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7 methods to preventing a health meltdown!

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Some people manage to go through life without getting sick and manage to maintain their energy levels and some people just don't! These people struggle with day to day living, they gain weight easily, find their concentration and memory failing them and end up with a variety of drugs and medications which can create further problems. So how do we prevent a health meltdown?

1. WATER! The most essential of all fuels for out bodies. We need to sty hydrated. Our bodies are 70% water which means water is critically important for many bodily functions - digestion, joint mobility, removing toxins and wastes from the body, fuel for the brain and of course keeping our skin looking healthy and hydrated. Dehydration causes many problems - things such as headaches,fatigue, light headedness, anxiety, poor concentration, cold hands, joint pain. constipation, high blood pressure, urinary tract infections...the list goes on and on. The dehydration symptom you can actually see is dark coloured urine. If your urine is darker than very pale yellow you could do with more water to improve your energy and overall health.

2. ESSENTIAL FATS - As the name suggests, fats are an essential part of everyday life. We need fat to survive, we need fat for energy and brain function. Healthy fats come in the form of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats - so eat plenty of oily fish, nuts, seeds and cold pressed oils such as flax seed oil, hemp seed oil and walnut oil. Essential fats help to control inflammation, they help with hormone production and boost your mood. Low-fat diets can cause many people to suffer from depression and inflammatory diseases like arthritis. Including healthy fats in your daily diet will also prevent cholesterol and plaque building up in the arteries, The British Heart Foundation recommends you eat oily fish regularly and if you have suffered a heart attack, to double your intake of oily fish and Omega 3 fats.

3. KEEP THE BLOOD SUGAR UNDER CONTROL. Blood sugar management is a basic and essential part of preventing a health meltdown! Blood sugar plays an important role in energy management. Once you have your blood sugar under control and well manged you will feel full of energy and vitality, your moods will improve, you will lose weight, your memory and concentration will improve and you are preventing risk from blood sugar related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Making simple changes to your diet will enable you to regain your health and energy levels. The first thing you must do is avoid eating stimulants and this means the chocolate bars, the caffeine, energy drinks, soda/cola drinks, sugary snacks and refined carbohydrates. When you replace these with healthy protein-based snacks and complex carbohydrates, your energy will gradually balance out and you will start to feel the benefits of having a more balanced blood sugar level.

4. BOOST YOUR DEFENCE WITH ANTI-OXIDANTS! Free radicals cause illness by damaging the bodies cells causing premature ageing and disease. Imagine an apple cut in half and exposed to the air - very quickly the apple turns brown - ie it oxidises, if you soaked the other half of the apple in lemon juice, the anti-oxidant Vitamin C in the juice will slow down the browning process - the same principle applies to the cells of the body. This is why it is essential to ensure you take in plenty of anti-oxidants daily by eating a variety of foods - fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains. A rainbow diet eating a variety of different coloured foods will ensure a variety of nutrients are being consumed too.

5. LOOK AFTER YOUR DIGESTION. Make certain that your digestion is working well. If you aren't absorbing and digesting your foods, you won't be getting the best nutrition and health problems will occur. Bloating, indigestion, nausea, constipation and diarrhoea are all symptoms of a faulty digestive system and these need rectifying in order to prevent a health meltdown! Tuning up your digestion is an essential part of gaining good health. Ensure you chew your food well, drink plenty of water to aid digestion and don't overcook your foods, raw or lightly steamed is best.

6. EXERCISE. Exercise is good for the mind, body and spirit. Regular, gentle exercise if you are new to exercising will benefit your whole body. Exercise boosts your mood and makes you feel good; it improves your digestion and helps towards weight loss; it is good for bone health and keeps joint supple. Try something different such as Tai Qi or Chi Gung if you want to start gently, if you are familiar with exercise then maintain a healthy regime and ensure you continue to challenge yourself in order to gain the most benefit.Always drink plenty of water when you are exercising.

7. BE HAPPY! happiness is the final method of preventing a health meltdown! Stress plays a large part in today's society and happiness seems to be devoid for a lot of people whose lives are full on and busy. But finding time for happiness is as essential as drinking water, eating good wholesome foods and exercising. Being happy gives your life purpose and fulfillment and it is important to identify your beliefs and core principles. Make sure you find time to connect with something that gives you happiness and time for yourself to think and meditate in order to connect with your true self. Remember you have one body, one life and you need to nurture yourself just as you would nurture a child - take time out and give your body what it truly deserves.

 

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