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21 ways to improve your health - part 1

25 May 2016

Healthy living tips

There are many ways you can improve your health and just a few small changes can give big results, but there always seems to be conflicting advice concerning what is good for us and what are the right ways to improve our health. With this in mind I’ve pulled together some of my top tips. This is part 1 so check back for the next 2 sections.Water

Doing a combination of my suggested activities will boost your health and improve your lifestyle and well-being – so try them out and see what works for you, I'd love to hear how you get on!

Drink more water
Anyone who knows me knows this is my go to response when I’m asked (often at events/parties) to impart some nutritional knowledge!

The general recommendation is that we should drink around eight glasses of water a day (2.5litres). Taking in this amount of water will greatly enhance your digestion‚ nutrient absorption‚ skin hydration‚ and detoxification – as well as many other aspects of your health.  It might even help you shift a few excess pounds!

Always eat breakfast
Your body needs good quality fuel to wake up your metabolism (it is breaking the fast after all) – so always eat something for breakfast!

If you eat a healthy breakfast you will subsequently burn more calories throughout the day.  Eating a good amount at breakfast will also prevent you from getting that lull in the morning when your body is running on empty.  Yes I will do another blog post on breakfast ideas!

Avoid yo-yo dieting
The majority of crash dieters regain the weight they have shed and then maintain a continuous cycle of weight loss and gain.  Again those that know me know I really don’t like the word ‘diet’.  The answer is to avoid crash diets and develop sustainable food habits – that would include avoiding high-sugar products.

Improve your sleep
If you’re having trouble sleeping, try cutting out alcohol or caffeine and other stimulants (including TV, computers and mobile phones) to help you to nod off and get a good night’s sleep.  Also, adding a few drops of lavender oil onto your pillow at night has been shown to have relaxing effects.  Watch out for future posts on sleep hygiene.Salt

Cut down on your salt intake
To reduce the impact of salt on your blood pressure, cut down on your salt intake. I suggest using herbs and spices such as oregano, nutmeg and paprika to season your food, rather than always adding salt. You may eventually find that you don’t need to add salt at all!

Be good to your bones
A diet high in calcium and vitamin D will lead to strong bones and healthy nerves and muscles. Good sources of calcium and vitamin D include egg yolk, broccoli, oily fish, dark green leafy vegetables and direct sunlight. Book that holiday now!

Build stronger bones
Weight-bearing activities such as running or dancing are great for increasing your bone health.  You could also introduce some bone-building herbs like parsley (goes well with oily fish) into your food in order to gain maximum benefits.