Taking good care of our bodies has become a complicated, even confusing, en-devour. Here are a few simple, yet powerful tools to focus on along your wellness journey.
I LOVE Water! If you do nothing else for your beautiful body at lease drink lots of pure water. Some ways that water helps us stay healthy are; detoxification; helps toxic substances leave the body via elimination pathways, after an injury water carries repair substances to the injury site via the bloodstream, helps with proper gut flora balance, as well as increase cognitive function and provides lubrication for joint mobility & function. The adult body is roughly 60% water and makes up the primary component of all bodily fluids – blood, lymph, digestive juices, urine, tears & sweat.
The amount of water needed for the average adult person is 12 cups a day that being said water requirement vary greatly from person to person. The climate in which we live, our activity level and our diet all influence our individual need for water. Water can be obtained from; herbal teas, elixirs, kombucha, natural fruit & veggie juices well as the water that our food contains. In North America we tend to get 4-5 cups of water from the foods we eat so that leaves us with 7-8 cups of water for us to drink per day. Even 3-4 cups of pure water a day is enough to make a big impact on overall body function, mood and energy balance.
What doesn’t count a water; coffee, black tea, soda, milk, processed fruit & veggie juice (anything ‘from concentrate’).
Next… FOOD! Getting lots of live, natural and good quality foods will increase the digestive tracts exposure and absorption of important nutrients.
- Live foods contain natural enzymes that make nutrients more bio-available.
- Whole foods contain specific nutrients that often work synergistically allowing them to have a greater effect than a single nutrient.
- Good quality foods have little to no exposure to processing such as; refining, heat, fluorescent lights, pesticides, preservatives, toxins, synthetic food like substances. As a result these foods are much more nutrient dense and better absorbed and utilized by body systems.
Each day try to include; (1 serving = ½ cup)
- 7-8 glasses of pure water
- 1-3 servings of fresh fruit
- 4-7 servings vegetables: enjoying vegetables with each main meal is a nice place to start. Eating a variety of colours and textures will ensure a good range of nutrients
- 20-35% of your daily calorie intake coming from healthful dietary fats. Some good sources are; raw nuts/seeds, fatty fish, coconut oil/milk, avocado, hemp/chia seeds. Fat requirements and tolerances will vary from person to person, listen to your body and/or speak to a nutrition professional – you can always contact me 😊
Eating habits for healthy digestion;
- Avoid liquids around meal times (20 min before & 1 hour after), one cup is okay. Soup is fine.
- Follow food combining concepts. Eating faster digested foods first followed by the slower digesting ones. Avoid eating protein and starch in the same meal.
- Relax before eating, try not to eat while rushed or anxious.
- Chew thoroughly & express gratitude.
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