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Better Health Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated

Our world is a complicated place. From mobile phones that allow you to respond to email, make a movie, and do your banking, to cars that park themselves, inventors and developers created much of this complication in the name of convenience. Fortunately, you don’t need complex instructions or the latest and greatest technology to better your health. Just start with a few of these simple swaps.

Swap an hour at the gym for three to six 10-minute exercise breaks. What’s the most common excuse for skipping exercise? That’s right, “I don’t have time.” Research shows that physical inactivity has negative health consequences. It also shows that short, intense bursts of exercise can be just as effective for burning calories and improving health as longer workouts.

Swap caloric beverages for water. Soda, sweet tea and sports drinks are full of calories none of us need. These extra calories can lead to extra pounds. Water, on the other hand, keeps you hydrated and is calorie-free. If you can’t stomach the lack of flavor, add a few slices of lemon, lime or cucumber, or a few sprigs of basil or mint.

Swap a boring salad for an exciting one. Iceberg lettuce has little flavor or nutritional value when compared to darker leafy greens. The next time you build a salad, swap at least a portion of that iceberg or romaine for spinach, arugula or kale. These greens provide more fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants and pack a punchier flavor.

Swap supplements for healthier foods. If your doctor advises a multivitamin take it. But don’t consider doing so a remedy for poor nutrition. Eating plenty of whole, unprocessed foods is essential to ensuring your body has the vitamins, minerals and other building blocks it needs.

Swap whole fruit for fruit juice. Yes, a good fruit juice will contain many of the vitamins and minerals found in the original fruit, but it will lack the filling fiber. It may also contain added sweeteners—and that means extra calories.

Swap refined grains for whole varieties. Refined grains—including white flour, white rice and white bread—have been milled, a process that strips out the bran and germ, resulting in the loss of fiber and many nutrients. Whole grains—including brown rice, whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta—are less processed so they retain all the good stuff.

Try these simple tips to help change your health for the better. If you would like to jumpstart your health before the holiday begins, consider joining our Pre-Holiday Detox (PHD) Online program. Click on the link for details.

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