Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. And as this holiday approaches, we often feel led to show our family, friends, and significant others how much they mean to us.

It’s a great sentiment. However, this Valentine’s Day–and every month onward–I want to challenge you to start showing yourself some love in the form of taking care of your body and putting your health first.

You deserve a vibrant life full of good health regardless of your age or current health problems. And creating new habits that will enable you to live life to the fullest is a goal that’s 100% attainable for everyone.

To get you started on your journey to showing your body more love this year, I want to share with you 5 simple things you can do that will drastically improve your health.

Check them out…

Eat Healthier with Simple Food Swaps

Eating a healthier, more wholesome diet can seem like a daunting task. You may think you need to throw out all your old meal plans for complicated recipes with hard-to-find ingredients.

While that may work for some, it’s not your only option.

If you’re just getting started on a commitment to eating healthy, try starting small. With a few simple changes in your buying and meal prep habits, you can make a significant difference in your diet.

Read the rest of the post here to get a list of five easy food swaps that will get you started toward a better diet and a healthier family.

Cleanse Your Gut System

Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine.”

From regulating your hormones to providing a natural source of energy, the food we put in our bodies can create positive changes and reverse or minimize symptoms for a variety of chronic conditions.

Your gut, otherwise known as the gastrointestinal tract, is the key to having a healthy body. When our gut health is out of balance, there’s no doubt that other issues will arise.

Aside from digesting food and excreting waste, the gut plays a big part in warding off illness–about 70% of the cells that make up our immune system are in the wall of our gut.

Unfortunately, many Americans consume a highly processed, high-sugar, high-fat, low-fiber diet.

These poor dietary choices, along with stress and environmental toxins, have led to significantly altered gut bacteria, leading to poor overall health.

The good news is that there are several foods that possess gut-cleansing powers.

If you sense it’s time for a natural re-boot to your gastrointestinal tract, then click here to read the rest of my article and discover five edible gut cleansers that will improve your overall health.

Work on Keeping Your Memory Sharp

Our brain’s ability to remember is an advantage many of us take for granted. Often, it isn’t until we begin to experience more rapid changes that we realize how important our memory is on a daily basis.

The Alzheimer’s Association projects that over 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s disease in the United States alone.

This may be a scary statistic, and to keep your peace (and health) of mind, it’s best to take proactive steps to keep your brain function in tip-top shape.

Alzheimer’s and dementia aside, we could generally benefit from a boost to our brain’s ability to remember important details–from studying for exams to ensuring we accomplish everything on our daily to-do list on time.

Read the rest of this article to discover what three items you can consume as a preventative measure to keep your brain healthy and memory fit.

Go Get a Massage

We all know how great it feels to get a massage.

After all, it’s one of the most common ways we help each other to feel better: a foot massage after a physically demanding chore or a neck rub to help relax after a stressful day at the office.

You may not realize that regular massage, when provided by a licensed massage therapist, also has many natural benefits for your physical and emotional well-being.

Click here to discover five health benefits of massage therapy.

We also have great massage therapists at Carolinas Natural Health Center. Contact us today to get an appointment set up!

Add Exercise into Your Daily Routine

Adult life means that you’re most likely perpetually busy—from work to family obligations, exercise takes a back burner. But luckily, you can still sneak exercise into your hectic schedule.

Whether you’re a single parent, or someone with a demanding job, there is more than one way to keep your body moving and your health optimized.

If that gym membership is going to waste, and you don’t have the energy to run a few miles after ten plus hours at the office, not to worry.

Simply click here to check out seven techniques that allow you to exercise without sacrificing your much-needed downtime.