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Rejuvenate Your Body the Healthy Way
Of course, eating fresh produce, drinking water, and exercising regularly will help you feel healthier and more energetic. But meeting your body's nutritional needs for protein, calcium and other nutrients is also important. Any "diet" that recommends eliminating certain food groups entirely is risky and nutritionally unbalanced. Since detox diets and colon cleansing lack medical evidence to prove they are successful (and can be dangerous), what can you do to improve your health and start losing weight? Enjoy a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. These are the best ways to revitalize and rejuvenate the body.
Whole grain breads and cereals, whole wheat pasta, and brown rice. These "good" carbs meet your body's energy needs while providing more fiber, protein and vitamins than processed carbs like white bread. Skeptical? Check out The Truth about Carbohydrates to learn more.
Lean meats and/or other healthy protein sources including beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and soy products. Protein plays several important roles in the body. Learn about all of them in our Reference Guide to Proteins.
Adequate water and fluid intake. Water transports nutrients and helps rid the body of toxins. After all, Water is a Secret Ingredient for health.
In addition, the following practices will help your body perform at its best and reduce your risk of disease:
Take part in moderate exercise all or most days of the week.
Avoid smoking and inappropriate drug use.
Get plenty of sleep every night and take steps to reduce stress and relax.
If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Remember, your body is designed to purify itself. When you are healthy—eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly—your liver and kidneys will do the job they're supposed to do. If you're feeling tired or are having trouble losing weight, talk to your health care provider. Using the steps above (and ruling out any underlying conditions) will help you feel your best. Your body will thank you!
For more information about detox diets, check out these resources:
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.
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