Ladies, to keep ourselves looking and feeling healthy and beautiful inside and out we must follow some basic steps that are easily forgotten while keeping up with busy lives. Not everything we eat or do is good to help us accomplish these goals and prevent us from disease. Discover the simple steps to help you excel into having a healthy body inside and out.

1. Eat healthy.
Not many people enjoy eating healthy but it is a must. Ever heard of the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Well with our environment being so contaminated we need antioxidants in our bodies. Therefore, fruits and vegetables are primary sources for this. They prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals and also nourish our inside organs.

Likewise, eat foods that contain oil for the body such as walnuts, fat fish and linseeds. You may want to also eat plenty of fiber because it can help cleanse your intestines which will help maintain a healthy body. Before starting your day, eat a nutritious breakfast and try to drink at least eight glasses of water throughout the day. A good nutritious breakfast will keep your body active and prevent it from aging while the water will keep your body hydrated.

Try to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol; these two are disastrous for your body. Your body will not get hydrated when you drink or smoke. It is also beneficial to avoid too much tea, coffee and red wine to keep your teeth looking fabulous.

Also, make sure you have enough calcium in your body; calcium supports the bones to keep your body strong. And last but not least avoid drugs unless they’re prescribed ones.

2. Exercise
You don’t need to go to the gym or have a personal trainer to get or stay fit. You can work out 15-30 minutes every day at home. Forget the elevator and always take the stairs. Even if you don’t enjoy working out, a short walk every day can help you maintain good health.

3. Avoid too much stress.
Avoiding as much stress as possible is crucial. Attending college, work or both can be hectic for many collegiettes. Taking at least 10-15 minutes to rest during the day can help. Taking a nap or just finding a quiet place to sit down will give you much needed alone time. A short walk during the day can also be a good way to release stress. Remember to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep at night.

4. Protect your skin
It is very important to wear a high UV sunscreen (e.g. moisturizer with SPF) on your face every season. The sun can cause a lot of skin damage so you need to protect yourself from sun spots, wrinkles and future skin problems. Tanning salons should also be avoided. According to Indoor UV tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than people who have never tanned indoors.

If you like to wear makeup you may want to wear a light foundation or powder. If you have no blemishes or marks try a tinted moisturizer instead. Always remove your makeup before bed so your pores can breathe. It is also important to use a facial cleanser and not soap when washing your face. In addition to a cleanser it is beneficial to exfoliate 2-3 times in a week.

Anti-aging creams are also an option for young woman but you should consult with a dermatologist to find out if they are right for your skin. They are not only used to reverse lines and wrinkles but to prevent them from occurring.

5. Stay Positive and happy.
Surround yourself with people that make you happy. Avoid negativity. If there are hobbies that you enjoy doing then practice them. If you have dreams/goals to accomplish then take the steps towards accomplishing them. When your mind is engaged the brain produces new neurons that can help you stay young. Lastly, remember to think positively every day.

It is up to you to make the right decisions towards keeping your skin and body in good health. While it might not be possible to avoid every unhealthy behavior or habit while in college being able to recognize negative habits will help you develop a healthy pattern in the future. Just trying to get rid of a few unhealthy habits now can make a big difference down the road!

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Ayasha Roberson started Urban SociaLites, LLC in June of 2010, she holds a bachelor degree in Sociology from Richard Stockton College and Masters Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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