10 easy and effective ways to boost your health
Trying to get fit and healthy is easier now than ever with a few healthy food swaps and on-the-go exercises
Tired of spending huge sums of money on protein shakes and weight loss beverages? We have a few tips that will help you become fit in a more natural and economical way. Whether you are a workaholic or a couch potato, these healthy ideas will not disappoint.
A raw deal
Time and again, you’ve been told that certain foods, when eaten raw, are healthier. Although it is not entirely false, cooking your carrots and tomatoes releases nutrients that aren’t available in raw form. Normally served in salads, carrots release beta-carotene and tomatoes release antioxidants that not only make your meal more flavoursome, but also enhance the nutrients in it.
A seafarer’s staple is also a nutrient-filled delight. High in omega-3 fatty acids, seafood is also a flavoursome ingredient. A low-fat high quality protein, fish is easy to prepare in a variety of different ways making it one of the most versatile ingredients to have on your menu.
Apples have peelings too
Apples are associated with celebrating health and avoiding visits to the doctor. True to its expression, eating apples with their peels decreases the risk of Type 2 diabetes. The peel contains enzyme quercetin that helps control insulin levels and keeps illnesses at bay.
Instead of eating whole garlic cloves, try minced or pressed cloves. Garlic contains alliinase, which releases allicin on being crushed or chopped. Filled with nutrients needed to fight carcinogenic cells, garlic should be minced and set aside for 10 minutes before cooking it.
Lemon-aid to your green tea
Lemon is offered as a supplement with green teas. Adding citrus to your tea makes it not only more wholesome, but also infuses it with more flavour.
Dark chocolate for the win
Dark chocolate is known to be healthier than white chocolate. In fact, it surprises with its combination of iron, fibre, magnesium, copper and potassium. Therefore, savouring the occasional dark chocolate might not be a bad decision.
Quinoa over rice
With its rich, nutty texture and delectable taste, quinoa is an ideal meal option that outplays the likes of rice and pasta. Rich in fibre and protein, and consisting of considerably fewer calories, quinoa can be the star of salads as well as main courses. Apart from being nutritious, it is also a filling meal. You do not feel hungry for a long time, which in turn prevents you from eating spoons of calorific food.
Not worth a shot
Tuck your beer belly in by cutting down on your alcohol intake. One pint of beer amounts to 197 calories.
Don’t skip your breakfast
The first meal of the day is rightly the most important meal of the day. Fill yourself up with juices and cereal and muesli to make sure you feel less hungry through the day and therefore, avoid bingeing on a portion of cheesy fries. Skipping breakfast might also cause fluctuations in insulin levels and high blood pressure. Though it may seem convenient to casually brush away the morning meal, it will prove to be more problematic in the long run.
Engage in cardio exercises or move around often to make sure your body gets the exercise it needs to function. Exercise releases endorphins that make you happy. If you have a desk job, moving around between meetings, or trying to fit in a session of yoga daily, will reduce the risk of back ache and other problems, and will make you more productive.
Sleep yourself to beauty
The eight-hour sleep cycle is your body’s requirement. Staring at screens before sleep time is known to reduce the production of melatonin which is a sleep hormone. For comfortable and healthy sleep, disconnect an hour before going to bed and charge your phone far away from your bed.
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