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5 Ways to Jumpstart your Health

5 easy ways to jumpstart your health

5 easy ways to jumpstart your health

Getting healthier can be an overwhelming idea for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. Regardless of where you are on the healthy living spectrum, we all have habits we can change that will put us on the path to improving our health.

Below are 5 ways that can have a powerful effect on your health in the long run when implemented.

1. Drink more water – Many health professionals agree that we should aim to drink half our body weight in ounces every day (i.e. 75 ounces per day for a 150 lb person). Drinking water helps to flush toxins out of our bodies, keep us from thinking we’re hungry when we’re really thirsty, keep our skin looking its best and keep our muscles energized. If you aren’t a fan of drinking water plain, try adding frozen or fresh fruit to it. Some of my favorites include pomegranate seeds, frozen blackberries and grapefruit.

2. Eat less processed foods – A good rule of thumb is that if it has an ingredient list, its processed. Although there are some exceptions to this rule, it is a good place to start. Marketers try to make us think their foods are healthy by putting labels with catchy statements like ‘gluten-free’ or ‘no trans-fats’ but the truth is the really healthy foods don’t have labels. Even if the frozen lunches look like they are a healthy choice because they have 300 calories or less, check out the ingredient list. Chances are that there is chemicals put into the food to make it last longer or look more appealing. When we ingest these chemicals, our bodies often become inflamed. This leads to weight gain, chronic diseases and overall poor health.

3. Eat more vegetables – Vegetable consumption is the powerhouse of our health. Each vegetable has its own nutrient profile that does something different for our body. Because of this, the more variety of vegetables you consume the better. For those that claim not to like vegetables or that they are something to be tolerated and not enjoyed, I believe that you just haven’t discovered the right recipe. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new cooking methods and new varieties of vegetables.

4. Get more sleep – The national sleep foundation recommends adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Within this range, the optimal amount varies for each individual. Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your immune system, your weight and your mood. Sleep deprivation has also been tied to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and depression. The same part of the brain that controls sleep also controls metabolism. The hormones that dictate your appetite increase when you are tired leading you to eat more than you would otherwise. If getting to bed early enough is an issue for you, try not having caffeine after 2pm – this includes most teas, sodas, and even some flavored waters.

5. Build a community – The company you keep can have a great influence on your weight and health. If all of your friends eat fast food and drink sodas all day long, you are more likely to as well. However, if you can find a friend that wants to try to adopt a healthier lifestyle along with you, it can help you stay motivated. You can also try joining a gym, a yoga studio or start shopping at the local natural food store. Their employees are a wealth of knowledge and the stores often host events geared towards healthy living. Lucky for us, our neighborhood has a few of these. True Nature Foods on Broadway and Urban Orchard on Clark Street are great resources for those embarking on a healthier lifestyle.

 

Nutritious in the City is not acting in the capacity of a doctor, licensed dietician-nutritionist, psychologist or other licensed or registered professional. Nutritious in the City is not providing health care, medical or nutrition therapy services and will not diagnose, treat or cure in any manner whatsoever any disease, condition or other physical or mental ailment of the human body. It’s always best, and recommended, to consult with your doctor when making any changes to your diet and/or lifestyle.

 


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