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22 May

10 easy and efficient ways to spruce up your health

Being healthier 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 online? We have a few tips that will help you become fit in an economical and natural way. These fixes are sure to produce results for everyone. 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 you will not otherwise consume if you eat them raw. 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.

Fish and wine

A seafarer’s staple is also a nutrient-filled delight. High on omega-3 fats, fish are known to make your heart jump in joy. Having a glass of wine with your choice of fish not only makes your meal more nutritive, but also much more delicious. For everyone enjoying a wine and dine at home, this easy to cook treat is sure to cheer you up – body and soul.


Apples have peelings too

Apples are associated with celebrating health and avoiding visits to the doctor. True to its expression, eating apples with their peelings decreases the risk of Type 2 diabetes. The peel contains enzyme quercetin that checks your insulin levels and keeps illnesses at bay.


Garlic – the little mince

Instead of eating whole garlic cloves, gorge on minced or pressed garlic cloves. Garlic contains alliinaise which releases allicin on being pressed or chopped. It helps fight carcinogenic cells and makes you healthier. It is recommended to set aside minced garlic for 10 minutes before cooking it to make the best of everything the health-filled clove has to offer.


Lemon-aid to your green tea

Lemon is offered as a supplement with green teas. Adding citrus to your tea makes it healthier apart from already being flavoursome. Lemon ensures a burst of flavour and added wholesomeness in your traditional green tea. When life gives you lemons, add them to your green tea.

Dark chocolate trumps all

Dark chocolate is known to be healthier than white chocolate. A melting pot of iron, fibre, magnesium, copper and potassium, it is nothing short of a (gold) mine of health. With powerful antioxidants and heart-happy contents, binging on dark chocolate might not be as regretful a decision as you think.


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 nutritive, it is also a filling meal. You do not feel hungry for a long time preventing you from eating spoonfuls of carolific food.


Not worth a shot

Tuck your beer bellies in by cutting down on your alcohol intake. One pint of beer amounts to 197 calories. Replace beer with vodka or gin for better health and a fine dine as good as any other.


Eat your breakfast

The first meal of the day is rightly the most important meal of the day. Fill yourself up with your morning juices and cereal bowls to make sure you feel less hungry throughout the day and do not end up feasting guiltily on a large plate of cheesy fries. Skipping breakfast might also result in insulin issues and higher blood pressure. Though it may seem convenient to casually brush away the morning meal, it might be more problematic than you think.


Move it

Engage in cardio or move often to make sure your body gets the exercise it needs to function. Exercising releases endorphins that make you happy. If you are a working professional, moving around a bit in between meetings or work, or trying to fit some yoga during your desk job will help you remain healthy and reduce risk of back aches and other problems, and will make you more productive.

Sleep yourself to beauty

The 8-hour uninterrupted sleep cycle is your body’s vigorous haven. Using your blue light screens before sleep is known to reduce 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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Alinda Gupta
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