4 Health Rules You Can Break

there are more paths to optimal health that are more user-friendly than the old ones. here, four tips to live by:

Old Rule: Drink eight glasses of water a day.
New Rule: Eat your water.

Much of your daily requirement is contained in foods: Fruits, vegetables, beans, and cooked whole grains like oatmeal and quinoa (which soak up moisture in the pot) all deliver servings of water and they offer the added bonus of nutrients. Watermelon and cucumber are more than 90 percent water, but they also contain antioxidants. With a glass of water, all you get is water. You’ll know you’re hydrated when your urine is colorless or pale yellow and you’re rarely thirsty.

Old Rule: Eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables.
New Rule: Fill half your plate with produce.

A serving of broccoli is about five florets. A serving of raw spinach, one cup. A serving of mango, roughly the size of a fist. Stop counting and instead make half of every meal produce. Even two or three daily servings of deeply hued fruits and veggies may help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.

Old Rule: Avoid red meat.
New Rule: Beef in moderation can be healthy.

Red meat was long considered a heart attack on a plate because it’s high in saturated fat. But a study found that the cardiovascular risk comes from processed varieties, such as sausage, hot dogs, and cold cuts–not from steak, hamburgers, and other nonprocessed cuts. Red meat is a good source of iron and immunity-boosting zinc-two nutrients some women don’t get enough of. Beef (especially grass-fed) also contains high concentrations of conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that may decrease cancer risk and help reduce body fat. Choose very lean cuts and avoiding anything labeled “prime,” as it will have more fat marbling. And try not to eat more than three 4- to 5-ounce servings (about the size of an iPhone) per week.

Old Rule: Keep your BMI between 18.5 and 24.9.
New Rule: Eat healthy, exercise, and let your weight settle naturally.

Physicians use BMI (body mass index)–a ratio of your weight to your height–as a tool to diagnose obesity. However, a person can have a high BMI and still be healthy, Patients should stop obsessing over their BMI, eat a nutritious diet, and log 150 minutes of exercise per week. “A healthy lifestyle results in a healthy weight.”

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read article on Yahoo! Shine by Leslie Goldman for Oprah.com: 4 Health Rules You Can Break Today

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