Being healthy is all about doing your best each day to feel vibrant, happy, and strong. It’s also about the active promotion of good health, and the active prevention of disease. In honour of spring, Jodie Fergusson-Batte from Green Tea in 3 has put together some tips to help you step into summer feeling fantastic!
1. Load Up On Antioxidants
Antioxidants are your best friend when it comes to protecting your body from the damage caused by everyday life – whether that’s pollution, stress, diet, or other factors. Antioxidants actively protect your cells from damage and inflammation, in turn working to prevent disease and poor health outcomes. Great sources include fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and green tea!
2. Boost Your Water Intake
Your body is made up of mostly water (around 65%), and whenever you sweat (especially during a workout), use the toilet, or even breathe, this water is being depleted. It’s very important to replace the water that you lose each day to support functions such as digestion, circulation, nutrient absorption, and even temperature control. Keeping hydrated also helps us to maintain a healthy weight, flush waste from the body, and boost energy and concentration… so drink up!
Also read: How Much Water Do You Really Need to Drink?
3. Get Moving, Baby!
Physical activity is not just about the body, but also about the health of the mind. Choose an early morning gym session, walk to work, take a yoga class in your lunch hour, whatever suits you, just get out and get moving to boost your mood and long term health.
4. Reduce Your Sugar
Drinking just one can of regular soft drink per day can increase your sugar intake by 34 grams… each day! it doesn’t sound like much until you add it up – over an entire year, one can of soft drink per day could increase your sugar intake by as much as 12 kilos! This is important as sugar plays havoc with your bodily systems, and can contribute to the development of diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Choosing water with a slice of lemon or cucumber, a sprig of mint, or green tea, is a simple, health-boosting alternative to the ready-made drinks that may damage your health and wellbeing both in the short or long term. So if you’re working towards a healthier you this spring and summer, we hope our little list has given you some ideas.