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Diet and Nutrition Tips to Keep You Looking and Feeling Good!
|Written by Jeff Behar, MS. MBA|
There will hardly be any one on this earth who wants to look old. In fact, almost every one of us wants to look young and feel young throughout his/ her life. However, time is relentless and you tend to get older every year. When it comes to looking and feeling younger, there is no need to go extremes. All you need to do is to inculcate few tricks in your routine. There are some diet, nutrition and lifestyle tips that, if followed religiously, can make you look younger than your age, feel younger than your age and also much more healthier too! In this article I will focus on the diet and nutrition aspect of anti-aging.Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Life
Eight Simple Tips to Increase Your Energy Levels
|Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA|
In today's hustle bustle world many people are constantly on the go. As a result nutrition often takes a back seat to what needs to get done for the day and this often results in lower energy levels. Additionally 2 out of 3 adults do not get enough sleep.
This combination of poor nutrition and not enough sleep negatively impacts energy levels resulting in lethargy, lower productivity, irritability, relationships issues, increased risk for disease and a lower quality of life. The following tips should help increase your energy levels naturally and get you back on track to wellness.
Limit sugar and caffeine intake: Might sound bizarre but sugar and caffeine give you instant energy, but a few hours later, and in the long term, they will only make you more tired. Sugar, fructose corn syrup, and caffeine weaken your adrenal glands, which in turn are responsible for your energy levels. So, by consuming sugar and caffeine, you are weakening your body’s natural energy system. You must wean yourself off of these!
Try having one cup of green tea instead, and if you must sweeten your food or beverage, try using natural sweetners.Consider taking nutritional supplements. Eating a "perfect" diet does not give us enough key nutrients, such as Carnitine, CoQ10, magnesium, B-complex, and Omega 3s, for optimal energy levels. Taking supplements is necessary to ensure adequate amounts in your system and to cover any deficiencies. On my site you can see in more detail what each nutrient provides.Make sure you do not have any medical conditions that can cause fatigue. These include low thyroid function, low iron, high iron (hemochromatosis), and a range of other ailments which can be determined by blood tests.
Maintain emotional stability; limit stress. This is important to avoid sleepless nights, which stresses the body. Our emotional health is important in order to avoid the stress and worry that often leads to reduced sleep quality, and affect our energy each day.Don't work too much. If you work long hours and have a stressful job, make sure to schedule leisure activity on the weekends rather than more work.
Change your afternoon snack. By the time 3, or 4:00 rolls around, your lunch has probably worn off and you're ready for your afternoon snack. Instead of reaching for a Red Bull, a soda, or a candy bar, try replacing these with a complex carbohydrate snack or more protein. A snack low on the glycemic index (for more about the glycemic index, and to see a long list of the glycemic content of various foods, check out the nutrition section, and diet tools area at www.musclemagfitness.com). Sugary snacks produce an instant rush and increase in blood sugar, supplying you with more energy. However, this affect is short lived and as your blood sugar levels come back down, the result is a feeling of extreme tiredness. Try add...