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Morning Routine: Start by Alkalising your body!

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Morning Routine: Start by Alkalising your body!

I’m a big fan of Mourning Routines! I believe that the way we start our day sets us for a great day or not such a great day.

A big part of my morning routine is to alkalize the body which for me it means to rehydrate and refill the system with plenty of water, vitamins, and minerals that are used during sleeping.

When we sleep we can lose up to 1 lt of water per night. We spend 7-8 hours (hopefully) in bed usually without drinking and our body continues to do all of its vital functions, plus, repairs and detox itself. Like magic, right!

During this process water, vitamins and minerals are used. And that is why in the morning we feel thirsty and even mildly dehydrated.

There are a few things that we can do the day before to make sure we have a better night’s sleep, check out my blog about How to Improve Sleep Quality Naturally?

However, when you wake up, follow the following steps to rehydrate and alkalize yourself to get ready for a great day!

Drink water as soon as you wake up

As soon as you wake up drink between 500 ml (17 oz.) to 1 lt (34 oz.) of room temperature water. I like to have a water bottle ready close to my bed so it the first thing that I see and do when I wake up.

If you can, drink your water in front of natural light. This will help your melatonin levels to go down and you will feel awake faster.

Fruits and Water Bottle
Start your day with 1 lt. (34 oz.) of room temperature water!

Get your greens in

After you have hydrated yourself with water, make sure to get the vitamins and minerals that your body needs and that will boost the way you feel during your day.

There are different ways to do this and you can choose your favorite one depending on your taste and the time you have available in the mornings:

1. Green Smoothie: 

In a blender mix your favorite greens, I usually like kale and spinach, add 1 or 2 fruit portions for taste. Here you can also add some good fats, like coconut oil, chia seeds or MCT oil. And if you want to make it a full breakfast, add also some protein powder and you are ready to go!

Make sure to use a good blender. My favorite is the Vitamix 5200. It will make your smoothie experience so much nicer!

2. Green Juice

Similarly to the green smoothie, you can pack a bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables in a green juice. The difference is that in the green juice you don’t get the fiber. But, if you use a slow juicer (this is my favorite one!) you can be sure you are getting the most out or your fruits and vegetables.

I like to use a mix of greens like kale, spinach, cucumber, and celery. Add 1 or 2 portions of fruit for taste (apples and/or oranges are great) and a piece of fresh ginger. This is a simple recipe that tastes good and will give your whole body the boost needed to start the day.

Green Juice
My favorite way to start the day! Fresh green juice packed with all the vitamins and minerals I need!

3. Spirulina/Chlorella or Green Powders

I always prefer fresh and raw fruits and vegetables, but sometimes access and/or time can be compromised to make a smoothie or juice, so green powders come handy.

Green algae’s like spirulina and chlorella are extremely rich in vitamins and minerals plus they have a high content of chlorophyll which is the best natural detoxifier. The only handicap is their taste. 

To drink your spirulina or chlorella in powder form (tablets are also available) mix it with lemon juice and water and it will go down easier. Start with 1/2 tsp of powder and increase the quantity bit by bit once you get used to the flavor. 

Another great option is ready mixed green powders like Amazing Grass ones. They have all the greens that you need plus fruits and vegetable powders which make the taste friendlier. You just need to mix them with a glass of water and that’s it!

Avoid or Delay your Cup of Coffee

It is the habit of many to start the day with a cup of coffee, as fast as possible. Even if you feel awake after your cup of joe, this will dehydrate your body even more after your night sleep.

Coffee is a natural diuretic, which will make you pee more. Therefore you’ll lose more vitamins and minerals and as a consequence extend further the feelings of dehydration after the night sleep. With time you can even compromise your health and body’s natural functioning just by sticking to your coffee habit.

Try instead following the two tips above first and wait for at least 90 min after waiting up before having your first cup of coffee. 

And if you haven’t ever tried to quit coffee, I would encourage you to give it a try!

This could be the answer to many health and mental issues that many people encounter, like mood swings, lack of energy, difficulty falling as sleep, headaches, loss of sex drive, and so much more.

I’ve been there, so I know how it feels! If you are willing to put to rest your cup of coffee, go and check my blog on 5 tips to Quit Coffee and Avoid Withdrawal Symptoms.

