Experts Tell: The One Thing You Should Do Every Day To Stay Healthy
We asked the experts their very best advice. You can thank us later.
OK so it's almost a new year, it's a new you... until, ooh, January 5 or so.
And then all the bad habits creep back in, right? After all, giving up drinking, eating less, eating more, eating right, exercising more, stressing less, having more water, taking time out and breathing all takes way too long and it's all way too involved to be habits you can lock into long term.
So what if we told you there is just one thing you should do that will help you stay healthy?
One thing the experts say will help you stay healthier.
And that if you just take note, you'll reap the rewards?
Well look at this -- here we are, telling you. From doctors to naturopaths to personal trainers, here are the best health tips money can buy, and you don't have to pay a cent. We're good to you, we know.
"Give up the smokes!" says Dr Kean-Seng Lim, AMA NSW President
"Statistically, number one is: don't smoke. Then number two is: follow a healthy diet based on plants and grains, with minimal processed foods, sugary foods and drinks, and maintain a healthy weight."
"Breathe!" says Nina Sabey, Sabey Wellness
"Hot water and lemon to detox and cleanse the liver every morning.Also breathing exercises in the morning, preferably outside to help prepare for the day ahead in the best possible way."
"Get some zzzs!" says Jake Lynch, athlete and strength coach
"Get good quality sleep every night"
"Drink your tea!" says Lisa Guy, Naturopath, author and founder of Bodhi Organic Tea
"The one thing you should do everyday to stay healthy is drink a few cups of organic green tea. Green tea is rich in a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallatn (EGCG), which is unique to the tea plant. Green tea's numerous health benefits are attributed to this powerful antioxidant -- studies have shown that drinking green tea regularly can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Green tea also helps boost your metabolism to encourage weight loss, supports liver health and promotes radiant more youthful looking skin."
"Go green," says Karina Savage, Paediatric Dietitian https://www.smartbite.com.au
"Eat more plant food! Plant foods are crucial to keeping our bodies healthy. Plant foods such as fruit, veg, nuts and seeds nourish our gut cells, which in turn supercharges our immune system. Raw Veggies are a great car snack to help ’top up’ your daily intake.
"Take care of your mental health," says Libby Seliba, fitness coach
"We need to address our mental health -- so think of positive affirmations and have positive thoughts. These days we're more concerned with the aesthetics but I think it's important to wake up and be kind to yourself, set positive vibes for the universe -- we neglect that side of things."
"Eat up!" says Kara Landau, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Founder of Uplift Food
"I would strongly recommend people consume prebiotic rich foods or a prebiotic supplement at least once per day to support both their gut health, immune system and mental wellbeing. Examples include roasted and then cooled potatoes, salads with dandelion greens, asparagus and raw onion or if these seem a little too far from your regular eating patterns, incorporating a prebiotic fibre and resistant starch-rich supplement that incorporates a blend of ingredients such as green banana flour and Jerusalem artichoke powders in sufficient doses would be a great alternative.'
"Go for a walk," says Lizzie Bland, founder of Lean Bean Fitness
'It’s free, requires zero thought and is one of the easiest things you can do everyday to keep healthy. Whether you’re popping to the shop, have a 5 minute break at work or waiting for dinner to cook, adding in little walks throughout the day is like an instant therapy for your body and mind.
Walking is great for circulation, boosting energy levels and metabolism but it’s the benefits for your mental health that’s really impressive. We know meditation everyday is so good for us but for those who struggle to switch off in stillness (most of us) can gain a lot from a short walk around the block whilst breathing naturally to find mental clarity."
Try to think less about the stats and how long you’ve walking for but more how many walks you’ve been on that day. Try and add in extra walks whenever you get the chance to beat your pervious days score. Soon you’ll be a noticeably happier and healthier version of yourself and maybe even car free!"
"Get more sunlight" says Olivia Arezzolo, Sleep Specialist www.oliviaarezzolo.com.au
"Correcting our circadian rhythm (body clock), morning sunlight is fundamental for our mental and physical health. Academic journal Environmental Health Perspective reports 10-15 minutes of sunlight natural increases physical energy and mental alertness. Further, serotonin, one of our happiness hormones, is also produced by the body via natural light. Morning sunlight is also a key factor in the synthesis of vitamin D, a micronutrient largely responsible for strong bones, preventing osteoporosis and immune function."
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