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5 Things to Start Doing to Improve Your Health

5 Things to Start Doing to Improve Your Health!

#1 – Eat breakfast every day

When you start your day (and your blood sugar) with a balanced breakfast, you’ll have more energy and focus and you’ll feel better throughout the day.  Caffeine-laden coffee with a carb-heavy bagel or muffin is not a balanced breakfast. Nor is cereal, which is often 30% or 40% sugar by weight. In fact, most typical American breakfast foods will not support you and your energy needs – these foods can actually make you feel tired and drained before you even get to lunch. 

And remember that processed carbohydrates quickly turn into sugar in the body and can lead to weight gain.  A balance of fats, unrefined carbs and protein makes a good breakfast.  Whole foods like free-range eggs, smoothies made with whole milk, steel-cut oatmeal, plain whole-milk yogurt, raw nuts, omelets or even soups or leftovers all make a good healthy start to your day!

#2 – Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables

Every day we need the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes and more that are found in fruits and veggies.   Antioxidants in particular help slow aging and fight cancer.  Fresh and organic seasonal produce is the best kind of produce. And don’t forget that it’s important to eat a rainbow of colors – that way, you’ll get a good variety. Be sure to enjoy some dark green leafy vegetables every day!

#3 – Drink more water

Water is essential to life.  Our bodies are mostly water! Drinking water is essential if you want to feel your best and lose weight.  If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll experience routine fatigue, dry skin, headaches, constipation and weight gain. Plus, water helps flush the body of toxins … and excess toxins can lead to weight gain, fatigue and inflammation.  You want to drink half your body weight in ounces per day of water, preferably water that’s FREE of chlorine, flouride, heavy metals, VOCs, pollutants, etc.  Installing a water filter in your home is a healthy investment!

#4 –  Use more sea salt

Unrefined sea salt is another crucial ingredient for our everyday health. This kind of salt retains a wealth of minerals. The next time you grocery shop, look for Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan salt – both are mineral-rich and delicious.

Unrefined sea salt helps improve the pH of the body, along with reducing inflammation, improving digestion and supporting the adrenal glands.   You can season your meals with sea salt, use it in cooking or take it as a supplement. Just stir ½ to 1 teaspoon sea salt into some warm water and drink daily for optimal health benefits.

#4 – Exercise and breathe

Movement and exercise are cornerstones of optimal health.  Exercising is a great way to improve the tone of your digestive system as well as stimulate drainage and waste release out of the lymphatic system. 

Exercising also increases those “feel-good” hormones and can help us have more energy and inspiration to prepare and enjoy healthier meals. Types of exercise that focus on breathing — such as yoga — have been shown to help with digestion as well as boost the immune system. 

Our bodies use oxygen to create energy, so plenty of oxygen is essential for optimum health.  Even something as simple as a short 15-20 minute walk each day can put you on the path to better health.

#5 – Reduce stress and get good sleep

Stress and lack of good sleep has been shown to affect our mental, emotional and physical well-being.  Being stressed and/or tired can hinder our digestive processes and increase inflammation in the body. Not to worry — meditation and other relaxation methods are effective calming techniques, and relaxing before eating can aid in digestion. Getting healthy isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about when and how you eat!

People who eat under stress are more likely to not pay attention to what they are eating. That means they’ll choose less-healthy options and be more likely to overeat.  Yes, we all experience stress in our fast-paced world, but it’s crucial to manage stress and engage in relaxing activities.

Sleep is the body’s opportunity to rest, restore and repair.  Keeping regular sleep schedules is essential for being able to fall asleep and stay asleep more easily.  Getting enough sleep and reducing stress in your life can have a positive impact on both your weight and health goals.

Eat to Live Not Live to Eat

Dr. Hesselberg

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