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A New Year, a New You! 3 Simple Changes to Improve Your Health

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It’s a new year and time for a new you! Here are 3 simple changes which will give you a boost to achieve optimal health:

1. Drink a glass of warm lemon water when you wake up.

In addition to getting that extra cup of water, the lemon stimulates your liver to help your body release toxins, gets your digestive juices flowing, and stimulates a morning bowel movement.  Squeezing 1/4 a lemon into a glass of water is all you need to obtain this gentle daily detox.  Cutting up a lemon and storing it in the fridge ahead of time makes this lifestyle habit simpler to achieve.

2. Eat some berries!

Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries are high in proanthocyanidins, important anti-oxidants which protect your cells from damage.  They have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and tissue healing properties which keeps our  bodies resilient as we age.

3. Drink a cup of green tea to replace one of your daily cups of coffee.

Green tea helps prevent cancer, heart disease and nervous system diseases like Alzheimer’s.  Components of green tea also assist your body in blood sugar balance, reducing cravings.  This is especially helpful in the new year when you are trying to fulfill your resolutions to drink less alcohol and coffee, quit smoking or reduce your sugar consumption.

There are an abundance of little changes you can make to optimize your health and prevent disease.

These are just 3 simple ones to get you started.  Remember every little bit counts and will have an additive effect on your overall health so why not get started today?

Happy Healthy New Year!

Dr. Ellen Simone

 

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Dr. Ellen Simone welcomes you to work with her under a holistic view of health which encompasses the understanding that the mind and body are connected to sustaining long-term health and wellness. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She loves working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children are also a primary focus in her practice and she believes that setting healthy habits at a young age is important for long-term health and wellness. Author's website.

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  1. Cheryl says:

    Great tips! I so need to change my eating habits and these 3 things might be just the place to start. Thanks 🙂

  2. Louise says:

    Great tips. We are definitely big on berries already in our home. And I’m working on trying to do tea vs. coffee sometimes – but that’s a hard switch for me.

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’m a big coffee drinker (but it’s a weak Nescafe usually), not too keen on tea but I might manage a cup once a day or so. I do love most berries, especially blueberries and strawberries. Are grapes any good health wise? Hmm, not too sure I’d like that much lemon in a glass of warm water. Thanks for the tips 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth, yes the skin of red grapes contain resveratrol which is an anti-oxidant providing anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Every little bit counts so red grapes in your diet is a great addition!

  4. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I certainly love my berries!

  5. Maggie C says:

    I have started the lemon with water a few months back and find it very useful! I have not substitute it with pure apple vinegar.

  6. Emilia says:

    I have been drinking cold water in the morning, I will switch to warm water with lemon. This will be more comforting I agree with “gentle detox”

  7. kathy downey says:

    I also would try to change from cold with warm with a some lemon

  8. kathy downey says:

    Oh my I love my berries!

  9. kathy downey says:

    These tips will all be so helpful

  10. Victoria Ess says:

    Great suggestions! I do like drinking lemon water in the morning.

  11. Wanda Tracey says:

    I love lemon water and I love berries.These are great tips!

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