Drink More Water Making sure you are properly hydrated is one of the most important health changes you can make. The body uses water to regulate every function. Water transports nutrients, cushions bones and joints, regulates body temperature, flushes out toxins, improves cell to cell communication, prevents tissues from sticking and aids in digestion and elimination. Fatigue occurs after your body’s water content drops by as little as 2%. Other signs of dehydration are irritability, mood changes (anxiety/depression), cravings, cramps, headaches/migraines, constipation, joint pain and heartburn. – You should be consuming half of your body weight in oz per day – plus ~ 12 oz for every diuretic you consume. If you are exercising or sweating – additional water should be added.
Practice Mindful Eating I know that sounds weird – but let me explain. Your body needs to be in a parasympathetic state –rest and digest – to digest food. When your body is stressed, the sympathetic state, it does not produce the proper amount of hydrochloric acid it needs to digest food and will not adequately digest nor absorb the nutrients you are giving it. When you eat in the car, on the run or shove down food as you wrangle the troops from one activity to the next, your body is in a state of stress. – Slow down. Sit down. Enjoy that food. You can read more about mindful eating from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating
Chew Your Food Most often when you are eating on the go or timed crunched and shoving it in, you fail to properly chew your food. You may think this isn’t a big deal, but it is! Chewing your food signals your brain to begin the digestive process. – It doesn’t matter how healthy your food is, if you aren’t digesting it, it isn’t doing your body any good.