6 Extremely Easy Ways To Improve Your Health

Get rid of a year of excess without surviving solely on kale

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Summer. It's time for for renewal. Time to zap that pesky paunch that's built up every month since December. And time to try some healthy living that isn't going to fizzle out after two weeks.

The trick? Try and reinvent yourself as a 'new man' but slightly improve on the one you already are, by making a series of achievable lifestyle tweaks.

The following small changes in your diet and habits can work wonders for your body – and best of all, they're pain-free. 

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1 | Cleanse your liver

We've all had that startling realisation that we've not gone a day without a drink in months. Now, you could go teetolal, annoying every friend you've got. 

Or, alternatively, you could just eat half a grapefruit with your breakfast.

The fruit's vitamin C and antioxidants give your liver the equivalent of a good scrub, getting you back to your pre-breakfast shandy state. 

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Other great liver healing foods are walnuts and avocados – snack on these through the day for extra points. 

2 | Move your workout

Make time to train in the morning, before breakfast.

A recent study found men burn 20 per cent more body fat this way, as at this time your stored carbohydrate levels are low.

With less of these, you're creating the perfect environment for your body to burn fat, rather than carb stores.

3 | Drink lemon water

Squeezing the juice of half a lemon into warm water every morning is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health.

As well as cleansing your system, it packs a huge amount of vitamin C and B-complex vitamins to get your immune system back to a decent place.

Phlegm-y February will be a thing of the past.

4 | Be a matcha man

Matcha powder is 100% ground green tea leaves. It raises energy levels in the same way as coffee (trust us, we've tried it and it actually works), but minus the 4pm slump.  

Full of antioxidants (137 times the amount in regular green tea), it supports concentration – meaning increased productivity at work. 

5 | Relax (without booze)

Stop after-work drinking to relax after a manic day.

Try eating cashew nuts – they're the highest natural source of tryptophan, the precursor of serotonin (the hormone that releases feelings of pleasure to your brain.)

Again, you'll let your liver chill a bit, as well as consuming fewer calories in a day – meaning less body fat and more muscle definition. 

6 | Don't over do it at the gym

If you've had a break fitness wise don't go overboard. Use half as heavy weights, and train to half your old maximum.

If you try to set records, you'll probably injure yourself and get put out of action.

So leave the ego at home, and save the hard stuff for when you've got your fitness back up to speed. 

7 | Find out if you have a food intolerance 

If you find that your pretty much incapable of losing weight whatever you're doing, there's a chance you have an intolerance to a certain group of foods and will never function at your peak until you've eliminated them. If you think that might be the case, try YorkTest – a blood sample will identify if there's an issue, and you then receive expert advice on how to cut out stuff that your body has trouble processing. 

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