There you have it! Start your morning by hydrating and alkalizing yourself and you will see a major impact in the way you feel and the way you think during your day!

And if you have trouble getting your healthy habits to stick and/or have specific desires and needs to improve your health and well-being, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Wishing you a great day or night ahead!

Daniel

Cup of Coffee

5 tips to quit Coffee and avoid withdrawal symptoms

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Maybe you are like me. Maybe you have come to realize that coffee is doing more harm than good in your life and you have decided to stop drinking it 

But maybe you are afraid of stopping because of the few times that you have gone through just a few hours without your cup of joe and you have felt horrible. So, how to even go through one day without coffee?!?

I get you! I have been there so many times. I have gone through it uncountable times. However, I have been able to quit drinking coffee successfully many many times, even though I slipped back to the old habit after a few weeks or months. 

When I look inside honestly, I have to confess that I am a coffee addict. Maybe not the most serious addiction, but anyway it’s a drug, it’s a substance that I rely on to keep me going and going. 

The result after a few months of being hooked on coffee is not pretty. I end up exhausted, close to depression and lacking enthusiasm for life. My family can notice it, it impacts my productivity, and mostly I feel like sh**t.

So, since I have quit many many times, I consider myself an expert on withdrawal symptoms when quitting drinking coffee. Also, I understand quite a few things about health and the human body.

I have come with a pretty solid strategy to avoid as much as possible the withdrawal symptoms. T

Depending on how hooked you are, the first 3 to 7 days without coffee you might feel; headaches, mental fog, bodily pains, sleepless nights, fever-like symptoms, moodiness, depression, etc. Quite horrible frankly…

The good news! It doesn’t have to be that way if you follow the following tips. At least it can be a bit better. And always keep the goal in mind. A sharper clearer mind and a body running on its natural energy. Feeling calmer and more at ease throughout your day and much better quality night sleep.

1. Prepare your Mind

Know what to expect. The detoxification process might last from 3 to 7 days. This is the time that the body goes through the withdrawal and starts building back to its normal producing/sourcing of energy, without relying on caffeine.

Make sure to make a plan. I prefer to do my first day without coffee on a Friday. This allows me to rest more, which you will need, during the weekend. By Monday you should be already on the better side.

Also, you will need more time and effort to nurture your body during the first 3 days. Below I will go through what you will need to provide your body with during the withdrawal time.

2. Drink Tea

When stopping coffee your body will ask like crazy for caffeine. So, a great way to “trick” the body and to cut off the caffeine intake gradually is by having tea, lots of tea if needed. I prefer starting with black tea and then as days go by change into green or white teas, which have less amount of caffeine. 

Also, this helps to not miss the comforting feeling that a cup of coffee has to start your day. I have found that tea can be even more comforting and cozy in the mornings.

Cup of tea
Enjoy your favorite cup of tea

3. Stay hydrated

Coffee is a natural diuretic, which makes the body release liquid from the body. When stopping it we might forget to drink as much water as we did when drinking coffee. Coffee usually makes us thirsty. 

Take special care to drink regularly, at least 2 liters (68 oz.) per day. You can add a pinch of good quality salt or a bit of lemon juice to increase absorption.

4. Take Rest

Your body will go through a massive transformation. It will start producing energy by itself without relying on the caffeine kick. Also, hormones like cortisol and adrenaline will decrease, so hormonal balance has to be restored.

To make the transition easier for the body make sure you have 3 days of calm easy-going life. Take naps if you need to. Plan for longer night sleeps if you feel that you need them. And just rest in general.

5. Eat high nutritious foods

When you drink coffee, lots of minerals and vitamins go to waste because of its diuretic properties. After months or years doing this, your body might be quite depleted and this has a huge impact on your health and quality of life. Therefore make sure that you have lots of nutrient-rich foods, especially green leafy vegetables.

During the first three days of quitting coffee, start your day with a green smoothie or juice. Repeat this strategy as many times during the day you feel you need it. 

Green Smoothie
My daily Green Smoothie

Avoid process foods and highly starchy and sugary foods. Having a high intake of carbohydrates while detoxing from coffee will impact the regulation of your hormones and will make your body’s work to restore balance even harder.

Here you have it! 5 amazing tips that can help you avoid (as much a possible) the withdrawal symptoms of quitting coffee. 

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Wishing you a life filled with Health, Happiness and Wealth!

Daniel