It seems everyone thinks they have the best idea when it comes to healthy diets and lifestyles. Although there can sometimes be a bit of confusion on the subject, common sense should always prevail. Therefore, making adjustments to your daily habits can have a profoundly positive effect on your health and well-being.
Here, we have compiled a list of seven things that you can do during your daily routine to ensure you maintain great health.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
It is well documented that sugar, especially refined sugar, is bad for your health. Unfortunately, sugar is found in many foods that you find in supermarkets, including ones that you would not expect.
However, cutting down on your sugar intake can be very easy, and you can start by reducing the number of sugary drinks you ingest, while also minimising your intake of sugar-laden snacks, such as sweets and chocolates.
Drink Plenty of Water
Our bodies are known to be at least 70% water. Staying hydrated is key to keeping your body in great condition. You don’t have to consume huge amounts of water to ensure you’re staying hydrated.
The recommended amount is eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 litres, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule, so it is easy to remember.
Avoid Processed Foods
Again, avoiding processed foods may seem difficult, especially if you don’t necessarily always have the time to prepare fresh meals. Cutting down on processed meals, and opting for more healthy and nutritious meals will have a significant impact when it comes to improving your health.
Luckily a quick Google search will give you a huge host of healthy alternatives and recipes to fill your diet with more nutritious alternates.
Eat Your Veggies
Yes, we know this may sound boring. However, it has always been important to consume vegetables to help maintain good health.
Try adding some extra broccoli, spinach, lettuce, or kale to your meals to ensure you are packing in a huge variety of vitamins and minerals that these plant foods provide.
Getting Your Vitamins
If you are maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet, you can be certain that you will be getting the right nutrients for your body. However, to ensure you are getting enough of what your body needs, you may need to take a supplement.
Vitamin D, especially in his active form (D3) is extremely important for maintaining great health, so you may want to look at investing in a high-quality vitamin supplement to take especially during the winter months when people can be lacking in this particular vitamin.
Avoid Refined Carbohydrates
Minimising your intake of refined carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, and cereals can significantly impact your overall health, as well as make you feel a lot better. Refined carbohydrates are very low in the nutrients that your body requires; they can also be damaging to your intestinal health is consumed in large quantities.
Instead of consuming refined carbohydrates, we suggest consuming more wholegrain foods, such as wholemeal bread and pasta.
Again, this may seem like a common-sense suggestion. However, many people focus so intently on the diet aspect, that they tend to overlook the importance of exercise when it comes to improving your physical health. When including regular exercise in your daily routine, bear in mind that it does not have to mean only performing any strenuous activities.
Going for a walk for 20 minutes to half an hour every day can have a profound effect on your overall health, while being one of the most easy and enjoyable exercises to do. Cycling, swimming, home exercises, jogging and dancing are also great non-strenuous gym-free exercises you could take up.