Sometimes the smallest changes we make in our lives can have the biggest impact on us, especially when it comes to decisions about our health. Maybe you want to lose a few pounds or you just want to have more energy and do something good for yourself. Either way, following even a handful of these tips can help you to get and stay healthy.
Thirsty? Reaching for a bottle of water can help you lose weight and help with energy. Soda and heavily sweetened drinks actually dehydrate our bodies and make us feel more tired. Getting at least 6-8 glasses of water each day is also great for your skin and helps flush out toxins and waste that can accumulate and lead to illnesses.
You don't have to be a marathon runner to stay fit. Invest in a pedometer to make sure you get at least 10,000 steps in each day. Park further away when you get to the grocery store. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Every step helps keep your joints lubricated and works out your heart for better cardiovascular health.
The occasional steak is ok but eating red meat to often can raise cholesterol leading to higher risks of clogged arteries. Try eating more fish and white meat for dinner, keeping portions to the size of a deck of cards.
Make sure you eat a wide range of colors of fruits and vegetables each day. Try keeping a tray of precut vegetables and fruits handy in the refrigerator so when hunger strikes, you won't be tempted to reach for junk food.
As we age, sometimes our digestive systems can slow down so it's very important get enough whole grains in our diet for colon and intestinal health. Research has proven whole grains can also help lower cholesterol and keep hearts healthy.
Stress constricts our arteries and raises blood pressure putting people at risk for heart attacks and strokes. If your feeling stressed out find a quiet place to clear your mind and just take a few deep breaths.
Check the labels before you buy products and you'll see it is often hard to find certain products that don't contain sugar. Try finding foods with natural sweetness to them like sweet potatoes and butternut squash and fresh fruits.
Believe it or not we actually need fat in our diets. It helps us feel full and good fat that comes from products like flaxseed oil is high in Omega 3's and is great for heart and vascular health. Try switching to grapeseed or olive oil when you cook or try making healthy versions of homemade salad dressings with it.
In our deepest sleep is the time when our bodies repair themselves. Not getting at least 8 hours of sleep at night can have an impact on our emotional as well as physical health because staying exhausted makes people on edge and stressed and that raises cortisol levels which can lead to other health risks and increased weight gain.
The last tip is the most important. Don't forget to talk to your doctor about any diet or exercise plans you might be considering and get regular check ups. Preventative medicine is the best medicine. Seeing a doctor before your health declines or as soon as symptoms start, can prevent many serious hospitalizations and surgeries.