3 Simple Ways to Start Feeling Better in a Week

There are a lot of gadgets, diets and other fads that promise instant results, my friends, and those are to be avoided! There is, sadly, no magic bullet cure that will have you looking and feeling your very best in just a few days or so.

However, I am glad to say there are a few simple things you can try to start feeling better overall in just a week or so. Try one–or all–of the simple ways to get a bit of boost in seven days or less below.

Drink more water

You’ve probably heard this one already, but it really works! Your body needs water to regulate your cell shapes, and those cells can actually start shriveling if you’re not getting enough H2O, according to Business Insider (https://www.businessinsider.com/things-that-seem-harmless-that-can-kill-you-2015-4#salt-3).

Start switching out your typical go-to beverage for water at least once a day. As you get into the habit of drinking more water, you’ll find it easier to remember to do so on a daily basis. The old eight-glasses-a-day rule is still a good beginning point, but you may need to drink more water on days when you’re especially active or it’s very hot.

Ease up on the sodium

We consume too much sodium! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 90 percent of US adults eat too much sodium (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0106-sodium-intake.html). Having too much sodium can lead to issues like bloating or puffiness, neither of which are going to make you feel great. Start looking at the labels of what you typically eat so you can make some adjustments to lower your sodium intake, and avoid the urge to sprinkle that salt shaker over your food. It can be hard to get used to if you’re a big salt user, but over time, you won’t miss it as much.

Fire up your fiber

Your digestive system has a real impact on how you feel overall, and one thing it needs to work at its very best is enough fiber. Having enough fiber can also help make you feel full and avoid the temptation to overeat at meal times. Fiber is found in a lot of natural foods, including beans, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Add more fiber-rich foods into your diet to keep your digestive system on track for a better overall sense of well-being.