How small changes to your everyday habits can make a difference
TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Most of us know that eating right and exercising
contribute to overall good health by helping to increase energy levels, boost
metabolism, strengthen your immune system and reduce stress.
But finding the time for a regimented workout routine can be difficult
with a busy schedule and enlisting the help of a nutritionist can be costly.
To help you get started on the path to better health, Mark Brown of Telford
International Inc., makers of Tao Ti green tea beverages, offers a few tips
that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
- Drink to good health - What you drink can be as important as what you
eat for a healthier lifestyle. There are many new products available,
so instead of having soda, opt for healthier alternatives like green
tea, which has a fraction of the sugar content and added health
benefits. There are some great options on the market such as Tao Ti
which is a cold green tea beverage that comes in tasty flavours like
Apple, Lemon or Honey. Just some of the benefits of green tea
- Polyphenols: Helps the body to fight against cancer and heart
- Catechins: Increases the metabolic rate and helps to control
blood sugar levels
- Flavonoids: Strengthens the immune system against infection
- Tannins: Assists in easing and preventing indigestion, natural
- Fluoride: Helps to fight against plaque and gum disease
- Theanine: Positive affects on the brain, resulting in better
sleep and improved mental focus
- Choose colour - Foods that are naturally colourful (green, red,
orange, purple) contain vitamins and minerals, and are rich in
antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent cancer, heart disease and
high blood pressure. Try to incorporate colourful foods into your
diet; like blueberries, green tea, spinach, tomatoes and
- Exercise while watching TV - Canadians watch an average of
21.4 hours(1) of television a week, double the use of that time by
doing mini exercises like lunges, squats and sit-ups during
commercial breaks. Consult a fitness expert in your area for proper
positioning and to discuss any modifications for injuries.
- Don't park so close - walking helps reduce blood pressure, enhance
mental health and reduce cholesterol. Incorporate walking in your day
by changing your routine; instead of circling around to find a
parking spot closest to the entrance, take an extra few minutes to
walk from one that's farther.
- Climb your way to better health - an oldie but a goodie. Ditching the
elevator for the stairs is a good way to work out your quadriceps
(front of the thighs) and buttocks.
(1) Source: Statistics Canada CANSIM, tables (for fee) 502-0002 and
502-0003 and Catalogue no. 87F0006XIE.
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For further information: For more information on the health benefits of
green tea, please visit www.taoti.ca