5 Tips for Optimal Health
Here are 5 beneficial tips to optimize your health that I can guarantee you are more than likely unaware of.
- LEMON IS GOOD FOR YOUR OVERALL HEALTH.
Add a squeeze of organic lemon or lime to your daily water intake to support healthy detoxification
The phytochemical D-Limonene found within these two fruits serves as a potent liver tonic and digestive aid, optimising detoxification pathways and encouraging the liver to produce more bile, a digestive juice that helps break down fat from your food
Although these two fruits contain citric acid, a weak acid, they also have a very high content of strong alkalizing minerals. Potassium, magnesium and sodium. Such alkalizing properties prove extremely useful in helping rid the body of strong acidic end products such as excess uric acid from a high protein based diet or lactic acid from dairy consumption.
Please note, this will not work with oranges as the sugar content cancels out the alkalising effect of any minerals making it very acidifying on the body. For optimal results add the lemon/lime to warm water and consume first thing upon rising when your body is in a cleansing phase.
- CONSUME WILD SALMON WHEN POSSIBLE.
A study released in the journal, Environmental Science and Technology, found much higher levels of chemicals in farmed salmon compared with wild salmon.
Farmed Salmon are frequently fed antibiotics, which contribute to the growth of drug resistance bacteria. Artificial chemicals are also added to their diet to colour the flesh pink in an attempt to resemble their wild counterparts. Otherwise they would remain an unappetizing brown colour. The common supermarket term “reasonably sourced” indicates Farmed.
- AlCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND RECOVERY.
Alcohol consumed directly after resistance exercise has been shown in some cases to prolong the exercise-induced elevation of the stress hormone cortisol, this potentially prolonging the catabolic phase of recovery. I personally avoid alcohol after a hard training session.
- ARE YOU GETTING TO BED ON TIME?
Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury, when it comes to achieving optimal health, body composition and performance. Inadequate sleep disrupts blood sugar metabolism, growth hormone output, natural testosterone production and thyroid output. Try supplementing with zinc and magnesium for better quality of sleep.
- NEVER NEGLECT THE IMPORTANCE OF HYDRATION.
One of the most important determinants of optimal health and performance is hydration. The chemical structure of water (H2O) notably hydrogen and oxygen is essential for all cellular process within the body from digestion right through to nervous system function.
We are continually loosing fluid through perspiration, breathing and exercise. A drop of as little as 2% of your body mass in fluid can lead to over a 10% drop in maximal strength.
Hydration must be taken seriously especially around vulnerable times where dehydration may occur, prime times would include when training or rising first thing in the morning. Drink water at a rate that’s comfortable, not all in on go as this may cause digestive discomfort.