The 12 Best Health Tips You’ll Ever Read

The 12 Best Health Tips You’ll Ever Read

Healthy lifestyle changes needn’t be restrictive. SL learns 12 rules to live by for a healthier you. From why alcohol shouldn’t be cut out completely to the benefits of chewing. Here’s your new health rulebook…

1. Pack Fermented Foods Into Your Diet

“The bacteria that live in our gut are essential. They help with digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients while playing a vital role in the function of our immune system. Modern diets and stressful lifestyles can contribute to feed the bad bacteria in our gut, enabling them to flourish. Make sure that you are supporting your gut flora by including probiotic-rich fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, kefir, miso, yogurt and kombucha.” – Berta Corbera, Nutritional Therapist for Probio7

2. When Possible, Leave The Office On Time

“Easier said than done but try to stress less and remember that the to-do list will still be there tomorrow! If you are feeling overwhelmed, focusing on breathing techniques is really helpful. Breathe in slowly for the count of 5, hold for 3 and out for the count of 8. You’ll instantly feel calmer.” – Abigail James, International Facialist and Skincare Expert

3. Have A Glass Of Wine

“Drink wine and not water with your meals – ok, ok that’s not to be taken too literally. But try not to have big glasses of water with your food as that can impair digestion. Instead, aim to have water in-between meals. You can make this more interesting with fresh lemon slices, cucumber, mint or ginger if you find the taste too bland. With meals, you might want to enjoy a glass of wine as it can aid with digestion….But that’s a glass only. I tend to encourage looking towards wine producers that are natural or biodynamic, and where possible, sustainable. I massively rate Pull The Cork for their veritable selection.” – Eve Kalinik, Nutritional Therapist, Author, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to health guru

4. Up Your Vinegar Intake

“Vinegar can change the PH level of your skin which inhibits the growth of bacteria and makes  pores smooth and reduces infections. It’s a key ingredient in Chinese beauty and one of the best pieces of advice my grandma gave me – I highly recommend it.” – Su-Man, Celebrity Facialist and Skincare Pioneer

5. Chew, Chew And Chew Again

“Taking time over meals and chewing food thoroughly can have myriad benefits, including potentially reducing digestive symptoms such as bloating and gas. It can also help us to tune better into our appetite and allow satiety hormones to properly kick in. And by slowing down meal times, you can use these as pockets of recovery in the day where we can really ‘rest and digest’ - that can help with managing stress.” – Eve Kalinik, Nutritional Therapist and Author

6. Try To Avoid Grazing

“Don’t graze - studies have shown that eating three block meals a day improves health outcomes when compared to those that ate the same calorie intake but via grazing. Similarly, the three block meals improved growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut compared to those that grazed.” – Henrietta Norton, co-founder of Wild Nutrition

7. Put Your Phone Away

“It will literally change your life. Download newsfeed eradicator for Facebook. It's said on average we spend 50 minutes every day scrolling Facebook. That's a day per month or just over 12 days per year that you could have been doing something else. Never go online when you're tired because your frontal cortex stops working which means you’re not in control. Keep your phone out your bedroom at night. Studies show from Harvard medical school that leaving your phone in your bedroom (even if it’s on aeroplane mode) is the equivalent in your brain of keeping your front door open, meaning you're not falling into that crucial state of deep sleep.” – Milla Lascelles, Holistic Health Coach

8. Always Switch Up Your Toothbrush

“Dentists emphasise that if you hold on to your dirty brush for longer than three months, the bad bacteria lodged on the bristles may transfer back into your mouth. Swap out old brushes or bristle heads every two months, mark it in your calendar if you need – your breath and mouth will definitely thank you for it.” – Dr Harold Katz

9. Feed Yourself More Fibre

“Fibre has a wealth of benefits but we’re not getting enough in our diets. It promotes optimal digestive health, a happy gut and helps stabilise blood sugar levels. It’s also been suggested that it can improve weight maintenance by helping with feelings of satiety and has even been said to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Try and incorporate things in your diet like bran flakes for cereal or wholegrain breads and pasta for lunch and dinner. Make sure you’re having plenty of vegetables at each meal time too.” – Georgia Head, Fresh Fitness Food Nutritionist

10. Curcumin Is A Key Ingredient

“Curcumin is a food source from turmeric and has many advantages. From promoting healthy digestion to switching off cancer promoting genes and increasing liver detoxification, there’s little it can’t do to help.” – Gabriela Peacock, Nutritionist, GP Nutrition

11. Get Acquainted With Golden Shrooms

“Adding ‘Golden Shrooms’ (reishi, cordyceps, turmeric) to your hot drink minimises the acidity of coffee or tea in the body, prolonging the high with a less strong crash. It’ll increase focus while the coffee will help to drive the benefits of mushrooms and turmeric into the bloodstream. They work in unison beautifully!” – Zoe Lind van’t Hof, Co-Founder of Wunder Workshop

12. Lie Upside Down Daily

Finally, our last tip is one we’ve heard from many experts before here at SL. Lay flat with your legs upwards against the wall. Not only will it relieve swollen ankles, varicose veins and help improve digestion, it’s also proven to help keep you calm, relieving symptoms of anxiety. Plus, the increased blood flow will help to boost your complexion too.

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