While there are many ways to improve and maintain your heath, there are a few basic habits that if adopted, can do wonders for your overall health, especially as you move into adulthood.

Food is fuel, and just as a formula one race car requires premium fuel to perform well, your body needs the best foods in order to reach and maintain optimal performance. The food you consume on a daily basis determines not only how much energy you have, but how well your brain functions, how your skin looks, and even how you smell!

Know that your body cannot operate long term on foods that are devoid of nutrients, are high in sugar, and contain large amounts of added chemicals and preservatives. While these are sometimes the tastiest and easiest to prepare foods, they are definitely not contributing to your long term health.