Well, wasn't that a tough year. And—the kicker (typically, as always)—was a particularly fun and festive silly season.
If you've been burning the candle at both ends, it might be time to have a think about getting healthy (says me). Yeah, I know writing an article about New Year's resolutions at this time of year is not particularly original, but I've come to realise it's not about making one big change, it's about embedding small, incremental and consistent habits that eventually lead to bigger improvement.
My 3 healthy habits this year are:
1. having a lemon water first thing
2. drinking fresh juice every day, and
3. taking milk thistle supplement.
Lemon water hydration
Your body loses lots of water in the night (one of the reasons you weigh less first thing in the morning). So, starting the day with a lemon water helps you rehydrate, aids digestion and detoxifies.
Simply squeeze half a lemon into a glass and top up the rest with hot or cold water depending on the weather.
The juice of fruit has lots of benefits.
- it's easy to digest
- it's full of nutrients
- it helps you consume a wider variety of vegetables you might otherwise struggle to eat, and
- It tastes bloody good!
I like to think of it as a detoxifying cocktail of concentrated goodness. But, the hardest thing about a juice a day is being ready with the right fruit and vegetables at the right time. With our busy lifestyles, my plan is to make the juice early in the week and buy a juice later in the week as a reward for my earlier efforts. On the weekend simply buy enough for four days (that's 2 apples, two pears, one bunch of spinach. If you'd like to use my favourite recipe)
The Milk of the Thistle
Milk Thistle's healing properties have been known for thousands of years. Commonly thought to improve liver function, the active ingredient in Milk Thistle is known as silymarin, a chemical extracted from the seeds according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/milk-thistle) it helps to rebuild liver cells and draws toxins out of the body. Check out Liver Tonic 17500.
Three easy habits that should give me better energy and make me feel healthier. But don’t just just my word for it. If you'd like more information, check out my favourite habit-forming-and-habit-checking authors, Leo Bapauta.