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Do You Want to Live a Healthier Life? 5 Things to Avoid

November 5, 2016 - Comment

Have you been talking about making some changes so that you are living a healthier life? Good for you! We know some of the things we should do such as eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. Let’s look at five things you should avoid. 1. Avoid processed and refined carbs. They offer you

Have you been talking about making some changes so that you are living a
healthier life? Good for you! We know some of the things we should do such as
eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. Let’s look at five things you
should avoid.

1. Avoid processed and refined carbs. They offer you no healthy value. Eating
any foods with more than ten grams of sugar and less than three grams of fiber
per serving will increase your risk of heart disease and/or diabetes. Make sure
you take the time to read labels.

2. Do not use artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners are five hundred times
sweeter than sugar and no calories, what more could you ask for? You will be
disappointed when you learn that research has shown you are much more likely to
be overweight if you use artificial sweeteners. That is because the sweet taste
of artificial sweeteners causes your body to think it is going to get a rush of
caloric energy. Then it does not and you start to crave food so you eat too
much.

3. You should not eat bologna, hot dogs, or other processed meats. They are
high in fat, salt, and nitrates. Fat and salt are linked to heart disease, and
nitrates are linked to some forms of cancer.

4. Limit yourself to no more than one alcoholic drink a day. More than that can result in
an increased risk of dementia when you are older.

5. Do not be fooled by packaging that reads fortified when you are looking at
junk food. These nutritional claims that flash across the front of the
packaging should not be believed. Instead, take the time to read the label so
you know what the ingredients are. Remember enriched four is simply a fancier
way to say refined white flour. Products that list fructose, sucrose, etc are
to be avoided – these are just other names for sugar. Make sure you understand
what the ingredient listings really mean. Make sure to look up ingredients you
don’t understand.

These five things to avoid are a great way to improve your overall health, when
combined with lifestyle changes. You want to live longer, but let’s make sure
those later years are healthy ones so you can enjoy quality of life not just
live longer. Be good to yourself now and enjoy the benefits both now and later.

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