During my time at an organic supermarket in Chelsea, London I was able to observe some of the countries wealthiest individuals. What struck me was there passion for good nutrition. They seemed to be constantly happy and I put that down to them taking care of their health. Sure, some of them wanted the 'lowdown' on the latest craze such as the master cleanse but most of them wanted to know about the added benefits of what they were consuming on a daily basis. This started me on my journey to have a better understanding of health and nutrition.
I participated in various training and did my own extensive research so that I was well-informed when discussing products with clients. Now I'm ready to share my knowledge with you. The Basics The basic needs for health are water and food. But a lot of us, myself included often struggle to fulfill them. Personally I was not a fan of water and always struggled to motivate myself to drink it even though I knew I should. So I found effective ways to consume more water: 1) Do you need 2 litres? The first step is understanding your personal needs. The guideline is 2 litres a day for adults, however because I am fairly petite weighing about 9 stone my body does not require as much water as someone who may weigh 13 stone for instance. So I would suggest that you experiment a little bit. I aim to drink 1.5 litres a day so 6 glasses of water which seems to be my optimal amount I feel good but not overly hydrated so I'm not rushing to the toilet all day. I would suggest a minimum of 1 litre initially but play around for a couple of weeks and find your own sweet spot. If like me you find that you need a reduced amount then reaching that target becomes easier. 2) Make a plan to drink water. I adore tea and coffee and drink more of it then I should, however I began by using those beverages as incentives to drink water. So I would drink 1 glass of water before I allowed myself a tea or coffee. Sometimes this actually curbed my desire for the hot drink and ensured that I reached my target. If you don't make a conscious effort to drink at least X amount of water a day then you probably won't. It may be useful to install a tracking app on your phone or even set daily alarms to remind you to have a glass of water. If you are a tea and coffee lover aim to substitute one of your daily drinks for a herbal tea. (There are so many varieties that you are bound find one that you love) again this allows you the pleasure of a hot drink whilst giving you the added benefit of those herbs. My favourite is this one:
3) Consume water rich foods Aim to eat three portions a day of water rich foods. Not only do they tend to be packed with essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs but also help you replenish your hydration without the need to actively drink water.
Fruit and vegetables
Legumes (chickpeas, beans, peas, lentils)
4) Don't guzzle water If drinking water has become a 'chore' people tend to drink the water as fast as possible which means that the water isn't being utilised. You need to sip water often throughout the day. This gives your body the chance to put it where it is most needed. Mindset has a lot to do with it. As hard as it is try to look at water as your life source (after all you can't survive without it) something to be treated with the upmost care and take steps to appreciate this wonderful liquid. I know it sounds corny but seriously once I shifted the way I thought about water I actively enjoyed drinking it and now feel better both mentally and physically. Don't punish yourself if you struggle to increase your water, take baby steps and aim to make progress day by day. Even half a glass more each day is a move in the right direction and before you now it you will have created a new habit of drinking water. Have a fantastic day. I hope to see you again soon. Motivated Mum Affiliate disclaimer This site uses affiliate links. I may receive a commission from purchases or actions made after clicking on one of my links. At no extra cost to yourself. Thank you for your support.