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Three Small Steps to a Healthy New Year

Three Small Steps to a Healthy New Year

Topic: Health
Title: Three small steps to a Healthy New Year
Source: Centers for Disease and Control

1. Replace soda with water

The first step to having a healthy new year is to keep your body hydrated. One simple way is to replace soda with water. Afterall, soda contains no nutritional value whatsoever. Diabetics and those with high blood pressure are highly discouraged from drinking soda due to the excessive amount of sugar found in these drinks. Those drinks are known to cause a surge in blood sugar and can even trigger an insulin reaction! Instead of filling up on soda, hydrate with water.

Start your day by drinking a full glass of water in the morning, sipping on water throughout the day, and having another glass before bedtime. Make this into a new routine and before you know it, you'll never think twice about staying hydrated.

2. Cut back on the sugar

It's safe to say that a lot of food on the shelves contain processed sugars which are incredibly damaging to the body. You're already off to a great start by quitting soda, but you can push yourself to a healthier lifestyle by cutting back on foods containing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This ingredient is known to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and also has been linked to obesity.

Before you buy from the grocery store, make sure to read the label. High fructose corn syrup will be clearly listed. But also look out for alternative names for HFCS like maize syrup, pale corn juice, glucose-fructose syrup, or simply fructose.

3. Protect your skin from the sun

Although Vitamin D is an important nutrient to keep your body functioning properly, too much of it from the sun can seriously damage your skin. Exposing your largest organ to the sun without protection can cause skin cancer regardless of age, sex, or gender. Make it a habit to apply sunblock before leaving the house.

And don't forget to moisturize your lips-they age too!

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