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How to start clean living

You’ve heard of clean eating, now meet clean living - the movement that’s inspiring people to take a closer look at what they eat, how well they sleep and what they put on their bodies It's all about getting back to basics with natural choices - all of which could have an incredible effect on the way we look and feel. Clean living is not just about our own health either. It's about being mindful of our impact on the environment too. 

What is clean eating?

Clean eating means choosing fresh, whole foods and keeping a tight rein on anything that’s been processed or refined. The truth is that food affects our overall health and appearance, and over time a diet loaded with saturated fat, salt or refined sugars can increase the risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

What is clean sleeping?

It’s no secret that along with nutrition, sleeping properly is essential to good health. A lack of sleep can cause irritability, poor concentration, weight gain and affect our immune systems. Unfortunately, the stresses and strains of modern life can get in the way of a good night’s sleep. Many of us struggle to shut down, which means we’re doomed to repeat the cycle the next day. Tempted to take a duvet day? Don’t be. Making sleep a priority could be the answer to lifting your mood and your energy levels.

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What is clean beauty?

Put simply, clean beauty is about using products that have natural origins and are free from synthetic chemicals that are considered 'harmful'.  Handpicked content: An introduction to clean beauty It is also about choosing brands that source their products ethically and sustainably to minimise their impact on the environment.  Handpicked content: What are micro plastics?

Top 5 tip to start 'clean living'

  1. Get label-savvy. Product labels will tell you what is contained inside. On beauty products look out for synthetic chemicals, additives and preservatives. On foods, keep an eye on calories, fat, fibre, protein, added sugars and salt.
  2. Focus on wholegrains, fresh fruit and vegetables. These are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Unlike refined carbs such as white bread and pasta, minimally processed grains like quinoa and brown rice are usually as close to their natural state as possible.
  3. Limit processed ingredients. Steer clear of preservatives, artificial sweeteners, flavours or colours. Opt for natural sweeteners like honey instead.
  4. Set a regular sleep time and banish technology. Disturbing lights, sounds and notifications will only sabotage your slumber, so turn them off and go to bed and wake up at the same time each day to help schedule your body clock.
  5. Relax. Meditate, do light yoga or have a bath or massage to relax your muscles and wind down to sleep and improve your mental wellbeing.
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