A Nutritionist's Tips for Staying Healthy in 2018

Going into the new year, here are three quick tips to help you reach your health goals faster. 

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To achieve better health and wellness in the new year, nutritionist Maya Feller shares three key areas to focus on.

1) Eat more anti-inflammatory foods

What is inflammation? This is the body's response to injury and pathogens that helps fight injury or disease. But inflammation can also be caused by poor diet such as a diet high in red meat, dairy and fried foods. These kinds of foods naturally cause inflammation at the cellular level. Overtime, continued stress like this on the body can lead to a weakened immune system and chronic illness and disease. 

Tip: Eat more anti-inflammatory foods. Turmeric, ginger, garlic, dark leafy greens along with root vegetables are some of the ways to fight inflammation in your body.

2) Stay hydrated

Perhaps you've experienced agitation which you later countered by simply drinking a glass of water. Coffee is a huge part of the day and for many so are sugary drinks. Drinking water and hydrating foods is essential to maintaining healthy body and brain function. The Mayo Clinic recommends 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.

Tip: In addition to drinking pure water, eat more foods like cucumbers, pineapple, broccoli and fruit to stay hydrated.

3) Build up your gut health with more prebiotics

Optimal gut health is a balance of probiotics and prebiotics. Prebiotics are the fibrous, undigestible parts of plants. The probiotics in the gut eat prebiotics and need them to function properly to support digestion and circulation of food and nutrients in the gut and through the body. 

Tip: Consume more high fiber foods like sun chokes, dandelion greens, whole grains, garlic, onions and leeks.

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Original post at ABC News. Learn more about Maya Feller.

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