7 Signs of Dehydration

We all know that keeping hydrated is an essential element to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it is something that a lot of folks do struggle with. While the average healthy adult should be able to rely on their thirst to ensure adequate hydration, sometimes we need a little nudge in this department. I’m going to go ahead and call “being busy” one of the leading causes of mild dehydration. This is, of course, totally understandable. But, the problem is that making a habit of neglecting your hydration levels is going to make it harder for you to keep up with that busy schedule of yours. So, best make a habit of sipping on that bottle of water!

Here are some signs that your body needs a little more water: (more…)

Quick Tip: Always Make a Great Shake

When it comes to talking about shakes, I always make it very clear to folks that they should put a little effort into making their shakes taste good, to ensure that they continue to find their shakes enjoyable. This is incredibly important when making long-term lifestyle changes because if you aren’t enjoying your shake, it is going to be very easy to stop taking it even after you have started experiencing positive results.

I think that something psychologically positive happens when you really enjoy what you are feeding your body. I’m not talking about satisfying that crazy and unexplainable need to devour a KFC family meal all by yourself, I’m talking about that feeling you get when you fuel your body with something positive.

Have you ever eaten something healthy and sort of felt like your body might be sighing with relief? I love that feeling! That feeling motivates me. And because of this feeling, it is so important to make a bit of an effort with your shakes.

Do you have a favourite shake recipe? I’d love for you to share it!

Otherwise if you need some ideas why don’t you pop in at the Lifestyle Wellness Hub at The Crusaders in St. George’s Cricket Grounds and speak to the professionals? We’ve gotten really good at this shake lifestyle!

For more information on how to use Herbalife protein shakes as a healthy meal replacement call/whatsapp Anthony on 083 651 3980 or pop us an email and we’ll get back to you.

3 Health Benefits of Yoga

I’m a fan of yoga. I’m no guru, of course. Or, yogi, for that matter. I’m naturally bendy so that’s a plus but I’m not particularly strong so yoga tends to beat me often. The strength will improve as I keep it up. The thing is though, if there were no benefits to yoga other than the stress relief that I get from the practice, that would be enough. There are, however, numerous benefits to maintaining a regular yoga practice. The conscientious  among us might notice even the smallest of benefits after each session. It is always good to take stock of how you are feeling before and after your practice, and keep these niggles in mind as inspiration to continue.

Here are just 3 great benefits to establishing a regular practice:

1. Improved flexibility

It takes a surprisingly short amount of time to notice a vast improvement in your flexibility once you start practicing yoga. Touching your toes may seem like an impossibility today, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an inevitability. This flexibility will in turn go a long way to alleviating pains that arise from tight joints and muscle tension.

2. Build Muscle

Yoga combines muscle building with flexibility which leads to strong, toned muscles (which look beautiful) coupled with the health benefits of having stronger muscles. such as better protection against ailments like arthritis and back pain.

3. Better Posture

There’s something commanding about a good posture, and yoga can help you get one. Aside from the aesthetics, though, an improved posture may very well lead to improved health all round. A bad posture can, for instance, cause that feeling of constant fatigue. Improving your posture can also help with muscle and joint pain.

5 Reasons That You’re Always Tired

Life in the 21st century can be pretty hectic and it’s easy to use the busyness of our lives as a reason for the fact that we are always tired. Do you ever get that? Somehow you manage a good night’s sleep but you wake up barely refreshed, so you desperately reach for that first cup of coffee? And then the first cup quickly turns into the second, the fifth, the eighth…doesn’t it?

Our lives, however, do not have to be lived through rivers of caffeine while we hold our thumbs in hope of getting through another day. Sometimes, the reasons for our relentless fatigue are quite simple, and because they stem from simple lifestyle choices, they may be remedied with equally simple changes.

Reason 1: You’re Skipping Breakfast

We’ve all been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet so few of us ensure that our morning meal is a good one. We make do with a cup of coffee and one the odd occasion indulge in a slice of toast with jam. It’s not enough. Your breakfast sets you up for the day and plays a big role in your energy levels. You need protein and healthy fats and fibre. It’s a fairly simple combination, but if you’re feeling weary about it, the easiest route might be to make yourself a smoothie with our Formula 1 Protein Shake. That way you can take the guess work out of preparing yourself a healthy breakfast and feel confident that you have consumed a balanced meal before starting your day.

Reason 2: You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

Even the slightest bit of dehydration can play havoc on your energy levels. Increasing your water intake could easily be all it takes to improve your day.

Reason 3: You Keep Eating Junk Food

High GI foods cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then drop. This is no way to achieve good energy levels!

Reason 4: You Skip Exercise

It may seem like skipping your workout in favour of conserving a bit of energy is a good idea, but exercise plays a huge role in increased energy levels. If a big workout is too daunting, try a brisk walk instead.

Reason 5: You’re Drinking Before Bedtime

Yes, that glass of wine makes you feel like you’ve slept a little better, but alcohol ultimately sabotages your sleep as it is digested. It is understood to be best to stop drinking alcohol for up to four hours before you go to bed.

A Few More Tips for Better Sleep

We discussed last week that sometimes it takes a little effort to establish a good sleeping routine. Elusive sleep can be an absolute drain on your energy levels and after a while you might start to feel like you’re going just a little bit mad. Not ideal. There are some things that you can do to help

Here are some more sleeping tips to try to make sure that you get those 8 hours in!

