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Spring Clean Your Body
Today is the Spring Equinox, the first official day of spring. Days are getting longer whilst nights are getting shorter, and those summer holidays are approaching fast!
We often talk about having a spring clean at home, but why not use spring as a motivator to do this with our bodies and minds too? As well as throwing out that old rubbish from around the house, throw out those old habits that can affect your day-to-day quality of life. The following tips will help you to do exactly that and make sure you approach the rest of the year with a ‘spring in your step’!
One of the most commonly overlooked culprits in cases of fatigue, lethargy and lack of mental clarity is dehydration. Feeling groggy and drowsy in the morning is often purely down to dehydration. We can lose up to 1 Kilo in water as we sleep and this water must be replaced as soon as possible. Drink at least half a litre of water as soon as you get up, or as much as a litre once you are used to it. Being fully hydrated flushes toxins from the body, improves oxygen absorption in the lungs and vastly improves all cellular function, so it is crucial that you drink at least 2 litres (around 8 glasses) per day.
Eat your greens
The 5-a-day guideline we all know and love is outdated; we really need to be eating a lot more, especially given the decline in nutrient levels in our fruit and veg. Dark green leafy vegetables are especially good for energy due to the high iron, zinc and vitamin D content. If you are physically struggling to consume over your 5-a-day, then a juicer may be welcome addition to your home. Each morning throw in spinach, kale, beetroot, barley grass and anything else you fancy, and it will extract all of the essential anti-oxidants and nutrients without you having to eat your own body weight in broccoli! Try to avoid too much fruit as it contains a lot of sugar, and fructose (fruit sugar) has a tendency to disturb our energy levels and be stored as fat around our abdominal region if we eat it to excess.
Listen to your gut
The health of our digestive tract has a huge impact on our body’s ability to absorb the nutrients we eat. Refined sugary foods, takeaways and processed meals appear to leave a lingering deposit on the intestine walls, so no matter how good our diet is today, we will struggle to absorb the nutrients we consume. One solution is to flush this from our system with colonic irrigation, but there are less extreme ways! A healthy diet with live yoghurt will help, as will naturally fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables. A good probiotic supplement will also help to cleanse the gut gently, restoring your optimal digestive health over time.
Get to bed!
From a physiological perspective, your body is by far more active when you are asleep than awake. Whilst asleep, your body detoxifies, heals and releases hormones that regulate mood, hunger, stress levels and growth. Getting less than 6 to 8 hours causes an imbalance in all of these areas and can lead to food cravings, a lack of energy, lack of clarity of mind as well as reducing our immune systems. Recent research even suggests that a consistent lack of sleep can permanently kill brain cells. You cannot ‘catch up’ on this lost sleep at weekends or during holidays as many of us previously thought, these brain cells are destroyed permanently. It is therefore imperative that you get the sleep that you need every night.
A 30 minute walk, even just three times per week, has been shown to significantly enhance mood through the de-stressing effect and endorphin release. Breathe deeply, as diaphragmatic breathing is linked to many health benefits including reduced risk of cancer and increased healing.
Regular more vigorous exercise is great for the heart and lungs, facilitating detoxification and regulation of all bodily functions. Find something to suit your lifestyle by contacting me for some ideas.
There is so much conflicting advice about food and diet, but my message is to be sensible; don’t get bogged down in calorie counting, reduce sugar, eat natural and fresh, don’t eat processed foods where possible and try to eat organic to reduce your ingestion of herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals that may otherwise be on your food. A generally lower carbohydrate diet will help your body to mobilise any excess body fat to use as fuel, whilst releasing the toxins stored within it for a cleaner, leaner body.
If you follow the simple tips in this article, you will hit summer running!
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