As I’ve been looking back at my year of simplicity, I’ve noticed that while I’ve added a few new health habits, I’ve kept all of them pretty uncomplicated.
The 5 simple health habits I’m sharing in this post are all inexpensive and fit seamlessly into my day.
And they have truly improved my life, as simple habits often do.
5 Simple Health Habits I’ve Added This Year
I’ve dabbled in oil pulling in the past but didn’t practice it consistently until this fall.
Basically, oil pulling is swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 minutes first thing in the morning, before you eat or drink anything.
When you’re finished, spit the oil in the trash can so that it won’t build up and clog a drain. Then, rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth.
The benefits are numerous, including whitening your teeth and reducing the harmful bacteria in your mouth. This article provides a lot more information.
I like that oil pulling helps me clean out things from my mouth that my toothbrush doesn’t reach. And it moisturizes my lips, which are always dry during Colorado winters.
I usually oil pull while taking my morning shower so that I’m multi-tasking. I spit out the oil at the end of my shower, rinse out my mouth, and grab a cup of coffee.
Dry brushing is another shower-related health habit.
A few times a week, before I shower, I use this dry brush to brush all of my skin, starting at my feet and brushing toward the heart.
Colorado winters are extra dry, and my skin always takes a hit, so dry brushing has been a lifesaver this year.
After I dry brush, I take my shower and apply a body oil after toweling off. My skin has been soft and moisturized, rather than the dry, itchy stuff I usually have at this time of year.
Cleaning my teeth with a water pick
Believe it or not (my dentists never do), I still have my wisdom teeth. I’ve been meaning to get them out, but they don’t really bother me, and oral surgery isn’t super convenient when you have a job where you talk all day.
So to make sure that things are extra clean back there, I bought a water pick, and I love it.
I use this one. You fill up the blue reservoir with water, then turn it on and clean between all of your teeth, front and back.
Between the water pick and oil pulling, my teeth have never felt cleaner.
And I love this one because it’s collapsible, so it’s easy to take with me when we’re in the mountains or traveling to see family.
Makeup removal pads
One of the beauty and health habits that I’m laziest about is washing my face before bed. I don’t know why, but I’m super inconsistent about it.
This year, I’ve started buying the Tea Tree Oil Pads from Trader Joe’s and keeping them by my bed. I tend to settle into bed awhile before I’m ready to go to sleep, so this feels more convenient.
When I’m starting to feel sleepy, I just use one of the tea tree oil pads to wipe my face off (the dirt it cleans off is pretty amazing). Doing this consistently has helped my skin look a lot clearer.
Tracking my water intake
At some point this autumn, I decided that I wanted to drink 100 ounces of water each day.
Water makes everything in our bodies run smoothly, and it’s super helpful if you have digestive problems.
Also, I work in a school with no AC and an uncontrollable heating system, so it’s easy to get dehydrated if I’m not thinking about it.
I use the My Water App to track my water intake. You can set a daily goal and regular reminders.
Every time you enter water in ounces, your screen fills up with water bit-by-bit until you reach 100%.
I feel true pride every day that I meet my goal. It’s a small habit, but it has made me feel so much healthier.
What simple health habits improve your life? Let me know in the comments below!