  1. Don’t Toss and Turn – If you still haven’t fallen asleep after twenty minutes of trying it might be best to turn the light back on and do a bit of reading until you’re ready to fall asleep again. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for a night of tossing and turning which is most certainly not ideal.
  2. Keep the Bedroom Optimised for Sleep – Remove the television and other electronics and keep your bedroom a tech-free zone. This reinforces the idea that your bedroom is for sleeping and your body will condition itself to that idea.
  3. Limit Your Alcohol Intake – While alcohol might help you fall asleep, once the depressive effect wears off it may have the opposite effect and cause you to wake instead.
  4. Nap Less – Of course it makes sense that struggling to sleep at night can lead to needing to nap during the day, but napping may disrupt your sleep cycle so if you’re having a problem sleeping you might need to consider forcing yourself to skip the afternoon siestas.
  5. Try to Avoid Sleeping Tablets – If they’re unavoidable, work alongside your doctor to figure out how to use them effectively and for as little time as possible.

Do you have any sleeping tips?

5 Tips For Better Sleep

We all know that good sleep is essential to our overall wellbeing, and yet for so many of us sleep can be an elusive little rat, leaving us staring wide-eyed at dark ceilings until the early hours of the morning, and then refusing to leave once the alarm goes off. We do, however, tend to often leave our sleeping patterns to chance. So much care is taken when it comes to preparing the foods that fuel our bodies, and time is carved out for the activities we take part in to ensure that our bodies remain strong and fit. Perhaps it is time to do the same for our sleeping patterns.

Here are some quick tips for a better night’s sleep:

  1. Watch Your Diet – Make sure that you go to bed neither hungry nor too full. Both states may contribute to keeping you awake.
  2. Cut Down on the Caffeine – While coffee might be helping you wake up in the morning, it could also be contributing to keeping you up at night. Try to limit you caffeine intake after lunch and see if it makes a difference to your sleep schedule.
  3. Reconsider the Smoking – Aside from the obvious health risks related to the consumption of nicotine, it can also keep you awake at night.
  4. Stick to a Consistent Sleep Schedule – A sleep schedule will train your brain to be tired at the right time of day. It’s important to continue waking and going to bed at the same night on a daily basis, even on weekends.
  5. Exercise Daily – As little as a twenty minute walk in the early evenings can make a huge difference to your night’s sleep.

The smallest changes can make a big difference when it comes to a good night’s sleep.

Good luck, and sleep tight…

Accountable Couples Cope Better

Do you know what one of the hardest things to do it? It’s hard being the only one in the house who is trying to eat better.

Let’s say, for example, that I have decided that I should start eating better, but the rest of my family is planning to carry on as normal. Now it’s burger day in the house. Don’t worry I’ll just eat the healthy parts of the meal. 

Uh…no…

Come suppertime and here you go honey, here’s your burger patty and lettuce garnish. (more…)

3 Products to Help Keep You Hydrated

Ah, water! That life-giving substance that many of us are just not indulging in enough. Yes, we could all do with drinking a little more water. And sometimes, making it a little more palatable helps.

Herbal Aloe Concentrate

Herbal Aloe Concentrate is a wonderfully yummy way to improve a boring ol’ glass of water. The aloe is gentle on the stomach, and helps with weightloss/maintenance.

Instant Herbal Beverage

Drink it hot or cold, this great beverage helps increase energy and alertness. Available in four great flavours – original, lemon, peach, raspberry – it is a great low-cal replacement for tea and coffee.

CR7 Drive

This one is particularly suited to sports folks as it is filled with electrolytes and as a bonus is proven to enhance the absorption of water. This is particularly helpful while flying/traveling.

These are just a few examples of how Herbalife products seek to improve your life. For more information on these and other products feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

4 Ways to Add More Water to your Daily Diet

We all know that water is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle and yet it often seems to be where a lot of us slip up the most. There are many reasons for why we aren’t managing this water necessity, but there are luckily also a few changes that we can make to improve our water intake with minimal effort.

1. Have it with you

There is something about the immediate availability of water that automatically leads to a higher water intake. It’s there so you drink it. It really is as simple as that. Whether it’s on your desk in a jug or you’re carrying it around in a bottle, the mere presence of water will make a difference to how much you consume in a day.

2. Make it taste better

Many of us don’t really love the taste of water. No problem! Add a couple of slices of lemon to your water. Or strawberries or oranges or even apple slices. The natural flavours might make all the difference to you. You could also add a splash of Herbal Aloe. Not only will this product help to replenish your electrolytes and boost your vitamin c but it is also calorie free.

3. Eat your water

You can ingest a high amount of water by simply adding more real foods to your diet. Watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers and all sorts of other fruits and veggies have a very high percentage of water in them.

4. Drink more tea

As long as you aren’t adding copious amounts of sugar and other bad additives, a nice cup of herbal tea a few times a day is a great way to up your water content. Herbalife teas such as the Thermojetics Herbal Concentrate will give you the added benefit of aiding in weight loss and the NRG tea is great at easing mental fatigue and giving you a bit more energy.

Herbal Aloe Concentrate

Instant Herbal Beverage