Give Your Health A Makeover With These Expert Strategies
Overhaul your gut health
The friendly gut bacteria which aid digestion can be depleted by stodgy processed food,
too much alcohol and a course of antibiotics.
Replenishing these bugs with a daily probiotic will see you step into spring with more energy and stronger immunity.
Registered nutritionist Rob Hobson advises taking a supplement containing both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacteria starins.
” Add a few servings of foods, such as onions, agrlic, leeks and bananas.”
Go Off the Sugar
If you want to beat fatigue, you should cut back on the sweet stuff.
Rob suggests swapping sugar for more protein in the form of lean meat, fish, nuts and dairy, and filling up on the fibre found in fruit, veg and wholegrain carbs.
” This helps balance out blood sugar levels and avoid energy slumps and the urge to snak,” he explains.
” Vitamins and minerals found in these foods will also top up your iron, magnesium and B vitamin levels.”
Boost Your Vitamin D Intake
The nutrient which supports healthy teeth and bones, and boosts immunity: ” As it’s made by the action of sun on our skin, our vitamin D levels b are lowest after the winter months, so it’s important to give them a boost.
” Keep your levels topped up with a supplement and, once the sun is strong enough, enjoy 15 minutes sun exposure without sunscreen to boost your levels.”
Care for your ears
Dr.Hilary Jones warns: “While many of us see the optician and dentist regularly, few think about getting out hearing checked, yet hearing loss affects one in six people – particularly as we enter our fifties and sixties.”
Sort out your sleep pattern
Going to bed half-an-hour earlier can help redress the shortfall.
Dr.Hudson advises: “To get you in the mood for sleep, have a snack an hour before bed containing tryptophan,
which the body turns into the sleep hormone melatonin that makes you drowsy.”
Good sources include a handful of nuts, blended pumpkin seed, oats and chocolate balls.
Spring-start your fitness
“The warm whether makes it perfect to head outdoors for your workout,”
Indeed, a recent US study found that people who exercise outside felt more energise and were more likely to repeat the experience.
So whether it’s cycling or just walking with the family, get out and get moving.
Tackle troublesome teeth
“Pastel lip colors may be a trend right now, but they are particularly unforgiving if teeth look yellow.
So give your smile a boost by ditching brush heads or old toothbrushes, which should be changed every three months.
” And remember to use a straw for drinks other than water – as even ‘healthy’ smoothies and juices can destroy the enamel on our teeth and stain them.”
Sniff yourself happier
” Whether you want to lose weight or just adopt a healthier lifestyle, try this simple mindfulness trick to help motivate yourself.”
“Stand outside and focus on how warm the air feels, the smell of fresh grass and flowers, the sound of birdsong and how much more
energise you feel.
” Actively engaging all the senses in this way will make you feel more present and positive about whatever you’re trying to achieve.”
Declutter your mind
” It’s the season to spring clean and declutter our homes, and the same principle can be applied to our minds.”
“Even small things like streamlining your email and unsubscribing from irrelevant subscription can make your life
feels a lot easier.”
” Similarly, keeping a calendar of reminders and an effective to-do list at hand will stop you feeling overwhelmed.
” The more information you keep outside of the mind (in apps or calendars), the more decluttered and calm your mind will be.”