Living a healthy lifestyle involves so many different practices. There are plenty of ways that you can protect your physical and mental health. Plants have so many health benefits, from nutrition, to exploring nature and botanical products, let’s explore your options.
1 . Improve Your Diet
According to Harvard, ‘A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems.’
Eating more plant based foods can help you to get more nutrients in your diet, boosting your energy levels, and protecting your body from free radicals. To help you out with some tasty plant based recipes, try the Green Kitchen app. The app includes plenty of vegetarian and vegan meals, (the majority are low sugar and many are gluten free).
- The Great Outdoors
Research from Science Daily discovered that, ‘ exposure to greenspace significantly reduces people’s levels of salivary cortisol — a physiological marker of stress.’ Spending time outdoors has been linked to a wide variety of health benefits including lowered blood pressure and enhanced sleep quality. Being around plants helps to raise endorphin levels, helping our bodies and minds to relax. Challenge yourself to a few outdoor activities, whether it’s swimming or hiking.
- Natural Products
Many products are made with toxic chemicals which are bad for our health and the earth. By choosing natural products you can improve your health and live a greener lifestyle. Whether it’s botanical soaps, plant based cleaners or eco-paints, there are so many products made from natural ingredients.
You might even like to make your own personal care products? Coconut oil makes a great natural moisturizer, and coffee beans work wonders as an exfoliator. To help you check the ingredients in your personal care products, Think Dirty is a helpful resource. The tool rates brands based on how ethical and clean their products are.
- Growing Foods
Growing your own foods has so many benefits, first of all, you’ll improve your diet by eating more vegetables and fruits. When you grow your own produce, you can use natural fertilizers, instead of pesticides which can be bad for your health. Gardening is a relaxing hobby which can help you to unwind and improve your fitness levels. When you create a beautiful garden, you’ll also enhance your living space.
- Indoor Plants
Indoor plants can improve the quality of the air, removing toxins, allergens and pollutants. Being around plants makes us feel happier, and more energetic. Taking care of plants is a great way to learn new skills and reconnect to nature. Adding plants can also help you to improve your decor and create a beautiful space. Start off with a few low maintenance houseplants, there are plenty of options to improve your home.
As you can see there are many ways that you can improve your health with plants. Living a healthy lifestyle is about being mindful, and making careful choices.
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