Water, What You Need To Know

When we think of a healthy lifestyle two key factors often come to mind: good nutrition and exercise! There is no debate that these are crucial components in overall health and well-being. But if it’s so easy, how come so many of us still feel sick, have low energy, and are overweight?

Unfortunately there is no “one” answer. Healthy eating is often viewed as a confusing and scary concept for a lot of people. In today’s world of pesticides, over-processing and tricky marketing, even the people with the best of intentions have a tough time making healthy choices. The good news is, every small change helps. Education is power and the more we learn, the more we can do to become the healthiest version of ourselves.

But what if I told you there is a key element of nutrition that is often overlooked? It’s extremely easy to implement, accessible almost everywhere, and best of allcompletely free!

WATER

H2-Woah!

One of the easiest changes to adapt into a healthy lifestyle is to ensure we are adequately hydrated.
For many people, the simple act of drinking enough water is not viewed as enough of a priority.

But what makes water so important? Let us count the ways!

You ARE water!

Our blood is made up of mostly, you guessed it, water! Your brain is nearly 90% water, and every single cell of your body is made up of water! It’s no wonder we need the stuff to function properly!

It keeps you quick!

Since your brain is mostly water, keeping it hydrated helps improve concentration and alertness, improving energy and reducing fatigue.

Don’t forget to flush!

Water helps flush out wastes and toxins through urination (and sweat) which helps the immune system stay strong and ward off illness!

It helps you poop!

Water aids in the digestive process as well as keeps stools lubricated and easy to pass! Come on, everybody loves a good poop!

It helps keep you beautiful

Water keeps the skin hydrated keeping it soft and smooth and wards off unwanted blemishes and wrinkles – you don’t want to dry up and turn into a prune!

This is just a short lists of the benefits of adequate water consumption. The benefits of water are truly endless.

Of course, nobody wants to keep a running tally on how many cups they drink in a day (who has time for that?) I find the easiest way to keep track is to purchase a 1L water bottle and aim to finish it at least once to start, gradually working your way up to one or two refills per day.

Plain old water too boring? Spice it up with a squeeze of lemon, some fresh mint, cucumber slices or fresh berries!

Drink up my friends!

– Guest blogger Alex Nucci (nutritionist)

And to that, I say, stay hydrated!

Read about Alex’s other post on Breakfast Fuel here

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Breakfast fuel!

Hi! I’m Alex! I’m a nutritionist who is fiercely passionate about health, food, wellness… and breakfast.

BREAKFAST! Gosh, even the word is beautiful. It is the (delicious) fuel that replenishes your body after a long nights rest, and gives you the energy and momentum to tackle your day head on. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself first how can you possibly try to take on the rest of the world?!?

So how come so many of us opt to skip this fantastic meal all together? I’ve heard it all.

“I’m just not hungry in the morning”

There is no rule which says you need to eat a 3-course meal for breakfast. If you wake up without much of an appetite have something protein rich (a small portion at first) I can almost guarantee that once you begin to eat consistently in the morning, your body will come to yearn for it (this is a good thing!) Replenishing your fuel stores after a long night sleep is exactly what your body needs to reset and kick into gear for the day ahead!

“If I eat breakfast I’m hungrier throughout the day. If I don’t eat I can suppress my appetite better”

Eating is not a punishment, nor is it something we should strive to avoid. Many people think that by skipping meals we can “save on calories” leading to weight loss. There have been numerous studies which prove quite the opposite. Calorie omission can do some serious damage to your metabolism and mess with your blood sugar. This can lead to poor food choices throughout the day, increased mindless snacking, and over-eating once lunch / dinner finally rolls around.

The fact is our bodies NEED to eat- quite simply our food is our fuel and calories are energy. No matter how much we try to suppress this basic human need our bodies will not stop reminding you that you NEED TO EAT ( hunger pangs, mood / energy fluctuations, etc).

“I don’t like breakfast food”

Eggs too boring? Add some salsa, avocado, and sautéed spinach to the mix! Plain yogurt no fun? Try throwing in some nuts, cinnamon, and fresh berries! The message here is great creative! Think outside the box if standard breakfast dishes bore you. Plus, who is to say leftovers can’t be breakfast? Ever tried re-heated sweet potato breakfast hash? Mmm…

“I don’t have the time”

Everyone has the time. It’s up to you to MAKE time! Go to bed earlier. Prep the night before.

The key in all of this is not simply just to eat, but to eat smart. Keep breakfast simple and healthy. Avoid the processed, sugary dessert-like breakfast cereals, muffins and bars at the grocery store and opt for protein rich whole foods like eggs, nut butters and whole grains.

Remember, breakfast is exactly that: it’s what breaks your 7-8 hour sleepy time fast and reminds your body that you love it. It enables you to reconnect with yourself and your environment. It’s your reset button.

Tomorrow morning I encourage you all to get up and hit your reset buttons – start fresh, and treat yourself to a delicious, nutrient rich breakfast.

** STUDIES –

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23512957

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9537627

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22178258

Guest post by Alex Nucci, Nutritionist

 

Learn more about breakfast smoothie tricks here!

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