Like most of us, I am on my own health journey. I am trying new things, I am a sponge for any information on nutrition and health, and I am trying to find a way that makes me feel my best physically. What can I do, and how can I take care of my body so that I have boundless energy, feel comfortable physically, feel strong and capable, reduce stress, fight or prevent disease and set myself up to live a long and healthy life? Sounds like a tall order, right?
Most of the time this very personal process is incredibly inspiring. I love it when I make a small change and immediately feel the results! It encourages me and confirms that I am on the right track. It inspires me to find more ways of living a whole and healthy life!
I will encourage you to do the same (although, I suspect you are doing this already!). Keep an ear on the ground, learn from others’ experiences, borrow ideas, keep an open mind, and listen to your own body – you will be surprised at the conversation it is trying to have with you!
Our health journeys are all unique, BUT there is one great thing that is good for each and every one of us:
H-2O baby! And lots of it!
Water hydrates your entire body, it gives you energy, it brings oxygen into your blood stream.
I love the Lululemon manifesto, (you should check it out!), and one of they things it says is: “Drink fresh water and as much as you can. Water flushes unwanted toxins from your body and keeps your brain sharp.” Where do I sign?!
Here are a few ways that I make sure I get all the water I need:
Start your day off right with a glass of hot or warm lemon water. Hot lemon water is amazing in aiding digestion and elimination, it stimulates your liver and kidneys to get rid of toxins, is great for your skin, and seriously so much more! A bonus for me is that it relieves heartburn…
Simply boil some water (I like it warm, not hot, because then it’s gentle and drinkable!). Icy cold water is like a shock to your system first thing in the morning – remember your body has effectively been fasting overnight. The juice of 1/2 a lemon in a cup of water works well for me. I also love adding freshly chopped ginger to my lemon water – it tastes like tea and you wouldn’t believe how fresh it makes you feel! I’m really not one to exaggerate, but I truly feel energized after my morning glass of lemon water. Ready to take on my day!
Allright, so your body is now very happy after your morning lemon water, but now your day starts (along with your crazy to-do list) and it gets really hard to keep track of exactly how much water you are actually drinking throughout the day.
Here is a tip that works well for me: If I spend my day at my desk I have a pretty pitcher full of water ready before I settle down to work. I know the pitcher holds one litre (4 glasses) so I know exactly how much water I am having throughout the day. If you are at home, leave the water on your kitchen counter and refill your glass as you go about your day. Sometimes it is just easier to pour myself another glass of water if it is sitting right in front of me. Weird psychology, I know, but it works!
If you don’t like water (Mom, I’m talking to you here!), you can add flavour to it. Toss in a few pieces of sliced cucumber, peach or orange slices… there are so many ways to make it more pleasing to your taste buds!
Most of us don’t spend the day in one spot, so it is great to also have a water bottle on hand for when you are out and about. I adore my happy green thermos that I got at the Healthy Living Summit last year. Thanks Athenos! This water bottle keeps water cold for a long time and I think it is so cute that I don’t mind walking down the street with it.
Can I just tell you how grumpy I get when I am thirsty? Many a shopping trip has been interrupted by me having to buy a bottle of water before I can even focus on anything else. I have learned my lesson and have gotten into the habit of always having water with me. Not to mention that it is free from the tap and I’m not wasting water bottles. Does a plight for the future of the earth make you remember to bring your own water? Haha – nothing like a good guilt trip!
So do you think you can do it? If you put water right in front yourself, you may remember that you are thirsty!
Hey, remember to take good care of yourself today!