Here are 5 surefire tips on how to supercharge your health:
1. HYDRATE – People tell me, “I don’t feel thirsty, so why should I drink so much water?” Our body is an amazing machine and it works really hard to keep us alive. When it gets dehydrated, the first few times it will send you signals saying, “Hey, I’m dehydrated, give me some water.” If you ignore those first few signs of dehydration, the body will then think, “OK, there is no water coming in, so I will have to work really hard now with what I’ve got to keep this person alive.” And so your body adapts to minimal amounts of water and tries to make ends meet as best as it can. Isn’t that amazing! Well, yes it is, but it’s also amazing that your body is always communicating with you, so it’s crucial to pay attention to what it needs and to take care of it. By the time you feel thirsty your body will already have lost 1% of its water. So drink up regularly to make sure you don’t get dehydrated.
The human body is made up of almost 60%–70% water. Drinking enough water helps you lose weight because without water the body can’t metabolize fat adequately. How do you know you’re dehydrated? Some signs are a headache, mood swings, depression and water retention.
Tip: Start your day with a glass of lemon water to stimulate liver function and to activate your metabolism to burn fat. During the day drink 6–8 glasses of water to assist your kidneys in their filtration process. The less toxins and fat you accumulate, the more energy you will store.
2. INDULGE … In veggies, that is. Fresh herbs and veggies support your body’s detoxification process by balancing its alkalinity and boosting your energy levels. There are many vegetables that specifically help cleanse and support your liver and kidney function. Here is a list to pick from: spinach, kale, artichokes, beets, dandelion, garlic, avocados, asparagus, watercress, broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, basil, cilantro, fennel, parsley… the list just goes on.
Tip: Eat at least one green salad with three different veggies per day.
3. BREATHE – Air pollution weakens the immune system and causes inflammation in the body. Oxygen cleans every cell of your body as it travels through your lungs into your bloodstream and supplies life to your organs. Spend time outdoors in the fresh air as much as you can. Breathe in deeply, inhaling the healing energy of nature, and breathe out all that no longer serves you. Even taking in slow breaths a few times a day will help you calm and relax.
Tip: Sit or lie down comfortably, close your eyes, and take in 3 deep breaths. Breathe in life force and universal energy, and breathe out negativity and all that no longer serves you. Concentrate on your breath and imagine a beam of white light filling up your lungs and your body as you inhale. Keep concentrating on your breath, it will help you clear your mind and your thoughts, bring you into a calm state and help you re-energize and cleanse.
4. MOVE – Our body is designed to move, yet less than 25% of North American adults exercise regularly. They spend more time doing sedentary activities such as surfing the internet and watching TV. Lack of exercise adds to insulin resistance, hormone dysfunction and ultimately weight gain. Pick a fun activity and stick to it … walk, swim, dance, run. Low-intensity movement can increase your energy levels by 20%. Movement is also a natural fat burner, and fat is where all the toxins get stored. The more you move, the more fat you burn, the fewer toxins you accumulate, the more supercharged you feel.
Tip: Squeeze in a 10-minute workout into your day: pick an activity and make good use of it! One of my favourite things to do when I’m pressed for time is jump rope.
5. LAUGH – When you laugh, your body releases endorphins, also known as the body’s natural painkillers. Laughing increases your sense of well-being and relaxation. You can easily boost your energy by laughing and smiling to yourself. According to Ron Gutman, “Smiling stimulates the brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.” When you smile, your brain feels good and tells you to smile more and so that it becomes a chain. This is where the phrase “smiling is contagious” originates from. And laughing can relax the whole body for up to 45 minutes!
Tip: Pick a fun activity to boost your energy. Here are some ideas to choose from: watch a comedy, listen to friends’ funny stories, play with your pet, do something childish, tell someone else a joke… be spontaneous!