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Hi, welcome to Genie Nutrition. My name is Angie, and this is the third episode of the Genie Nutrition secrets podcast. Thank you so much for listening to the last two. The feedback I've had has been amazing. I really appreciate that fact that you're still listening, and I'm so excited to share with you some of the future secrets that we've got in line. So, just in case you don't know me, not listened before, my name is Angie White, I'm the owner of Genie Nutrition. I'm a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner, health detective, biohacking geek, and I give people the tools that they need to take back control of their health. In episode one and two we talked about the art of listening to your body and slowing down, so if you've jumped right into episode three, it's definitely worth going back and having a listen. I'd love to read your comments as usual, so feel free to post them in the comments field, which you can find at genienutrition.com/secret3.
So, in this week's podcast, we're going to talk about water. Now this is one of my favorite subjects. I love it because it's the one thing that can make the biggest difference in the shortest amount of time, and pretty much without fail, all my clients, this is something that I get into work on literally from the first consultation that we do, and is amazing, the difference that we see just literally within days. Some issues which have been troubling them, things like low blood pressure, dry skin, digestive issues, mood issues, literally just by changing the amount of water that people are drinking, and also how much of that water they're absorbing, which we'll talk about in a minute, it just makes such a huge difference. And it's so easy. So we're going to talk a little bit about the basics around water, why we need it, what we can do to increase our water absorption. But if you do have any questions, or if you've just noticed something that you have seen in yourself around when you've increased water or decreased it, I'd love to hear from you. So definitely post into the comments field, and we can get a discussion started around that.
So, let's talk a little bit about the basics. Along with oxygen, water is one of the most important elements to sustaining life. Studies have shown that just a 2.5% reduction in an average sized male would reduce his body's effectiveness by up to 25%. That's just crazy! It obviously dependent on conditions, but we could die if we had no water for 24 to 28 hours, like hot, dry conditions. A sedentary person could last up to three days if they're indoors and away from the elements, wind, cold, etc. Now, three days is nothing. If you think about how long you can go without food. Some people actually go without food for a whole year, but I don't recommend that! I'm just saying that water is so, so important to everything. All of our bodily functions, our ability to actually function properly in terms of our brain power, how effective we are on a day to day basis, how our organs are working. It's so, so important. And the thing is, what we do in terms of, the coffee we drink, the tea, the fizzy drinks, the alcohol, the sugary free tea, juices, the food that we eat, all of these things can impact on how much we can actually absorb the water that we're drinking.
So what I tend to find with my clients if they're drinking coffee, and some people really, really struggle with giving up coffee and tea and any caffeinated drinks, and I totally understand that. They're very, very addictive, and if you've been on it for years, it's going to be tough to just completely go cold turkey with it. So what I tend to recommend to my clients is basically, if you're drinking coffee, you need to be drinking the equal amount in water to compensate for that. So what we're going to do in terms of our task for this week, my challenge to you is to increase the amount that you're drinking by 10% each day. So if you're drinking pretty much no water, and I'm talking about literally just tap water, filtered water, mineral water, whatever you can do, do the best you can. If tap water is what you've got access to, then start there. Just start by drinking, a litre, if you're drinking nothing. You could do that really, really easily just by going to shops like Morrisons, Tesco, they all do it, one litre bottle of Buxton Water, just work your way through that today. And try to increase it by 10% each day. Up to around 2 - 3 litres a day.
Now the reason why I have that broad spectrum, one is because I don't want people to get stuck on a number. Because everybody is different, as I've said time and time and time again. We are all different, and we all have different water needs. Now, the other thing to bear in mind is that we all have different absorption possibilities in our bodies. Some people will absorb water a lot easier than other people, so if you just go and drink three litres a day, and you gulp it down, chances are you're probably not going to absorb it very well. It'll just go straight through you, you'll spend the whole day on the loo, and you probably will find yourself a bit bloated. Which is the other reason why it's really important to increase it slowly. I actually worked with a client recently, and she was a bit if an ‘all or nothing’ client. I told her that she wanted to be working up to, I think we said two and a half litres a day. Previously she'd not drunk very much. She'd cut her tea drinking down, and she went straight into just drinking two and a half litres a day. Now to me, two and a half litres a day is perfect. But she was so bloated from going straight up to two and a half litres, that it actually put her off for a while.
So it's really, really important to increase it gradually. So for this weeks, just work on, if you're not drinking any water at all, one liter a day. Increase it from then on by 10% each day, and see if you can get up to two litres by the end of the week. Or within the next two weeks, even. The other thing you could do, and this is something that I recommend to nearly all my clients. There are some caveats, but just try adding a pinch of Himalayan salt to your glass of water. If you're drinking, say, two litres a day, then what you can work up to, and again, this will be gradual, is a teaspoon of Himalayan salt in your water each day. Now what this does, it's absolutely chock-full of minerals. And those minerals really, really help with the absorption of the water into all of your cells, allowing for you to actually use the water you're drinking. And this can have a really, really positive impact on people in terms of low blood pressure. Often low blood pressure is due to the minerals that you're lacking in your body. By adding the salt literally can eliminate low blood pressure symptoms almost immediately. And I've seen that in my clients many times.
So, really consider that. You can get Himalayan salt from Amazon, you can get it from Waitrose, the health food shop, it's pink in colour. There's also one called Celtic Sea Salt, and that's got different minerals in it, but again, amazing. So whatever you can get hold of, just some really good quality salt will help with that absorption. Okay? So that's our task for this week. Good luck. I hope you notice the benefits. Just look out for things like your skin, your energy levels, how much you're focused, I can't wait to hear from you.
That's it for this week. We will go into another secret that's going to really kick start your health. I'm so excited. You can probably hear it in my voice. Thank you so much for listening. And if you have any comments you'd like to share, or if you have any questions at all, just post them in the comments field, which you can find at http://genienutrition.com/secret3, along with the transcript of this podcast. And if you'd like to rate Genie Nutrition Secret on iTunes, that would be absolutely amazing.