6 tips to live healthier in March

Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? It’s a month about making better choices to create a better, and healthier, you. Today I’m going to talk about 6 EASY ways you can make March your healthiest nutritional month yet!

  1. Drink more water! There are many health benefits drinking water can bring you. But did you know it can also help with portion control? Drinking a glass of water before a meal will fill you up and help with digestion afterwards!

  2. More fiber, please! Adults are recommended a daily dose of 20-30 grams of fiber a day. Fiber aids in digestion and vitamin absorption. It also helps to regulate your bowel movements! Luckily, finding foods with high fiber values is as easy as pie. Some fiber rich foods include: almonds, brussels sprouts, broccoli, chickpeas, kidney beans, pears, peas, avocados, bananas, apples, carrots, and so much more!

  3. Skip the drive-thru. Fast food can be desirable, but the harm it does to your body is anything but. Plan ahead for cravings by making snack packs and putting them in your car, or your purse. If you have something healthy to munch on, the drive-thru won’t be as tempting.

  4. Lose the booze. We all like to let loose occasionally, but alcohol can lead to low energy levels, fatigue, and headaches. Alcohol also has a negative affect on our digestive systems because the digestive system must work harder to expel alcohol from the body.

  5. Eat your veggies (and fruits)! This one is pretty self-explanatory. By adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, you are providing your body with vitamins, essential minerals, and a large dose of dietary fiber. Extra tip! Adding colorful fruits and vegetables to your plate also increases your antioxidant intake, which help remove toxins from the body.

  6. Shake your sodium habit. The average adult only needs about 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, yet most of us consume a much larger amount. Excess sodium intake is tied to hypertension (high blood pressure) which can lead to more serious health issues such as stroke and heart attack.

That’s all I’ve got this week, folks! I hope you will use these tips to make March your healthiest month yet. And if you want more tips, feel free to call the office and ask for our Nutrition Specialist, Susan Jarrett at 304-265-1288. Or if you’d rather go online, visit our website at www.GTCHDWV.org where you can join our mailing list and have useful information like this sent right to your inbox. Talk to you next week!

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