Jul 242014

healthy hydration in the nation Water, Water, Water!

People need to consume half their body weight in water in ounces. For example, if you are 100lbs, you would consume 50oz of water (that’s 6-7 glasses, 8oz glasses/day). As a rule, after the required amounts of water has been consumed than you can choose from the other choices. Also, space it out throughout the day!

Proper hydration:

Aids digestion

Balances the immune system

Prevents and heals inflammation

Supports cardiovascular health

Promotes healthy skin

Allows our kidneys and bowels to flush out toxic materials that collect within us (should have 2-3 bowel movements per day)

Add a splash of flavour to your water!!

Freshly squeezed lemons, oranges or limes

Slices of cucumber

Slices of strawberries and mint

Just mint from your garden

A few more ways water keeps you lean…click here

Other choices:

Herbal teas made at home- sweetened with maple syrup, coconut syrup, yacon syrup, honey, stevia

Coconut water is “the original and natural sports drink pack with electrolytes!”

Homemade fruit and vegetable juices

If you’re going to drink it…know what you’re drinking!

Fructose is the NUMBER ONE source of calories in North America Watch out BELLY FAT). This is NOT GOOD! It is found in virtually all processed foods and drinks.  For example; pop, soda, carbonated drinks, slushies, Gatorade, and any store bought juice sweetened with sugar, glucose/fructose, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners…just to name a few

These choices will:

Suppress immune system function

Promote inflammation

Spike blood sugars/increase your insulin levels

Increase chronic disease

They serve ABSOLUTELY NO purpose in hydrating your children (or yourself), replacing electrolytes, or giving them a burst of energy.

 Artificial Ingredients

Artificial colours are made out of petroleum, acetone or coal tars.  They are VERY HARD on the brain and the immune system because your body does not recognize them and therefore cannot process them.  Children are the MOST vulnerable as their bodies are still developing. Unfortunately, most conventional snacks and drinks are loaded with additives and should be avoided.

Artificial Colouring and additives can cause:


Impaired learning


Low motivation and frustration

Additives to AVOID:

BHT, BHA, artificial sweeteners, sulfites, potassium bromated, artificial colours, sodium nitrate, MSG, Propylene glycol and parabens.

A note about BPA!  So I’ve mentioned that you should consume copious amounts of water but when doing so, please avoid drinking from plastic. The plastic bottles contain BPA (bisphenol A) which is a chemical that acts as a hormone disruptor. Pick up BPA free water bottles, glass or stainless steel as your preferred cup choices.

Excerpt taken from Healthy Snacks for Kids e-book and soon to be updated to Healthy Snacks and Meals for Kids.

There is no denying that parents are busy and want convenience when it comes to meals and snacks. In Healthy Meals and Snacks for Kids, you will:

  • Learn quick, easy and healthy methods to provide your kids with the nutrition that they need for athletics and school.
  • The importance of having meals and snacks that properly fuel your kids (and yourself) so that they don’t have highs and lows but rather sustained energy and mental alertness.

Tanya Morrison is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. In each section, emailed to you weekly, the Busy Mama Detox has the Kid’s Corner section which gives you simple and effective tips to implement into your kid’s diet.  Tanya is a mummy of 2 active boys and offers useful tips to keep her kids healthy in this processed food world – not always an easy task – but doable!

Busy Mama Fall Program 2014 poster


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