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How To Stay Healthy : Drink water – lots of it!

Step 2: Drink water – lots of it!

Our bodies consist of 60% water. There are no processes or functions in our bodies that water does not play a part in: digestion, circulation, transmission of electrical currents (controlling and maintaining nerves, hormones, muscles), absorption of nutrients, detoxification.  Through sweating, urination, and crying, water also helps eliminate waste products and toxins from our bodies.

The best way to get all the benefits of water is to consume it in its purest form. Remember the rule of 8: Challenge yourself to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day. It’s not much, but often instead of pure water, we choose juice, coffee, and other substances for hydration instead of water.  Studies show that when individuals drank 8 glasses of water daily, energy levels increased, various pains lessened, and an overall sense of well-being improved. With all the various health products and practices out there, drinking appropriate amounts of water is one of the best things you can do for yourself – and (in most parts of the world) it is cheap and readily available!

Try and drink the best quality water you can – while tap water is often safe, in some places it may contain lead, nitrates and other potentially harmful chemicals. Also, be aware that some municipalities add chloramines or chlorine to the water as a decontaminant – if you are looking to avoid fluoride, research your area’s water policies. Consider using solid carbon filters or reverse osmosis filters. Avoid bottled water – not only is it bad for the environment, but the plastic can sometimes leach into the water, especially in high temperatures. Taking water with you on the go is important, but use aluminum or stainless steel reusable water bottles – they have the least health concerns of all the reusable container options.

If you are used to something with a bit more flavor, try squeezing a bit of lemon or lime into water – it will add flavor and nutrients.

How To Stay healthy: Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Step  1: Eat a Healthy Breakfast

We’re told time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how many of us actually heed this, and make breakfast count? For many of us, breakfast is a rushed affair: we down coffee, eat sugary pastries, or even skip breakfast altogether.

Though stimulating, coffee and pastries do not provide the energy we need to start the day off right. A healthy breakfast consisting of  a serving of whole grains, a digestible protein, and one to two servings of fruit will fill you up and keep you energized until lunchtime. Coffee and sugary pastries or sweets will only give you short-lasting caffeine and sugar highs that will soon fade.

If you eat a healthy breakfast every day, it points your entire diet in the right direction. Did you know that eating a healthy breakfast can actually help you lower your cholesterol? It’s true! Studies show that individuals who eat a healthy breakfast regularly can keep their cholesterol at a healthy low. Breakfast foods such as oatmeal, whole grain cereals and fruit, tend to be rich in fiber – fiber absorbs cholesterol to then remove it from the body.

Breakfast also helps control weight as well as cholesterol. If we skip our morning meal, our bodies are without an outside source of energy for 10-16 hours. Our bodies register this as a form of starvation, and consequently switch into a mode of starvation – increasing appetite and changing how blood sugar is regulated. Our bodies then crave high carbohydrate and fatty foods, and we’re more likely to binge later in the day. This means that we go from having no calories to taking in more than we need, and at a time when our starvation-mode bodies are looking to store energy as fat.

Eating a substantial breakfast will help you improve your nutrition, keeping you healthy, energized and feeling young. Make time for breakfast! Some foods you can prepare the night before, cutting down preparation time in the morning without losing quality. Try making the following recipe 2-4 times a week: it’s jam-packed with all sorts of goodness to boost your immune system and start your day off right!

4 cups rolled oats
2 cups oat bran
1 cup lecithin granules
1 cup flax seeds, finely ground
1 cup milk thistle seeds, finely ground
1-2 cups sunflower seeds
1-2 cups almond slivers (toasted or untoasted)
1-2 cups raw cashew pieces
Optional: raisins or other dried fruit to taste

In the evening, mix ingredients and store in an airtight container.  In the morning, soak 3/4 to 1 cup of the mixture in soy milk, rice dream or juice for 30 minutes. Before eating, stir in 1-2 tablespoons of flax seed oil. Add fresh fruit if desired.