5 Things Your Body and Brain Need

5 Things Your Body and Brain Need

Simple choices go a long way to help boost your brainpower, your immune system, and  your energy. Discover five healthy habits to help you live life to the fullest.

  1. A 10 Minute Walk 

Studies show that just ten minutes of walking can help reduce tension, depression, anger, or confusion. When things get a little tense, remember the power of a ten-minute walk.

A ten-minute walk can also stimulate your brain and help you stay on task and increase your productivity.

A few minutes of moving can wake up your fat burning enzyme “lipoprotein lipase.” When you sit for more than 20 minutes, your fat burning enzyme goes to sleep. Get up and move around for just a couple of minutes to “wake up” the fat burning enzyme and get it back to work.

Take a short walk inside or outside, up and down the stairs, or even in place right there at your desk or in your home. Your brain will be refreshed and your body will get back to burning fat!

  1. A Time to Relax

Get enough sleep. This is a big secret to controlling your appetite. Without enough sleep, your stress and appetite hormones may be elevated the next day which means you may be more driven to eat sweets and snack foods.

You know you can handle so much more when you’ve had a good night’s sleep. Your brain is sharper, you have more energy (no need for a caffeine or sugar boost), and you are probably a little nicer to be around.

  1. A Refreshing Drink 

Drink water and give your body a bath on the inside. Your cells are thirsty for clean, clear, refreshing water. Ditch the high calorie drinks and learn to quench your thirst with the best choice – water. Add a twist of lemon or lime. For a refreshing taste, try adding sliced oranges and fresh thyme to your water.

A hot herb tea is a great way to end your meal. Push away from the table, sip and relax.

  1. A Deep Breath

Take a few short minutes to sit back and just breathe deeply to calm your stress and energize your body and brain. Put your hand on your belly. Breathe so that as you take a breath, your belly moves up, and as you exhale, it moves down – just like a baby breathes. Do this for just 2-3 minutes and notice how relaxed you feel!

  1. A Plate of Color

Enjoy a rainbow on your plate – a rainbow of colors. Each color – red, purple, yellow, orange, green – provide rich phytochemicals that protect your cells from damage and help repair existing damage. Don’t miss out on the delicious taste and protective value of a colorful plate. Fresh fruits and vegetables add great color, flavor, and power to your meal.

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Evelyn Kissinger, MS, RD

Evelyn is a registered dietitian and wellness expert. She studied dietetics at the University of Tennessee and earned a masters degree in business from Andrews University. She speaks and teaches worldwide, and has been developing and implementing wellness programs, books, and teaching materials for over 30 years. Evelyn is the Nutrition Director for Lifestyle Matters. She is also the Director of Lifestyle Matters at Work that delivers corporate wellness programs. She is a co-author of: Simple Solutions, Foods for Thought, and Living Free: Finding Freedom from Habits that Hurt and the author of Change Your Body One Bite at a Time. Evelyn lives in St. Joseph, MI with her husband, Peter.

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