Have you struggled to get your body in shape and improve your diet? If you’re looking for ways to eat healthy, there are several things you can do to clean up your meals. Here are four super simple ways to turbo charge your diet and get on the road to a healthy new you.
1. Add fruits and vegetables
Adding fruits and vegetables is a quick and easy way to boost the health factor of your meals. Those who regularly eat fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of developing some chronic diseases, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. What’s more, adding fruits and vegetables is a simple way to include nutrients such as dietary fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Some of the health benefits you’ll enjoy include healthy blood pressure as a result of a diet rich in potassium, healthy skin and eyes as a result of a diet rich in vitamin A, and quicker wound healing as a result of having a diet rich in vitamin C. Dr. Julian Whitaker notes one more little-known benefit of adding fruits and veggies. “Another benefit of eating fruits and vegetables daily is stroke prevention. One meta-analysis, which reviewed data from eight studies involving over 250,000 people, found that those who ate more than five servings of vegetables and fruits daily decreased their risk of stroke by 26%,” said Whitaker. So head on down to your local farmer’s market and fill up your basket.
2. Go easy on the salt
Salt tastes good, but if you eat too much it can be very bad for your body. If you have a tendency to reach for the salt shaker before you even taste your food, you’ll need to cut this behavior out. Consuming a lot of salty foods over a long period of time can lead to high blood pressure, among other health issues. Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy, internal medicine physician and medical editor at WebMD, said excessive salt can do a number on other parts of your body. “Too much sodium can also damage other organs, including your blood vessels, heart, kidneys, and even your brain. Most people should only have a teaspoon of salt total per day,” said Cassoobhoy. Take the time to do a taste test before you begin seasoning your dish. This will help cut back on unnecessary salt and all of the other tasty but bad-for-you flavor enhancers.
3. Pay attention to your beverages
Certain beverages can add a ton of calories to your meals. Pay close attention to the sugar content, which can pack on the calories. Some drinks can also hide an unhealthy amount of cholesterol and salt. Substituting sugary, high-calorie beverages for healthier drinks can trim a whopping 650 calories from your diet. So if you’re trying to lose weight, make sure to read the labels carefully.
4. Don’t forget water
Water does the body good. Without a sufficient amount of water, you’ll ruin your productivity and energy levels. You’ll also see the impact of dehydration in your skin, which could become dry and scaly. See to it that you’re getting enough fluids each day. Skincare expert and beauty blogger Caroline Hirons said water is key to healthy skin. “Skin is made up of 70% water — around 20% to 30% of that is in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). In normal circumstances, your hydrolipidic film acts as a regulator and barrier — retaining moisture and protecting against germs. If for whatever reason that is compromised, the moisture in the epidermis evaporates too quickly and the normal, healthy state of the skin is compromised,” said Hirons.
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