7 Unusual Health Changes that Have A Big Impact

7 Unusual but easy Health Changes that Have a Big Impact

It is often assumed that it takes a major lifestyle change to see a noticeable difference in health and wellness. While a major change is often the best way to see improved health quickly, there are some minor and unusual health changes that can make a big impact! Even better, most of them are free or very inexpensive!

1. Get Some Vitamin D

I’m glad to see that there is increasing awareness about the importance of Vitamin D in the news lately. I’ve written before about the importance of Vitamin D and how Vitamin D levels impact everything from oral health to sun tolerance.

I personally prefer to get Vitamin D from sun exposure whenever possible, but there are also some high quality supplements that are helpful in winter or when sun exposure is not an option. Overall, optimizing Vitamin D levels is one very small change that has a tremendous impact!

Free Option: Get healthy sun exposure to boost Vitamin D levels naturally.

Easy Option: If sun exposure isn’t an option, it is possible to optimize levels and protect skin from the sun with certain supplements.

2. Get Grounded

I first encountered the idea of “Grounding” or “Earthing” when I read the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever. The basic theory is that out bodies need to come in direct contact with the grounding force of the earth on a regular basis to reduce the positive charge that can build up in our bodies. Our bodies and cells have electrical energy, and especially with the high prevalence of Electromagnetic waves, Wi-Fi and mobile phone waves, many of us have a high amount of positive charge built up in our bodies and need to be “grounded” to diffuse this.

In modern society many of use rarely (or never) come in direct contact with the earth and the book explains how this can contribute to many health problems. The good news is that it’s an easy fix!

Free Option: Spend some time outside barefoot in direct contact with the dirt.

Easy Option: Get an earthing mat to sleep on. It provides the grounding force so you can reduce inflammation and boost health while you sleep!

3. Potty Posture

Yes, I just used the word potty… I have toddlers! Turns out that another thing we got wrong in modern society is the way we use the restroom. Speaking of toddlers, they give a good clue of the correct way to use the loo: in a natural squatting position. Experts point out that the squatting position is more natural and can help avoid colon disease, constipation, hemorrhoids, pelvic floor issues and similar ailments.

This post explains a lot more of the science behind using the squatting position.

Free Option: Squat on the toilet seat or put a stool, box or a couple of upside-down buckets under your toilet  to rest your feet on while using the restroom.

Easy Option: A Squatty Potty is an easier (and more attractive) option for adopting a squatting position without attempting a balancing act on the toilet seat!

4. Boost Gut Health

Hippocrates was once quoted for saying “all disease begins in the gut.” Time is proving Hippocrates to be a pretty smart guy, and science is even now linking poor gut health with a myriad of health problems.

From eczema to poor immune health, it seems that our gut health influences much more than we previously realized. If all disease beings in the health, it is logical to realize that perhaps optimal health begins here as well.

Overall, there are ten times the number of bacteria in the body as actual human cells, and this colonization of bacteria (good or bad) can weight up to three pounds. With such a large concentration of bacteria in our bodies, it is logical that we depend rather heavily on them for health.

I make it a priority to do as many things as possible to improve gut health on a daily basis, but even small changes can make a big difference in this area!

Free Option: Make some fermented foods (you have to eat anyway…) or drinks like Kombucha and water kefir.

Easy Option: Eating fermented foods is a great option, but if you don’t have time or don’t like them, a high quality probiotic supplement can be another good option. (This is the one I take)

5. Get Some Sleep

We’ve all heard how important sleep is, but it turns out that it is likely even more important than we thought.

I recently read the book Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival, which though poorly written in parts, has a lot of good information on the science behind the importance of sleep. It turns out that lack of sleep impacts your health (and your heart disease and cancer risk) just as much as a bad diet or constant exposure to toxins.

Statistically, getting enough sleep is one thing that we (as a population) are notoriously terrible at doing. The good news is that getting enough sleep is a completely free way to boost health…we just have to make it a priority!

Free Option: Just get some sleep! Here are some tips for improving sleep quality and getting to sleep more easily!

Easy Option: Ok, so there isn’t really a way to get the benefits of sleep without actually sleeping, so check out these tips and get some ZZZZs!

6. Eat More Nutrients

Many of us consume plenty of food but not enough actual nutrients! Statistically, many of our diets are made up of processed foods and chemical ingredients and they lack the important mineral rich and living foods that were once an integral part of any diet.

Diet is key, and while some supplements may help, they won’t be effective without a solid diet, since you can’t out supplement a poor diet! My suggestion is to focus on consuming extremely nutrient dense foods daily, rather than trying to “diet” which brings thoughts of deprivation. From experience, I can say that when I consume bone broth, grass fed meats, healthy fats like butter and coconut oil, raw milk and fermented vegetables each day, I am never hungry for (or crave) unhealthy foods.

Free Option: We all have to eat anyway, so just choose more nutrient dense foods like inexpensive homemade bone broth, soups, high quality meats, fermented vegetables (inexpensive and easy to make!) and other healthy foods.

Easy Option: Once we’re consuming high nutrient foods, certain supplements can complement a healthy diet and help the body operate optimally.

