Changes for a health­ier, stress-free life

Sunday Trust - - TAMBARI BEAUTY - by HAF­SAH ABUBAKAR MATAZU

It’s amaz­ing how lit­tle changes in your day-to­day life can bring about mas­sive changes in your over­all health. Dr. Muham­mad Umar of Bwari Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, Abuja tells us that the sys­tems in our bod­ies are com­plex and they all need at­ten­tion and spe­cial care. But to do that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that you have to do any­thing dras­tic to en­sure you switch up to be­ing healthy and stress-free. Here are a few sim­ple changes to ob­serve and you will be­gin to see a dif­fer­ence in no time.

Con­sume more ‘good’ fats: The fats we are re­fer­ring to are fatty fish, olive oil and other veg­etable oils, not sat­u­rated fats found in junk food. Th­ese fats are essen­tial in en­cour­ag­ing col­la­gen pro­duc­tion and for a well func­tion­ing im­mune sys­tem. It also helps in keep­ing your choles­terol lev­els at bay.

Get enough sleep: Stay­ing up late isn’t good for you. So what­ever it may be that keeps you up, whether it’s movies or your phone, keep it aside. more re­freshed and en­er­getic in the morn­ing and more pro­duc­tive and at­ten­tive in what­ever you will do dur­ing the day. So try and get at least eight hours of sleep ev­ery night.

Stay hy­drated: Drink­ing wa­ter is such a cru­cial and im­por­tant thing that many of us are guilty of over­look­ing. Get­ting enough wa­ter in your sys­tem can’t be overem­pha­sized. Your body needs it, your mind needs it, your skin needs it and it can even aid in weight loss as well. Make sure you have a bot­tle of wa­ter with you at all time and see that you drink up to eight bot­tles daily.

Work out: This doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean go­ing to the gym, but go­ing out for a jog or a long walk of­ten, or fit­ting in a short but rig­or­ous work­out dur­ing your spare time will also go a long way. Down­load fit­ness apps on your phone to help you reach your fit­ness goals ev­ery­day.

Vi­ta­mins and min­er­als: Vi­ta­min de­fi­ciency is real and very un­pleas­ant. Usu­ally, when you fall ill, it’s due to not hav­ing enough of a vi­ta­min to fight it back. Fruits and veg­eta­bles are in­cor­popacked with them, and in­cor­po­rat­ing some them into your three meals and snack­ing on them will be more than enough. You can also go to a phar­macy and get vi­ta­min sup­ple­ments to re­plen­ish the ones you haven’t been able to get. Take cold show­ers: Cold show­ers go a long way in help­ing you de-stress and bring you back to life. It also boosts blood cir­cu­la­tion and tight­ens your skin. Although you need to get used to it, once you do, hot baths and show­ers will be a thing of the past for you.

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