Eating healthy foods and exercising are a great way to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
Sometimes it’s hard to sift through all the information available today to figure out what’s important and what’s not when it comes to health and wellness.
Whether you’re trying to get back on track or need a refresher, these tips can help you get back to being healthy, fit, and on track for a healthier lifestyle.
1. Drink water
Water is essential for energy and weight loss. Most Americans suffer from chronic dehydration, which leads to lack of energy, memory loss, and resistance to weight loss.
Also, if you are not fully hydrated, your body will retain water when not fully hydrated, causing a bloated or puffy look and feel. Always carry a bottle of water with you. This should help you stay hydrated.
2. Limit Caffeine and Liquid Calorie Intake
Caffeine can certainly give you your morning smoothie and get your body going, but it can also get in the way of it. Limit your daily caffeine intake to 1 glass per day.
This ensures your coffee solution without harmful side effects. Remember that caffeine is a diuretic that pushes water out of your body. So take it easy on your coffee and drink water after that first cup!
3. Eat fresh, whole, healthy foods
With your meals, stick to healthy fats, fruits and vegetables, and lean protein.
Diets high in sugar, saturated fat, and processed foods can interfere with your body’s ability to regulate and maintain a healthy pH.
Remember to prepare your meals instead of buying meals that have already been prepared. Knowing what’s in your food is extremely important to maintaining optimal health.
4. Avoid trans fats
Have you ever wondered why some foods stay in your pantry for a long time? Most of these foods contain trans fats. Trans fats extend the shelf life of items, allowing them to stand the test of time in your pantry or cupboard.
Watch out for these pathogens. Anything listed on a label as “partially hydrogenated______ oil” or hydrogenated oils is considered trans fat.
5. Avoid artificial sweeteners
All artificial sweeteners may taste great and reduce the calorie content of foods, but they are not good for the body.
All artificial sweeteners are genetically modified foods and have been chemically altered in some way. Early tests on animals have shown that these sweeteners can cause brain tumors and seizures, as well as a toxic effect on the body.
Do you really want to eat these just because they have no calories? Stick with the real thing and ditch the sweeteners. Real sugar is not only healthier for you, but it also tastes so much better!
8. Exercise everyday!
Moving the body is essential for oxygenating the cells. Healthy cells need oxygen and disease cells can not survive in the presence of oxygen.
Not only that, but exercise lubricates the joints by spreading Synovial Fluid, a lubricant, throughout the joints. This will make it easier for us to move and continue to move as we age.
Not only is exercise a joint lubricator but it also helps us improve balance, improve posture, conditions the heart and lungs and helps maintain muscle and bone strength.