7. Clean Up Your Mouth

Did you know that oral health directly impacts the entire body and problems in the mouth can lead to compromised health?

Turns out that cavities and gum problems indicate problems that go much deeper than the mouth! Diet actually makes a big difference here too, and emerging evidence shows that teeth are even capable of remineralizing and healing if given the proper tools…

Free Option: Eat a diet that supports oral health (you have to eat anyway).

Easy Option: Check out my oral health resources page for some easy options to help boost your oral health.

Do you already do these things? What has made the biggest impact on your health? Share below!

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  1. With regards to oral health, there are a couple of things I started doing recently –
    1) Tongue Scraping – First thing every morning, I scrap all the gunk off of my tongue. Until you see it for yourself, you don’t realize how much builds up over the night. I get it out of there before it gets released back into my body.
    2) Oil pulling for 20 minutes with coconut oil first thing in the morning. I’ve read a lot of really good health benefits to doing this and figured it could not hurt to give it a try. I do not have any mercury fillings and have told my husband to wait to try it after he gets his last mercury filling replaced. (If you have mercury fillings, I would look into finding a good dentist that can safely replace these for you, since they release lots of toxins into the body).

  2. Such great tips! Have just about all of them except the grounding and squatty potty set up. Is skin brushing also beneficial to do?

  3. I have added more nutrients, supplements, probiotics and have stopped eating grains and unhealthy oils. I feel so much better! I am interested in trying grounding and getting more sun exposure. Not right now – since it’s 13 degrees! but hopefully soon. I was wondering about fermented cod liver oil capsules – Why is it so expensive?!? Is there cheaper alternative that you would recommend?

  4. I agree with Hippocrates.

  5. Are supplemental probiotics necessary for those consuming fresh raw milk and dairy products (butter and occasionally yogurt) from organic grassfed cows on a regular basis?

    • It depends on your body, but usually raw dairy and fermented veggies are usually enough if both consumed regularly….

  6. I made a decision a couple days ago to slowly (for financial and other practical reasons) adopt the paleo lifestyle. My husband gave me the eyebrow when I told him that I was going to start curbing my cooking to fit this way of living (I hate to call it a “diet” that’s just a bad word in my world), but I wanted to let him know that when I cook (which is often during the week) we would not be having grains or beans. I have been conscious of grains and my grain intake, cooking with many more veggies than usual, and increasing my tea and water intake as well with adjusting to drinking my coffee with just sugar. I have been amazed in just two days how different I feel. The most noticable is the bloating in my midsection. I have always been overweight even at my smallest right before I found out I was pregnant with my son. The last time I lost a significant amount of weight I did it on a low/no carb diet, but I did a lot of substituting carbs for “sugar free” products and had a horrible reaction to the excessive aspartame. I think this is a critical time of my life and this change must be made. I have about 70 lbs to lose since I had a baby and got a sedentary job, and my son just turned 2. I think a lot of what I consider the behavioral problems I’ve been having with him have a lot to do with his diet (although I don’t discredit his age, but he can be down right mean and off the wall). This is a critical time in my family to make this switch. We all need it. I don’t have much faith that I will get my husband to put down his 2 liter a day Pepsi addiction, but any little change I can make is worth it to me. If anyone has any advice or tips I would love to hear it, and just a side note: I work a full time job, I go to school, I have a two year old son. I need EASY advice lol

    • It was the Paleo diet that showed me I can NOT consume any kind of sugar.. not even maple syrup.. it makes me so sick, brain fogged, and unable to sleep! The only type of sweetener I can have is Zevia and Xylitol. I’m almost certain that this is due to an overgrowth of candida. The Paleo diet has done my whole family well even my grandson who shows autistic tendencies when not on the diet. Once your off beet sugar, life really changes! It’s not a diet, it’s a way of life.

  7. Hey, I love that there is a shout out to the squat potty position! It is almost a taboo subject (although it’s true that having a baby or toddler brings these things into everyday conversation) and I think more people should know about this! I have pelvic floor issues (1st degree bladder prolapse after birth of my dear little one) and have adopted the squat position for #2. It’s not that doable when out and about, but more often than not I am at home when nature calls. It is probably TMI for most, but it has made a huge difference in my bathroom routine. No pushing, really no time to read a magazine or anything. Ha! I am pretty fit and our toilet is sturdy, so I am comfortable squatting directly on the seat. Wellness Mama, do you have any tips for potty training toddlers in a way that allows for squatting?

  8. Awesome post — I love this. All so true, but we fail to realize how simple it is to be healthy – we just need to connect with nature and what our bodies are telling us to do. I had actually never really thought about how good squatting is for health until I started doing the Bradley Method in preparation for my daughter. My husband encouraged me to write a blog article about it after research its health benefits beyond birth and bowel movements and I found so much awesome information that it convinced me for life!

  9. One thing to know about grounding is that its not as simple as it seems. I had an emf expert come work with me to make my bedroom as emf clean as it could be and he explained that if you have a lot of electricity in your room, and you use a grounding sheet, you are actually pulling the electricity through your body and out into the earth. So while it isnt staying in you, you are essentially becoming part of the grounding system and actually adding a ton of emfs to your body. So its essential not to ground unless you have made sure the space around you is low emf.