Last updated on Jun 19th, 2020 at 04:07 pm

With all the conflicting media information given on the subject of health, it can be difficult to discern the beneficial advice from the myths. The tips below are proven to ensure optimal health:
1.    Make at least half your plate fruit and vegetables

Fresh produce is rich in a wide range of vitamins and minerals, which help to strengthen your immune system and protect your body from disease.

2.    Drink lots of water

Your body needs to be well-hydrated in order for many of the bodyâ??s processes to occur. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day.

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3.    Do regular exercise

Regular physical activity has many benefits including aiding weight loss and improving cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise three times a week. The exercise you do need not be strenuous. It just needs to be something you enjoy and can do regularly (e.g. walking, swimming, dancing)

4.    Know your numbers

Have your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked regularly, so any problems can be picked up and dealt with quickly before complications develop.

5.    Eat enough fibre

It is well-known that fibre is essential for proper digestion. However, fibre-rich foods also aid in weight loss, as these keep you fuller for longer and therefore youâ??re less likely to snack on unhealthy foods. Increasing your consumption of fibre has also been shown to lower oneâ??s risk of certain cancers (e.g. colon).

6.    Cut down on your unhealthy fat intake

Limit your consumption of butter, pies, chips, skin on chicken, fat on meat

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7.    … and increase your healthy fat intake

Include more â??goodâ? fats in your diet in the form of olives, olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds and fatty fish (e.g. salmon, pilchards, fresh tuna). These healthy fats improve your cholesterol levels, skin condition and brain function.     

8.    Decrease salt and sugar intake

A high salt intake increases your risk of high blood pressure.Rather try to flavour your food with herbs, spices and lemon juice to reduce salt intake. A high sugar intake increases your risk of diabetes. Try cutting down on sugar and getting used to less sweet tastes.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.