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Thursday, 24 December 2015
In the lead up to New Year’s Eve, we all start thinking about resolutions – things we want to accomplish or change; things that usually involve putting a lot of extra pressure on ourselves to actually achieve. Come the end of January, if you haven’t put these large goals into practice, then you start getting down on yourself and abandon the resolution completely... then repeat the whole process again the following year.
It doesn’t seem that hard, does it? The more hydrated you are, the better your body works, carrying vital nutrients and waste substances in and out of the cells more efficiently. You don’t just have to drink water either: herbal teas are a great option (hot or cold), and then of course, there’s coconut water. It’s all the rage in the health world right now, and for good reason. Not only does coconut water taste great but it is rich in electrolytes and minerals (especially potassium).
Getting the right nutrients is important for your overall health. Consuming at least five or more servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day as well as enough protein, healthy fats, and wholegrains ensures your body is getting enough vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to remain healthy and prevent premature aging. Eat lots of foods high in antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A is found in orange coloured vegetables and fruit, as well as dark green leafy veggies; vitamin C is in most fruits and vitamin E is mostly found in nuts and seeds. Check out these superfood recipes for some more inspiration.
Easier said than done, right? It’s true, stress is an inevitable part of life, but it’s how you tackle it that can make all the difference. A great place to start is to identify what it is that stresses you out (a person, your job, your schedule), then make a plan for how to deal with it. Stress has a terrible effect on the mind and the body, and has been directly linked to problems with the gut in particular. When we are stressed we produce less digestive enzymes to break down food, altering the speed of our digestion, causing constipation or diarrhea. Experiment with different de-stressing techniques to see what works for you. It could be yoga, meditation, a hot bath, a cup of tea, talking it out with a friend, an adult colouring book – everyone is different, but once you find what works for you, you’ll have the tools you need to tackle anything.
Increasing your heart rate through exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body. It improves blood flow, sending oxygen to your skin and muscles and encourages the removal of waste from cells, which is eliminated through sweat. Working out also helps to reduce stress levels, especially exercising outdoors in the fresh air, which is good for the mind. It can be easier to stick to an exercise plan if you have a partner in crime, so grab a friend to help with motivation and get active! Make small changes that will go a long way – if you are sitting down most of the day, get up and go for a walk or have a stretch at least every hour.
Yup, breathe. You do it all day, every day, so why not make it worthwhile? There are simple, breathing techniques that can have remarkable effects on your body. Not many of us realise just how important breathing correctly is, but it helps maintain the right amount of oxygen for energy, sustains the correct pH levels in the body, and ensures there’s enough carbon dioxide for bodily functions. There are plenty of breathing tips online, check some out here and watch your energy levels soar. The summer break is your chance to relax, recuperate and prepare yourself for the year ahead. Big, daunting new year resolutions can really kill the mood during a time that should be restful. It’s important to set goals that are achievable and most importantly, inspirational. Yes, we all want to better ourselves, but remember, you are human. You can achieve incredible things if you just give yourself the means to do so.
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