1. Water – it’s essential to good health but too much can result in a loss of minerals and strain on our kidneys.
A quick way to determine if you’re getting enough water is to calculate 30mls of water for every kilo of weight and an extra litre for every hour of exercise. So if you are an 70 kilo person you need 2.1L per day plus extra for exercise. Simple.
2. Get some exercise – get moving, even if it’s just a 30 minute brisk walk in the sun. Your muscles, heart. lungs, bones and mental health will thank you for it.
3. Sleep – aim for 7-9 hours per night. If you have trouble sleeping it may be time to explore the reasons for this. It’s often a simple nutritional deficiency that can be easily corrected.
4. Take a multivitamin – and I’m not talking about the ones you get from the supermarket which are often full of fillers, sugar and colours and lacking in the right dosages to improve your health. Speak to a health professional to get advice on the right multi for your specific needs.
5. Have some fun – do something you really like – laugh, play with your kids, take the dog for a walk, see a movie, read a book in the sun. People often tell me they don’t have time for relaxation but maybe it’s about prioritising. Don’t worry if your house is a bit messy or the washing is still on the line- these things can wait. Trust me, having some fun will boost your mood and health in ways you can’t imagine.
Gratitude Day 7 : Today I am feeling grateful for simple pleasures – a good book, a cup of tea and a sunny seat.