5 Tips For Achieving Your Healthy Resolutions
It’s said that to be selfless, you must be selfish. Before you can be truly available for other people physically, mentally and emotionally, you have to ensure that you are in a position to do so.
Let 2018 be the year you take care of your health. If this is one of your New Year’s goals, it’s important to take the steps necessary to get your body and mind in tip-top shape. This always begins with one fundamental priority — proper nutrition.
To accelerate your goals, we’ve prepared these five nutritional hacks to help you achieve your nutrition resolutions.
The Most Fluid Habit to Make
One of the best ways to keep yourself healthy is to get into the habit of keeping yourself properly hydrated.
Humans are about 60 to 70 per cent water by composition. We need water to help us digest food, detoxify our skin, carry nutrients to the brain and organs for better cognitive and physical function, and more. Unlike soda, water helps manage body weight and reduce caloric intake throughout the day.
Many foods in our diet can be filled with sodium, and too much salt can raise your blood pressure, as sodium draws water from the body to the veins, leaving your body vulnerable to dehydration. Dehydration can lead to unclear thinking, mood changes, digestive issues and other health issues.
Although the water-intake requirements can vary depending on your current health and age, guidelines suggests at least two litres per day, which is about eight tall glasses. To make things convenient, try carrying around a reusable bottle you can drink from throughout the day. Infuse your water with fruit and herbs like berries and mint for a tasty and refreshing option!
Nourishment, Inside And Out
The winter cold creates a number of challenges, such as dry skin and a slower metabolism. On frigid nights, multifaceted nutrition is key. This brings us to coconut oil.
You’ve probably heard about the wonders of coconut oil from your friends or family. Clinical studies show that coconut oil can reduce a number of heart disease factors within the body, help improve digestion through antibacterial properties, improve HDL cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol. All that and it can also works as a topical moisturizer.
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You Are What You Digest
Diets high in processed foods and sugar may promote bacterial overgrowth. This negatively affects the digestive tract and impacts the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients. Food breaks down in the stomach and absorbed from the small intestine.
If your digestion is compromised, your body is likely unable to absorb all of the nutrients needed to keep it in optimal condition. To get your digestion back on track, consider these supplements and nutritional aids that can significantly help:
- Coconut Oil. Aside from hydrating your skin and boosting your metabolism, coconut oil has antibacterial properties that can help rebalance gut flora.
- Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL). DGL is a great ally for the stomach, helping to promote the natural lining of the stomach and intestinal walls from damage.
- Soluble Fibre. The Canadian diet is typically deficient in fibre, especially the soluble kind that improves heart health, lowers cholesterol and balances blood sugar. Dietary fibre through fruit, vegetables or oats are a great way to improve your digestive health.
- Probiotics. Strains, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus acidophilus in supplemental form are great for rebalancing the gut flora.
- Bone Broth. Not only is soup perfect for staying cosy and healthy. But soup made with bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and feature collagen. This helps heal the gut lining from damage.
Feed the Body, Feed the Mind
Ultimately, reaching your New Year’s goal always starts with one thing — mindset.
Although we strive to follow better nutritional practices to do our body well, it’s important to nourish the mind, especially during the winter months. Meditation or any practice of mindfulness, like yoga or simple breathing techniques, can help to put the mind at ease. This is notably important in the colder months when our mood sways due to the shorter days and less sunlight.
Aside from feelings of calmness and clarity, deep-breathing techniques and meditation help balance neurotransmitter levels in the brain for better function. Additionally, these techniques lower cortisol, which causes stress, in the body.
The Midas Ingredient
From giving dishes a rich gold colour and delicious flavour to its potent benefits for the body, turmeric is a well-known powerhouse ingredient among health enthusiasts.
Largely attributed to its curcumin content, turmeric root comes in a vibrant orange powdered form that can also be taken as a supplement. Clinical studied show that it is a natural anti-inflammatory compound useful for arthritics, athletes and movers alike. These properties also help during cold weather, which can be tough on joint mobility and muscle pain.
Whether used in recipes like curries or drinks like chai, powdered turmeric adds value to your diet in a number of ways.
Use these 5 tips throughout the year to help accelerate your goals, starting now. Get creative with how you use them. After all, the path to getting your body and mind in tip-top shape begins with the first step.