How to get a Healthier Life with the 5 x 5 Success plan illustrated by seed growingHow to Get a Healthier Life is Part III of the 5 x 5 Success Plan. Good Hydration is essential to life itself and is Part 3 of 5 of the  series. All common sense, easy-to-do, tips that gets you on a healthier life path.

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Get a Healthier Life: Small Steps for a Big Leap

How to get a Healthier Life , To change or not to change - Take it or Leave it, illustrated by sign saying: Change AheadEach of the 5 tips, take 5 minutes to do. It is not a diet, or some fad. This is a method to introduce some healthy changes by ‘thinking’, exercising, eating, drinking, and resting. The idea is to get you inspired. These are small changes for wellness and energy that help you every day. These small steps will get you going, acting, thinking differently and before you know it — you are on a new path: A journey to health and wellness.

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think. – Eleanor Roosevelt


How to get a Healthier life with Good Hydration, Water is a life force as illustrated by this picture of the Ocean.Get a Healthier Life: Good Hydration

Without water life cannot exist. Our planet is covered by 70 % water. Our bodies are made up of 60 – 70 % water. We need to replenish the water we ‘spend’ every day, and the recommended average is 6 – 8 glasses/day.

Good Hydration, Drop of Water to illustrate lifestyle changesWhile we can grasp that —  we spend a lot of time running around in our busy lives, and don’t think about drinking enough. Especially in colder climates, we forget, or don’t feel thirsty. We drink a lot of that is not that good for the body, such as excess amounts of Coffee, Sodas, Wine, Beer, Spirits… While these drinks may be nice, they actually starve us of nutrients, add extra sugar, and drive away water – which is of course not do good. How about drinking just water? 

Get a Healthier Life: 5 Good Hydration Tips

Are you up to standards with your hydration? Here are some tips for you to pick and choose from. Remember – just like the tips of Moving, Mindfulness and Good Food – Each of the 5 tips, take 5 minutes to do.

How to get a healthier life with good hydration, start your day with a glass of water with lemon as seen on this picture.Lemon in Water

Start your day with a big glass of water, with lemon in it. Drink it slowly – 5 minutes to allow it to get into your system, wake it up, replenish it from a long night – and the lemon help push toxins out. A great way to start your day hydrated!

How to get a healthier life with Good Hydration illustrated by bottle of waterSip, Sip, Sip

Take 5 minutes every hour, to replenish the water levels and give yourself a break at the same time. Get used to carrying a small water bottle around and sip, sip, sip. Of course, have a coffee, or tea – but make sure you combine with ‘just’ water. This way you drink before you get thirsty – which in itself is actually a sign that you are near dehydration.    

How to get a healthier life with Good Hydration. Too much wine is an indication to change lifestyle, and hydration habits. Man sitting with empty glasses.Make Wine into Water

Think for 5 minutes, before your first alcoholic drink of the day. Enjoy wine, or beer, with food, and make it a special occasion. Alcohol steals nutrients, water, and adds calories (if you are into that). One glass of top quality red wine per day, does have health benefits. Can you keep it to ONE glass only? How about turning wine into water as often as you can?  

How to get a healthier life with good hydration. joys of juicing illustrated by vegetable/fruit juicesGo ‘Wild’

Go ‘wild’ – try new healthier drinks. Juicing and Green Tea for example. They fill you with nutrients, keep you hydrated, kickstart your metabolism and fight disease all in one go.  Take 5 minutes, and read about these two great drinks. Green tea is famous for its health benefits, and tastes wonderful with cinnamon, honey, lemon – or just on its own.  Learn how to make your own vegetable / fruit  raw juices, and reap the benefits of getting ‘greens’, and all the goodness from minerals, nutrients and such good taste in one go. Check out the Recommended items below. 

How to get a healthier life illustrated by children playing under a ballon.Drink Natural

Do you know what is in Coke, 7Up, Fanta, Spite, etc? Not to mention Red Bull, and other such ‘energy drinks’. Take 5 minutes and ask yourself if you understand what the E-numbers mean, and why drinking them make sense?  How about trying drinks that some from natural sources: H2O, Coffee, Tea, Juice, etc. Just imagine the sound of children playing, rather than the sugar ecstatic screams that normally accompany a Soda pop session.

These tips are all very do-able, right? If you wonder why hydration matters to your health, check out the resource loaded facts below. 

Facts about Hydration and Dehydration

For an adult living in a temperate climate, The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 litres (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 litres (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

Are now convinced hydration is important, as well as what we drink? :).  Healthier Life, 5 x 5 Success plan illustrated by Happy Healthy people

What other tips do you have about hydration? Please share, comment and let us all know!

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