Saturday, October 10, 2009

5 Things You Can Do To Stay Healthy

Well, i realized that ( not like i did not not know but may be the heat of my natural workaholic personality has almost robbed of even noticing it) that no matter how much we want to achieve results and to stay ahead of the rest of the pack, the body still remains vital in achieving those dreams, visions and objectives and the body functions on certain basic premises...Instead of waiting for the outcome of the healthcare debate to decide our fate, we could really use some simple common sense strategies to take back the power to control our own health. So, here are 5 ways to stay healthy while still making the 'cheddars'

1. Start exercising

An increase in activity of as little as 20 minutes 3 times a week can make a difference in your risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. You don’t have to get fancy with a gym membership. Try taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, or park further from the entrance when you go to the market or mall.

2. Eat Smaller portions

You may not want to give up your junk food or fried food, but try to limit your portions. Instead of buying a six pack of soda, buy a two liter bottle. You can better control the portions along with your intake of calories.

3. Drink more water

The average person should be drinking 1 ounce per kilogram of his/her weight in water per day. (1 lb = 2.2kg).Studies have shown that people eat more when they are dehydrated because the signals in the body can confuse hunger with thirst. If you are hungry, try drinking an 8-12 oz glass of water before you decide to eat that snack.

4. Avoid salt

The average Nigerian diet consists too much salt. Salt is found in everything from canned foods to frozen foods. Not only does salt make your body retain water, it also dulls your sense of taste when it comes to sugar. As a challenge,decrease the amount of salt you eat for about 1 week, then drink a non-diet soft drink. Not only will you lose about 3-5 lbs of water weight, but you will see that the soda is incredibly sweet. In addition, try to use sea salt.

5. Avoid high fructose corn syrup

Studies have shown that most products in this country are made with high fructose corn syrup that is contaminated with mercury (a known neurotoxin). Instead try to choose foods made with cane sugar. When you drink soft drinks that are made with sugar you will be less likely to crave salt and be able to stop with one soda because there is no ‘sugar high’ that leads to the craving that makes you want to have more.

The body too has its rights; and it will have them:  they cannot be trampled on without peril.  


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