In this article, we hope to use the outstanding work of Dr. Mark Hyman to revolutionize the way you think about health.
There are so many people today who are struggling with their health. Whether they are struggling with weight and fitness, or they are dealing with chronic disease, maintaining good health is a struggle for people of all ages and backgrounds.
One of the most difficult parts about maintaining your health is the fact that many people don’t realize they are unhealthy until they notice symptoms or side effects of disease.
This is not how you want to live.
There is a difference between chasing symptoms/trying to mask up side effects and actually focusing on maintaining your health and taking care of your body. You want to focus on keeping your body as healthy as possible so that your system can stay up and running in the way that it should be. This way, your body can heal itself as it was designed to.
This is the foundation of the functional medicine movement, which encourages people to take control of their health, by giving their bodies what they need to thrive.
At the forefront of this movement is Dr. Mark Hyman, from the Institute of Functional Medicine. Mark Hyman is a MD and doctor of functional medicine, as well as a best-selling author of over 10 books on diet, health, and functional medicine.
The Mark Hyman diet, which was made famous by his book Eat Fat, Get Thin, has helped thousands of people learn how to change the way they look at fat and to introduce real, healthy fats into their diet to live healthier and stay thinner. The Mark Hyman Diet encourages people to eat real food in order to take care of their bodies and maintain their health.
While reading his library of books, including the best-selling Eat Fat, Get Thin, is one of the best ways to access Dr. Mark Hyman’s wealth of knowledge, we have taken the time to cultivate just 7 of Mark Hyman’s best health tips that can help put you on the road to a healthier body and a healthier future.
Dr. Mark Hyman’s 7 Health Tips To Change Your Life
1. Get rid of the sugar
There is perhaps nothing as dangerous to your health as sugar. In his book, Eat Fat, Get Thin, Dr. Mark Hyman goes into great detail about the impact that sugar can have on our bodies and our health. Americans are eating more sugar than ever before and the problem is that sugar increases our body’s insulin production, and insulin freezes fat.
Sugar not only can cause us to hold on to extra fat, while increasing our chances of having obesity, but it can also increase our chances of getting acne, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
Sugar is everywhere, especially in processed foods, but according to the Mark Hyman Diet, sugar should make up less than 10% of our diet. Start really paying attention to how much sugar you are eating, you may be surprised to find just how much sugar you are consuming, then start working on cutting it out.
2. Add more fiber
Fiber is such an important part of our diets, yet the average person simply isn’t getting enough fiber in their diet.
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, in Eat Fat, Get Thin, when Americans were eating much more natural healthy foods, we used to get, on average, around 150 grams of fiber per day. Now, the average person is only getting around 8 grams per day.
Fiber can be found in a number of natural foods, especially vegetables and leafy greens. In fact, according to the Mark Hyman Diet, a great way to make sure that you are getting enough fiber in your diet is to make sure every plate you eat is made up of 75% vegetables.
3. Never eat anything that comes in a box or package
It seems like a simple suggestion, but it is one of the cornerstones of the Mark Hyman diet. It is also one of the most difficult changes for dieters to make.
Packaged items are filled with chemicals, salt, sugar, and other dangerous substances that you may not even realize that you are putting in your body.
4. Consider a detox
Want to reset your system and get rid of disease symptoms? Consider a detox.
While many people are understandably apprehensive about detoxes, they are one of the best things you can do for your health. And, they aren’t just about losing weight, they are all about flushing your system and removing all of the chemicals that are impacting your health.
In his book, 10 Day Detox, Dr. Mark Hyman suggests just ten days to reset the entire system and promises you will start feeling and seeing the changes. In fact, according to Hyman, his readers saw on average a 62% reduction in their disease symptoms.
5. Avoid soda at all costs
This ties into avoiding soda, but it is such an important part of Dr. Mark Hyman’s diet suggestions, that it deserves a spot of its own. There are so many people who think that just switching to diet soda, or zero-calorie soda, or just having soda every once in a while is enough of a change.
This is not enough.
You need to avoid soda at all costs.
Dr. Mark Hyman literally refers to soda as liquid death because it really is that bad for you. Soda consumption is the number one cause of obesity in children. Drinking just one can of soda can increase the risk of diabetes by 65% for children and by 80% in women.
6. Get an oil change
One of the easiest ways to make some positive changes in your health is to start with your oil. We use so much oil each and every day, especially when cooking, but many people are using the wrong type of oil.
Remove the other cooking oils in your home and add coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil to your pantry. These are the oils that you need to cook with.
So many people have a fear of fat, because they think they will gain weight.
However, most people need to be eating more, healthy fats in order to not only get healthier but to maintain a healthier weight. This is the entire premise of Dr. Mark Hyman’s Eat Fat, Get Thin book. Don’t be afraid of fat, or afraid of oil, just make sure you are only consuming the good stuff, not the bad.
7. Take supplements
Not everyone subscribes to the idea that you should take daily supplements, but you should be taking the right supplements every single day.
By working with a functional medicine doctor like Dr. Mark Hyman, you can get more personalized insight on what supplements you need to be taking to address your specific health issues.
However, there are some supplements that everyone should be taking to stay their healthiest.
It is always best to try to get your nutrients from real, healthy foods instead of pills, but there are still three supplements everyone should be taking: a good multivitamin, a fish oil (for Omega 3) and vitamin D.
Other general supplements to consider for better overall health include: green tea, black pepper, resveratol, circumin, carnitine and lipoic acid.
Keep these 7 essential health tips in mind if you want to start naturally improving your health by eating the right things and avoiding the wrong things in your diet.
For more information by Dr. Mark Hyman on the intense importance of food, check out his brilliant talk about Mindvalley’s A-Fest Greece:
Have you ever read any of Dr. Mark Hyman’s books?
And which of these health tips would you like to incorporate in your daily food habits?
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