Obviously a balanced diet is a going to help you feel great and function at optimum levels.
- Processed carbohydrates,
- High fructose corn syrup
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Other unnatural chemicals
Avoid hydrogenated oils, food with soybeans or vegetable oil. Olive oil is good. Fish oil is also good. Watch out for fish that are high in Mercury, though.
A change in diet will make a huge difference.
As Vitamin A, Zinc and Magnesium in particular may be lacking in your body, you can tailor your diet to account for this.
Vitamin A sources:
- Milk and Eggs
- Carrots, Spinach, Sweet potatoes, Peppers , Corn, Squash
- Apricots, Acorn
- Beef, Pork, Chicken, Turkey
- Barley, Wheat, Beans, Nuts, Almonds, Ginger, Whole Grains, Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds
- Crab and Oysters
- Spinach, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Amaranth, Barley
- Almonds Pumpkin and Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts,
- Peanut Butter, Avocados, Chocolate
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Like everything in this chapter, these are all optional extras to help you recover faster, but if you’re not doing any exercise at all then you are really missing out.
It lowers the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, and can significantly boost your self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy levels, while also reducing stress, depression and dementia – it seems the benefits never end.
You want to go for a moderately-intense session, which means that your heart beat is elevated. You can still talk and you shouldn’t be struggling. Ease in to your exercise regime and please try not to be too stupid and injure yourself. If you’re dealing with weights, stick to what you are comfortable with, even if it makes you look like a big sissy in the gym. Form is of absolute importance, and you need to learn the right form while the weights are still light. Create bad habits early-on and you will almost certainly mess yourself up down the road.
If weights aren’t you thing then any cardio workout, resistance training or even swimming will do. Really, it doesn’t matter what you choose, as long as you eventually give your whole body a workout over the course of a week.
You’ll feel the difference this is making very early on.