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Nutrition basics (1)

If you want to have a healthy lifestyle you should consider what you eat and drink and have some basic knowledge about nutrition and the effects it has on your body. Nowadays there are so many diets, books and opinions about good nutrition that it is hard to separate the health driven advice from the profit driven advice.

Here are some nutrition basics that can make you feel better, healthier and happier:

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Veggies at farmers’ market   Photo by N.Maynor

1 EAT REAL WHOLE FOODS

Real food grows and dies, rots and wilts and is not created in a factory. It has no ingredient label and can not sit on a shelf for two years.  Avoid processed food and stick to quality food like fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, seafood, poultry and nuts. Eating real whole foods regularly will improve how you perform, feel and recover. 

2 AVOID MODERN POISONS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

Try to avoid or moderate on coffee, alcohol, refined and processed starches, trans fats, hydrogenated fats and fast food. Mind your sugar and salt intake. Try to avoid commercial milk and yoghurt which is full of antibiotics, hormones and artificial flavoring. Make an attempt to buy organic meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables and dairy. It is unrealistic to avoid all processed food forever, just be conscious and stick to the 80/20 rule. 80% daily intake of quality nutrient dense foods full of vitamins and minerals, 20% of less healthier food. It does not hurt to reward yourself with a healthy bar of dark chocolate occasionally.

3 DRINK MORE WATER

Water is essential for a healthy body. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and is used to transport nutrients to travel to your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs.
Drink at least around 10 glasses of water a day, Start with two glasses in the morning to help you cleanse your body from the diet the previous day. Try to drink two glasses of water 15 minutes before eating to aid digestion.

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