More sex and less sugar: 8 simple tips for better health in the New Year
By Dr. Natasha Turner for Blisstree.com
From this moment onward, let’s erase any preconceived notions you may have about the need to invest hours a day in the gym, working up a sweat, or perhaps even longer in the kitchen, arduously prepping Brussels sprouts for you to be healthy.
Contrary to popular belief, improving your health is possible with just a few basic habits. Follow my advice and try these simple, fast and effective tips below – and I promise you will boost your total wellness for the New Year.
1. Dose up on vitamin D3. If you had to pick just one nutrient to dose daily, vitamin D3 would definitely be your best bet as a supplement superpower. This one little tablet can reduce your risk of the flu (especially H1N1), weight gain, bone disease (osteoporosis), diabetes, cancer, heart disease, pain and inflammation, depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and autoimmune disease. All these findings, and more, have led me to recommend a daily dose of 2,000 to 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily to all my patients.
2. Cut your sugar intake. Obvious sources of sugar are cookies, candies, pop, cakes, pies, muffins, baked goods, brown sugar and molasses. But my guess is that you will be surprised to realize all of the places that sugar seeps into your diet. Do you think of granola bars, energy drinks, juice, jam, most cereals, flavoured yogurt, ketchup and many other prepared condiments, white pasta, white rice or certain fruit as sources of sugar? You should. All of these foods trigger the release of high amounts of insulin, the only hormone that always instructs the body to store energy as fat. Over time, high insulin also perpetuates your risk of increased belly fat, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, certain types of cancers and even Alzheimer’s disease. Read labels and limit your intake of these sugary foods to only once per week. Your body and brain will thank you for it.