These days we are all being encouraged to live a healthier lifestyle. Gym memberships are increasing day by day and the number of people choosing to visit dietitians or nutritionists is higher than ever. The fact is, different things will work for different people and it is always a good idea to have yourself checked out by an expert to see what special requirements you might need. However, on the whole most people need to adhere to a few basics.
We are what we eat. Scientific research has consistently revealed that this statement is truer than we may think. Sticking to a healthy, nutritious diet really is vital to keeping us in shape.
These days, most every product will include a guideline that gives you the nutritional value it provides. Read these carefully and avoid products that have a large number of additives or preservatives. In addition, avoid products that are high in fat or salt content.
Most of us are familiar with the advice that urges us to try and include five items of fruit or vegetables in our daily diets. This is vital, so if you do one thing with regards to your food intake make sure this is it.
Bearing in mind that while in the UK `five-a-day` is recommended, in countries such as France or Japan, for example, people are encouraged to eat as many as ten-a-day. The message appears to be you can never consume too much fruit or veg.
Stick to tea. Try to avoid too much caffeine as this can result in headaches, stress-related strains and, for many people, an unhealthy state of mind. While a strong cup of coffee first thing in the morning may be needed to get you going, for the rest of the day try and stick to teas as much as possible.
The number of different teas available now means there are options for addressing any minor problems you may have at the same time as providing a refreshing and tasty alternative for hydration. For example, green tea makes an excellent anti-oxidant. In fact, research has shown that drinking one cup a day will leave your skin looking younger and fresher in just a couple of months.
Further tea remedies include ginger, which if consumed after a meal makes a perfect aid to digestion. Chamomile tea will help you relax after a hectic day and the benefits of Ginseng tea has been known to the Chinese for centuries.
While these guidelines will have enormous benefit to just about everyone, there are many people out there who may need some extra help. For example people who suffer from asthma or diabetes often need to pay attention to certain things the rest of us take for granted.
For example, the majority of diabetics find that tight socks can affect proper blood circulation. In addition, diabetes tends to raise blood sugar levels — increasing the chances of foot ulcers. With this in mind, unrestrictive diabetic socks, generally made from cotton to minimize the risk of infection, can be something of a godsend.