The Four Cornerstones of Health

1. Proper Hydration

Latest studies recommend 1/2 your body weight in fluid ounces daily, good old plain water is best.  Your body is made up of approximately 70% of water.  Every organ in your body depends on water to function properly. Dehydration masks itself as headaches, poor elimination, muscle soreness and fatigue, dry skin and mouth.

Suggestion: (Consult your physician 1st) Plan your water intake by splitting your day into 3 hour increments i.e. am to 9am then 9am to noon, etc.  Then divide your water up for example you need to drink 100 ounces, that would be 25 ounces between 6 and 9am, then another 25 ounces between 9am and noon…you get the picture.

 2. Proper Rest
When you’re sleeping is the time the body uses to restore itself.  The recommended average is a minimum of 6 hours daily.  Losing sleep and then trying to make it up routinely will result in an overall “run down feeling”. Getting enough sleep daily is the key to managing stress.
Suggestion: (Consult your physician 1st) Plan your rest and back into your number, i.e. if you need to get to up by 6am you need to be sleep no later than 11pm, which means you will probably need to start your resting routine about 10pm.  A sleep routine is a really healthful habit to develop.
I can’t say enough about this one.  Your exercise routines should include stretching, strength training and cardio.  The latest studies recommend exercising 4 to 5 days a week and at least 30 to 45 minutes.
Suggestion: (Consult your physician 1st) You have to make your exercise appointment with yourself non negotiable. It has to have high priority and preferable at the beginning of the day. You give a real boost to your metabolism for several hours afterward and get a great endorphin release…what a way to start your day!!!
4.Proper Nutrition and portions
If you are drinking your water (see proper hydration) this will be a “piece of cake”.  Water is a natural appetite suppressant, it actually helps you eat less and maintain portion control.
Suggestion: (Consult your physician 1st)  Drink a glass of water before every meal not during but before.  Use a smaller plate and prepare your plate with half of what you would normally eat. Chew your food slowly, wait a few minutes and if you are still hungry get more vegetables.