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7 New Year’s Resolutions that will Benefit your Health

2019 is upon us, which means that many of you will have made and broken yet another New Year’s Resolution- research suggests that while 75% of people stick to their goal for at least a week, only 46% are still on target 6 months later! It’s not easy to keep up your enthusiasm throughout the year, but with an achievable and worthy goal, it’s more than doable- so with that in mind, here are 7 resolutions that will improve your health and wellbeing:

  1. Get More Sleep– It may sound obvious, but getting enough sleep does wonders for your mental and physical wellbeing, reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks whilst improving your memory.
  1. Reduce Stress– In small doses pressure can be good for you, yet more often than not stress is a long-term, chronic condition that can lead to insomnia, depression and obesity- making it all the more important to take some time for yourself: relax, socialise and spend time with the ones you love.
  1. Watch Your Sugar Intake– Sugar is inescapable in this day and age which is why it is more important than ever to know exactly how much sugar you are consuming. Read labels, choose ‘diet’ alternatives to sugary drinks, and cut down on sweets and chocolate- your teeth will thank you!
  1. Move More– Sometimes the word ‘exercise’ can instil fear and loathing in the best of us, so just see it this way- move more! Every healthy adult needs about 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a day, so just doing something as simple as taking a brisk half-hour stroll in the evening can lead to a better cardiovascular system and better sleep, not to mention increased happiness and energy.
  1. Give Up Smoking– If you smoke, there is no better time than now to quit. Not only will it improve your oral health considerably, you will feel the benefit in all aspects of your life. Try different methods to find out what works, and think of the money you’ll save!
  1. Cut Back on Alcohol– While much has been written about the health benefits of a small amount of alcohol, too much tippling is still the bigger problem. Drinking alcohol in excess affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and can increase the risk of depression, memory loss, or even seizures. Chronic heavy drinking boosts your risk of liver and heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and mental deterioration, and even cancers of the mouth, throat, liver, and breast.
  1. Maintain a Regular Brushing Schedule– In terms of oral health, this is the most beneficial (and simplest) thing you can do to make sure your teeth stay strong and healthy. Brushing twice a day will ensure that you have the best oral health possible. In addition to this, make regular appointments with your dentist to guarantee your teeth are the best they can be. If you would like to book an appointment with us at London Holistic Dental Care, please call us on 020 7487 5221.