As we enter the month of love, we think it is always best to fall in love with yourself first through self-care. What better way to do this than by taking steps daily to improve your overall health? When it comes to lifestyle changes, sometimes baby steps are the way to make sure you are consistent and following through with your goals. Here are 5 health and nutrition tips that can contribute to improving your life in general.
Cut out processed food as much as humanly possible. Processed junk foods are the enemy of an overall healthy lifestyle. Processed foods contain high levels of salt, sugar, fat, and are considered empty calories. Processed foods include sweets such as cake and biscuits, soda and soft drinks, microwave meals, and more. Moderation is important. Keep your cheat meals/snacks to once per week if possible and instead replace them with healthier snacks like fruits, veggies, and nuts.
Keep sugar to the bare minimum. Why exactly is sugar harmful? Experts say too much sugar can lead to health problems such as diabetes, tooth cavities, increased weight gain, heart disease, and more. So, if you are going down the path of a healthier lifestyle it’s imperative to cut out sugar from your diet as much as possible.
Sleep is king. Getting enough sleep is arguably one of the best things you can do for yourself to lead a more wholesome life. Lack of sleep can reduce physical and mental performance, disrupt appetite hormones, drive insulin resistance, and more. Experts say getting quality sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising, as poor sleep is linked to higher body weight. Getting a good amount of sleep can also improve concentration and productivity and reduce procrastination.
Water, water, and more water! The benefits of staying hydrated are endless. To name a few significantly affects energy levels and brain function, aids in weight loss, prevents and treats kidney stones, and more! Need we say more?
Get some sun every day or take vitamin D3 if you don’t get enough sunlight in the day. Benefits include increased strength, improved bone health, and a lower risk of cancer. Vitamin D may also help you live longer!
Overall, any progress you make towards a better life and a better you is a step in the right direction. How’s your health streak going? Tell us in the comments below.