The Power of Habits for a Healthy Body

Developing regular habits for a healthy body can make an amazing difference in our lives.
Many people under-estimate the difference habits can make to a healthy mind and body.
But it’s the consistency, the everyday habits that make a difference in the long run.

We all know that you don’t get a fit, lean body going to the gym once a week.
The same can be true about the food and supplements we consume on a daily basis.

Morning Habits
How do you start your morning?
Most of us get up, have a shower, prepare coffee and have breakfast. Maybe you skip breakfast.
What if you made one simple tweak to your morning routine?
Start your morning with a green drink such as chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is powerful as it acts as a gentle daily detox, helps clear the liver and energize the body.
A green drink also makes your body more alkaline, which means it is less likely for you to get inflammation and chronic disease.  

People who exercise in the morning are often more consistent, as other demands haven’t intruded on their day.
It can be something as simple as going for a quick walk around the neighborhood, lifting weights, using an exercise machine or following an online yoga or other fitness class.
If you can’t commit to doing a full routine, start with one thing and practice it daily.
The benefits often spill over into other areas of life.
The regular discipline of exercise improves muscle tone and breathing but also mental and emotional outlook.

Herbal Habits
Do you use herbs in your daily life?
Do you use culinary herbs, drink herbal teas or use herbal supplements?
Drinking an herbal tea is one of the simplest and easiest healthy habits to do on a daily basis.
Herbs like peppermint, chamomile, rooibos, ginger and lemon balm are beneficial to the body and their healing attributes increase over time.

Herbal Adaptogens
Another herbal habit is to take a regular supplement.
One of the best supplements to take on a daily basis is an herbal adaptogen.
Adaptogens are so named because they help the body adapt and are often used for stress.
But herbal adaptogens also increase energy and motivation, balance hormones and improve clarity.
There are a number of herbal adaptogens to consider such as; gingseng, maca, ashwagandha and medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi.
Study the characteristics of each one carefully to best determine which one is right for you.
The power of herbal adaptogens increases over time, so make note of how you feel and the changes you see in your body.

Good Nutrition
The awareness of good nutrition is becoming more important than ever and is changing lives.
There are 3 keys to be really conscious of, as they can make a world of difference.
1. The first one is to cut out sugar and simply carbohydates (high glycemic foods) as much as possible.
High glycemic foods actually increase hunger, so when you eliminate them you become less hungry and will likely lose weight and become leaner as well.
2. Consume lean protein with every meal.  The average woman needs about 63-65 gms of protein every day, while men need more.  More protein is required if you are active and exercise daily. Protein keeps you full and blood sugar levels stable. This means you are less likely to snack on junk foods.
3. Get at least 1-2 cups of leafy green vegetables every day.  Salads are great but you can also add leafy greens to a sandwich or wrap. Stir-fries are excellent ways to use leafy greens like kale, spinach, collard greens, beet greens, watercress, swiss chard, bok choy, romaine lettuce.
Leafy greens have high nutrition vitamins, minerals and fiber and low in calories. They reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and mental decline.

So there you have it. Try these habits for a healthy body.
Pick a habit from each of those groups that you can do on a daily basis.
Then do it. If something happens, pick up where you left off and get back at it. You will be amazed at the results!

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