The idea that we are destined to fall victim to one of the many chronic illnesses that plague Americans is just not true. Our environment largely determines the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the habits we develop. Through common sense lifestyle changes, we can improve our chances of avoiding serious illnesses. Below are 10 tips to improve your health destiny and to help you feel better every day.
1. Fruits and vegetables: It's easy to forget to eat daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables however the effort can pay huge dividends.
2. Avoid sugar: There aren't many ways you can improve your diet more than cutting down on excess sugar. If you can't eliminate it, at least reduce it by switching to all natural substitutes such as stevia.
3. Healthful fats: Essential fats are critical for the functionality of the human body. The problem lies in the vast amounts of bad fats - trans fats and saturated fats - that we consume in processed foods found in the typical American diet.
4. Sleep: Sleep is much more important than we used to think, and most of us aren't getting enough.
5. Eat Breakfast: Studies show that people who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight and have higher blood sugar levels, both markers for increased risk of chronic disease.
6. Reduce Body Burden: Body Burden is the accumulation of toxic environmental chemicals in your body.
7. Take Supplements: High quality supplements (and there is a difference) can have a positive impact on health. At a minimum you should adopt a daily supplementation routine that includes a solid multivitamin-mineral supplement, triglyceride-based fish oil, probiotics and fiber (at least 35 grams).
8. Water: Water is a precious nutrient. The body is after all 57% water!
9. Stress Less: It's been linked to heart disease, cancer, and a host of other ailments.
10. Exercise: Exercise is vital! Try to include 20-30 minutes a day of exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming, weight lifting or yoga.
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