Strawberries, raspberries and mint leaves.
Cucumber and mint leaves.
I’m so eager to show you my current progress including my ups and downs but I haven’t quite written everything out that I think is important to share with you. However, for now I’m going to bore you on how important it is to keep hydrated and how it has helped me.
Before I got on the water bandwagon, I was drinking endless amounts of Ribena, juices and the occasional fizzy drink. What I didn’t realise was the amounts of refined sugars that are involved in making up these drinks.
I’ll be honest it took me some time to completely stop drinking them but once I had, it made me feel like I was getting quicker results that were beneficial in making me feel good. I’m probably going to explain this all wrong but in the hope I get it right, lets just keep it simple.
I used to think that when I was low in energy and needed a pick me up I’d lean towards having a strong Ribena to help myself out. Instead I just needed to keep hydrated and have, if needs be, a snack. Having that idea that anything sugary would sort me is not entirely true. Of course natural sugars that are found in fruits are the sugars you should lean towards, they should never be eaten excessively.
Now lets thinking about refined sugars. I see them as being quite demanding and trust me, you will too after I’ve told you what they do to your body on the inside.
When ingested, refined sugars drain and leech your body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand of digestion, simple. Therefore detoxifying your body and eliminating all toxins becomes extremely hard. It’s almost as if you are putting a sponge into your body and it is soaking up most, if not all of the vital vitamins and minerals you have previously put in. Now, imagine that sponge not leaving your body for 48 hours, because that is how long it’ll take.
With that in mind you can probably see why it has been so important for me to avoid them. I am trying to go as natural as possible to help my body recover and to let my digestive system know that anything I do put into my body is pure goodness, and believe me, my body is responding.
Although it’s responding in a way I’d rather it not, the good news is that its a sign that it’s detoxing.
I’ve currently got a few spots and even been dealing with ear infections, however this is believe it or not a good thing. Anyone reading this probably thinks I’m bloody nuts but, I know and have been told its a good sign, so with trust and faith, I’m hoping to get out the other side in one piece!
I’m being patient and just understanding that my body is healing. Of course it’s not nice having spots but my skin is glowing regardless and my ears are calming down. Of course if I was binge eating on fast food and chocolate and not hydrating myself spots are inevitable and dull skin is to be expected, we know that. Therefore I have to take a step back, stop being so hard on myself and accept that I’m doing everything I can and that my body is taking it’s time to heal. I am of course dealing with a long term stomach prob, so of course my immune system is going to take the brunt of it resulting in bad skin, colds, ear infections etc. I’m hanging in there and week by week I’m seeing little improvements. My body is working as best as it can to get rid of toxins and getting me working as healthily and as efficiently as possible.
So why is hydration so important? Well, we aren’t all bloody stupid, we know water makes up over half our body weight and we also know that without water we can’t survive! However when you dissect our body’s need for water and realise how much water your body uses up within a day, it’s fascinating yet important to keep hydrated.
Although I’m not going to go into that, well, I’m might a little. I want to just share with you what I’ve been doing to spice up my water, not literally.
Vitamin water. So simple, yet such a good and quick way to get great vitamins and minerals into your system. Your brain as it is takes up 70% of all sugars you take in so adding fruit to my water is a must for me, especially as my brain is constantly on the go. This has been great because I do really like sweet things, so although I’m not going back to my old ways something new like vitamin water is so ideal.
I have shown you a few of my favourites in my pictures and it is as simple as choosing your favourite fruits and plonking them in your water, its best to keep it filtered and uncomplicated but each to their own. It’s also as easy as using unwanted orange peel and lemon peel and adding it to your water as long as its not waxed and organic. That’s a great way to recycle, I lean towards peels when I’ve been juicing.
I’ve also been incorporating chia seeds into my water as well as aloe. Two great super foods helping digestion and to detox. I don’t do this as much as I should but it’s definitely something I need to enforce. I tend to do it in two separate sports bottles which are about a litre each. I’ll put a table spoon of chia seed into the bottled water (which after 10 minutes or so will like like frogs spawn) and then pour a little bit of my aloe, gel water into the other bottle of water and mix it.
The last thing I’d like to touch on is how important it’s been to keep drinking so that my muscles are happy and hydrated too. I’ve been working so hard with my personal trainer and she has been introducing me to exercises that work out muscles that have been a bit dormant for quite a while. With that in mind they’ve been flaring up quite a bit and then when it came to stretching and rolling them out, its was excruciating. The only thing that I could do to help them out was making sure that my joints were lubricated and that my muscles where well hydrated, in order to make that happen you have to keep to drinking a good amount each of water everyday.
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