Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to achieve and maintain optimal health

I want to share with you a few tips on how you can stay healthy or get healthy starting today.

We all want to live a long time don't we? We are living longer but not healthier. My family lives to 100+ years then they just fall over and die. No health issues. Isn't that ideal. I want to be like them.

When we talk about living a long healthy life we are talking about the quality of your life. Healthy lifestyle = Good quality of life. The quality of your life improves greatly if you are healthy. Wouldn't you agree?

Being healthy ensures that you are able to do all of the things you enjoy for as long as you live. Isn't that what we all want. I do and I know you do, too.

So how can we achieve optimal health and maintain it? Here are a few tips:

Last week we spoke about hydration, that is supplying the body with enough cold clear water on a daily basis. Here's why hydrating is very important.

Our bodies are mostly water, over 70%
Our bodies need water to live
Water hydrates every part of your body, especially your brain
Water will flush your body of toxins
Water will lower your blood pressure
Water will plump up your skin. It's a great wrinkle reducer, ladies
It helps digest your food.
Water assists with weight loss..... so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Every day substitute one glass of water for that can of soda and you're on the right track.

Now, Let's talk about good nutrition because good nutrition is one of the keys to good health.

Good nutrition starts with the first meal of the day, Breakfast. I know what you are going to say. I don't have time to eat breakfast.

Here is my answer to that.....Make time for breakfast you deserve it and your body will thank you for it.

Here is why you need a good breakfast:

You have been fasting all night while you sleep. Just like your car needs fuel to run, your body also needs food (fuel) to do all the important jobs it has to do. Your body is a perfect machine. If you take care of it, it will take care of you.

Here are some benefits you get when you eat breakfast:
Having breakfast will give you energy
It will brighten your spirit
Keep your blood sugar from spiking
Keep you satisfied so you don't eat junk food
Eating breakfast will help you maintain a healthy weight.

It only take a few minutes to have a nourishing breakfast. Set aside 15 to 20 minutes to have a relaxing, nourishing breakfast.

What does a good nourishing breakfast consist of?

What you choose to eat for breakfast depends on your tastes and diet restrictions. Stay away from sugary cereals and artificial products. My motto is “If it's natural Eat It”

Eggs are a good source of protein. Protein burns very slowly so you will not get hungry for hours. Keep boiled eggs in the refrigerator when you have to eat on the run. Add a piece of toast with butter and that's it, you're good to go.

If you like cereal choose one with no sugar added like Raisin Brand or Cheerios. Add milk and a piece of fruit like a banana. Now you are off to a great start.

Bring your lunch to work. Make it the night before. Then after breakfast grab your bag and go.

Have a balanced meal for dinner which includes:

Green Vegetables
Carbohydrate (Rice, Potatoes etc)
Protein (lean meat, fish, chicken)
Don't forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drink a glass of water before each meal and you will eat less

It's never to late to get healthy

This is Dian Richold
Stay tuned for more anti-aging tips

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