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Everyone wants better health, but what are some affordable first steps? Keep reading and I’ll give you my simple, easy tips. Best part? They can actually help you save your hard earned dollar too!
First thing to cut is the sugary drinks. Pop is one of the worst offenders. A 16 oz of coke has 44g of sugar and it’s usually not even raw sugar. Much of the pop in America is actually High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The body processes HFCS differently, absorbing it quicker and readily into the muscles. Gatorade has quite a bit of sugar as well, with 36g in a 20 oz. One cup of juice is 23g of sugar! Even most juices, even no sugar added, are loaded with sugar. Yes fruit is good for you. The problem with juices is none of the fiber or phytonutrients are in juice like they are in fresh fruit.
Why is sugar bad? Sugar gives the body quick energy with a massive crash when it runs out. This starts a crazy roller coaster cycle trying to keep your energy levels up. Sugar also fights the body’s immune system instead of helping, and increases the inflammation in the body. This makes you more susceptible to disease and have a general ache all over.
So what can I drink? Water. The occasional no sugar added juice is ok, but consumed with extreme moderation. If you are needing some flavor opt for fresh fruit slices soaked in the water. Or vitality essential oils like lemon, orange, or lime work well too. One drop does a 32 oz yeti. Just make sure you are drinking out of glass or stainless steel, as essential oils break down the synthetics in plastic bottles.
The second thing you can eliminate from your diet is highly processed foods. These include boxed dinners, canned fruits and vegetables, and foods with extra filler ingredients. Become a chronic label reader. If there are ingredients you are unfamiliar with, look them up. Avoid sugar substitutes, high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, Aspartame, sodium benzoate, sodium nitrate, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, yeast extract, and dyes.
Replace your processed foods with whole raw foods, as you use them up. Start by going through your current foods and looking up the ingredients you don’t recognize. If they have unhealthy ingredients out an X through the box and replace it with something better when you go shopping.
Third, caffeine. Yep I’m coming for your coffee and pop again. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cup of coffee. However, excessive use of caffeine can have long term health effects. Caffeine is a stimulant and increases heart rate and blood pressure. Caffeine also gives the same roller coaster up and crashes as sugar.
Replace your constant caffeine flow with water. If you need the extra boost Ningxia Red or Ningxia nitro are my favorites for that energy boost. Ningxia is a fruit purée instead of just a juice. Meaning not only does it have the vitamin and minerals, but also the fiber, giving you a long lasting boost without the crash. Nitro is loaded with ribose, a key ingredient in ATP, your body's main energy source.
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