Hacks to live your healthiest life

Say goodbye to cliché juice cleanses or extreme diets that start with a bang early in the year but fizzle out just as fast! This year is all about sustainable, healthy living all year round and Health 2000 have provided us with some simple health hacks to help you out. Here’s to an energised year and kicking goals in 2019!

First things first – let’s address several energy killers that almost all of us are likely to experience at some point: stress, lack of exercise, and poor hydration, nutrition and sleep. Here are our tips to improve energy this year.

 

Wake up and move

After a good night’s sleep, rise with the sun and move your body in whichever way nourishes your soul! It gets your blood moving fresh oxygen around your body, kick starts your metabolism, and gives you a welcomed endorphin and mood boost. Some exercise ideas are a walk outdoors, yoga, a kickboxing class, running, pilates or crossfit.

 

Eat smaller, more regular meals

Studies show that frequent, smaller meals are less taxing on your digestive system. They keep your metabolism humming along, ward off hunger pains, and control your blood sugar levels to keep cravings at bay. Being prepared with fresh, healthy meals and snacks is key to feeling satisfied and avoiding overly-processed or sugar-laden foods. Prepare fresh salads, roast veggies with tofu, or soups for savoury meals, and try protein smoothies or protein balls for healthy snacks.

 

Eat smart, healthy fats

EPA and DHA omega 3s are known to be cardioprotective nutrients. This means that consuming these fatty acids reduces the likelihood of cardiac arrest and can boost cardio fitness capabilities. More so, they boost brain health and are essential for rebuilding and producing new cells within your body. Flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts are all great sources.

 

Take a power nap

A sneaky siesta can do wonders for your health! According to research, a 20 to 30-minute nap can help improve mood, alertness and performance.

 

Eat more plants

It is proven that plant-based eating results in reduced inflammation, lowered risk of heart disease, and benefits for gut health! Plant-based meals are faster and easier for your digestive system to process, meaning less bloating and sluggish energy. Aim for a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables for optimal nutrition and best results.

 

Up your protein

While it is important to consume a balanced diet that includes all macronutrients, including carbs, protein and fat, it is proven that protein has a more effective thermic effect compared to carbohydrates and fat, and therefore is a greater metabolism booster. Consuming sufficient protein is also known to act as an appetite suppressant while promoting feelings of satiety.