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It’s not always easy making lifestyle changes, especially when you don’t know where to start. It’s not necessary to turn your life upside down overnight; instead just begin with gradual changes or ‘upgrades’ to healthier alternatives.
Here are five easy upgrades you can begin with today.
1. Go chemical free
Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs everything you slather onto it. If you have been using chemical-laden products filled with parabens, pthalates and formaldehyde, it’s time to think again. These chemicals are clogging up your internal highways and causing a toxic slump, which your body has the hard task of having to deal with. Do yourself a favour and opt for more natural products. Check out LoveLula.com who have done the hard work for you in and only stock products that are safe for your body.
2. Soft drink and Sodas
Many sodas and soft drinks have been linked to obesity, kidney damage and certain cancers. Consuming just one soda spikes your blood sugar levels causing your lives to turn sugar into fat. Many sodas also contain caffeine which makes pupils dilate and blood pressure rise, which then results in the liver dumping yet more sugar into the bloodstream. Swap soda for coconut water; it’s a low-calorie drink with a small dose of healthy omega fatty acids, potassium, calcium, magnesium and electrolytes making it the perfect drink post-workout, as it helps to rehydrate the body. Coconuts contain naturally occurring enzymes, which boast antioxidant properties.
3. Get juicy
I wouldn’t be without my juicer. For the last eight years, I have religiously juiced my self back to health. It’s one of the fastest ways to flood your body with nutrients, oxygen and enlivening enzymes, and it’s true that everyone I know that has started juicing, has never looked back.
4. Ditch the dairy
Milk is nasty, inflammatory and very acidic to the body. It has also been linked to increased risk of osteoporosis, (despite what some companies have led us to believe). Switch to drinking oat, rice, coconut or nut milk, which can be made in a matter of seconds by blending nuts and water and straining through a cheesecloth or nut milk mag.
5. Healthy Bacteria
70% of our immune system lives in our gut, so ensuring there’s plenty of good bacteria there to keep the little bit of bad bacteria we need in check, is crucial to a healthy digestive system and our overall health. Our bodies also need essential fatty acids omega 3&6 for maintaining supple joints, heart health, brain function, and a strong immune system; our bodies cannot produce them so we must ensure they are included in our diets. I recommend Udo’s Choice probiotics and oils.
Polly Noble is a lifestyle advisor and health coach passionate about helping people improve their health. She is creator of The Conscious Life Guide – a lifestyle program designed to help people live a life they love.
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