There are many steps one can take to get started on a healthy lifestyle. This is by no means an exhaustive list of improvements but it’s a good start. Success is more likely with a series of small incremental changes over time rather than a complete overhaul of every habit one has developed over a lifetime. A nutritional consultant/health coach can help you identify the steps and integrate them into your life.
Drink plenty of water
Water is important for all systems in your body to work properly. It helps to remove toxins from your body, keep your temperature regulated, minimize fatigue, healthy weight management, great for the skin, prevention of muscle cramps and many other benefits. You don’t have to feel thirsty to be dehydrated. Every day you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of clean fresh water.
Get plenty of sleep
You cannot make up lost sleep. You should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Adequate sleep will improve mood, reduce stress, lower risk of chronic disease, improve cognitive function, aid in healthy weight management among other benefits. Shut down electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime. The blue light emitted from the device interrupts the melatonin production which signals the brain that it’s bedtime.
Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. Play with your kids, dance, do yard work, walk, take the stairs, park at the end of the lot. You don’t have to go to a gym to get the benefit of exercise. Just move your body every day. Exercise can improve mood, reduce stress, support cardiovascular health, minimize the risk of serious disease, improve quality of sleep, stimulate muscle growth, prevent osteoporosis and provide many other benefits.
Take a quality vitamin supplement
Even if you choose nutrient dense foods, your body will still benefit from a good quality supplement. Because of over farming, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, our food system is not what it used to be. The nutrient levels that were in our grandparents’ food, do not exist in our modern food system.
Eat local when possible
Organic produce is shipped all over the world and loses a lot of its nutrients by the time you get it. Eat produce that has been locally grown. You’ll be healthier and will support your local farmers. As a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, I work with women who face serious health challenges like heart disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, or who have been diagnosed as having a precursor to a serious health issue such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high blood sugar. I help them make food and lifestyle changes so they can get healthy, live longer and enjoy a fuller, happier, more energetic life. If you would like to have a free strategy call about the health challenges you have and the improvements you would like to see in your health, click here to schedule a no strings attached call.