At one point or another, we will all become victims of our own self desires over what is going to be the best for us. Afterall, why drive the speed limit for 10 hours when going 10 over will get you there in 8 or 9? Below is my list of top 5 things that you can do now that your body will love you for later!
While there is adequate science that shows that smoking, or at least the nicotine FROM smoking, is an excellent appetite suppressant, there are DEFINITELY reasons for you to put them down for good if you intend to live a healthy and long life! Quitting will lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, mouth cancer and will even make your dating life seem a lot more fruitful (no one likes kissing a smoke bomb or sleeping next to an ash tray, after all). According to the 2013 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the health benefits of quitting grossly outweigh any negative impacts of gaining 5 to 10 pounds during the quitting. So put it down! Who knows, maybe your children (past, present or future) will thank you!
Like it or not, humans are made up of 60 percent water. This makeup is responsible for things such as digestion, absorption, circulation, saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintaining your body temperature. Drinking sugary products such as sodas, energy drinks and fruit drinks that aren’t freshly squeezed don’t actually quench the thirst that your body requires, but it does put a LOT of stress on your internal organs and also wreaks havoc on your insulin levels (diabetes, anyone?). The old adage of “drink 8 glasses of water a day” has been debunked many time, but you should definitely have some water when your body says that it’s thirsty. Drinking more water instead of sugary products will cut out unnecessary calories (sugar makes you MORE hungry instead of less, but water fills you up), improve the functioning of your internal organs and also cut back on trips to the dentist/doctor (who doesn’t want more money every month for themselves?? Water is free-30!)
Look, I get it. Everyone is getting tired of being told to get off their butts and do something. I’m one of those people! But let’s face it… exercise is VITAL to us as human beings. Not only does it help you lose body fat, but weight training and moderate cardiovascular activity are crucial to the human body’s ability to regulate many unique hormones and enzymes! Exercise programs mixed with a well-balanced diet will help alleviate depression and anxiety, reduces the risk of developing many different diseases (heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes… see a pattern here?), helps to build and maintain healthy bones/muscles/joints as well as looking better on the beach. I mean… that’s why I work out, what’s your reasoning?
Cut out the alcohol
Alright, I’m looking at all of my closest friends at the bar with this one. Alcohol is delicious, and god do I love a good bourbon on a Friday night after a long week at work. But, there is more and more evidence every day that links the amount that we drink to many different types of cancer, weight gain and psychological problems. With its ability to be a social lubricant and perpetual voice of unreasonable words/actions, it goes without saying that it can lead to some problems in your social life with family and friends when used in excess. Alcohol also spikes blood sugar levels and has been shown to have negative effects on those that have or are at risk of becoming diabetic. Bottom line… if you’re serious about taking control of your health, alcohol is one thing that you can afford to abstain from (at least until a cheat day 😉 ).
No more fast food
This one is a complete no brainer. Fast food has been linked to a myriad of problems and diseases when it comes to our bodies. These include the following (in no particular order…) : Headaches, depression, acne, dental problems, heart disease, stroke, shortness of breath, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, blood sugar spikes/insulin resistance, bloating, digestion problems… If this doesn’t sound like a commercial for a new drug that it’s side effects will kill you, nothing will! Why in the heck do we do this to ourselves knowing these problems? Because fast food tastes so sinfully DELICIOUS! Why? Because it’s loaded with sugar to make you crave it! Quitting fast food by those that eat it daily have described similar withdrawal symptoms to people who are overcoming cocaine addiction. According to a study accomplished by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, fast food addiction stimulates the same neurobiological pathways that are implicated in drug abuse. That being said, kicking this habit is a lot harder in our society where food addiction is as easy as driving through a drive-thru window. It’s easier, faster and more convenient than cooking for ourselves, and that has brought us to the point where we actually need to conduct studies like this one to determine how bad it is for us. Not only does it make you unhealthy, but it triggers the reward centers of our brain to stimulate a desire to eat more of that food when you are unhappy, depressed or even just bored. Quitting fast food will be the number one best thing you will do for your body, but the problem is that it will be one of the hardest things you have done for yourself!
I hope that you enjoyed reading my list of 5 things you can do right now that will pay off for your health! Please follow my blog here as well as my Facebook group linked below for further content