Food, HEALTH/FOOD

4 Easy Swaps For A Healthier You

We all want to be able to eat healthier, live longer, and feel better. In a world geared toward processed food and late nights at the office, however, this can feel like an impossible task. When you already have to divide your time between work, home, and just maybe getting a little sleep—finding time to make home a meal can seem out of reach. Luckily, we have four great ideas you can use to help you get on the road to a healthier you.

Take a water bottle with you everywhere

Juices, sodas, and yes even coffee is filled with empty calories. We tend to drink a lot more of these than we need to, and never even realize how many of our daily calorie counts are coming from them. Not only is drinking juice and soda throughout the day terrible for your waistline, but it can also be bad for your teeth.

Swapping even one of your usual beverages for water can give your body a healthy boost. You can make it easier by taking a reusable water bottle with you everywhere and refreshing it regularly throughout the day. Refreshing it serves two purposes—it keeps the water tasty and fresh and also lets you know how much you have had. It’s a great reminder to keep yourself healthy.

Stand Up

Research has shown that even if you work out regularly and are actively trying to build muscle—many of those benefits go out the window if you sit around the rest of the day. Sitting for long periods of time is very detrimental to your health and can seem unavoidable if you have a desk job. Luckily, the fix is a simple one. All you have to do is stand up at regular intervals throughout the day.

Standing up can help reduce the risk of a host of nasty diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even obesity itself.

Take Probiotics

Probiotics may seem like an odd suggestion when there are so many supplements out there with benefits, but if you only choose one supplement to take daily, probiotics would be your best choice. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that live in your gut and help your body in some ways. Recent studies have shown that probiotics can help everything from managing your moods to improve your immune system. Even depression and other mood disorders can be improved with the help of probiotics.

Get enough sleep

It can be tempting to use coffee or energy drinks to burn the candle at both ends, but you’re doing so at the expense of your health. Getting enough sleep is vital to help keep your immune system up, destress, and be able to focus throughout the day. If you’re not getting enough sleep, try to go to bed a little earlier, or take a natural supplement such as melatonin if you’re not a sound sleeper. Getting the most out of your 8 hours is one of the best things you can do for your body.

Together, these four small changes can make notable improvements in your life. Best of all, you don’t have to give up your current lifestyle to do them. Embracing a healthier lifestyle can be very hard, but by making small changes and letting them form into habits, you can feel better and live longer.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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