1. Stay Hydrated
According to H.H Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the human brain and heart are composed of 73% water while our lungs are about 83% water.
To keep these vital organs working at their full capability stay FULLY hydrated. A rule of thumb for hydrating is to not wait until you are thirsty, but rather drink enough throughout the day so you never feel thirsty.
2. Always Eat Breakfast
The saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is an age old saying that cannot be understated. Eating breakfast every morning is linked to improved nutrient intake, as well as improved concentration and alertness.
Studies show that skipping breakfast is linked to stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue.
3. Avoid Sugar
While it may seem like an obvious rule, it can not be said enough. Sugar is bad for your health for so many reasons including;
- Increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
- Immune system functionality can be affected
- Accelerates aging
- Causes tooth decay and gum disease
- Increases stress
And this is just to name a few!
4. Get Up, Get Out!
Physical activity is important for every age and gender and is needed to keep our bodies running at their most optimal setting.
By moving around and being active, it helps our bodies burn extra unneeded calories, and is great for the heart and circulatory system.
Some easy ways to start being more active? Try some of the below!
- Take the stairs instead of elevator
- Go for a walk during your lunch break
- Plan activities on the weekend that get you moving around rather than sitting
5. Get Enough Sleep
Being healthy is more than physical, it involves mental health also particularly sleeping.
The CDC recommends the following by age groups (naps inclusive)
- 12- 18 hours from birth to 2 months
- 14-15 hours from 3 to 11 months
- 12-18 hours for ages 1 to 3
- 11-13 hours for 3-5 years
- 10 -11 hours for 5-10 years
- 8.5 to 9 hours for 10- 17 years
- 7-9 hours 18 years and above