4 Highly Effective Health Hacks to Try This Week

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Each morning, as you prepare to face another day, it probably doesn’t occur to you that every second is packed with the potential to create a better you. It’s only in hindsight that we clearly understand how many missed opportunities have passed us by. Take on today with a different mindset – rewrite the stagnant mantras that you repeat to yourself and try something new for size: Today is not just another day. It’s a new opportunity, another chance, and a new beginning. Embrace it.

Read on for four new health hacks that will lead you down the path to self-improvement. Thank us later.


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With all the potions, pills, diet plans, and exercise regimens on the market today, one of the most neglected aspects of weight loss becomes glaringly obvious to those in the know – your liver. It produces bile that breaks down fat and is the primary organ responsible for the body’s metabolism. Although this fact is rarely addressed in diet-related news, a healthy liver is necessary for weight loss. If you eat processed foods, frequently take medicine high in acetaminophen (like aspirin), or ingest a lot of dairy, you may be unwittingly causing this organ to be sluggish or ineffective. One of the simplest and best things you can do for your liver is to take a daily supplement called N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC). NAC is derived from amino acids and its primary efficacy is in the prevention of liver damage. This inexpensive supplement also prevents kidney damage, protects the body from environmental pollutants like carbon monoxide, and can even treat some forms of epilepsy.


Intermittent Fasting

Have you been working hard on changing the way you eat, only to encounter weight-loss plateaus? Fret not – that happens to everyone! However, a simple change to your eating patterns can kickstart weight loss in a major way. Intermittent fasting (IF) isn’t a fad and it’s not a diet; it’s simply an adjustment to your eating schedule. When people hear the word “fasting”, they think starvation. IF, however, will never leave you feeling hungry when applied correctly. For three to five hours after you eat, your body enters a “fed” state, during which your are digesting your food and absorbing its nutrients. Your insulin levels are high and the body does not burn fat during that time. By increasing the time between your meals, you allow your body more time to burn and metabolize your food intake. IF is typically defined by 12-hour spans and most people have the best results fasting from night to morning, rather than during the day. Experts recommend fasting from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Alternatively, you can break up the 12 hours into “fasts” throughout the day, if you prefer. Not only does IF help tremendously with weight loss, but it has also been linked to cancer prevention. Scientists have also discovered that it prolongs life – a win-win situation overall.


Iced Coffee

If you’re the kind of person who can’t function throughout the day without multiple cups of coffee, we’re here to tell you to switch temperatures immediately. A new study by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has found that coffee becomes a carcinogenic when it is too hot, which essentially means that drinking piping-hot coffee can put you at risk for cancer. In a statement to the press, IARC Director Dr. Christopher Wild revealed, “The majority of esophageal cancers occur in parts of Asia, South America, and East Africa where regularly drinking very hot beverages is common and the reasons for the high incidence of this cancer are not as well understood.” Coffee itself is not a carcinogenic, but at high temperatures, it can be. The easiest solution? Switch to iced coffee. That way you get your fix without putting yourself at risk.


Smart Substitutions

Middle Eastern cuisine is often accompanied by a rice dish, but there is a more ancient grain that is a wonderful substitute and far more nutritious and delicious at that. Meet Farro – a scrumptious, nutty, chewy, and super healthy grain that is packed with B3 (which assists in metabolizing carbs, fats, proteins, and minerals), zinc, magnesium, iron, and antioxidants. Not only does it taste amazing, it’s amazing for you! Farro is also extremely easy to prepare. Simply boil in salted water for 16 to 17 minutes, drain, and mix with crème fraîche, wilted kale, and a squeeze of lemon. You now have a healthy and satisfying side dish so good that you may never go back to rice again.