A Gateway to a Healthier You

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Nov 292013
 

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Are you sick to your back teeth of feeling bloated, sluggish and worn out? Modern day lifestyles mean that many of us suffer with a lack of energy and drive. This is simply due to all the toxins our bodies absorb through poor diets and our polluted lifestyles.  The good news is that as we are becoming educated and learning what’s good for us and what’s bad, we can begin to make the required changes to feel and look better than ever. It’s time to give up the bad things in life and concentrate on the good, and here’s how.

Fresh, Organic and Full of Goodness

Over the years food producers and marketers have been trying to save us time. They have worked to do this by providing us with foods that are processed. They can be stored for longer and cooked within a few minutes by putting them in the oven or microwave – whole meals can be cooked at once. Yes it’s easier, but it’s also very bad for you. You aren’t getting the goodness of the food, you’re eating too much sugar, salt fat and you’re eating preservatives and additives not to mention consuming the toxins released from the plastic used in the packaging.

The first thing to do to work on achieving a healthy weight, feeling energetic and generally improving your health is by stopping yourself consuming processed foods. Start buying foods from your butcher, fish monger and fruit and vegetable stores. Yes it will mean preparing your meals takes a little longer but it’s worth it. Buy organic whenever possible and buy fresh, you can always freeze the foods to make them last longer or store them in the fridge. You’ll feel so much better and you can lose weight simply by making this simple change, even if you generally eat the same dishes.

Work Your Heart so it Works Harder for You

Exercise is so important yet it is something many of us avoid doing in our busy lives. We head to work in cars or on the train, come home, cook a processed meal and spend the rest of the night in front of the television. You may think housework is enough to stay healthy but you need to do more. If you feel tired as soon as you come home from work it’s a good sign that you do need to exercise.

Exercise increases energy levels and boosts your immune system. Rather than leaving you feeling ready for bed you will be energised, which is why it’s a great idea to exercise before work or when you come home after a busy day. Leaving it before bedtime isn’t a good idea as you’ll have too many endorphins moving around your body and you will find it hard to settle down and sleep.

By exercising you can work off those flabby bits, tone up but that’s not all – you will feel happier and energised and have a healthier system that is stronger than ever. If that wasn’t enough you should remember that exercise also helps us to fight off diseases and illnesses and leads to a longer healthier life. Therefore exercise is essential for everyone. It doesn’t matter what you do, just concentrate on getting sweaty a few times a week and you’ll reap the benefits.

Where to Start

If you’re now ready to take care of yourself properly a great place to start is with your internal self. Cleansing the body removes all the horrible toxins that have been building up through an unhealthy lifestyle. Detoxing is pretty mainstream now, but that doesn’t mean it’s a fad that should be ignored. A detox can work wonders and is a great place to begin with your new routine.

What is a juice cleanse? A juice cleanse is when you use liquidised fruits and vegetables to flush out your system and feed it full of essential antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Cut out all the bad foods and drinks such as caffeine, alcohol, sweets and fats and replace it with foods that come fresh from the earth.

Avoid the Quick Fixes

One important note to take is the use of cleanses, detoxes and dieting as a quick fix. You need to change the way you feel about food and exercise. Healthy living requires healthy diets and a good amount of exercise all year round. If you undertake cleanses simply to lose a few pounds you will find yourself back where you started in no time at all. Change your diet and exercise routine for the long term and you will look and feel fabulous and never need to attempt a fashionable diet ever again.

The author, Lena Lewis, is passionate about living healthy lifestyles and inspiring others to think differently about the food they eat.