INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE

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Looking after my daily water intake is something that I am continuously working on. I never realised how much you really need to drink in order to feel good and be healthy. This was highlighted to me by my partner, who also happens to be a PT (handy!).

Most of us go through life not drinking the recommended amount of water and think that we feel fine, so why is drinking at least 2 litres of water a day so important?

Well, drinking water helps you both sleep better and it also increases your energy levels. This is because your body needs water to function, if you are not giving it the water it needs, your body will start to “slump” and then you will feel exhausted.

Drinking water also promotes weight loss, it is said that water can increase your metabolism and therefore, burn calories faster. Water also keeps you full and you’re therefore unlikely to eat more food. In fact, most of the time, when you think you are hungry, you are actually thirsty.

You will also get less headaches and have clearer skin if you drink more water. This is all down to hydrating your body, you are again, giving your body the water that it needs.

Considering all of the above, you will find that your mood will start to lift, you will have a better outlook on life!

Since I’ve increased my water intake, my mood and sleep have increased dramatically, and I’m definitely going to continue to drink a lot.

2 litres of water seems like a lot to take in, so I’m here to tell you how I am able to drink so much.

The most effective thing I have done since focusing on my water intake is purchase a water bottle with times on. It sounds silly and sounds as if I am treating myself like a child, but you’ve got to be simplistic with this stuff. Not only that, my water bottle has a straw, I’m not sure why, but I always drink more through a straw.

With the different times on the water bottle, I find myself sticking to them as much as possible. I see it as a bit of game, that I have to drink a certain amount by a certain time.

I’ve linked a bottle similar to the one I use below. This bottle is 900ml so you will literally need to fill it twice a day. If you click on the photo below, it will take you to the bottle so do check it out:

If it seems like a lot of water to start with, try increasing your water intake slowly over a few weeks. You’ll begin to notice that you look and feel so much better and then soon enough, drinking 2 litres a day seems like nothing at all.

I really recommend that you make this small change to your lifestyle and gradually increase your water intake. It’s something that we all overlook but yet it is extremely important for our body as it needs water to function.

Good luck!

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The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is something that the majority of us don’t get enough of on a daily basis. I can’t even remember the last time I got 8 hours sleep. With the constant pressures of life in general, work stress, relationships with individuals etc. sometimes we can find ourselves tossing and turning all night, with our minds struggling to switch off.

It’s recommended to us that we get 8 hours sleep each night. Some people (me included) feel like they need more and others, less. It is entirely dependent on your own body and obviously, you know what’s best for you.

Good sleep is one of the main things required in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle. In my opinion, it is one of the most overlooked factors when people try to make their life healthier. Here are my four reasons why sleep is so important in order to improve your life:

1. Brain fog

This is categorically one of the worst things for me. For someone who works with computers all day and who is constantly reading, brain fog is horrendous. Brain fog is a term for when you feel like your mind isn’t clear, and you feel like you can’t concentrate on anything. Sound familiar? Well, you may be pleased to know that if you go to sleep an hour earlier, this may just cure this issue for you.

2. Mood

Tiredness is a big contributor towards your mood. If you go long periods of time without obtaining adequate amounts of sleep, you may find your mood slipping. Lack of sleep can also contribute towards mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Always check in with yourself and make sure you are feeling ok.

3. Immune System

Without adequate sleep, your immune system will begin to work less effectively than usual. This is a danger as you can be susceptible to illnesses. Ever thought that time you were “run down” with a cold or the flu when you were stressed at work, may also have been when you were struggling to sleep? Trust me, it’s linked!

4. Weight Loss

Who knew that a good night’s sleep would contribute to weight loss, and a bad night’s sleep contributes to weight gain?! If you are looking to lose weight, make sure you get your sleep in, not sleeping enough causes your body to hold on to more water and eventually, causes you to gain body fat.

Considering the above, I know I’m going to work on my sleep pattern. I know that sometimes it’s hard to get that sleep in. But in the long term, for your own personal health benefits, it is worth working on it.