After you have cleaned and detox your home, it is time to detox your body and health. Spring is a time where many revisit their New Year’s Resolutions to get back on track. Whether you just want to be healthier, or work on your summer body, it starts with the inside of your body.
Make Fruit-Infused Water
Dehydration is something many people experience year-round, without even knowing it. Not only are you at a general risk for not drinking enough water, but in the spring when it gets hot and you workout a little more, you sweat, which then causes you to need even more water to stay hydrated.
With nearly 60% of the body being made of water, it is shocking that water takes the back seat to carbonated soda as the most popular beverage in many countries.
It’s a scary statistic not only because the dangers of drinking sugary drinks on the body, but also because the body requires ample amounts of water to help balance all of the body’s fluids, digest food, transport nutrients from food to the rest of the body, and to regulate the body’s temperature.
So basically, water is your body’s superpower.
Water Makes Your World Go Round
Here are some of the other benefits of keeping your body adequately hydrated:
Drinking enough water allows the body to release toxins through sweat and urination.
Water is necessary for the digestion of food and to prevent constipation.
Promotes Weight Loss
Choosing water over a soda saves on the calories since water has zero! It also works to remove the by-products of fat, reduces hunger, and reduces eating intake when you start each meal by drinking a full glass of water.
Your brain is over 70% water! Drinking water helps you with focus, concentration, and energy.
Water is the number one anti-aging treatment there is. It moisturises your skin and keeps it soft and smooth. If that wasn’t enough, it also decreases wrinkles!
So how much water should you be drinking? The answer varies. Some suggest at least 8 (250 ml) glasses a day, and my mentors at The Health Sciences Academy recommend adding 1 (250 ml) glass per 10 kg of extra body weight. It’s a little different for everyone, but one way to increase your intake is to choose water over other beverage options.
How To Get Hydrated
Here are some ways to make sure you are adding more water to your daily routine:
Adding lemon, lime, mint, fresh berries, or cucumber slices to water is a good way to switch it up so that you can be sure to get the ounces in!
Make a game of it, and have a glass of water whenever you take a bathroom break.
Drink Before You Eat
Having a glass of water between every meal helps with hydration, and can help to curb your appetite.
Use an App
Use a water tracking app to keep track of how many glasses your drink.
Eat Water-Rich Foods
Add water-packed foods to your diets, such as cucumber, celery, watermelon, and zucchini.
Drink More With Infused Water
Infused water tastes better than plain water, and has the added benefit of nutrients from the fruits, vegetables, and herbs you infuse it with. You can go simple with just lemons and limes, or kick it up a little with berries, vegetables like cucumbers, and herbs like mint or thyme. There are many recipes found online as well.
Add More Salads to Your Diet
Spring is a great time to make some healthy changes to your diet.
Not necessarily eating less, but eating better quality food.
For something crisp and refreshing, try a fresh salad. Use your favourite leafy greens like kale, spinach, or romaine, and top it with vegetables of your choosing. Adding a protein like hardboiled eggs, turkey, or tuna is another excellent option, with or without cheese and dressing.
Some spring salads also incorporate fruits like apples, pears, blueberries, or strawberries. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little. 😀
Focus on Spring Superfoods
If you want to detox your body and take better care of your health, think about adding more *superfoods* to your diet as well. These are whole foods that contain a higher-than-normal amount of vitamins and minerals, including grains, nuts and seeds, fruits, and vegetables, and even seafood. Some superfoods that are perfect for the spring season include tuna and salmon, veggies like artichoke, asparagus, spinach and lettuce, and fruits like strawberries and blueberries. Oats, arugula, walnuts, and whole grains are also on the top of the list.
Take your time switching up your diet so you can begin healing and detoxing your body from the inside out. Eat foods that are good for general health, specific issues like improving your kidney or liver function, and contain a lot of essential nutrients like your superfoods.
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