Matte Article: Taking Small Steps to Better Health

    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.

    Go green

    -   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

    Stay active

    -   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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