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Whether you want to label it a resolution or not, the New Year is a fantastic time to start anew. There’s something about that midnight bell on December 31st that seems to inspire introspection and an evaluation of your life and the things you need to change to be a better person. For some, this means saving money; for others, it means a new job. But, according to one survey, for the vast majority, it inspires thoughts of improving health.

But what exactly needs to change to experience an improvement in health? Here are a few changes you can make to get you on the road to the new you.

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Hydration

Up to 60% of your body is made up of water and maintaining a good level of hydration is essential to good health. With every cell in your body containing water, and dehydration can have significant consequences for health. Inadequate hydration over a sustained period can lead to low blood pressure, weakness, dizziness, kidney disease, urinary tract infection and many other adverse outcomes. To maintain a good level of hydration, the generally accepted amount you should be drinking is around eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Be sure to spread it through the day to minimise the amount lost through urination.

Allergy Awareness

Did you know that an unidentified allergy can provoke the onset of several symptoms which can have significant adverse health impacts? An allergy, when triggered, can cause rashes, sneezing, chest tightness, swelling of the lips, tongue and face. All of these symptoms can make life difficult. So what can you do in the new year? Allergy testing! By undertaking allergy testing, you can identify the substances that could trigger any of the above reactions and even lead to potentially fatal symptoms. We have a range of allergy testing products you can use to be more aware of your body’s sensitivities this new year.

Sleep

Without appropriate levels of sleep, you’re exposing yourself to increased risk of conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and heart disease. So how can you improve your sleep quality? The first step is to set a routine. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (Yes, even on weekends) as your body is heavily dependent on routine to be able to get sufficient deep sleep. Also, try to limit screen time before bed as blue light restricts your body’s production of melatonin, the hormone vital for sleep. Taking these two steps should put you on the journey to a better nights sleep.