Simple Health Hacks You Won’t Forgive Yourself For Missing

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I’m all about cheating my way to great health so I’ve pulled together a few simple healthy hacks to give you loads of nutritional goodie-goodness without the need to eat plates laden with kale for the remainder of your days!

 

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newsie (39)I had the enormous pleasure to meet Dr Howard Murad when he was in New Zealand last month. In his presentation, one idea he offered really stuck with me: “Eat your water!”. He prefaced this powerful statement by asking the room “How much water should you drink a day?”to which the room studiously replied “8 glasses a day”. In fact, says Murad, that figure actually comes from a 1945 US Food and Nutrition Board recommendation and has since been debunked as a medical myth. Murad says instead we should aim to pack water into our bodies by eating, not drinking it.

This is because vegetables like broccoli – which is 80% water – bring in so much more to our bods than just water, such as dietary fibre, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), potassium, copper, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium, using the broccoli example (Source). And that’s just one vegetable in the many fruit and vegetables available to us all year long. So yup, EAT your water instead of drinking it! Read more about water here.

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newsie (40)I have discovered my own new secret to making my brekkie smoothies! They now pack a massive protein hit to help me start my day right. It’s …wait for it… adding beans and peas to my smoothies. Yep, you heard correctly. Those savoury nutrition-packed goodies are now part of my breakfast smoothies.

You can grab beans and peas all year round from the supermarket in cans and packets. Or, better still, you can soak and boil your own beans and save them in freezer bags and just grab as you go. Whole food beans and peas are cheaper than buying protein powder, are unprocessed and are chocka full of all sorts amazing ingredients. Try it!!

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newsie (41)Super grains have been all the rage (on Instagram) for ages now, but short of making a teff, millet, kamut, farro, freekeh, buckwheat, sorghum, fonio, bulgur, barley, quinoa, spelt, amaranth seed and chia seed (not actually grains) smoothie every day (whew!), getting a regular amount of super grains into your bod can be a challenge. Thankfully, if you cast your eye around, there are plenty of peops making grab and go super grain snacks.

These bars contain valuable amounts of oats, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, pepita and chia seeds, almonds, coconut, cocoa powder plus manuka honey. So in one bar you can smash loads of protein and dietary fibre without having to indulge in that smoothie!!

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newsie (42)Our bodies need antioxidants to combat the daily attack from oxidants that come from pollution, smoke and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere and toxins we ingest. Basically, the “bad” oxygen, is called oxidant and it can cause the destruction of cells in our body, which leads to disease such as cancer, as well as clogged arteries and a damaged immune and nervous systems (Source).

One of the simplest ways to get more antioxidants into your body is to drink them in green tea. Green tea contains one of the most powerful antioxidants, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been proven to treat many diseases (Source). This clever leaf is also loaded with polyphenols such as flavonoids and catechins, which are known to reduce the formation of free radicals, which among other things, are associated with ageing our bodies. So perhaps instead of that second or third cup of coffee, swap it out for green tea.

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newsie (43)For about 15 years I have started my day with a hot lemon water and it’s amazing! These clever little citrus fruits are packed with so much goodness you’ll slap yourself for not discovering this mini detox sooner. And to be super virtuous, you could add slices of fresh ginger, turmeric,

Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antioxidant properties and has been shown to also cleanse the accumulation of toxins and waste in the liver, colon and other organs (Source). Turmeric in hot water is liquid gold. It’s been associated with everything from preventing cancer metastases and preventing the growth of new blood vessels in tumours, to exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties, metabolising fat, through to treating depression for thousands of years in China. And it detoxifies the liver (Source). So pop a pinch of turmeric and a slice of ginger in with your generous squeeze of lemon and your body is in the fast track to detoxifying wellness.

 

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