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BODY HEALTH TEAM
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Healthier alternatives include:
water
unsweetened teas
sparkling water
coffee
Sugary drinks like sodas, fruit juices, and sweetened teas are the primary source of added sugar in the American diet .

Unfortunately, findings from several studies point to sugar-sweetened beverages increasing risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, even in people who are not carrying excess body fat .

Sugar-sweetened beverages are also uniquely harmful for children, as they can contribute not only to obesity in children but also to conditions that usually do not develop until adulthood, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Avoid ultra-processed foods


Ultra-processed foods are foods containing ingredients that are significantly modified from their original form.


They often contain additives like added sugar, highly refined oil, salt, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors as well .


Examples include:

snack cakes
fast food
frozen meals
canned foods
chips
Stay hydrated

Hydration is an important and often overlooked marker of health.

Staying hydrated helps ensure that your body is functioning optimally and that your blood volume is sufficient

Drinking water
is the best way to stay hydrated, as it’s free of calories, sugar, and additives.

Although there’s no set amount that everyone needs per day, aim to drink enough so that your thirst is adequately quenched .
Eat nuts and seeds
Some people avoid nuts because they are high in fat .

However, nuts and seeds are incredibly nutritious. They are packed with protein, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals .

Nuts may help you lose weight and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Additionally, one large observational study noted that a low intake of nuts and seeds was potentially linked to an increased risk of death from heart disease, stroke, or type 2 .
Get moving
Doing aerobic exercise, or cardio , is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health.
It’s particularly effective at reducing belly fat, the harmful type of fat that builds up around your organs. 

Reduced belly fat may lead to major improvements in your metabolic health

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, we should strive for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week .
Get enough sleep


The importance of getting enough quality of sleep  cannot be overstated.

Poor sleep can drive insulin resistance, can disrupt your appetite hormones, and reduce your physical and mental performance.

What’s more, poor sleep is one of the strongest individual risk factors for weight gain  and obesity.

People who do not get enough sleep tend to make food choices that are higher in fat, sugar, and calories, potentially leading to unwanted weight gain .
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