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10 ways to kick start your day! (Part 2)

Following on from our previous article that looked at 5 ways to kick start your day, the following 5 ways are other great ways to maintain a healthy everyday lifestyle. With these 10 ways to kick start your day, you shouldn’t find yourself struggling towards the end of the morning – You’ll be powering through each working day before you know it!

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 5 five ways to kick start your day (part 2):

A burst of fresh air! – When we wake up in the morning, your body will be recovering from a state of rest. Oxygen levels will be fairly low, so head straight for your curtains open the windows wide. Even if it’s cold and murky outside, you’ll find that a burst of fresh air will awaken your senses quicker than expected.

Take deep breaths – As you wake up, lying in bed looking at the ceiling, take long deep breaths. Inhale slowly and exhale in the same manner, filling your lungs with fresh oxygen. Breath in through the nose for 4 seconds using the lower abdomen, before exhaling for 8 seconds through the mouth. This will help rid the lungs of any stale air taken throughout the evening.

Drink Peppermint tea –  Drinking peppermint tea is not just to be associated with alleviating an unsettled stomach. Peppermint tea can help to optimise brain function whilst helping with nerve function too.

Sun Salutations –  If you practice yoga on a daily basis, you’ll find that a few rounds of sun salutations are a great way of waking the body, improving circulation and sharpening the mind. If you don’t practice yoga, try stretching your body whilst inhaling slowly through the nose and exhaling through the mouth – a truly invigorating experience.

Exercise – Exercising first thing in the morning is certainly the best time to exercise. Once you’ve woken up and had a healthy balanced breakfast, head to the gym for a workout or perhaps go for a jog around the block. The experience alone will wake you right up, ready for the day ahead.

 

6 Top Teas – The real wonder drink

Based in Great Britain, all of us here at the Healthy Hideout like a good morning brew or “elevenses” to get us through the morning. Many of us typically associate tea as being a tanned coloured drink, with milk and 2 sugars, but there is more to it than this.

The dictionary describes the noun “Tea” as a black drink consumed extensively in Britain. However, if you’re not a fan of the typical tea drink, remember that there are many different types to choose from. Here are some of the Healthy Hideout’s most beneficial tea favourites:

  • White Tea – The least processed of all teas contains the highest concentration of antioxidants, which have been known to help bodies fight free radicals and even cancer. With a smooth, delicate sweet taste, white tea has also been known to help aid in weight loss.
  • Black Tea – Black tea contains less antioxidants as it is process through fermentation. As the darkest member of the tea family, black tea has the highest levels of polysaccharides – A carbohydrate shown to slow down the absorption of glucose in the body.
  • Green Tea – Kept in the original tea leaf state, the leaves are steamed by freshly boiled water before drinking. This helps to keep antioxidants locked away longer than black tea, making it a useful addition when fighting illness. Green tea extract is also used to reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Oolong Tea – During processing, oolong undergoes a small amount of fermentation making it rich in polyphenol. Some research also suggested that this tea can help with metabolising fat.
  • Camomile Tea – Research suggests that intake of this tea on a regular basis promotes the release of glycine (an amino acid), releasing a slight sedative effect. This makes the tea perfect for individuals suffering from insomia, stress or anxiety.
  • Peppermint Tea – Associated as an effective way to help settle the stomach and aid digestion, whilst alleviating nauseating feelings. Peppermint is also a strong diuretic and can be used as a mild decongestant for illness. Some restaurants even use it as a “amuse-bouche” to cleanse the palate.

Why not try changing your daily tea rituals and see what effects the above have on you. All of us here at the Healthy Hideout have incorporated these wonderful teas in a our daily lives.

We’d love to hear about your tea experience?