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Living the Healthiest Lifestyle You Possibly Can

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Looking to live a healthy lifestyle? You’re not alone. The majority of us want to feel as good in our own bodies as we possibly can, and the good news is that there are a number of steps you can take to achieve this goal. Here are just a few items you might want to consider to get started on the right path to a healthy lifestyle!

Add Superfoods Into Your Diet

Superfoods are a category of foods that are deemed particularly good for your health and wellbeing. They tend to be extremely nutritionally dense, holding a host of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that significantly benefit your body. So, why not add a few more into your diet? Some recommended options include:

  • Blueberries – blueberries are a relatively common food that many of us have eaten at some point in our lives. Whether you decide to eat them plain by the handful, baked into muffins, scattered over oatmeal or blended into smoothies, these little berries pack a positive punch when it comes to your health and wellbeing. They provide you with vitamins, phytochemicals and soluble fiber!
  • Green Teagreen tea has a strong and distinct flavor, so not everyone likes it. But if you do take well to it, try to drink a cup each day. If you’re not used to the taste, try stirring in a spoon of honey to sweeten it. Green tea contains bioactive compounds, which prevent cell damage in the body. It has a particularly high catechin content in particular.
  • Goji Berries – goji berries are another food with a distinct taste that may take some getting used to. But once you familiarize yourself with them, you’ll find they provide you with vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, iron, zinc, and other antioxidants. Once only available from specialist sellers and health food stores, they can now be commonly found in most standard supermarkets.

Know How to Deal With Illness and Injury

We all experience illness or injury at some point in our lives. While hopefully your experience of these things will be minimal, it’s important to know how to listen to your body and to understand the right steps to take to make a full recovery.

  • Visit a doctor – the first step in your journey should be to visit a doctor. This professional will be able to diagnose any issues you may be experiencing and will be able to direct you on the right path to treatment.
  • Listen to your doctor’s advice – make sure to do as your doctor recommends. This could involve booking in follow up appointments, taking medication to a schedule or anything else.
  • Rest – rest will help you to recover. So, slow down your schedule. Take time off work if necessary. Reduce social activities. Lay off exercise if necessary. If you’re worried about the costs of resting properly, make sure to contact top personal injury attorneys, who could help gain compensation to tide you over.
  • Ease yourself back to your usual routine – once you’ve recovered, it’s important to still take things easy. Rather than diving straight back into your usual routine, ease yourself into it. This can help to prevent relapses.

Stay Hydrated

People tend to forget to stay hydrated. They have busy schedules and don’t think to get up and have a drink of water often enough. But staying hydrated really is essential to a healthy lifestyle! Roughly 60% of the adult human body is water. So it’s absolutely essential that you keep these levels topped up. Dehydration can make you feel weak, can damage your bodily functions and can even impact your skin. Try to drink around eight glasses, or two liters, of water a day. You can also help to hydrate yourself by eating water-dense foods, such as melon, tomatoes, berries and more.

There are plenty more areas you can look into, and many more things you can practice to maximize your wellbeing. But some of the options highlighted above should help to get your journey off to the best start possible!

mid-week round-up

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Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! Did you do anything spooky? Dress up in a costume? We ventured down to Homestead and enjoyed an afternoon walking along Biscayne Bay and laying out by the beach. Then we headed home for a chili dinner and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Despite my best door decorating efforts, we didn’t get any Trick-or-Treaters. WOMP-womp. But I think Chet’s students appreciated our candy surplus on Monday! ; ) Now I’ve got a busy few days of work and preparation ahead of me because this time next week I’ll be on my way to New Orleans! Woohoo! Enjoy your Wednesday and a few links…

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A new recipe for Pizza Fridays everywhere!

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A great (free!) resource to help you get organized.

I would love to have this hanging on the wall behind my kitchen table.

100 years of wedding dress fashion in 3 minutes.

CT scans of Pompeii mummies reveal amazing details.

Why you should drop in for some deep reading.

Simple Cure: Drink more water.

Since (ALMOST completely) giving up soda about five years ago (I still have the occasional ginger ale or sprite as a rare treat), I’ve become borderline obsessive about water consumption. And because I really and truly believe it was the OMG DUHHH solution to so many of my problems, I will shout this simple cure from the mountain tops!

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For me, it went a little something like this–

“Guess what! You’re not tired; you’re thirsty!”

“You know why your muscles are sore? You’re thirsty!”

“You probably aren’t hungry this often….yep, you guessed it, THIRSTY!”

Now–

Energy levels stay up, muscle recovery is quicker, non-sinus headaches are pretty much a thing of the past…

Still not convinced? Here are my top reasons why you should be toting a bottle around with you morning, noon and night:

1. Water keeps your skin looking fabulous. When you’re dehydrated, your body isn’t able to eliminate toxins through the skin and this can lead to all sorts of epidermal disorders such as dermatitis and psoriasis, not to mention discoloration and wrinkles. Chronic dehydration causes the bodies largest organ, it’s skin, to pretty much prematurely whither away.

2. Water can lower your blood pressure. When fully hydrated, your blood is about 92% water. When dehydrated, your blood gets way thicker which causes resistance to blood flow and higher blood pressure.

3. Water helps you digest your food better. Lack of water can lead to ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux.

5. Water lets you maintain an active lifestyle. All your joints have a cartilage padding around them which is mostly comprised of water. When you aren’t getting enough h2o, this cartilage gets really weak and joint repair slows way down, leading to all sorts of aches and pains.

6. Water fights off allergies and asthma. Your body will try to conserve water by constricting your airways. The rate of histamine you produce will actually increase as you lose more and more water.

Commit! Find a system that works for you and start chugging. I promise, you will feel the difference.

And to help you in your journey towards adequate hydration, I’ve rounded up some awesome vessels to store, transport and make it more fun to imbibe!

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For your nightstand:

Here, here and here.

For your hike:

Here, here and here.

For the gym:

Here, here and here.

For on-the-go sippin’:

Here, here and here.

For the dinner table:

Here, here and here.

and to up your game even further, learn more about watercure for a healthy body in the book “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.

Happy sippin’!!! Cheers!