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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kristen Mitteness

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Health Today

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? It may be time to make a few changes! None of the following suggestions are drastic, but a few small habit changes can go a long way. Long lasting health comes from making lifestyle changes and rarely from temporary or quick fixes. Start feeling better today by implementing the following suggestions.

Drink more water. Your body is over 70% water. Our brains are not always able to distinguish thirst from hunger. And if you are already feeling thirsty, you are already a bit dehydrated. Drink 16oz of water right when you wake up. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water throughout the day. For example, a 200 pound person should drink 100 ounces of water each day. Add a bit extra if you exercise, sweat or drink coffee.

Eliminate or reduce all grains from your diet. This includes bread, cereal, pasta, corn, cookies and cakes. The majority of the grains we eat today are highly processed. The nutrients they do contain are added and not natural. Grains also contain various anti-nutrients which prevent the body's absorption of other vitamins and minerals. Replace these empty calories with nutrient dense vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and proteins.

Move more. We are currently living a very sedentary lifestyle. Many of us are driving to work, sitting in front of a computer all day, drive home, watch TV, etc. We simply need to move more. We aren't made to sit all day long. Set a timer for every 30 to 60 minutes. When it goes off, get up, stretch, go for a walk, simply move around! It's great for your body and your brain. Taking ten minutes of every hour you work to move your body will make the other 50 minutes of your hour much more productive.

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