Small Changes – Super foods you cannot buy that you should change up in your life!
All the health buzz words we hear about these days are all about Super Foods!
We are giving foods like flax seeds, gogi berries and coconut oil a massive (and well deserved) Superfood status for their health and life changing benefits! We make our list of super foods, pop out to the shops and load our bags with these super foods and feel like we have at least done our bit to fulfil our health needs.
I know because I am so guilty of this! There is nothing I love more than hitting up my local health food hub “The hopsack” and break my bank balance on nature’s latest wonders, which is great but I also need to utilise the resources that are free and plentiful around me too! We need to wake up and invest in the Super foods that money cannot buy ands that are completely free.
These super foods are economical (ultra easy on the purse strings), easily attainable and in exhaustible supply! This week for my small changes plan I am concentrating daily on water, Oxygen, Daylight, Sleep and Touch.
Day 1 – water
Mother earth’s most natural resource and still we give water the run around. We bottle it add artificial flavours to it and ignore when we instead think we are hungry. We can eat most super foods but water is really one you can dive into. Its healing properties are enormous just look back at ancient civilisations! We should just embrace it in its natural form as its benefits numerous:
Drinking water can help control calorie intake!
We know that drinking enough water every day boosts your immune system and helps keep you and your skin look young and hydrated, but did you know it can also help fulfil your weight loss goals.
Many of my weight loss clients confuse dehydration with hunger, causing them to eat more when all their body is craving the hydrating effect of water.
Drinking enough water is an easy way to help your stomach feel satisfied without overeating and unnecessarily snacking.
Drinking water helps your waistline in other ways too
A recent study showed that dehydrated people did fewer repetitions and felt tired faster when they were exercising, which can lead to a lower calorie burn burned. Also, making a habit of drinking water with lemon throughout the day helps many people feel less bloated, that’s music to our ears!
Make a small change – Want to use water to your weight-loss and health advantage? The next time you feel like snacking, have a glass of water first and test yourself to see you feel afterward. I always keep a jug or a bottle of water infused with fresh lemon and ginger in my fridge on standby. It helps detox and de-bloat all day long.
Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids
Your body is composed of at least 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of Body temperature.
Through the posterior pituitary gland, your brain communicates with your kidneys and tells it how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves, so listen to your thirst and stock up on this Super food.
Water also aids kidney and bowel function and helps keep your skin looking good too! Dehydration can make the skin look tired and dehydrated so hydrate properly and naturally
Increase your water intake to 2 to 3 litres a day. Keep a bottle of water in your car, desk or bag.
Try and not use plastic bottles as much as possible and use containers like glass or ceramic If you are using a plastic bottle be careful that the bottle is not exposed to the sun (Fat chance of that happening in Ireland in November)
Add lemon or ginger or elderflower to the mix to spice up your water flavours naturally
Hungry? Have a glass of water before you snack and see if it is your hydration levels tricking you in to feeling hungry!
Not sure if you are drinking enough water? According to Cleveland Clinic, looking at the color of your urine can help you determine how much water you need. To stay healthy and properly hydrated, your urine should be a very pale yellow, like the color of straw. If it becomes completely clear, you may be drinking too much. If it’s yellow, you need to drink a little more.