Drink: the Water of Energy
“Life without water is like a stagnant pond”
After the oxygen you breathe, clean water is the next most important part of the energy cycle and your survival.
If you need a quick boost water is the elixir of energy.
Water is the best energy conductor in the world and it transports oxygen and the nutrients from food to your cells and organs which produce your power and energy.
In reality you are just a walking, talking bag of water. Approx 70% of your body, 85% of your brain and 80% of your muscle is water and it's essential for every brain and body function. A clean well hydrated water bag has more energy than a dirty, dehydrated water bag. Not drinking enough water is like washing your dishes tonight then leaving the water in the sink and washing the next few nights dishes in it. Yuk!
Dehydration: The DANGER ZONE
Dehydration from not drinking enough water (like a sponge drying out in the sun) is a sinister cause of low energy and fatigue because it slowly creeps up on you. Even minor levels of low water can cause body systems to slow down, making you feel sluggish, tired and irritable. Low energy, fat gain, headaches, ‘brain fog', poor concentration, over eating, low motivation, fluid retention, moodiness, aches and pains, wrinkles, skin problems, bowel issues and health problems are all symptoms of not drinking enough clean water. Liquid Gold page 31 - 32. Tap water is not recommended because it contains over 200 chemicals that affect your health negatively.
Recommendation: Drink the cleanest and most natural home delivered spring water in Australia. Apostle Spring Water: www.apostle.com.au
HOTBody “Energy PLUS+” Water Tips:
Drink 8+ (35-40mls per kg) glasses of clean water every day to keep your water bag clean and sparkling and to give you consistent energy.
Whenever you are feeling tired STOP and think about when you drank your last glass of water.
HOW to drink enough Water:
1. When you wake up drink 2 glasses of water (preferably clean spring water and a squeeze of lemon for extra zing).
2. Fill a 2 litre+ bottle/jug or fill 4 x 500ml bottles and put them somewhere you can see them. Take water every where you go.
3. Drink at least 1/2 - 1 glass every hour while you are awake.
2 litres is your minimum that needs to be drunk over the day. Refill and drink more if you can.
4. Have a glass of water before bed and a full glass by your bedside to drink during the night. NB It is quite normal to wee at night.
5. You may need to set up your phone or computer to beep, or sing every hour so you remember to drink more and keep your energy going.
Not hard hey? You will be amazed at how much you will drink and how much more energy you will have.
NB: You need to drink more when you are exercising, if in air-conditioning and on hot days to keep the energy up.
NBB: Herbal tea and fresh squeezed juices can be counted as part of your daily water.
PEE Power: Get ready to pee more initially to get rid of all the toxins and acid that can build up from not drinking enough water. It’s a good thing to pee, and it will settle down soon. It is all part of hydrating and cleaning up the energy boosting cycle. These toxins have been draining your energy.
Take action as though your life depends on it. Just keep drinking…Clean water!
HUNGER and Thirst Fact: The thirst and hunger messages can get mixed up. Often when the thirst message comes through you eat instead of drink because you think you are hungry. What you eat under these circumstances often turns to fat. Drink instead of eat in between meals and feel the energy difference. The bonus is you may also lose fat.
Extra HOTBody Drinking Tips:
• Include other healthy watery things
Like fruit and vegetables, fresh squeezed juice and other non caffeinated, non alcoholic drinks. They can be used as part of the 8+ glasses you need for energy every day.
• Enjoy a cup of green tea or your favorite herbal tea
Green tea boosts your antioxidants that protect you from stress, and the herbal teas help hydrate you for better energy conduction that help you recover from the daily stresses of life.
Warming herbs such as ginger and cinnamon increase energy.
Make a tea with 1 cup/250 ml boiling water and a couple of slices of fresh ginger or cinnamon sticks or 1/2-1 teaspoon (1-2 grams) of the powder. Enjoy.
• Cut out Caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant that appears to boost you up but they don't really give you more energy in the long run. These so called energy-producing foods/drugs/herbal supplements such as coffee, caffeinated drinks, iced coffee, energy drinks and black tea or chocolate will create the up but then the inevitable crash and greater fatigue.
The initial (and perhaps pleasant) buzz may energize you for 20 minutes, but it steals this extra energy from your adrenals (stress glands) creating false energy and leaving you even more exhausted at deeper levels. It weakens your core energy and also creates cravings to eat more, dehydration, depletes your bones of minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc), increases acidity and can prevent truly restful, restorative sleep. Even the herbal stimulants, like guarana can push you too hard and erode your long-term energy and health.
Caffeine stimulates adrenalin release and blocks the relaxing brain chemical called adenosine. The net result is that it jazzes up your body and produces a stress reaction; but once the initial jolt wears off you’re left feeling even more tired than before and often fatter.
Wean yourself off caffeine to prevent withdrawal headaches. Cut back by one or more cups each day until you’re down to zero and replace it with water.
Keep in mind that caffeine is also found in chocolate. Even decaffeinated coffee contains a little caffeine. If you don’t want to kick the caffeine habit altogether, use caffeine in moderation by limiting yourself to 1-2 cups per day and have them before noon so the caffeine is out of your system by bedtime. Choose the organic natural bean coffee to the instant variety.
Over 80 per cent of people say they sleep better, are calmer and more relaxed and have better energy after giving up caffeine for three weeks or more.
NB: For every cup of caffeinated drink add another glass of water to prevent the dehydration effect and the toxic build up.
NBB: When you drink plenty of clean spring water and eat whole Live foods you have natural energy rather than having to revert to caffeine as a short term but toxic fix.
• Avoid energy drinks
Energy drinks provide a near-instant hyperactivity boost, but they always result in a crash and burn. Energy drinks are like energy credit cards — you’re spending future energy to get short-term energy. The resulting energy deficit gets worse until you hit energy bankruptcy. The sugar and artificial colours and additives they contain are also fattening, toxic and drain your energy even more.
• Avoid the mid-day cocktail
Skip the alcohol at lunch if you want to make it to 5:00pm with a functioning brain. Even if it’s just one beer or wine. Alcohol’s sedative effects will take hours to recover from, killing the rest of your afternoon energy, motivation and productivity.
• Don’t use alcohol to drink yourself to sleep
Alcohol keeps your body from entering deep sleep, so even if you get the same hours of sleep, you won’t feel as rested and energized in the morning. Avoid or limit alcohol before bedtime to get the best night’s sleep so you wake up full of energy and ready to go. If you do drink alcohol at night drink at least 2 big glasses of water and more during the night to minimize the dehydration and hang over.
• Try not to drink with meals
When you drink with meals it can dilutes the digestive enzymes and can compromise how effectively you break down your food and how much nutrition you absorb from it.
Recommendation: Drink up to 15 minutes before meals and leave for an hour after meals to maximize digestion.
"Water is the driving force of all nature": Leonardo da Vinci
Drink, drink and be merry.