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Unlocking Vitality: The Importance of Hydration in Your Wellness Journey

In the pursuit of optimal health and vitality, we often overlook one of the simplest yet most essential components of our well-being: hydration. As a Nutritional Therapist, Health Coach, and advocate for uncovering the root cause of health issues, I’m here to shine a light on the transformative power of hydration.

Water is the foundation of life, comprising over 60% of our body weight and playing a crucial role in every bodily function. Yet, many of us fall short of meeting our daily hydration needs, unknowingly compromising our health and vitality in the process.

Hydration is not just about quenching your thirst; it’s about nourishing your body from the inside out. Here are some key reasons why hydration is paramount to your overall well-being:

Nutrient Absorption

Adequate hydration is essential for the absorption and transportation of nutrients throughout the body. Without proper hydration, even the most nutrient-dense foods may not be fully utilised by your cells, hindering your body’s ability to thrive.

Regulation of body temperature

Water plays a vital role in regulating body temperature, especially during physical activity or exposure to hot weather. Proper hydration helps prevent overheating and ensures optimal performance during exercise.

Flush out toxins

Hydration is nature’s detoxifier, helping to flush out harmful toxins and waste products from the body. By staying hydrated, you support your body’s natural detoxification processes, promoting clearer skin, improved digestion, and enhanced overall health.

Supports brain function

Dehydration can impair cognitive function, leading to brain fog, fatigue, and decreased concentration. By staying hydrated, you nourish your brain cells, support mental clarity, and enhance overall cognitive function.

Boost energy

Feeling tired and sluggish? It could be a sign of dehydration. Water is your body’s primary source of energy, and staying hydrated helps maintain optimal energy levels throughout the day.

Practical tips to help you prioritise hydration in your daily life

Such a simple core pillar of health but I would say 80% of my clients are not drinking nearly enough.

  1. Quantify it – you should be aiming for approximately 2 litres of water per day. So fill up a large bottle at the beginning of the day and set the intention to consume your target amount by the end of the day. Remember not to chug too much back with meals as this can hinder digestion.
  2. Infuse it – I get it…water is not always the most inspiring drink and sometimes it can feel a bit boring. Jazz it up.. add chopped fruit, herbs or veg to increase palatability. I always like hot water with lemon and ginger in the morning. It kickstarts the digestive system nicely. Another great one is lemon and fresh basil, fresh mint, or add some spices like cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger and fresh orange for a more warming feel.
  3. Boost the levels – first the bad news, coffee and tea do not count to your hydration levels, but herbal teas absolutely do. Coconut water is also nice and hydrating to your cells. Consume hydrating foods to boost your levels – smoothies, soups, and juicy foods such as tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, salad leaves and ripe fruits.
  4. Summer ice pop – as the warmer weather approaches, make some honey and lemon ice cubes, or freeze some homemade juice. Frozen grapes are always a winner too!
  5. Make it unavoidable – its all very well waking up with that intention but of course life gets in the way, we are busy at work, with the kids etc and we “forget” to drink and do not necessarily feel thirsty. So how are you going to make this habit that you can stick to? Couple of tips, leave your bottle ready washed on the side near your tap the night before so it is ready to fill in the morning. Make that bottle your best friend, take it EVERYWHERE! I take mine in the car, to client meetings, even to restaurants. It is second nature and it’s not often I don’t have water to hand.
  6. Check your pee – if it’s clear/pale then this indicates you are adequately hydrated. If its dark in colour – then drink up!

In conclusion, hydration is not a health recommendation, it’s a fundamental basic pillar of your health. As a Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach, I encourage you to prioritise hydration as a cornerstone of your wellness journey. By nourishing your body with adequate hydration, you unlock one of the keys to vitality, resilience and optimal health.

Get in touch

If you are feeling like you need to get your health back on track but not sure where to start, get in touch at nikki.spencer@the-root-cause.co.uk and let me support you by getting those fundamental basic pillars of health in place once again. 

I will build you a personalised plan including nutritional and lifestyle advice, breaking it down into small actionable steps that you can implement into your daily routine to consistently move you towards realising your health goals.

Stay hydrated, stay healthy and thrive.

With love and wellness, Nikki @ The Root Cause

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Nikki Spencer

Hi, I’m Nikki Spencer and I am a qualified Health Coach with over 15 years of coaching experience. I am currently in my final year of training to become a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist with the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). I used naturopathic principles to heal by body and boost by inner and outer vitality….and i feel on top of the world! I am so excited to inspire, guide and support you to do the same!

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