Staying healthy and maintaining our energy level is about so much more than what you eat, and as we age, it becomes more and more of a concern. Naturally, if you are thinking about health in the holistic sense, you may have already cut out refined sugar (one of the main causes of inflammation) from your diet and noticed a remarkable difference in your overall bodily performance. Once you have cut down, or eliminated, that sweet dependence, you may even consider going dairy-free or gluten-free too. After all – life is too short to spend your days sick or unwell with a lack of energy.
You have work to do, kids or grandchildren to play with, places to travel, and new hobbies to explore. If you love life, and you do, you’ll discover the importance of maintaining a healthy water intake, along with exercise and herbal supplements to support your entire body and reverse the ill-effects associated with a modern diet.
Let’s start first with water – the source of life.
Without it we struggle, with it we thrive. Clean, pure water is essential for your well-being. How much you drink per day is entirely up to individual needs, though it is recommended to consume 1.5-2 liters, or half a gallon, of water per day for an adult. Of course, if you are exercising, hiking or gardening, you will need much more depending on your level of activity, as well as the weather conditions at the time. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and remain aware of how you feel if you drink too much or too little.
Warning signs of dehydration
- Lingering headaches
- Lack of energy
- Brain fog
- Weight gain
- Weakened immune system, susceptibility to colds and flu
There are numerous ways to get enough moisture into your diet besides drinking plain water. The most obvious way is to drink herbal teas which also provide a boost of nutrients; think nettle, alfalfa, dandelion root, and piñon pine (Pinus Edulis) needle tea.
Another fun and healthy way to keep hydrated is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Choose your favorite from watermelon, tomatoes, berries, cucumber, bell peppers, citrus fruits, and celery; consume them raw, fermented or add them to smoothies and soups. Yes, you can stay hydrated by eating the right things too!
Staying hydrated leads to exercise. Sweating is good for us as it helps to maintain our core body temperature, expel toxins and keep our livers healthy. Movement increases our circulation, which in turn improves our electrolyte levels allowing the body to absorb more nutrients into our cells. Bottom line: stay fit by walking, hiking, swimming, doing cardio, biking, whatever it is that calls you to keep moving.
The use of herbal supplements in staying healthy
A natural, organic lifestyle is being nurtured and cultivated by people today, more than ever, beginning to seek alternative treatments to their ailments. Not only do herbal remedies often cost less than their conventional pharmaceutical counterparts, in many cases they are more effective too. They may be chosen when science-based medicine has failed to cure the problem, or in the avoidance
of chemicals and man-made substances altogether.
Herbs vs. drugs is a big debate, so read up, explore the incredible possibilities and know that the final choice is yours tomake.