3 tips

Alternative Medicine - - Health News & Tips - BY FELI­CIA D. STOLER, DCN, MS, RDN, FACSM, FAND

What would you do right this minute, if you knew it might keep you from need­ing to see a doc­tor to­mor­row? There are hun­dreds of sim­ple ways to help pro­tect our health. Th­ese in­clude ev­ery­thing from hand wash­ing to good den­tal hy­giene. Here are three of my fa­vorite well­ness tips in­volv­ing fats, fiber, and fit­ness.

Fats: Sixty per­cent of the hu­man brain is made up of fat. So why aren’t fries and ice cream con­sid­ered brain foods? We need to nour­ish our brains (and our hearts) with the right kinds of fats. Omega-3 fatty acids (also com­monly known as EPA and DHA) are the good guys. EPA helps to lower triglyc­erides in our blood. DHA helps to pre­serve cog­ni­tive func­tion and stave off dis­eases like Alzheimer’s. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, omega-3s may also lower your risk of ab­nor­mal heart­beats, which can lead to sud­den death.

Pro Tip: ab­sorp­tion of cal­cium and mag­ne­sium, which sup­ports bone health.

Pro Tip: Add a packet of fiber, such as Reg­u­lar Girl, to your morn­ing smoothie or sprin­kle it on your ce­real ev­ery day. It won’t change the taste, aroma, or con­sis­tency of your bev­er­age, but it may help your body to func­tion better.

Fit­ness: Fa­tigue sends thou­sands of peo­ple to see their doc­tors each year. By im­prov­ing your body’s abil­ity to de­liver oxy­gen and key nu­tri­ents to your heart and mus­cles, ex­er­cise can ac­tu­ally boost your en­ergy. An­other side ben­e­fit of work­ing out: Ex­er­cise stim­u­lates cer­tain brain chem­i­cals, which may cause you to feel hap­pier and more re­laxed.

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