Every day, from one source or another, you are inundated with different health advice.
As soon as new evidence comes out about what’s healthiest for you, there’s another study that contradicts it. Figuring out what’s truly best for your body can get extremely confusing.
Here are a few sure-fire tips that almost every nutritionist agrees will improve your health and quality of life.
Don't Cut Out Food Groups1 of 11
Unless it's a medical necessity, you don't need to cut out entire groups of food for the sake of your health or weight loss. Be flexible with your foods and give yourself some variety.
Eat Real Food and Read Labels2 of 11
If you can't pronounce it, don't eat it. Just about every nutritionist will tell you to stay away from processed foods. Plus, fresh meat, veggies, nuts and other snacks taste far more flavorful than the corn syrup and preservatives in any shelved items.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.3 of 11
Water truly is the best thing to drink, and while many fruit juices or smoothies claim to offer health benefits, nothing can do what water can. Plus, because most Americans consume too much sugar, it's best to stick with nature's best.
Leafy Greens Are a Go4 of 11
It's easy to include some of your favorite greens, like lettuce, spinach or kale, into one meal each day. It keeps your skin glowing, and the vitamins, minerals and fiber are hard to replicate elsewhere in your diet.
Listen to Your Stomach5 of 11
Hunger is not to be ignored, even if you're trying to diet. Starving yourself can actually make your body hang onto the fat you're trying to get rid of. Just be sure to fill your belly with foods high on the glycemic index for a more satisfying meal.
Up Your Omega-3s6 of 11
Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for a high functioning brain and your body's overall health, yet so many people are lacking Omega-3s in their diets. Try out different types of fish or a fish oil supplement, eggs or almonds to get your fill of Omega-3s.
Eat Lots of Vegetables7 of 11
It may sound obvious, but you can't go wrong with whole, natural vegetables. Veggies are some of the most perfect foods out there—rich in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Get creative and try to include them in each meal.
Breakfast is Crucial8 of 11
It's hard to argue that breakfast is indeed the best way to start your day. Where it gets complicated is deciding what to eat, but in general, most nutritionists recommend a good mix of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates to kick start your metabolism.
Drink in Moderation9 of 11
Wine can be excellent for heart health, and red wine has less than a gram of sugar per five fluid ounces. A low-sugar alcoholic beverage with nutrients and antioxidants? Yes, please! Just be sure to limit your consumption, because there is definitely such a thing as too much.
Dump the Drive-thru10 of 11
Fast food may have tried to step up their game, offering somewhat healthy options on menus, but don't be fooled. Too much fast food will leave your body starving for nutrients just a few hours later. Plus, there's nothing nutritious about their cooking and manufacturing processes.
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