Going plant-based will open your mind and taste buds to a world of new foods. Quite often, the increase in healthier alternatives will spike your intake of fibre. When most people increase their fibre intake, they find their digestive patterns shift. When you consume more soluble fibre (found in most vegetables and whole grains), without adequate water intake, it will sit in your digestive tract. This means bloating, constipation and gas.
Hardly the most pleasant introduction to your healthier lifestyle - but it’s worth it! Remembering to include lots of fluids with every meal will help your digestive system process the new changes. As a general guide, women need about 2.2lt of water a day. Men require around 3lt. Of course, this doesn’t factor in your lifestyle or exercise habits, so make sure to adjust accordingly.
A great way to keep track of your water is to purchase a reusable water bottle. Keep it with you at all times, and you’ll be able to track your water intake. If you find that consuming more water initially is a bit boring, there are many ways to spice it up!
Adding cucumbers, strawberries, and citrus fruits to your water will give it a new taste. Fluid intake can also add up through the day from the foods we eat. Fresh fruits and vegetables provide water, as well as liquid foods like smoothies. It’s important to remember if you choose to increase your fluid intake using Smoothies, to factor in the extra sugar you may be consuming. Ensure your smoothies have a correct balance of ice, fruits, vegetables, and even a supplement. Supplements ensure you fill in the gaps in your nutrition, providing powder alternatives to many superfoods. An awesome vegan supplement on the market at the moment is Gaia Meal – with ingredients such as Spirulina, Goji Berries, and Acai Berries, you can ensure you’re not only full of nutrition but hydrated as well.
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