Everyone wants to get healthy, but few know exactly where to start. Getting healthier may include losing weight, getting in shape, healing from a condition, or just feeling better. There is a lot of noise and clutter on the internet, in books, and in health food stores as to what the best way to start getting healthy is. Many people end up spending a lot of money on various programs that they follow for a week or two, and then call it quits. Instead of spending hundreds on detox kits, supplements, or weight loss programs, consider starting small and simple.
Cut Down on Sugar
Eating too much sugar is like throwing gasoline on a fire for inflammation. Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, allergies, sinus trouble, and other inflammatory conditions all can be dramatically improved by just cutting down on the sodas, chips, and candy bars. Every day, focus on adding a green vegetable in place of a sugary snack.
Make Time to Relax
Take a little time everyday to do something you love that allows you to unwind. Being constantly stressed from a job or other source causes a continual elevation of cortisol, the fight or flight hormone, produced by our adrenal glands. This creates hormonal imbalances, blood sugar and insulin spikes. These are the main culprits for weight gain.
Get More Sleep
Everyone’s a little different when it comes to the proper amount of sleep they need. Some are good with 5 hours, others need 8. Our bodies need energy to heal and have a healthy immune system. To get that energy requires sleep.
Drink More Water
Water makes up anywhere from 50-75% of our body composition depending on age. Infants have a higher percentage of water in their body composition, up to 75%. This amount decreases a little each year, but doesn’t go beneath 50% into adulthood. As a rule of thumb, we should drink half of our body weight (lbs.) in ounces of water. If you weigh 200 lbs, drink 100 oz. of water per day.
And remember, water is water. Coffee, soda, and fruit juice aren’t water. If you consume those beverages, you need to drink an equal amount of water in addition to half your weight in ounces. This will suppress appetite, improve weight loss, and improve the organ function in your body.
Being dependant on caffeine to function during your day is not good. This means you are constantly on a roller coaster of blood sugar highs and lows. This causes hormonal imbalances that can lead to weight gain, poor concentration and bad moods. Try supplementing that morning pot of coffee with a green smoothie. This will balance your blood sugar spikes, and cause less cravings for sugar, salt and other comfort foods.