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This back to school season likely feels and looks way different compared to previous years, but it doesn’t mean we can’t reset our mind and body for a new season. Here are some fun health tips to get back into the groove of things and to become the healthiest version of you!


Take vitamin D3

Around 41.6% of Americans already don’t get enough sun exposure. What’s worse is that while nights become longer and  colder, most of us are likely to get even less during the fall season, and so forth in the winter. That’s why taking vitamin D3 is a great alternative to the sun. Some benefits to this include improved bone health, better strength, reduced depression symptoms, and lower risk of cancer. 


Eat nuts

Most nuts are filled with loads of magnesium, vitamin E, and fiber just to name a few. They can also help with weight loss, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. What a win! Additionally, contrary to popular belief our bodies don’t absorb around 10% to 15% of calories in nuts. So if you’ve been eyeing that trail mix, now’s your chance!


Play around with herbs and spices

They are a handful of underrated and typically unused spices that can further boost your health. For example, ginger and turmeric have strong amounts of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that can help with digestive issues. Another is cardamom and cinnamon, which both help fight inflammation and can boost your metabolism. Even cocoa is filled with flavonoids that are known to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and boost general heart health!


Drink coffee

Coffee often gets a bad rap, but this drink has some worthy health benefits. For one, caffeine offers a great energy boost and increases your metabolism. Coffee is also high in antioxidants and has been linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease. Just note to avoid filling up on coffee before bed, but don’t be afraid to include some in your everyday routine. 


Get your sleep

If there’s one key thing to take out of this blog - it’s to get a proper amount of sleep. With kids running around, work starting to pick back up, and COVID still up in the air, sleep can greatly improve your ability to manage stress and weight! Since we’re heading back into proper routine mode, having a similar nighttime routine can help reduce inevitable or unforeseen stressors that enter your life. 


Back to school doesn’t have to be such a burden. These health tips can aid with stress, weight management, and living a happier life! 


References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/27-health-and-nutrition-tips#section2
  2. https://greatist.com/grow/easy-health-tips-busy-lifestyles#5
  3. https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/over-50-nutrition-17/spices-and-herbs-health-benefits