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Top 3 Tips to Stay Healthy NOW

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Registered Dietitian, Ashley Koff, shares three simple things that can keep you healthy and happy during the holiday season (as well as all year round).
Air Date: 12/9/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Ashley Koff, RD
Ashley-KoffAshley Koff is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian who believes better nutrition is simple and is on a mission to help anyone achieve their personal health goals by providing simple but highly effective tips and strategies. A self-described “Qualitarian,” Koff emphasizes the value of quality nutritional choices in achieving optimal health and has developed tools such as The AKA Qualitarian Nutrition Plan and The AKA Personal Shopper to help facilitate this.

Koff is widely sought after for her knowledge and ability to translate nutrition science into practical and motivating messages and appears regularly in the National Media, has authored two books and speaks frequently on the topic of better quality choices for better health.
Top 3 Tips to Stay Healthy NOW
You can't live in a bubble in order to stay healthy... you wouldn't even want to, because part of optimal overall health is being mentally and socially stimulated.

Registered Dietitian, Ashley Koff, believes there are actually three simple things that can keep you healthy and happy during the holiday season (and all year round).

She joins Naturally Savvy host, Lisa Davis, to share these top three tips.

Sleep

No pill, no food, no exercise can replace what sleep can do for you from a health perspective.

Try to stick with a reasonable bedtime, and aim for five out of seven nights of good sleep. More than two nights out of your routine will throw you off. Remember, it's about quality, not just the amount of hours you get. You might get into bed, but your brain could still be buzzing.

Finally, do things during the day that will engage your energy or energize you more.

Hydration

This is probably the easiest tip to incorporate, but the one that's forgotten about as the weather gets colder. Instead of an iced tea for your caffeine break, you may be doing a latte. People also tend to turn towards soups or other high-sodium foods this time of year, which causes you to retain water. Your body cannot do its proper detoxification and elimination when you're dehydrated, nor can it effectively use the nutrients you're ingesting.

Focus on your water consumption and get plenty of vegetables.

Incorporate Elderberry

Elderberry engages the whole spectrum of your body's immune system and can actually work very quickly to cut off the "triggers" of illness. The best way to get elderberry is either in liquid or capsule form; both will get you highly-concentrated results (just make sure you are buying organic versions).
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