Principle 5: Sip enough Water
We are 70% water, our brain is mostly water, so hydration is very important.
Hydration consists of drinking about 2-3 liters of liquids daily consisting of water, juices, lemonade, tea, soups and other liquids. Also consider freshly squeezed juices from beet, carrot, celery, parsley and other fruit and vegetables. Except for the hydration itself, they also bring nutrients to cells which are quick to absorb, however you need to pay attention to the sugar intake from fruit.
Tea – consider green, black tea, rooibos, and add ginger and turmeric which are powerful antioxidants.
Why water is important:
- Good for your brain, it helps you think and concentrate
- Helps you eat less, it acts as an appetite suppressant
- Boosts your metabolism
- Detoxes your body, flushing the toxins out of your body, toxins which are known to promote diseases
- Water is good for all your body – all your cells benefit from water, it moistures your skin and complexion, prevents wrinkles.
Alcohol – rather dehydrates the body, so does coffee, so drink extra water when consuming them.
Tip: Start your day by drinking a glass of warm water with a bit of lemon for a quick night detox and also to boost your metabolism. Warmer water assimilates better in the body.
How you can make sure you drink at least 2 litres water per day?
There are people – like me – that simply find it difficult to drink 2 liters of water/day. Put a lemon, lime, mint or fruit for an enhanced taste and to enjoy it more. Put a 2 litres bottle every morning on your desk to have a sense of quantity.
Principle 1: Start every day with breakfast;
Principle 2: The 80/20 principle;
Principle 3: Adjust portions size;
Principle 4: Remember 5 meals/day;
Principle 5: Sip water all day.