It is incredible learning about the body and how what we put in our mouth has so much affect on our health. I truly believe in the saying, “You are what you EAT” Not only is our nutrition important, our physical activity also plays a huge role. As with any stage of life, nutrition and activity play an important role in the prevention of disease and ill-health. It is so important that for maximum benefit to be gained it is best to have this in place early in life, however it is never too late. I am a prime example of this for sure.
If you have a copy of my e-book you will know of the health struggles that I have had and overcame, by changing my lifestyle with proper nutrition and physical activity. I have learnt over the past four years the best foods to fuel your body, improve your digestion, and boost metabolism, to which foods sabotage your wellbeing and ability to manage your weight.
I have also learnt how important it is to keep moving and to be active. Physical activity helps to reduce our risk of disease, depression and other mood related disorders, improves our immune system, improves longevity (our life expectancy) improves bone density and overall increases the feeling of wellness and vitality.
As many of you are aware, I follow The Betty Rocker – Adventures in a Healthy Lifestyle of Awesome. She has home workouts (I prefer to workout at home) an enormous selection of workouts and programs to choose from and meal plans to set you up for successful healthy eating!
As we age we change not just physically but also emotionally and mentally. We experience changes in our hormones, nervous system, immune system and bones structure. Older people are more likely to suffer nutritional insufficiency and ill-health due to medications.
I am sure you know that eating nutrient dense balanced meals helps improve our energy, burn fat and maximise our performance which in turn helps to lower the risks of diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer. It is important to make sure that we get plenty of variety of wholesome foods in our diet to ensure we are getting maximum benefit of nutrients. Definitely something to think about wouldn’t you agree?
To maintain optimum health we need to DRINK WATER! also. The elixir of life! It is important to drink at least 2-3 litres a day and more during exercise. This is something I am continually working on myself, some days I may only get 1-2 litres while other days I achieve 3 litres.
There are many signs that indicate that you maybe dehydrated here are a few that you might be familiar with i.e.
strong urine smell and colour
The more water that you drink the less likely you are to suffer the above. And for fluid retention, bloating and puffiness water flushes out toxins and any excess water weight. Hydration also improves your skin clarity.
It is good practice if you can to start your morning with a glass of water with lemon as it helps to detoxify your liver to help metabolise the food we consume.
There are so many opportunities for us to learn and grow and be the best we can be and that is to put one foot in front of the other!
Remember “you are never to old to make changes”
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