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Nutrition seems to be a complicated subject. This is strangely a result of our attempts to simplify nutrition.
We often tend to overlook the simple solutions in life. Drinking lots of water to enhance our health, and help with fitness and weight loss falls into that category. Unfortunately, many of the health problems associated with inadequate water consumption do not manifest until years or even decades later! Water is necessary for everything our body does. I like to think of it as liquid health...it's the HEALTHIEST thing you can consume!
Remember that you don't just need water when you feel thirsty...in fact, thirst is one of the signals that your body is dangerously low on water. You should rarely allow yourself to become thirsty. Drink 8 glasses of water daily, plus an additional 1 glass for every 15 kilogram overweight. Try this to help with your water consumption; get a large plastic water bottle that you can drink from. Fill it with water and put it in the freezer overnight. Take it with you the next day...you can drink cold water all day as it melts. Start drinkin'!
You may be amazed to discover that so many aspects of women's health can be controlled by a healthy diet. There are studies to prove everything from PMS and Menopause to breast cancer can be reduced when you follow a healthy diet. This being the case, we need to find a way to raise awareness of womens health.
When you look back at womens health over the centuries, I believe we were never in such a privileged position. Although there are aspects of womens health that have become worse, generally we are living a great life. In Australia, we have access to all the latest information, and as a result are living longer. In comparison, you look at the levels of womens health of our neighbouring countries, where they have no access to the health care and even the basic needs of live like clean water.
On the other hand, we are spending a fortune on "miracle cures" and bottled water, yet we still don't understand the basic rules of womens health care. Lets take a look at them.
BASIC RULES OF WOMEN'S HEALTH
1. You must increase your intake of fruit and vegetables. Fresh fruit and vegetables are the major source of nutrients, and are critical for maintaining womens health. You need to be eating at least 3-5 servings of fruit and 6-10 servings of vegetables. This will contribute towards a reduction in a vast majority of womens disease.
2. You must exercise It is imperative that you increase your exercise levels. We know womens health is improved with regular exercise. You need to be combining both cardio and weight bearing exercise for full benefits to womens health. So try to lift some weights, do something like yoga and also brisk walking to cover all areas needed for good health.
Our health is something we often take for granted, until we lose it. Unfortunately, once it is gone it takes time for health to return. The best way to maintain health is by following some simple guidelines that are easy to follow on a daily basis. Here are five steps you can take to maintain great health.
1. Drink 2 litres of water per day.
Often we confuse thirst for hunger, leading to health complications such weight problems and dehydration. The body is made up of 70% water and needs to constantly replenish what is lost through perspiration, exhalation and excretion. To make sure you have enough water for good health drink at least 2 litres per day. The water should be pure, no additions like tea or cordial, and preferably filtered or rainwater. Try to sip regularly and count the glasses you consume to keep track. You will notice health benefits like better digestion and clearer skin.
2. Get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise every day.
Your entire health existence relies on your heart pumping blood around the body. Yet we don’t consciously think to exercise this important organ. Your health is dependant on the blood and oxygen pumped to cells by the heart. By increasing the heart rate for 20 minutes every day, you are feeding your cells vital and health giving oxygen and helping remove toxins. If you are serious about your health you will be getting aerobic exercise every day.
3. Work on yourself and your minds health
Don’t neglect your mental health. If you are not happy with where you are in your life and were you are headed do something about it. List your goals and work toward them. You should indulge in your favourite hobby or pastime on a regular basis. Try meditation to reduce stress and take time out to spend time with yourself. Health is holistic, mind and body.
4. Eat a good variety of fruit and vegetables