Daily Recommendations for a Healthier Life
The essential guidelines to establish a healthy, happy lifestyle!
The focus is promoting optimal digestion: Healing starts from the inside.
Upon waking drink a cup of warm or room temperature water with lemon. Lemon is alkalizing in the body, thus promoting better digestion. Alkaline foods balance the body’s pH levels, allowing optimal stomach acidity to digest food properly. Typical diets in Canada are acidifying so the focus must be on introducing alkaline foods to promote better digestion.
Increase water intake. Hydration is one of the most important and crucial components to a healthy, properly functioning body! Yet, over 85% of Canadians go each day moderately to severely dehydrated. The average person should be consuming 8-10 cups of water daily to replenish water lost by metabolism, urine and sweat. A person will require more water if they exercise, drink coffee, pop or black teas, consume highly processed or fried foods and/or take certain medications. Many say the reason they do not drink water is because of all the bathroom breaks it creates. The kidneys need to work consistently throughout the day to maintain proper function. They also have the critical task of flushing out toxins and urea out of the system. Keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go!
Have a schedule and routine for meals and meal timing. Eating healthy, nutritious meals regularly exactly what the body requires for daily performance. Consistency promotes balanced sugar levels, which ultimately controls hormone levels (insulin, glucagon and cortisol). The following are optimal times to consume each main meal:
Breakfast 6:30am – 8:00am
Lunch 11:30am – 1:00pm
Dinner 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Ideally food should not be consumed after 7:30pm. During the evening and night hours the digestive system needs time to rest and digest and the liver to detoxify completely before a new day. The body works the best when there is routine and consistency.
Eat more vegetables! Instead of focusing on what we need to remove from the diet, lets focus on adding the good stuff. Vegetables are the most important food group for preventing disease and promoting optimal health. Incorporate leafy greens, bright orange and yellows, deep red and purple vegetables wherever you can in the day.