Medlin Law Firm - November 2020

Top 5 Healthy Life Hacks

To Have an Awesome Morning Getting your day started with coffee isn’t always enough. Sometimes, you need to give yourself an extra boost, especially when you have little energy or trouble focusing. For an awesome start to your day, here are five tips to get you going right off the bat. Wake up 5 minutes early. What’s the power of five minutes? It can be more than you think. Spend this time doing simple breathing exercises or a quick meditation so you can get focused for the rest of the day. If that’s not your style, you can prepare a quick to-do list for your day ahead. Either way, it’s always nice to have a little extra time for yourself without losing too much sleep. Start with green tea, then coffee. A cup of coffee at 7 a.m. can leave you burned out by 10 a.m. Try swapping it with green tea for a more gentle wake-up call. After that, you can brew your favorite coffee to keep you going strong. This practice also might help you consume less caffeine overall! Take a quick morning walk— and have your meetings on the go. Morning meetings can make us want to fall asleep again. Don’t spend all of them sitting down if you don’t have to! Not only will

morning walks help you wake up, but they can also add some extra physical activity to your day.

Write in your journal. Who says you have to journal at the end of the day when you’re tired and ready to sleep? You can journal in the morning about what happened yesterday and the things you’re looking forward to that day. Journaling can remind you of your daily goals and motivate you to stick to your commitments. Pack your lunch (or snacks!). Staying on track with your goals starts with having the energy to do them. Plan a healthy balance of fats, vegetables, carbohydrates, and proteins. This can be as simple as assembling dips, carrots, wraps, and salads each morning.

It’s time to try these tactics to jump-start your day!


Later in life, Gary Medlin’s father (mentioned on the cover article) developed Alzheimer’s disease. Coincidentally, November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, so at Medlin Law Firm, we thought we’d share the simple lifestyle changes you can make to slow or prevent this common, heartbreaking, and presently incurable disease. No. 1: Be physically active. Every week, you should aim to have at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise, such as briskwalking, riding a bike, or pushing a lawnmower. You could also aim for 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as jogging, fast swimming, or riding a bike up a hill! Try to mix it up between activities that require strength and endurance. No. 2: Eat well! Not only can a healthy diet reduce your risk of memory loss, but it’ll also fight other conditions like cancer, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, stroke, and heart disease. Eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and proteins (fish, beans, eggs, meat) twice a week should keep you in tiptop shape. No. 3: Don’t smoke. Smoking harms the circulation of blood in your body, including those that lead to the brain, heart, and lungs, causing significant damage to your health.

No. 4: Take care of your heart and oral health. Because of your blood circulation, your heart, oral, and brain health are a lot more connected than you might think. According to recent studies, the same bacteria that’s associated with Alzheimer’s are often found in patients with gum disease. Similarly, some autopsy studies show that almost 80% of individuals with Alzheimer’s also have cardiovascular disease. No. 5: Stay connected and mentally active. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, numerous studies show that “maintaining strong social connections” and “keeping mentally active as we age” may lower the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. Although the medical reason isn’t yet clear, some experts suspect it’s due to the direct mechanisms between social and mental stimulation. We hope these tips may help you or a loved one. If you’d like to make a donation to support Alzheimer’s disease research, you can do so at Alzheimers. Thank you so much for reading this, and have a happy, healthy November! | Pg. 2

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