Eat More Raw and Whole Foods
Eating healthy doesn't only mean cutting back on fat and reducing the amount of sugar you eat, Dr. Cutler says. It's also important to eat more wholesome, nonprocessed and nonheated foods. "Eat maybe 50 percent, at a minimum, raw food," he says. "Raw foods are high in water content, high in fiber and high in micronutrients."
Try a Detox Cleanse
If you want to have more energy and feel healthier, talk with your doctor about trying a five- to 10- day liquid cleanse, using water or a special lemonade drink, Dr. Cutler says. "As we stop eating food for several days, by Day 3, what happens in a cleanse is things are released into the bloodstream and they start coming out through the skin or through the digestive tract," he says. "The liver is working now much more effectively because it is not burdened by food. So people will ... feel better after [and have more energy]."
You can lower your blood pressure and reduce emotional and physical pain by lowering your stress, Dr. Cutler says. He offers these stress-reducing suggestions:
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- Listen to music that calms you and makes you feel peaceful.
- Practice slow, deep breathing.
- Share your feelings and emotions with a close friend.
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