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Make Small Dietary Changes for Great Results

Make Small Dietary Changes for Great Results

We all know that a balanced diet is central to a healthy lifestyle. Choose what you chew and you have the power to boost your mood, improve your muscles and bones, and ward off weight gain, heart disease and cancer…the list is endless.  But if you’ve only ever known a life of burgers and pies, where do you start?

The journey begins with learning about new ways of eating. Eating healthily doesn’t mean starving yourself, it means making manageable changes that you can maintain over time to maximise your chances of feeling great in both body and mind. 

Fruit and vegetables should make up about a third of your daily diet – bursting with nutrients and antioxidants, they are thought to protect against obesity, heart disease and cancer, so it makes sense to reach for a peach.  Always choose wholegrain over refined foods for their high fibre, disease fighting properties.  Dairy foods should be eaten in moderation as they can be high in saturated fat, but remember that they’re an important source of calcium, which is crucial for healthy teeth and bones.

Pump up your protein levels and make sure your diet contains a variety of meat, fish, beans and eggs.  It is worth cutting back on anything that is high in sugar or fat – these ‘empty calories’ only give you a momentary boost and are bursting in unhealthy components, so you’re putting yourself at risk of developing a range of diseases.  All things in moderation, so resist supersize portions – studies have shown that they don’t make you feel any more satisfied.

Think what you drink – alcohol, the ‘feel-good’ drink, is none other than a dastardly depressant.  The odd beverage will give you a feeling of euphoria, but go easy if you want to avoid longer term problems such as weight gain or depression.  Caffeine may be the only thing that gets you up in the mornings, but you may find that the burst of energy you get from your daily triple espresso is followed by fatigue and disturbed sleep.  Keep your skin healthy and insides happy by drinking at least two litres of water a day.

There are a host of health supplements on the market, which, when taken as part of a balanced diet, may improve your health.  A growing body of research documents the far-reaching health benefits of green tea.  Since ancient times, the Chinese have believed that its antioxidants and compounds have an important role to play in warding off disease.  Take green tea extract daily and you may just be able to prevent tooth decay, lower your cholesterol and fight diabetes, dementia, heart disease and cancer.

Ginkgo biloba has been popular in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.  Good circulation is essential for a healthy body and mind and ginkgo biloba is believed to increase blood flow to the brain and through blood vessels, which supply the body with oxygen and nutrients.  Ginkgo biloba may, therefore, boost brain functioning, enhance memory and improve alertness and energy levels.

It’s not difficult to get the right balance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Make a few small changes to your diet and you’ll be on your way to higher energy levels and fewer health problems.

 

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