When I ask people what their biggest hurdle is to making changes toward a healthier lifestyle, I hear “time” and “overwhelm.” People don’t have enough time to do everything. And they don’t know where to start. It’s so important when you are overwhelmed and you don’t have enough time, to start where your biggest need is.
When it comes to healthy living, often one small change can have a huge impact. Thinking of all the changes necessary to live a healthy life can be overwhelming, creating inertia. It’s just not possible to make all the changes at once. But I’ve found that often there is just one thing that if you do that, the other things will fall into place.
Here are 5 powerful strategies that will give you a big impact with the least effort in moving toward a healthier you.
1. Drink more water and herbal tea
When you are low on energy and in a hurry one of the biggest and most impactful things you can do for your wellbeing is to drink water or herbal tea. Not coffee. Not soda. Not Red Bull®. Not a sports drink. These are all give the illusion of “energy” but do so by robbing the adrenal glands, with a temporary hit of stimulant like caffeine or sugar. Water replenishes every cell in your body with life.
Your body is about 60% water. If you are an average adult that’s 100 pounds of water. As you breathe and move that water is utilized by your cells mixed with electrolytes for every miraculous function that your body does. As you go through the day, if you don’t drink water or another nourishing drink, the water in your body is depleted leading to mild to moderate dehydration.
When you are dehydrated you can’t think, you lose energy, and your liver and kidneys can’t move toxins from your cells out of your body efficiently. You can get a toxin build up.
A couple years ago my husband was facing a stressful time at his work as a city administrator. He had a stressful meeting with his city council where they forced him to miss his lunch and dinner breaks. The meeting went far into night. After working 16 hours without a break, he came home shaky. He had dinner and went to bed. In the middle of the night he woke up and went to get a drink. He collapsed unconscious on the floor. It was scary. After an ambulance trip and a night in the ER, the diagnosis was low blood pressure brought on by dehydration. That one stressful day continued to affect his health for more than a year. Dehydration can have serious health effects, including organ failure and collapse.
On the other hand, proper hydration can have a positive health benefit including optimal brain and organ function, good toxin elimination, weight loss, and blood pressure management. One of the jobs of your kidneys is to regulate your blood pressure, so staying hydrated can affect your circulatory system and even your heart.
Find out the other 4 strategies that are just as easy to implement as the first one…