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.