New Year, New You?
Well, we've all had that committing 'thought' which we call a 'New Year Resolution' straight after a month of steady indulgence and when we can no longer stand the sight of another mince pie or even a glass of bubbly...
... and we then decide that some changes need to be made.
I don't believe in drastic tee-total overnight transformations but rather in more sustained little initial steps that will make a more positive and long-term impact on your well-being.
If you would like to discuss your needs in January and how we can design your health makeover, I would be happy to book a free 15 mins introduction call.
This could be for example to plan on how to lose the Christmas holiday weight, how to do a liver cleanse, or finally have that perfect skin, or perhaps you would like to become vegan for a while but need some guidance?
As a starting point let me share some general tips here and help you live healthier:
Drink lemon water daily
Drink a freshly juiced lemon in lukewarm water first thing after waking up.
As well as being a very good source of Vitamin C, lemon juice has so many other health benefits; it is alkalising (raising the pH of your body), thus promoting healthy cell function and creating a less hospitable environment for bacteria and viruses.
It is also thought to promote faster weight-loss, and can prevent kidney stones. Find out more about all the benefits here.
Up your fruit and vegetable intake
The current guidelines to aim for 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day are sub-optimal, and we should at least try and double that daily, with a higher veg to fruit ratio.
Variety is key, and is thought to prevent many causes of mortality, as explained by US physician and author Dr Michael Greger in this video.
Find our more on how to achieve this here.
Get a water filter
I believe we should pay more attention to the water we drink so as to reduce our exposure to toxicity, when we can.
After comparing several products and obtaining advice from other fellow practitioners I would recommend these 2 water filters:
For your home:
Get a 5 stage filtration water purifier pitcher from Zero Water.
This would be more efficient than any other regular home water filter (such as Brita and the likes) to remove dissolved solids and contaminants.
You can find out more on how it compares to the other household filters here.
On the go:
Water-to-Go. These BPA-free water bottles are equipped with a filter technology thought to remove contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa as well as heavy metals from any non-salt water source around the world!
I use this bottle whenever I travel so that I can confidently fill it with tap water anywhere I go.
Go Aluminium free!
Research has shown that there is a link between aluminium exposure and the development of Alzheimer's disease. Aluminium can be found in cookware, and in many self-care products, so read the labels carefully before buying your cosmetics, especially hand creams, body lotions and deodorants.
Beauty and self-care products bought in stores such as Whole Foods, Revital, Planet Organic, and other good health stores should not contain harmful chemicals and substances, and they are animal cruelty-free. This is really worth spending a few more pounds on; you can find a full list of aluminium-free brands here.
As for removing aluminium from the kitchen, again I believe it is worth making this investment on your health and buying all new non-toxic cookware. See which brands you can trust here.
It goes without saying that you should also avoid cooking and baking with aluminium foil, as this becomes especially harmful when heated.
Here again, this is a little transition that can go a long way towards reducing your exposure to toxicity and thus leading a healthier life.