Regular visits to your GP to maintain your health are of paramount importance but there are ‘health hacks’ which can recharge and rejuvenate your system, fast.

These are easy, cost effective practices which can supercharge your body, make you more resilient to disease and better equipped to fight infection.

Some may seem like old wives’ tales or urban myths but all offer short-term benefits in rapid time.

Keep in mind, everyone is different and individual responses may vary widely, and it is crucial to consult your GP first.

But these hacks might just put some extra spring in your step.

‘Health hack’ 1: Intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is one of the most interesting health hacks and growing in popularity.

It involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting.

Research has shown the practice has been beneficial for reducing weight, improving insulin sensitivity and enhancing cellular repair.

It is also thought to help prevent and sometimes even reverse disease.

There are a number of ways to undertake intermittent fasting.

Some only eat within a certain time period each day – say up to an eight hour stretch.

Others try only eating one meal a day for a certain number of days per week.

It is wise to consult with your GP before beginning such a regime and monitor your health closely once underway.

‘Health hack’ 2: High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

This involves short bursts of intense exercise followed by brief periods of rest.

Sports such as long distance running, swimming, rowing and cycling practice these methods.

It helps burn calories, improve cardiovascular health and boosts metabolism.

A few sessions per week can have a big impact on your fitness levels.

‘Health hack’ 3: Hydration boost

Drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake each morning is one of the best known health hacks.

It can jumpstart your metabolism and significantly aid hydration.

Too many people overlook hydration throughout the day and fail to appreciate its importance to their health.

Sleep is generally a period where are bodies are deprived of water for eight hours.

Remaining well hydrated supports a range of bodily functions including digestion and skin health.

‘Health hack’ 4: Cold showers

At odds with its colloquial use about extinguishing the fires of sexual arousal, a cold shower actually improves circulation!

It also reduces muscle soreness and boosts energy levels.

Exposure to cold has been associated with increased production of brown fat, a store of energy which keeps you warm when you are cold, helps burn calories and improves metabolic health.

But no one said it was pleasant.

‘Health hack’ 5: Quality sleep optimisation 

Sleep is your most important part of the day.

Quality sleep has a rapid and positive effect on moods, cognitive function and overall energy levels.

It is important to prioritise quality sleep by getting into regular good sleeping habits.

That means maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, creating a comfortable sleeping environment and avoiding stimulants such as phones, screens, alcohol and coffee before bedtime. 

‘Health hack’ 6: Mindful eating

Mindful eating is the practice of focussing on your food and savouring each and every mouthful.

It also better recognises your feelings of hunger and fullness.

Mindful eating can lead to better digestion, greater appreciation of food and potentially better weight management.

It does this by curbing binge eating, emotional eating, eating when bored and overeating.

‘Health hack’ 7: Breathing exercises

It is well recognised that deep breathing has a positive effect on reducing stress and anxiety, improving mental clarity and promoting relaxation.

The deep breathing exercises you can try include:

Diaphragmatic breathing – train your diaphragm to open up your lungs. It is best achieved while lying on your back and slowly breathing in through your nose and out your mouth.

Box breathing – breathe in, hold your breath, breath out, hold your breath for four seconds each. It helps return your breathing to a normal rhythm after a stressful experience.

‘Health hack’ 8: Posture correction

Improving your posture helps reduce muscle tension and enhances your wellbeing.

Simple adjustments like sitting up straight and ensuring proper ergonomics when seated for long periods at work can lead to rapid improvements in comfort and energy levels.

‘Health hack’ 9: Superfood boosts

Incorporate nutrient-dense superfoods into your diet.

These foods are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and support your overall health and vitality.

These foods include:

  • dark leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach
  • berries including blueberries, raspberries and strawberries
  • green tea
  • legumes including beans, lentils, peas and alfalfa
  • nuts and seeds
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • ginger
  • avocado
  • sweet potato
  • mushrooms
  • seaweed

‘Health hack’ 10: Digital detox

It wasn’t that long ago we all survived without digital phones and personal computers.

Doing away with your screens for a period of time gives you a break from the blue light exposure.

This is especially important before bed but is a worthwhile exercise for longer periods, improving sleep quality and reducing eye strain and potential headaches.

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Health hacks are a beneficial and fun way to invest in your health with the intent and likelihood of realising fast, short-term results.

They are a great way to invest and engage in your own health.

But it’s crucial to prioritise long-term wellbeing over quick fixes and there is no substitute for a thorough medical examination.

Simple blood screenings and blood pressure tests are among the routine checks your GP will undertake that can uncover a wide range of potential health issues.

These issues often become far more serious if unnoticed.

Prevention is so much easier than cure.

Detecting minor health issues before they evolve into major ones is the most effective way to ensure you live a long, happy and healthy life.

Remember, health checks are important at every age but should become more frequent as we age.

Want to consult a GP about the best ways to boost your health?

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