should increase your intake of vitamin D3. Minimum suggestion is 400 IU/day. However, you can get capsules with doses as large as 10,000 IU. I will take a 400 IU tablet if I spend a short time outside. If it’s rainy for more than a day, and I’m indoors, I will take a 2000 IU tablet. B12 is a natural energizer. Many people are short on this vitamin. These can be boughten in small amounts and are excellent in dissolving capsules!
#4 Healthy Diet
Weed out unnecessary sugars, fake sugars, and high carbs from breads. These are energy killers and fat producers. Eat more natural proteins from beans, fish, lentil, and chicken to gain energy. For that sweet tooth, pick up some pineapple, blueberries, and strawberries. Uncooked veggies will supply most of the vitamins your body needs. Listen to your cravings.
#5 Pain Salve
If pain still does not ease up, great pain salves can relieve the stress put onto your body. Many use Hot and Cold, Bengay, and drug store products. Another well known natural pain reliever is Pain Relieving Liniment from J.R. Watikins, which I will have up for sale on this blog by next week!
#6 Go for a Walk
Walking is very beneficial. It improves metabolism, helps strengthen the heart, improves lung capacity, is an anti-depressant, and gets you out for exercise! Hopefully, this is a routine you can incorporate into your homesteading lifestyle!
#7 Set Goals
This may seem like it has no relation to health, but it increases productive hours, which aids in increasing stamina throughout a long day. So, set a few goals in the morning and get rolling!
#8 Start a stress relieving Hobby
If being a homesteader is a hobby to you, well then, your all set. If not, try to find something relaxing, whether its reading, writing, sewing, baking, or fishing. Take a load off your feet and enjoy life between work!
#9 Think of things that bring JOY and be POSITIVE
Nothing can have a greater influence on your longevity than a happy, carefree soul!
#10 Repeat These Actions Daily