HEALTHY OPTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

If you were not prioritizing your health in 2015, it would be ideal to adopt health habits in 2016. This will make you live longer and reduce risks of diseases like diabetes and cancer. The health habits to adopt are;

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1. Drink lots of water
Water plays an important role in your life. Just like a plant will wilt without water in just a day, so will your body. An average healthy adult needs to consume at least 8 glasses of water on a daily basis and this quantity should be increased during the summer and when exercising. Water is not only thirst-quenching but has many health benefits for your body and vital organs. Some of them are; prevents dehydration, regulates body temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells, Carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells, Provides moisture to the skin and other tissues, helps prevent constipation, Cushions joints and helps strengthen muscles.

According to http://www.dumblittleman.com , drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer. The thing about it is, we don’t often prioritize drinking water, instead, we end up drinking coffee, and lots of soda, and alcohol, not to mention fruit juices and teas and milk and a bunch of other possibilities.

2. Try smoothies
Fruits smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. The best way to know the exact ingredients in your smoothie is to make them yourself. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base, such as water, milk or yogurt. Making your own smoothies can help prevent fruit from going to waste, while providing benefits that will keep you on the right track towards good health.
The best smoothies are nutrient-dense, providing vitamins and oils necessary for good nutrition. Smoothies are a great, simple way to get in the extra nutrition you need. http://www.livestrong.com highlight that, many people don’t eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Making a fruit smoothie is an easy way to increase your produce consumption, because these drinks often contain multiple servings of fruit and sometimes vegetables as well. Unlike fruit juice, smoothies also provide fiber, because you use the whole edible portion of the fruit. Fruit smoothies typically contain significant amounts of folate, vitamin C and potassium, because fruits are good sources of these nutrients. These smoothies can also provide other essential nutrients. For example, you get protein and calcium from your smoothie if it contains yogurt or milk.

3. Eliminate meat in your diet
It can be challenging to serve healthy meals on a budget. Meatless meals are built around vegetables, beans and grains instead of meat, which tends to be more expensive. You may be able to save money by going meatless once or twice a week. In addition, meatless meals offer health benefits.
According to http://www.foxnews.com , eliminating meat in your diet will make you skin glow. Vegetarianism is one of the best diets for your skin. Eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains loads you up with antioxidants, which neutralize the free radicals that can bring on wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of aging.

4. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits

Eating fruits and vegetables is not only healthy but nutritious but they are also nature’s treat and easy to grab for a snack. Eating fruit provides health benefits people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body. Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories.
None have cholesterol. Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are under consumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid).Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as fruits help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fiber; fruit juices contain little or no fiber. Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.

5. Exercise
To stay healthy, adults should try to be active daily and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities. Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.
Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.

Adopt these health habits and be a healthier you in 2016.

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