Health and Wellness Tips

      As you change your calendar from December to January, there’s always a bit of a thrill in the promise of a new year that’s full of potential. The New Year is chance to start fresh and say goodbye to any of the frustrations the previous year held—a perfect opportunity to make resolutions that will help strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body.
We see small making lifestyle changes can change someone’s life for the better. Here are some healty tips:   

      It is recommended to drink one glass of water 30 minutes before, during, and after a meal—but no more. This will allow your digestive system to do its thing without any wet and wild distractions, and will help your body to absorb the nutrients more efficiently
     Also, the body is functioning at its best when properly hydrated, which helps you feel great and contributes to your happiness. IMPROVED FITNESS: Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramps and lubricates the body’s joints. When you’re well hydrated, you can exercise for extended periods of time at optimum performance. In fact, drinking water during or after a meal actually aids digestion. Water is essential for good health. Water and other liquids help break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients.In fact, drinking water during or after a meal actually aids digestion. Water is essential for good health. Water and other liquids help break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients.

     In general, it is recommended that you wait for 2 to 3 hours between your last meal OR SNACK and bedtime. This allows digestion to occur and the contents of your stomach to move into your small intestine.
There’s a common belief that eating before bed causes weight gain because, when you sleep, your metabolism slows down, thus resulting in food being stored as fat.

     Meals are good, and snacking needs to be healthy foods -not junk foods. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, however, recent studies show that breakfast should be eaten when you’re hungry, not cause you just got up. If you eat dinner with your family, you will keep your girlish figure and your kids will be healthier. Taking a lunch break will make you succeed at your job.

     Evidence suggests it’s good to consume more of our calories earlier in the day, when we have more opportunities to be active ahead of us. Eating large, heavy meals late in the evening has also been linked with higher body fat. Try to get up from the couch at least once every hour.

     It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking to places or climbing the stairs instead of the elevator to improve your health and well-being.

     It may be difficult but cutting soda can do wonders for your body. If you can’t cut it entirely,  start out by swapping one soda a day for a large glass of water, tea, or flavored water instead. Once you’ve been able to swap one out, see if you can cut soda entirely.

     With work, school, and activities family-time may seem like an impossible ask, but see if your family can have a “screen-free” night with no phones, video games, etc. Instead, use that time to play a board game, play outside or visit with family and friends.

      Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in your community, such as reading to children at the library or distributing food at a local food bank. You’ll find that Volunteer work will help your mental outlook.

     Do you have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out your pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs.

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