Staying Healthy in 2022
As the omicron variant moves across the country, infiltrating our very homes and families, here are a few proactive things to do as we start 2022. Not only are they good ideas to fight the virus, but just to stay healthy as well. If you're struggling with a New Year's resolution, here's one that is sustainable: Do everything you can to boost your immune system.
No. 1: Hydrate -- drink plenty of water, have a glass of orange juice to boost your vitamin C and go easy on sugary drinks like soda. This is the time to avoid energy drinks and other sweetened beverages.
No. 2: Get plenty of rest -- look for ways to reduce stress and make sure you're getting adequate sleep. Try going to bed an hour earlier.
No. 3: Move more. Physical activity can energize our bodies and our minds and help ward off sickness.
No. 4: Make healthy food choices. Eat a variety of minimally processed foods (ask yourself "how far removed is it from the ground?" to help with knowing how processed it is). The goal is to give our metabolism everything it needs to help stay energetic and healthy.
No. 5: Choose more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These are powerhouses of vitamins and minerals, which in turn boost our immune system.
No. 6: Choose less refined carbohydrates. Foods made with refined flours and added sugars may give a quick energy boost but throw off your energy metabolism.
No. 7: Remember the food we eat supplies our body's energy needs. The more nutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fats), the more fuel. Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) support metabolism and health.
Make 2022 your year to improve your dietary and lifestyle choices and you'll ward off sickness and have plenty of energy to accomplish your goals. Happy New Year!
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