Anything less will leave you in a permanent dehydrated state. Please note that water does not include drinks. Water refers to water, and only water.
Fiber can help you feel satisfied sooner which results in eating less, which then leads to fat loss. Getting enough fiber also keeps your bowel movements regular and is good for your heart. So in addition to the health benefits, getting enough fiber can result in fewer things to be stressed about! The good news is that fiber comes in many tasty forms, from oatmeal and whole-grain breads and cereals to fruits such as apples, citrus, and strawberries, and vegetables.
Salt may be partly to blame for many health problems. Too much salt can cause you to retain water and it could contribute to high blood pressure. Cut back on salt by choosing fresh (not canned or processed) foods and experimenting with other seasonings such as curry powder, garlic, cumin, or rosemary to give your food some zing. You'll expand your culinary horizons and may find that you feel more energetic, too.
When you're angry or stressed, it's easy to grab a candy bar, smoke a cigarette, or gulp another cup of coffee to cope. What is the ideal antidote? A healthy activity such as a few total body stretches, exercise or take a walk. Research has proven that a few minutes spent on putting the body to work in a healthy way – 10 minutes or more – will provide the mental boost needed.
In tense times, you may choose bad foods over fruits and vegetables. But when that short-term boost from refined carbs or sugary food crashes, you’ll be left feeling sluggish with nothing gained. Plus, extra calories can quickly add up to extra pounds / kilos -- increasing your risk of health problems. So next time you feel anxious, ignore the sweet stuff and go for what the body will appreciate.
Experts recommend 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night to recharge and lower stress. Having trouble falling asleep? Don't drink caffeine past noon. Avoid exercise two hours before bedtime. A few mild stretches can be most relaxing. A few minutes of deep breathing – in through the nose into the abdomen and exhale through the mouth. The avoid other distractions before you start a peaceful sleep.
By avoiding the same routine day after day, you will need to concentrate more on the activity which helps reduce whatever is stressing you out. “Shock the system” so that it is not working on auto pilot. The same applies to an exercise, stretching, walking or running routine or route.
Being aware of where you are and what is happening right now -- some call it mindfulness -- can help you relax instead of fretting over what's looming on the horizon. Let go of thoughts about the past or future, and focus on the present moment. Concentrate on whatever you are doing. Don’t let you mind wander.
Are you in pain? Have it checked out and attended to. Pain means that something is wrong and the longer it is not investigated the more damage it can be causing. Ongoing health problems can sap vitality. If you haven’t had a physical in a while, schedule one now. Don’t hide worrying issues from your Doctor.
Sometimes the answer to having a lot on your mind is to do something that steers your brain in a completely different direction. Stretch your mental boundaries by attending lectures on subjects that are of interest to you. When last did you try doing a crossword puzzle? Join a book club and keep informed on the latest best sellers. Or take up a physical hobby like gardening that will keep you active mentally and physically.
If not, don’t stress. If yes, take action as soon as possible that will put the issue/s to bed. Stress is a major reason for a multitude of serious mental and physical ailments and diseases. Take control of the issues NOW!