9. Treat yourself to a massage
“I think everyone should visit a spa or massage therapy centre as frequently as possible,” says Dr. Murad, even if it means cutting corners in other areas like eating out. “Massage not only benefits muscles but also can lower stress levels significantly. Clinical studies show that it can increase weight gain in premature babies, reduce pain in cancer patients, enhance sleep quality, relieve depression and positively support the immune system.” And it feels sooo good. Do you really need more convincing?
10. Add more fiber to your diet
Fiber has been shown to enhance the body’s absorption of good nutrients and block the absorption of calories from carbs and fats. To get more fiber, eat steel-cut oatmeal, flaxseed and the skins of organic fruits and veggies such as apples, peaches, potatoes and zucchinis.
11. Sleep more, and better
“Beauty sleep is not a cliché,” says Dr. Murad. “It’s a fact. Just about every system in the body is affected by the quality and amount of sleep you get at night.” For better sleep hygiene, he recommends going to sleep and waking up at the same time every single day (even weekends), avoiding stimulating activities such as TV half an hour before bed, skipping caffeine after 2 p.m. and placing a lavender sachet at your bedside.