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Improve Your Health with These 4 Lifestyle Changes

By Virginia Laird

If you are looking for a few lifestyle changes to make in the new year, it may be wise to consider a few related to your health. Before settling on a list of resolutions, personal trainers suggest each of them should be kept simple. Changes that require too much all at once can be a recipe for disaster. Instead, set yourself up for success by considering minimal changes, including:

  • Try to eat well-balanced meals
  • Never skip breakfast
  • Reduce your soda consumption
  • Get enough sleep

Try to Eat Well-Balanced Meals

When it comes to making a diet plan, there are few secrets to follow. Health and wellness professionals advise the only sure rule to follow is to make each meal a well-balanced one. This means each meal should include the right combination of vegetables, protein, and a few of the right type of carbs. Making as many meals as well-balanced as possible can help ensure you and your family are getting the proper nutrition needed to stay healthy.

Never Skip Breakfast

While many believe skipping breakfast can help reduce the number of calories consumed on a daily basis, it is not wise. The truth behind skipping this meal is that is hampers the metabolism and slows the body. Keeping the metabolism working is one way the body burns calories. Therefore, as it slows, the waistline tends to grow.

Reduce Your Soda Consumption

Soda is one beverage you should try to cut out of your life. While many rely on a specific beverage to help with daily motivation, there are no benefits to consuming soda. Rather, much research suggests that soda is actually bad for the body. Regular (non-diet) drinks are loaded with sugar and empty calories, while many of the diet drinks are full of artificial sweeteners which are bad for the body. Bottom line: It is best to cut out soda.

Get Enough Sleep

In the new year, it is best to make sure you get enough sleep. This is one way to not only improve your health, but also keep you healthy. Without enough sleep, the systems of the body (including the immune system) tend to slow, which can cause problems for you. It is recommended, by sleep professionals, that the average adult should get at least six hours of sleep each night.

Make 2018 your healthiest year by making at least one healthy change to your lifestyle. Good luck!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Citrus Heights, Calif.

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