TOP TIPS TO FOLLOW EVERYDAY!
Simple steps can have a BIG impact. Small tweaks to our daily diet, exercise routine and water consumption can result in huge changes.
A little bit of everything in your diet
To maintain a healthy body and mind, and stay young and active, each meal should include high-quality protein, low-glycaemic carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Get your food in order
To promote digestion, the ideal order we should ingest food is: protein first, then the fibre and, finally, the complex carbohydrates.
We should drink 8 to 10 glasses of purified water a day: first thing on an empty stomach, one at each meal, the rest during the day. Depending on its purity, water greatly moisturizes the skin and improves the metabolic process, which is also crucial for the rapid elimination of toxic waste that haunts the body after we eat.
Hydration with water also gives a glow to the skin and helps to flush excess weight.
When we do not drink enough fluids, we are promoting the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles.
I know organic food is priced higher than the regular alternatives. But it’s worth it if the outer glow is important to you! Organic produce is considerably healthier and doesn’t contain pesticides or hormones or any other yucky contaminants that can be detrimental to our overall health.
Keep it real
Always choose unprocessed real foods. Processed food is just what is says – a process. The natural product is amended for consumption – often meaning vital nutrients are stripped away and additives and artificial ingredients are added to keep food lasting longer.
Trade the cup of coffee
Many of us depend on a cup of coffee first thing to get us moving in the morning – but trading in the coffee for a green tea can have incredible benefits. Studies have proven its anti-ageing qualities and its high levels of anti-oxidants which cleanse the body eliminating the toxic substances that accumulate in the fat on our bodies. It also diminishes sugar cravings – an all-round winner!
Sweat it out!
30 minutes a day is all it takes to really get your body into gear. It might seem like a lot – but remember we have 1,440 minutes a day – can’t you find 30 for a bit of workout time?
HIIT training, lifting weights, a run, even a brisk walk can all have huge benefits for our bodies – and our souls too. When our body is in motion, it is excreting harmful substances and helping aid the purification of our bodies and our skin.
If we sweat – even better!
Get your ZZZZZZZZZ
Sleep for 7 – 9 hours a night. Whist we sleep, our bodies regenerate cells – it’s when we heal and repair – so it’s vital we give our bodies an opportunity to keep us healthy.
As we get our forty winks, our bodies cancel the negative effects of cortisol (which affects our metabolism and immune system) and our growth hormones and melatonin are released.
This has a huge effect on our skin – and of course, our immune system.
There is no better remedy for a tired and depleted body than quality sleep. Try a relaxing bath or a herbal tea before bed and switch off your phones and TV for a deep sleep.
Try to De-Stress
Our lives are fast paced. We pile pressure on ourselves and carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. This is called stress.
Unfortunately, stress accelerates the ageing process because when we feel stressed, worried or nervous, our bodies produce an excess of cortisol. And when there is an excess, our bodies can’t cancel it all whilst we sleep.
Include some relaxation techniques into your daily routine like meditation or breathing techniques to help manage stress.
An hour of your time, weekly, can do wonders for the soul. Now, of course, you can always visit the spa – but realistically, weekly may not be possible.
So, utilising your home and some clever little tricks can give you some much needed ‘You time’
Choose a day when you can relax at home – our skin mimics our environment and our skin becomes stressed or tense in a difficult environment – and put aside some pamper time.
Too many of us fall asleep with a face full of makeup and impurities. When we sleep, our skin regenerates – and blocked pores and a face full of product that we’ve had on all day, can only upset the regeneration process. Remember, even makeup free skin needs a decent cleanse nightly – we pick up dirt, pollution and more each and every day.
Double cleansing nightly and using a good quality cream to help accelerate the repair process will help us wake in the morning with a glowing complexion.