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May 7, 2017

5 Simple Tricks to Help You Drink More Water Everyday

5 Simple Tricks to Help You Drink More Water Every Day

I don’t know about you, but after having kids my memory just isn’t the same. I was doing some research and found outthat simply drinking more water can repel and even treat Alzheimer’s disease!

Water flushes your system, and regulates a healthy digestive tract. Water promotes heart health and a strong circulatory system. Your body is roughly 60% water, and uses up some of your water supply each day. That water has to be replaced.

The problem is, you probably are not drinking enough. The average adult needs to drink at least 2 litres of water each and every day for optimal health.

As soon as I wake up in the morning I make it a habit to have 600ml at my basin so I drink it first thing!

To inspire you to drink more I’ve written 5 simple tricks to help you drink more water on a daily basis, and your health will see a positive boost.

1 – Make a goal and stick to it! Human beings are great goal setters and achievers. If you just think about drinking more water in the back of your mind, you may be successful, or you may not. However, if you write down a specific goal for daily water consumption you program the habit-forming part of your brain to increase your water intake (i.e my morning ritual of skulling 600ml).

2 – Plan for it. Keep litres of fresh water on hand at all times. Store some in your refrigerator for a cool and refreshing zero calorie treat that also helps fight hunger pangs. Keep bottled water at your job, in your vehicle, at home and in your backpack when you are on the go. The more water available, the more likely you are to drink this healthy beverage rather than an unhealthy, sugar-filled and processed alternative.

3 – Buy a really nice water bottle! Don’t just head to your local $1 store for this purchase. Find a good-looking, functional, BPA-free water bottle you really like. If you are proud to display your new healthy habit, you are much more likely to stick to it.

 

Drinking water

Drinking water from a nice water bottle

4 – There’s an app for that. It seems there is an application for just about anything. This includes apps like Daily Water, iDrated, Waterlogged and Eight Glasses a Day. They make it easy to track your water consumption on a daily basis, and range from free to just $.99 per download.

5 – Add healthy natural flavor. Why not pop some blueberries, cucumbers, strawberries, limes or orange slices into your water? When you are done drinking, you enjoy a healthy fruit or vegetable snack. You can also add your favorite herbs for a wonderful aroma while you hydrate yourself naturally.

 

Glass of water with lemon and mint

Drinking water with lemon

Thanks for reading!

Lot’s of love, sunshine & bubbles!

Katie Joy

July 9, 2016

Eat Chilli – Lose Weight!

Why add chilli to your meals in winter?

Chillies Help to Burn Fat!

Capsaicin is the main component in chilies which is responsible for the intense heat sensation! It is also a thermogenic compound and increases the metabolic rate, which aids in the fat burning process.

It can also help to lower your cravings for fatty and sweet foods.

Double bonus!

Fun Fact – Believe it or not chilli oil is used in anti-cellulite creams and it was proven to be very effective!

I found a really cool article about how spicy food actually tricks us to feeling the HEAT (D.M, 2014)!

How spicy food tricks us to feeling the heat

Basically when you eat spicy food, it’s not actually hot… it’s just a heat sensation that you’re feeling (not that this makes it any less real to you!). Your nervous system contains heat-receptor proteins located in cells in your skin and digestive system. These receptors remain inactive unless you’re exposed to temperatures above 42°C, at which point you’ll experience heat and pain.

When you eat a chilli pepper, capsaicin binds to and activates these heat receptor proteins, so even though you’re not actually in danger, your body thinks it’s being exposed to extreme heat!!!

As explained by the New York Times:

“…in mammals it [capsaicin] stimulates the very same pain receptors that respond to actual heat. Chili pungency is not technically a taste; it is the sensation of burning, mediated by the same mechanism that would let you know that someone had set your tongue on fire.”

Now that is food for thought!

Eating chilli increases your metabolism 

Chilli has a mountain of health benefits but there is no doubt that is increases the metabolic rate.

Add it to your meals in winter and help keep yourself in shape!

love, peace, smiles and bubbles,

Katie Joy

xox

 

References:
2016, D.M. (2014) 3 reasons why you should eat more spicy food. Available at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/27/why-eat-spicy-food.aspx (Accessed: 9 July 2016).

 

Ruxandra (2012) The great benefits of eating chili. Available at: http://gourmandelle.com/great-health-benefits-of-eating-chili/ (Accessed: 9 July 2016).

 

Rudrappa, U. (2009) Chili peppers nutrition facts and health benefits. Available at: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/chili-peppers.html (Accessed: 9 July 2016).
crazyhorsesghost (2016) The top 10 healthy reasons to eat chili. Available at: https://delishably.com/meat-dishes/The-Top-10-Healthy-Reasons-To-Eat-Chili (Accessed: 9 July 2016).