Increase your energy
Published May 1, 2014 by Alpha Performance & Wellbeing
How do you increase your energy, drop body fat and give your body the treat of a good detox in a couple of minutes?
How much of your body do you think is made up of water? 10%, 20%, 30%? Our body is actually over 70% water! Anything that makes up that much of something demands attention. Water is essential to many of the vital processes in the body. Many of our clients don't link their symptoms to a lack of water, such as:
- Decreased energy levels
- The body's ability to utilise fat as an energy source
- Mood swings
- Lack of focus or ability to concentrate and make decisions
- Skin and/or joint problems
So why does a lack of water cause so much trouble?
- We become toxic. When toxins are introduced to the body we either flush them out or store them somewhere safe. If hydration levels are low our ability to flush the toxins out is reduced so the body has to lay down fat to create a safe place (away from our vital organs) to store the toxins. The solution to pollution is dilution.
- Digestion relies on water to aid moving the food we eat through the digestive system. Low levels can impair our digestion, reducing the amount of nutrients we can absorb from the foods we eat and also lead to a protruding stomach and the procedure of going to the toilet that is as painful as a seat-less bicycle
- The circulatory system is like the road network of our body, it is a fantastic system that transports hormones, chemical messengers & nutrients all over the body. So when water levels drop these substances don't flow as well round body.
So what counts?
Clean natural water is your best option. Herbal teas can also be a great addition. Aim to avoid liquids containing caffeine, alcohol, sugar, sweeteners and packaged fruit juices as they place a lot of stress on the body which actually cause a de-hydrating effect on the body.
So treat yourself to all the amazing toxin-flushing, fat-burning, mind-stimulating and energizing benefits of drinking plenty of water.
How much do I need?
- Women aim for 2 litres/day, men 2.5 litres/day. The more the better and the more you'll need after exercise
- If you don't drink much at the moment don't worry! Buy a water bottle and start by drinking one a day, then next week increase that to two. You'll be there before you know it
If you're not a fan of the taste of water, add a wedge of organic lime or lemon to the water. This adds a nice taste to the water plus aids fat burning and stress reduction!