10 Tips to Stay Healthy Before Your Big Day
By Anna K.
December 2, 2011
Coughs and sniffles have been going around the office, which has sent some of us to scour the web for preventative tips. The last thing you want during your wedding is to be battling a cold. Here were some of our favorite tips to keep healthy before you reach for the Airborne!
1. Massage Improve your circulation and help your lymph nodes to drain by the way you towel off. Helping your lymph nodes function can help prevent them from becoming infected. When drying off your limbs and torso, brush towards the groin on your legs and towards the armpits on your upper body. You can do the same during gentle massage with your partner.
2. Lemon water Start each day with an eight ounce glass of water with half a lemon. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn and bloating are relieved and stimulates the liver to help you clean out those toxins!
3. Reach for the stars. Stretch for five minutes before bed and when you wake up. It boosts circulation, digestion, and eases back pain. Hold each stretch for twenty five seconds.
4. Eat breakfast. Studies have shown that eating a balanced breakfast is one of the most positive things you can do if you are trying to lose weight and you'll have more energy throughout the day.
5. Reduce Stress by Eating Healthy Sometimes stress is caused by low blood sugar. Eat regular and small healthy meals to keep your blood sugar level. Eating unrefined carbohydrates, nuts, and banans boosts the formation of serotonin, a feel good drug.
6. Fill up on folic acid. Studies have shown that folic acid improves immunity to disease. It is found in green leafy vegetables, liver, fruit, and bran.
7. Vitamin A. This vitamin and beta carotene also helps boost immunity against disease. Good natural sources of Vitamin A are kidneys, liver, dairy products, green and yellow vegetables, mangoes, and chili pepper.
8. Wait after the Gym. Don't eat carbohydrates for at least an hour after exercise. This will force you body to break down body fat, rather than using the food you ingest.
9.Wear sunblock. Even if you spend most of your time indoors, sun rays can penetrate thick glass and under water. That means you can still damage your skin if you have a long daily commute or work near a window.
10. Laugh often. Studies in Japan show a relationship between laughter and a stronger immune system. It may also help the body shake off allergic reactions.