Top 10 tips for a healthy body & long life
1) Eat Antioxidant Rich Foods
Take control of your body weight and reduce the risks of disease with antioxidants sourced from whole foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables that offer superior protection for your body against the effects of inflammation, fatigue and stress.
2) Take Charge Of Your Stress Levels
“A recent telomere research study at the University of California showed that “chronic stress can accelerate aging as much as 10 years”.
You can easily control stress by finding a favorite activity and making it a part of your day. Moderate exercise, reflexology, yoga, Pilates, deep breathing and walking all reduce your stress levels. Hobbies such as art, music and reading are also effective stress busters.
3) Get Better Quality Sleep
Sleep is “the great healer”. Research at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., shows that less than an average of 8 hours of sleep at night causes premature aging. The hormonal changes caused by sleep deprivation and more free radicals mean faster aging.
4) Drink Lots of Good Quality Water
Your body relies on water to process foods, detoxify properly, control weight and water is essential for supple, younger looking skin and bright eyes. Good quality water is either reverse osmosis or distilled. Consider 6-8 8 oz. glasses of water throughout the day essential.
5) Switch to Good Fats
Many people are deficient in the essential fat called omega-3. Youth is often recognized by supple and smooth skin, shiny hair, nails, joints and muscles. You’ll feel and look well when your daily consumption includes cold-water fresh fish, raw nuts and seeds (not roasted or salted), avocado, good quality olive, flax or hemp oil, organic or free range poached or soft-boiled eggs. As a bonus, you’ll also get their anti-inflammatory benefits.
6) Eliminate The Salt Habit
Your body can’t use the sodium from in-organic table salt or other similar in-organic sources. Instead get your sodium from foods such as sea salt, celery, cabbage (red), apples, asparagus, beets, greens, carrots, chickpeas, kale, parsley, turnips, dates, fish and lentils.
7) Avoid Fast Foods
The products are engineered to addict through their extensive use of sodium, bad fats and sugars. In addition, the highly processed and refined "foods" are extremely difficult for your body to process and lack very little nutritional value.
8) Kick The Refined Sugar Habit
The artificial boost your body receives from sugar actually contributes to fatigue and illness because it does not contain any nutrients and in fact, uses up the body's nutrients to process them. Look to Sucanat, a sugar cane product Xylitol as healthy natural alternatives.
Artificial sugars and sugar substitutes should be avoided totally as they are basically toxic to your body.
9) Cleanse Your Body Regularly
Most people enjoy eating out, treats from time to time, miss a meal or two and sometimes settle for a fast sandwich, Even the best of diets and lifestyles still present challenges for the body and cleansing is the most effective way to help your internal organs operate at top efficiency. Cleansing products that are entirely plant based and contain essential nutrients are best as they will strengthen the organs as your body is cleansed of toxins.
10) Laugh Often, Laugh Well
The Time Jan. 17, 2005 issue stated “It’s no joke: laughing may be one of nature’s cleverest tricks for keeping us healthy and safe”.
Laughter, happiness and optimism have been linked to the aging process and have been shown to block pain and reduce stress levels. There is certainly a lot of interest in the benefits of the laughter so be sure to make it a significant part of your day.
When you adopt these Top 10 Tips for a healthy body and lifestyle your natural youthful vitality, appearance and long term health is assured.