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September 22, 2017

Keeping Up with the Basics

Diet and lifestyle changes can be hard to keep up with. There are so many ideas and trends out there in the world now, how are you to know what is going to work for you? We tend to have busy lifestyles that are hard to alter and be able to stick with it.

I am always reading up on tips, tricks, and ideas on diets and remedies. I have read online articles and I have read many books on healthy home remedies to common problems. Through all this research, I have found that there are a few recurring ideas that can help with any issue your body is going through.

There are three simple things you can start doing TODAY, without an extensive grocery list or recipe to follow. These are things that come naturally to us, but may not be followed every day. Follow these three ideas and it is a wonderful way to start a lifestyle change to better your health in a variety of ways.

Drink Water

It is said that the recommended daily intake of water is eight – eight ounce glasses of water, commonly known as the 8X8 Rule. Our bodies are over 60% water and every single cell of our bodies need water to function properly.

By maintaining a healthy level of water (follow the 8X8 Rule), your body and mind will be able to function at maximum efficiency. Any lost water due to exercise should be replenished right away to keep your body performing at its best.

There are many ways that water can help you feel better and do better each and every day. To name a few:

  • Water aids in the digestive process, keeping your body regular.
  • Water helps your kidneys to flush toxins from your body, keeping you healthy and your immune system at its best.
  • Water moisturizes the skin, giving it a healthy, younger looking glow.
  • Drinking a glass of water before a meal can help you feel more satisfied and help you eat less, reducing bloating and aiding in weight loss.

So start drinking water today! I recommend carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. There are plenty of opportunities to refill and you can make sure you are drinking water consistently throughout the day.

Exercise Daily

Studies has shown that even the smallest amount of exercise in our daily lives can have huge benefits. There are a lot of videos and work out programs out there that have proven to be very successful for people. Not everybody has time for that. Everybody needs something different to get the best benefits out of exercise. Some people may need a slow flow yoga class to feel their best, while others need a kick boxing class. No matter what kind of exercise you are getting, it is helping your body in these ways:

  • On a basic level, physical activity can help boost self esteem
  • Exercise releases endorphins in the body, giving a feel of euphoria or happiness. By releasing endorphins in the body, you can help alleviate the symptoms of depression.
  • Exercise can help reduce physical and mental stress that is taking a toll on your body. Speed walk when you are angry, skip when you are elated, and if you are feeling sad, just get out there and walk at a slow pace, but for a long distance.
  • Exercise can help you sleep better. By exercising, even just walking, you are boosting your core temperature. When the temperature returns to normal, it is signaling the body that it is time for sleep.
  • By keeping your body moving, you are keeping your bones, muscles, and joints working and maintaining strength.

If you don’t know where to start, start small. Take a few extra minutes in the morning to walk around the block before you get in your car, or when you get home. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Take the time on a weekend to scope out a yoga class. It is a great way to exercise, and also to meet people!

 

Sleep

On most people’s priority lists, sleep is at the bottom. You stay up late to get work done or go out with friends, sacrificing a few hours here and there to fill your life with more activity. Getting an adequate amount of sleep on a nightly basis is essential in living a healthy lifestyle.

When you are sleeping, your brain is at work, helping to prepare your body for the next day. If you are between the ages of 18 and 64, you should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If you maintain a routined time for sleeping and waking, your body will learn and adjust and be able to fall asleep and wake from sleep much easier.

Getting enough sleep helps your body repair itself. Your immune system has time to recover from the day. With less sleep, your immune system functions at a lower and lower rate until you can be more susceptible to catching viruses or bacteria. If you succumb to an illness, there are many over the counter medications to take, but they only combat the symptoms, they do not treat the problem. Fueling your body with the right foods to boost your immune response is the best way, and to get plenty of rest, allowing your body to do its job and fight off the invasion.

When you get a good night’s rest, you feel better, you are happier, you have clearer thoughts, and more motivation to move you through your day. Remember to cut down on any screen time before sleep, allowing your body to relax and begin to move into the sleep process. Make a cup of relaxing tea and read a book. I always get a great night’s sleep when I end the day that way.

The Basics

So, in conclusion, there are three things you can start doing in your life right now to help you live a healthy balanced lifestyle. Get a good night’s sleep, exercise daily, and drink plenty of water. I think you will be amazed at what a difference it can make in your life!

 

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