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6 Health Tips Passed Down From Mom

Your mother probably gave you frequent advice and, if you were like most kids, it probably went in through one ear and out through the other. Here are the most commonly shared health tips that moms pass on (backed up by very reliable sources).

1. “You are what you eat.”

We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you a diet high in fat and salt, while delicious, is not the best for you. Mom had a point when she forced you to eat all your fruits and vegetables before dessert. The American Heart Association can tell you exactly what size your daily portions of each should be.

2. “Drink lots of water.”

As you may know, at least we hope you do, is that your body is made up of about 60% water. Therefore, you should probably get in your water wherever you can. Try swapping it out for soda or juice!

3. “Make time for sleep.”

The idea of “sleeping when your dead” is not only dumb but dangerous. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.” Try and think about that the next time you think an extra shot of espresso will make up for lack of sleep.

4. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

According to the Better Health Channel, “As the name suggests, breakfast breaks the overnight fasting period. It replenishes your supply of glucose to boost your energy levels and alertness, while also providing other essential nutrients required for good health.” Even if you don’t have time for a three-course meal try meal prepping something on-the-go like yogurt and granola!

5. Exercise regularly.

Everyone knows they should because it helps control weight but did you also know that it lowers blood pressure, strengthens bones and muscles, and reduces the risk of a heart attack? Exercise also helps lower stress and helps you sleep better.

6. Take charge of your own health.

We think this piece of advice takes the cake, figurative cake that it is. It is so important to take initiative regarding your health, whether it’s a small step such as drinking enough water or as big as running a 5k. You hold the power to change your life so use it wisely.

We wish you the best of luck on your health journey. For a HUGE list of life advice from Mom, check this out.

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