March Health Tip: Sponsored by the National Guard
MARCH HEALTH TIP:
Each month Student Activities will provide some health tips to help our students.
Note: All Health Tips are just suggestions, and our at the discretion of the reader to use accordingly.
The National Department of Health has proclaimed March as National Nutrition Month. Here are a few tips.
Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. So next time you start dragging, instead of reaching for a Red Bull, coffee, tea, or caffeinated sugary drink, try water first. Dehydration can also slow your thinking down.
Eat More Fruit and Veggies:
We can have an unlimited amount of them, but should have a minimum of four servings of veggies and three of fruits. If you don’t like to eat them, drink them! These days people are juicing veggies and feeling a lot better. You can also purchase V-8 or other veggie products. A minimum of three servings of fruit are recommended. Fresh fruits are always best. It is in fruits and veggies that we get many vitamins and minerals. The advantage to eating the whole fruit is that it has fiber in it. Just juice without fiber is actually high in sugar content.
Watch Your Fat Intake:
We are allowed to have three to five servings of fats, but not trans fats. These increase the bad cholesterol in our bodies. They are often found in solid shortenings, and margarine, where oils have been hydrogenated.Fish oil is important for healthy nerves and hearts. Unsaturated fats such as olive oil are best to use. If we have butter on toast, mayo on a sandwich, and salad dressing on a salad at night, that’s three servings. It adds up quickly.
Chew Your Food:
Help your body get the goodness out of the food it eats by chewing well. It’s recommended to chew food until almost a pudding consistency. There are no teeth in the tummy. Also, saliva helps your body break down starches into sugars. A relaxed environment is another helpful digestion aid. So enjoy eating. It really is good medicine.
Stay Healthy! Go Sea Devils!
Tip Sponsored by: The North Carolina National Guard