Practical Tips for a Healthier Life Nine Simple Steps To Improve Your Diet, Digestion, and Overall Health

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1. Eat breakfast.
How many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important
meal of the day? It is, especially if you have low energy, headaches,
and are stressed. What you eat for breakfast is important. Skip
products made with white flour and white sugar – they will
make you tired and more stressed. Make sure that you eat some form
of protein – eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, leftover supper,
protein smoothie, etc.

2. Stay regular.
Many health problems begin in the colon. Constipation is epidemic
in America due to the processed nature of the typical diet. There
are many natural solutions for constipation. One of the least well
known is magnesium, which helps hydrate the colon and encourage
regularity.

3. Take in
at least 25 grams of fiber per day (you really need 30–40 grams,
but you’ve got to start somewhere). This relates to #2 –
however, fiber isn’t just a factor in regularity. Fiber is
important for overall health. It helps absorb and carry waste such
as excess cholesterol out of the body. It helps keep the colon healthy
and reduce the incidence of diverticulitis. Read labels and add
up the amount of fiber in your typical diet. If you are not close
to 25 grams daily, supplement and/or change your diet.

4. Drink water
– not coffee, tea, sodas, sports drinks, etc. Water is the
only effective liquid for properly hydrating the body. When it is
combined with coffee, tea, sugar, etc., it loses its ability to
hydrate the body. The average adult body uses between 2 and 3 quarts
daily. Most adults need to drink at least 2 quarts per day at a
minimum. Note: Drink water without chlorine, a known carcinogen
that disrupts the balance of beneficial flora in our intestines.

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October
6, 2009

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