Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Simple Tips For Staying Healthy All Year Round

When it really comes down to it, our health is pretty much all we have. If we aren’t in good health, then it affects everything from our ability to work, even have relationships, or simply live a normal life.

That’s why it’s so important to take care of ourselves daily. It’s not just the bigger things like diet and exercise that are crucial to staying healthy, although those are obviously very important, but actually it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference over time so you can ensure that small things don’t turn into bigger things.

It’s also important to remember that, although things like colds and flus are more common in winter, they can strike at anytime of the year, so it’s a good idea to be constantly working to stay healthy and keep a strong immune system to protect against nasty colds, flus and viruses all year round.

Below are some seriously simple tips for you to help you maintain a healthy immune system no matter what the time of year is bringing to everyone else.

Plenty of sleep:

Although you may not feel like you need the recommended amount of sleep each and every night, it definitely makes a difference to your health overall when you get at least 6 hours of sleep daily. You’ll be more energized during the day, have better concentration, less likely to be distracted when carrying out important tasks, such as driving or cooking, and because your body is recharging whilst sleeping, then your immune system is given a good boost, too. If you’re able to, and you feel like you might need it, then it’s also recommended to take at least one 20 minute power nap during the day. Studies have shown that this boosts energy levels and productivity levels dramatically. It’s also been shown that people who get as close to the recommended daily amount of sleep are less at risk for major illness, such as heart attacks and strokes;

Cut off sugar:

Unless you’re completely dedicated to the cause, really are willing to give up certain things and go on a pretty strict diet to completely eliminate sugar from your life, then it honestly isn’t the most realistic or easiest thing to do. That doesn’t mean that you can’t cut back on it or at least eliminate it partially. It’s actually pretty crazy just how much sugar we consume on a daily basis - mostly without even realizing it. Nutritional information on a lot of products can be quite confusing in terms of how it’s worded, so a lot of things that contain quite a bit of sugar are things you wouldn’t expect. Sugar is not only responsible for causing dental problems that require you to make an out of hours phone call to an emergency dentist at, but is consistently linked to other major illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and a shocking rise in childhood obesity. Most things are fine in moderation, and a little sugar here and there is okay, but in order to stay healthy, try to cut back on this as much as possible. If you can’t live without the sweet taste it brings, then look for healthier, natural alternatives;

Stay hydrated:

The best thing you can give your body for hydration is water - it is, after all, the source of life itself. Though, as much as I love water and try to drink as much of it as I can each day, the taste is obviously quite boring when that’s all you drink. Other things you can use to stay hydrated are green tea, matcha powder, which is a very pure green tea in powder form, but known for its amazing health benefits and the fact that it helps boost energy levels more than coffee. Also snack on foods that have a high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, and grapes - or simply add some fruit to a jug of water to give it some flavor.

Cut back on alcohol:

Much like sugar, cutting out alcohol completely is not a lifestyle choice that suits everyone, but that doesn’t mean your health needs to take a beating because of it. Go easy on the alcohol and enjoy it in moderation. Make sure you drink plenty of water in between drinks, and don’t over indulge just because everyone else does - especially over the Christmas period and during celebrations. If you do decide to completely cut it out, then it’s to be admired, but be aware that, due to the society we live in, most people won’t understand your choice. Just stand firm and be happy in the knowledge that you’re putting your health first, and that while they’re nursing a hangover, you’ll be doing far more productive things.

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