5 Health Tips For the New Year

1. Stay Hydrated!

Hydration is necessary for all systems of the body (especially the brain) to function at optimum levels. I have had many clients with chronic illnesses such as arthritis, fatigue and digestive complaints improve their health just by drinking more water! Adults should drink 1.5 to 2 litres (8 to 12 cups) of PLAIN filtered water a day; children should be encouraged to drink 1 litre (6 cups) per day. Drinks such as coffee, black tea, alcohol and sodas have a dehydrating effect and should be consumed in moderation (in the case of soda – avoid it completely). Extra Hint: Squeeze some lemon into a glass of water before breakfast to help detox your liver.

2. Eat Right for Your Blood Type

Many diet fads have come and gone, but this is a lifestyle diet that has been around for 40 years and scientifically proven to have a positive effect on your health. The basic premise of the diet is that the four blood types (O, A, B, AB) evolved at different points in history and are thus best suited to the lifestyles prevalent at those times. The four blood types have varying nutritional and exercise needs, pre-dispositions to different types of illnesses and react differently to various foods. If you’re trying to lose weight, lower cholesterol, eliminate allergies or have digestive complaints, depression, or even trying to conceive, the blood type diet is strongly recommended.

3. Hire a Personal Trainer

We all want to make changes in the New Year – especially when it comes to our health and well- being. Exercise benefits every part of the body, including the mind. We all need a little help with exercise sometimes, whether we’re just starting out or we’ve been at it for a long time. Hiring a personal trainer who can assess your needs, help instill discipline and keep you motivated is a great idea and well worth the money. What you spend now getting into shape means spending less in the future on your healthcare. What’s your health worth to you? Interview a few trainers and ask for a trial session.

4. The ZZZ’s of Sleep

Not getting enough sleep will cause an acceleration of the aging process, hormonal and metabolism issues and a breakdown of mental processes. I cannot stress enough to all my clients how important it is to get to bed BEFORE 11pm. The body undergoes a natural repair and recovery cycle between 11pm and 1am; it’s necessary to be sleeping before that time so that the body can heal itself. How much sleep is required? Most of us need at least 9 hours whereas some can function quite well on 7. Watching TV and/or playing video games can stimulate the brain, making it harder to fall asleep – avoid them before going to bed. Eating late at night can also disrupt sleep and cause digestive problems like hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which manifests into hunger and sleep disturbances through the night.

5. Emotional Detoxing – Body, Mind and Spirit

The beginning of a New Year can be the catalyst for a new makeover of the body, mind and spirit. How was last year for you? If you had an extremely stressful one filled with anxiety, fear and sadness – its time to detox emotionally! The Chinese believe that emotions, if not processed properly, can become stored in organs of the body causing illness and disease. Anger is stored in the liver, fear in the kidneys, grief in the lungs and worry in the spleen. Fortunately there are many therapies that can help with relieving our emotional stress including life coaching, energy modalities such as BodyTalk, meditation and exercising.

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