My Tips For Staying Healthy

WATER

It is so important to be drinking lots and lots of water! We need to be drinking at least 2 litres of water a day to stop us from becoming dehydrated. Water flushes out toxins, energises us and relieves fatigue. It has taken me a while to fully appreciate just how beneficial water is for my body. Once I have had my two litres of water a day I feel more awake and I suffer from fewer headaches. My skin is also clearer than ever which I believe to be down to the amount of water that I drink. Some people may find drinking two litres of water a day to be a difficult task so it is important to get yourself into a routine. I like to drink a litre in the morning and then another litre about 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Sitting down and drinking water is not something I necessarily enjoy doing but I know it is just something that needs to be done. I therefore make a point of drinking my two litres of water as a vital part of my daily routine. The best time to drink water is half an hour before meals. If possible drinking with your meal should be avoided. Studies have shown that drinking water half an hour before your meal helps to maintain a healthy weight.

HERBAL TEAS

To stay healthy it is essential to stay hydrated with lots of liquids. Drinking herbal teas not only help to cut down on your caffeine intake but also help to keep you hydrated. Green Tea is rich in antioxidants and low in caffeine. Green Tea is also good for weight loss, reduces cholesterol and prevents cancer. My favourite tea is Camomile Tea, which I love to drink before I go to bed. Camomile helps to calm the mind and is a relaxing herb, which can help you to distress. If you find it difficult to fall asleep at night, drinking a Camomile Tea can help you to relax before going to bed so that you will drift off into a natural sleep. I also really like a mug of peppermint tea after a meal, as it is good for digestion.

FRUIT AND VEG

Eating a good variety of fruit and vegetables is crucial for healthy living. We should be eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and potassium. Fruit and vegetable are often low in fat and can help you to maintain a healthy weight. Avocados contain good fats and are one of my favourite intakes for part of my five a day.  From heart benefits to skin-loving nutrients, avocados are the ultimate superfood. Avocados contain many antioxidants including Vitamin E, which is the most protective nutrient for the heart. Avocados are a great source of fibre and help to keep you filled up for longer. If I know I have a busy day ahead I like to have half an avocado with my breakfast to give myself more energy!

SLEEP

A lack of sleep can affect how we function in the day. Adults should be aiming for 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing so make sure you are getting enough! A lack of sleep is strongly linked to weight gain. A good night sleep can help to improve concentration and productivity. I get distracted really easily so if I haven’t slept properly I might as well give up on my day, as there is very little chance of me getting anything completed. I also get easily aggravated if I haven’t slept and this makes me not very pleasant to be around. It is therefore not only for the benefit of myself but also for those around me that I get a good night sleep! I am the queen of powernaps. If I have had a bad nights sleep I like to squeeze in a 20-minute power nap into my day. Anything that is longer than 20 minutes and you risk falling into a deeper sleep. Powernaps have been proven to increase productivity. A short 20-minute nap can help to increase performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with your nighttime sleep.

SNACKS

I am guilty of being an all day grazer. I literally love to snack in the day. Snacking doesn’t have to be bad for you if you snack on the correct and nourishing foods. I love crunching on carrots, peppers, cucumbers or celery dipped into hummus. I also find nuts to be a very satisfying snack. Yes, nuts are high in fat and should be eaten in moderation but they are incredibly nutritious. Nuts are packed with magnesium, vitamin E and fibre. I am always hungry and I find that nuts are a good snack if I am out and about and I need something to keep me going until I next eat. Without a doubt my favourite snack is granola, fruit, yogurt and honey. No matter the time of day this snack never fails to satisfy and is also counts towards my five a day.

WALK

Walking is a fantastic way to maintain your health. 30 minutes of walking a day can help to improve your mood. Going for walk is one of the best ways to clear your head of any worries. I also find that many of my best ideas come to me whilst I am out walking. The outdoors inspires me and there is nothing quite like breathing in some crisp fresh air to get you feeling good!

LOOK AFTER YOURSELF

Self-care is one of the most important ways to help us deal with stress. If we don’t feel good within ourselves how can we expect to take on anything else? A massage, taking a hot bath or other forms of pampering are essential for helping us to feel good about ourselves. Self-care is vital for healthy living so don’t listen to anyone who thinks it’s selfish to take time out for themselves. Listen to the signs of your body. If you feel like life is catching up on you and you are experiencing an increase in tiredness, achiness or anxiety these are your bodies warning signs telling you that you need to take some time to rest and look after yourself!

KEEP YOUR BRAIN ACTIVE

Studies have found that people who lead intellectually stimulating lives are less likely to suffer from dementia conditions such as Alzherimer’s. We all forget things. We may forget dates, important details or even misplace certain items. Keeping our brain active helps to increase our concentration. For me, writing is my favourite way to keep my brain active but for others this may not be the case. Solving mental puzzles such as Sudoku is a great exercise for your brain. Additionally, being curious is a good way to keep your brain active as it means that you are constantly learning and providing your brain with new information to absorb. A healthy diet can also contribute to keeping your brain active.

PRACTICE GRATIUDE

No matter what may be happening in their life, happy people will recognise that they always have something to be grateful for. Those who practice gratitude are happier and less stressed. There are so many wonderful things to be grateful for and it is important for these things not to be overlooked just because of one bad situation. Focusing on being grateful helps us to feel more positive regardless of circumstance. Expressing gratitude helps us to feel happier and happiness is the key to healthy living.

All of the points that I have listed above work hand in hand to help us to maintain a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. Our wellbeing is fundamental for our happiness and it is extremely important that we look after our bodies and ourselves. These tips are nothing out of the ordinary but what is important to take from them is the awareness that we should all possess of how we maintain a healthy lifestyle and look after ourselves.

Lucy x