I laughed at myself the other night when I placed a tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth and swirled it around as if it were mouthwash. “If my clients only knew”, I thought. I have done this ritual every other night for about 2 years now. It’s called, “oil pulling”. This ancient Ayurvedic technique is known to have many health benefits including drawing toxins out of your body and creating whiter teeth. I actually notice a difference with my skin and teeth when I’m consistent and when I’m not. However, as I’m swishing this goo around my mouth for about 15 minutes, I began to think of all the other healthy habits I do on a daily basis.
Call me crazy, but I have a glass of water on my nightstand ALL THE TIME. I have done this since high school. I drink 5 sips of water right before bed and, it’s the first thing I grab when my alarm goes off. Yep, another 5 sips before I even put a foot on the floor. A study from The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking two cups of water increased metabolism by 30% after 30–40 minutes.
Another habit is that I have a glass of water with 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar each afternoon. Now organic apple cider vinegar has been my go-to dressing in my salad everyday for years, but who knew of all the health benefits? It can regulate the pH of your skin, help detox the body, great for the lymphatic system, and aid with heartburn and other digestive issues.
Get some sleep. OK, so I had a rough night the other day, but most often one of the healthy habits I hold to in the highest regard, is sleep. Having a toddler, who was a great sleeper as an infant, helps me in this perspective. She continues to sleep 11-13 hours a night with a 2 hour nap each day. Some are not so fortunate, however, I am at my best with 7 or 8 hours of sleep. I am adamant about being in bed at 9PM every night. As a personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and Wellness Coach, I have to be on my game every day- attentive, accountable, and adaptable every minute!
The last healthy habit I thought of was the fact that I try to get outside every day, even if it’s for only 10 minutes. I believe sunshine and fresh air is good for the soul. Of course if it’s raining or pollen is at it’s peak, you might want to stay in-doors, but stepping away from what I call “mayhem” resets the moment that you’re in.
So there you have it! I have 5 healthy habits that I commit to each day. Yours don’t have to be about apple cider vinegar or oil pulling, but try to create a few and stick to them. It’s important not only for your physical health, but also your mental health as well!