We all know we have to take care of our bodies – both on the outside and inside – and the old adage that happiness comes from within is never more true when it comes to digestion.
Having the right balance in the morning not only helps in digestion but it also helps in our mood.
January is still part of the winter months where the nights can get dark pretty quickly.
As a result, many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which means that individuals may feel more lethargic than usual.
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So now more than ever it is important to take care of your body as well as your mind.
Nutritionist and Pure Results ‘Minister 4 Happiness’ Aislinn Cambridge shares her best tips with RSVP Live to start and end the day.
The best way to start your day
We all know that water is good for us – but sometimes we just do not abide by the rules.
And if there’s one thing that absolutely everyone should do from the moment they wake up in the morning – then it’s drinking water.
It has as many benefits as moisturizing you, but it also lowers blood pressure.
In addition, if you ever feel low on energy, do not take the coffee – take a glass of water as your first drink of the day instead.
If you want energy and feel good, a hot cup of water with half a lemon pressed into it – pit is like magic.
What to do before going to bed
At the end of your day, you should take the same consideration of what your body needs to do to digest food before going into sleep and recovery mode with sleep.
If you eat a meal and try to sleep an hour or two later, it will cause chaos because your body can not digest or rest and recover, the two cancel each other out.
Both your sleep and your digestion will be affected and when combined, it will have a serious impact on your mood. I recommend leaving at least three to four hours after a big meal.
cravings? Do not reach for the artificial sweeteners!
It is well known that there is only one molecule of difference in how your body responds to sugar and cocaine.
However, some feel that it is better to reach out for ‘sugar-free’ options when trying to eat healthy, but they are actually worse.
So-called ‘diet’ drinks contain an ingredient called aspartame, which our body does not know how to process, and it has a negative effect on our gut and is far more harmful, inflammatory and corrosive than actual sugar.
Aislinn will share his wealth of knowledge at the all-inclusive Pure Results bootcamp taking place in the month of January. Find more information at pureresults.ie and minister4happiness.com