Day 10 – Morning Nutrition

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21dmro_bar-321dmro_bar-3We all know how important nutrition is to our health and well-being. What we eat and drink affects the way we think and how we feel. Proper daily nutrition is paramount to ensuring high productivity and overall health and wellness. It’s a foundational building block of peak performance.

Failing to take care of our nutrition will likely sabotage positive gains made in other areas of life. Chasing goals while ignoring our need for a healthy diet is bound to backfire, eventually. Those consequences can be significant in the long-run, but the immediate effects are also significant. Symptoms such as sluggishness and a lack of energy and focus are telltale signs of a bad diet. Issues such as these make the pursuit of any goal more difficult, and unnecessarily so. Ensuring the body is well nourished is vital and begins with what we consume immediately upon waking up from a good night’s sleep.

So – how can you make good nutrition part of your morning routine?

Drink lemon water when you wake up. Drinking water hydrates the body. Most people are chronically dehydrated which affects the way the body processes nutrients and releases toxins. Drinking 16 to 24 ounces immediately after waking can re-hydrate the system and help to jump-start the body’s metabolism. Adding lemon aids the body in digestion and detoxification. As well, it loads the system with vitamins and minerals. Specifically, lemons have a high Vitamin C content and contain good amounts of magnesium, potassium, and copper.

Take your vitamins. Because of the times we live in, it’s quite difficult to get all of our nutrients from food. Modern living has compromised our food supply to such an extent that additional action is required to ensure full nourishment. One way to maintain a healthy body is to take daily vitamins. If you’re unsure where to begin, or what you should be taking, start with a good multivitamin. When you’re ready to learn how to keep your body at optimal levels of nourishment, I suggest you seek out a reputable nutritionist to work with. They can offer specialized advice based on your personal needs and nutritional requirements.

Eat a healthy breakfast. Eating within an hour of waking will help to increase your metabolism. Eating a well-balanced meal will satiate and replenish the system with needed nutrients. Both are good reasons to consider adding breakfast to your morning routine. A healthy breakfast can be quite simple and easy: two boiled eggs, a bowl of oatmeal, fruits, and berries… If you have time to make a more traditional (and healthy) meal, that’s great, but time doesn’t need to be a factor when it comes to your morning food.

Adding nutrition to your morning routine is highly recommended. What you do in the morning sets the tone for the day ahead. Placing a high importance on nutrition in the morning will set the tone for the way you feel about what goes into your body for the rest of the day. Add one of these options or all three and begin your morning with a well nourished and revitalized body.