Nutrition

Nutritionist shares the ‘magic drink’ everyone should have as soon as they wake up

There’s an old saying that happiness comes from within and that is never more true when it comes to digestion and the effects food has on our mood.

In the month of January, when moods are already on a low ebb due to Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s important to understand why your body is responding to the food you eat and what you can do to lift your mood, improve your sleep and boost your energy.

Nutritional Therapist and Pure Results ‘Minister 4 Happiness’ Aislinn Cambridge shares her top tips to start and finish the day.

The best way to start your day

There is one thing that absolutely everyone should be doing from the minute they wake up in the morning and that is drink water, it hydrates your body and lowers blood pressure. If you want to have energy and feel good, a warm cup of water with half a lemon squeezed into it. It’s like magic.

Before bedtime

At the end of your day, you should apply the same consideration towards what your body has to do to digest food before you enter rest and recovery mode with sleep. If you’re eating a meal and attempting to sleep an hour or two later it will cause havoc because your body can’t digest nor 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 severe impact on your mood. I recommend leaving at least three to four hours after a big meal.

Do not reach for artificial sweeteners to cure your cravings

It’s well known that there is only one molecule of difference to how your body reacts to sugar and cocaine. However, some feel it’s better to reach for ‘sugar-free’ options when they’re trying to eat healthy, but they’re actually worse. So-called ‘diet’ drinks contain an ingredient called aspartame which our bodies do 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 be sharing her wealth of knowledge at the all-inclusive Pure Results bootcamp taking place across the month of January. Find out more information at pureresults.ie and minister4happiness.com

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