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True Health Tips

By Randi Morse

It seems like everywhere you turn there's a keyboard doctor telling you how to live your life. It's easy to get confused about what you should do to be healthy and to get the proper nutrition. You'll even find experts who are confused about what works and what doesn't! Here we're going to break down a few health tips that are backed by scientific evidence. 

Sugar Drinks

Sugary drinks taste amazing and can be extremely refreshing, especially on a hot summer day. But drinking sugary drinks is one of the worst things you can do if you're trying to have a healthy lifestyle. Did you know that your brain doesn't treat sugar from drinks the same as it treats sugar from solid food? Because of this you are drinking what is known as "empty calories." Some fruit juices even have such a high sugar count that they are bad for your body. Basically, staying away from sugary drinks is an important step if you're looking to have a healthy lifestyle.

Coffee is Great

I'm not talking about the $8 latte you get from the gourmet cafe down the street. I'm talking about regular, plain coffee. Coffee is high in antioxidants and there have actually been studies done that connect coffee intake to living longer and having a lower risk of disease like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes. Just remember that you can't add tons of cream and sugar if you want to get the most benefit from your coffee.

Probiotics

In the past 10 years we've discovered how vital probiotics are for our bodies. Probiotics help to balance the bacteria in your stomach, which aids greatly in digestion, helping to keep you healthier. There are tons of yogurts now that have a high level of probiotics in them but if you don't care for yogurt, you can find probiotic supplements at your local drug store.

Protein

If you're trying to have optimal health, make sure you get enough protein. High protein intake has been proven to boost the metabolism, which makes your body utilize the calories you've eaten more efficiently. It also helps you to feel more full, which means you eat fewer calories and won't be as apt to snack at night.

Before you make any dietary or lifestyle changes it's important to check the source of your information. It's easy for anyone to say anything they want online and finding out the source of the information you're looking at will help you to distinguish between good health tips and bad ones.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Derby, Kans.

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