Previously, in 10 Tips for Eating Well (Part 1), we walked you through some simple tips to help achieve great health through your diet. There are various small changes you can make to your every day approach to nutrition, to ensure you are full of energy, healthy and happy...
One of the most important aspects to ensuring we are fit and healthy is keeping well hydrated. Most of us know this, but some how this seems to be the area where most of us fall down. Replace sugary drinks, caffeinated beverages and milk with water to make sure you are staying well hydrated to allow your body to run at its best.
7. Cut out salt
High levels of salt is notoriously known to be linked to high blood pressure. What many of us don't realise is that there are lots of added salts to processed and packaged foods. Reduce your salt intake by cooking as many meals from scratch as possible, and avoid adding salt unnecessarily to your dishes. You don't need to cut out salt completely from your diet, but being mindful of how much you consume will help you reduce down.
8. Focus on fresh
The best approach to your diet you can possibly have is to focus on fresh foods. Unfortunately, foods considered convenient, or processed foods are typically full of chemicals, added salt and sugar, and high in saturated fats. Avoid these unnecessary additions to your diet by using fresh ingredients wherever possible.
9. Top up vitamins
Adding a daily multivitamin to your diet is a great way to ensure your body is benefiting from all the necessary vitamins it needs to function properly. Sometimes it's difficult to meet our RDA for each and every essential vitamin and mineral, so top up with a multivit for optimum health.
10. Sun therapy
We all know too much sun is bad for our skin, but did you know that your body needs a daily dose of Vitamin D, which the skin produces when it is exposed to the sun. Vitamin D is essential to healthy bones and teeth and is essential to over all health. Ensure you spend a little time in the sun every day, just 20 minutes is ideal, but make sure you protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. You can also get Vitamin D from some foods, including oily fish, fortified cereals and fortified dairy products.