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Saturday, 12 January 2013

A New Year

It is usual at this time of year to be thinking in terms of resolutions, or 'intentions', and many people are busy making resolutions in relation to their health or fitness.  It is timely however, to remind ourselves that the basis of good health is actually simple.  It is not the latest superfood, or super expensive supplement that is going to make you healthy, it is the foundation of health that is created by a few simple habits that will increase your vitality and make you feel really well.

Being healthy requires effort.  You have to take control of your own health and make the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle.  By looking at four key areas though, you can make a big difference to your health.

1. Food
Is the majority of what you're consuming making a positive or negative contribution to your health and well being?  It is an un-avoidable fact that vegetables are the cornerstones of good health, closely followed by fruit.  Make vegetables the main component of lunch and dinner, and then add some protein (animal or vegetarian) and a good quality oil for a salad dressing.  For example, eat a large salad for lunch and enjoy plenty of veggies at dinner time.  You don't want to be hungry, so add enough protein, and good quality fats (such as avocado) and oils.

Remove all white products (flour, rice and sugar) from your pantry and diet, and replace with whole grains e.g. brown rice, quinoa, oats, millet.

2. Exercise
Our bodies are designed to move, not sit for long periods of time.  As well as creating specific exercise times during the week, make a determined effort to move more during your normal day.  The extra movement over a day really adds up.

3. Hydrate
Many people are living in a state of partial dehydration.  Our bodies need for fluids to be replenished is often overlooked.  Aim for 6-8 glasses of water a day, plus some herbal teas.  Start each day with a glass of warm water with squeezed lemon juice, and be mindful of how many caffeinated drinks you drink.

4. Rest
The best diet in the world, or the highest quality supplements aren't going to be able to do their job and make you feel great if you're not getting adequate sleep and rest.  Sleeping well is the cornerstone of good health.  Address any sleep problems you have, and get help if necessary.  Our bodies need between 7 - 8 hours sleep most nights.

The New Year is a great opportunity to get serious about your health goals.  Instead of doing it on your own, experience the difference it makes letting a professional help you achieve your goals and guide changes to your diet and lifestyle.  A naturopath is in a unique position to help you achieve the best health possible.

Make this year different

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