Do you ever wish you had a cheat sheet for healthy living? With these five hacks, now you do.
Here are our 5 favorite health hacks.
Health Hack #1: The Best Way to Start Your Day
Before you put anything else in your body in the morning, make sure that you drink at least an eight-ounce glass of water with lemon added. Lemons contain enzymes that help to break down food and give you healthy digestion.
Hail the power of the lemon!
As a rich source of nutrients, lemon juice also cleanses excess bile from your liver and helps to metabolize fat so you can digest it quickly. It’s difficult to lose weight when your digestive system is inefficient. Lemon juice is a natural anti-inflammatory, which provides a much-needed boost for your immune system as well.
If that’s not enough, the Vitamin C in lemons may also help you look younger by fighting off damage from free-radicals.
Health Hack #2: Be Less Radical
As we get older, our stressful lives give us less time to be healthy and we all need help managing our health. Free radicals are chemicals that can damage your DNA and cells, leading to cancer and other serious health conditions.
Take back control.
Some foods contain free radicals, as do environmental toxins such as household cleaners and cigarette smoke. Some plant-based food contains antioxidants that help to prevent damage caused by free radicals.
It’s important to eat green whenever possible and avoid excess amounts of fats, oils, cooked and processed meat, too much alcohol, and certain antioxidant supplements. While antioxidants in food can be beneficial, they can have a harmful effect when taken in the form of a supplement.
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Health Hack #3: Burn Fat. Build Muscle
Some people think that increasing the time of their workouts will help them lose weight and be healthier. However, you can burn fat much quicker by increasing the intensity rather than the duration.
20 minutes to torch away fat.
To get started, try intense short bursts of aerobic activity while engaging in a slower paced exercise. Some high-intensity exercises to consider include climbing stairs, jumping rope, pull-ups, push-ups, and sprints. Eventually, you want most of your workout to be at an intense rate that gets your heart rate going and makes you sweat.
Give HIIT a try. It only takes about 20 minutes per day (three times a week), and in that short workout the high-intensity cardio will get you in shape faster and burn more fat than an hour of lower-intensity exercise.
Health Hack #4: Be a Good Gut Gardener
Intestinal disorders contribute to our general discomfort and stress—but many don’t know they have a problem. Our whole digestive system is governed by a complex ecosystem of helpful and harmful bacteria. When the harmful bacteria take over, it leads to gastrointestinal discomfort, a low performing immune system, trouble losing weight, and stress may increase intestinal permeability.
Healthier digestion = better results.
In short, PRObiotics are the live bacteria naturally found in your digestive tract that help filter out harmful things during digestion. PREbiotics are the plant particles that nourish that friendly bacteria and help it flourish.
Probiotics are a form of good bacteria that helps promote a healthy digestive system by slowing the growth of harmful bacteria. Good sources of probiotics include yogurt, soft cheeses, miso soup, and sauerkraut.
Prebiotics are a form of carbohydrates not digested by the body. They occur naturally in bananas, asparagus, artichokes, legumes, oatmeal, and many other foods. You can also get prebiotics in vitamins or supplements.
Remember that healthy digestion is essential for good health. If you don’t get enough prebiotics or probiotics from food, you can find them both in supplements.
For example, PhysIQ ProBio provides the right balance of the right probiotics and immune system support to get your body back on track. It comes with a wide range of health benefits that include:
- 6 Billion CFUs of healthy bacteria to support your digestive system*
- Restore your gut flora with healthy bacteria*
- Help restore gut integrity*
- Safely enhances your immune system with Wellmune®—a clinically proven ingredient*
- Features BIO-tract®, a unique controlled-release technology, delivering probiotics throughout the day and deep into your digestive system — where they are needed most*
- Helps improve tight junctions and the communication between your brain and gut to help signal that you are full*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Health Hack #5: Curb Sugar Cravings
You don’t have to give in every time you have a craving for something sweet. The more times you resist, the less cravings you will have in the future.
Curb your sweet tooth.
One way to train yourself to turn off the sugar cravings is to eat something sour instead such as sauerkraut or a pickle. This can make your sweet tooth go away in an instant and will help you start craving foods that are better for you.
Other foods that help curb sugar cravings include:
- Sweet potatoes
- Plain Greek yogurt