Welcome to a whole new you. Congratulations on making a decision to put your health first, to
strive to do the right thing. You are about to begin a life journey that will ensure you look and feel your best for years to come.

In this series, we will provide you with the essential tools that you need to be your best. In this guide, we share 43 secrets of success that will help you build a lifelong foundation for great health and
happy living.

Are you ready? Be prepared for a healthier and happier you…

Secret # 1: Drink More Water
Don’t ever underestimate the power of water to change your life—and your waist size, as well. The human body is composed of mostly water. In fact, we are about 60 percent water. Water is required for survival.
We can go about a month without food, but less than one week without water. The first secret we’ll share with you is to drink more water, and pay attention to what your body is telling you. Here is a brief snapshot of some of the many things that water does for your health:

  • Water helps regulate metabolism and control appetite.
  • Water improves cognitive functioning.
  • Water helps regulate body temperature.
  • Water lubricates joints.
  • Water helps prevent chronic fatigue and depression.
  • Water keeps our lungs moistened so we can breathe.
  • Water helps prevent asthma.
  • Water increases energy levels. If you are tired during the day, it is probably because you are dehydrated.
  • Water can decrease the risk of some cancers, includingcolon, prostate, bladder, and breast cancer.
  • Water prevents and alleviates headaches.
  • Water keeps the skin moisturized.
  • Water flushes out toxins.
  • Water aids in the digestive process and prevents constipation.
  • Water is necessary for circulation.

How much is enough?
There are lots of guidelines out there regarding how much water  you should drink daily. The truth is that the best way to gauge how much water you need is to listen to your body. If you respect your body and make it a point to be in tune with its needs, you will consume enough water. Your urine color can help you decide if you need to drink water. If your urine is a dark yellow, you are most
likely not drinking enough. If you urinate infrequently, the same may be true. Urine will be a very pale yellow, or even white, if you are consuming enough water. If you are thirsty or participating in
sporting activities, pick water as your first beverage choice. Stay clear of sports drinks, juices, sodas, and sweetened drinks of any kind. They will only dehydrate you more. Drink a large glass of water, with lemon, first thing in the morning and thirty minutes before and after each meal. Keep a BPA-free, reusable water bottle with you during the day, and get into the habit of drinking water instead of other beverages.

What kind of water?
The purest type of water is from a gravity-fed mountain spring. If you have a spring near you, collect this water to drink. It is naturally filtered by the earth, and completely free of any chemicals or
dangerous additives.
If spring water is not an option, put a filter on your tap. Have your water tested so that you know what contaminants you need to filter. Shop for the best filter based on these results. Stay clear of bottled water, unfiltered tap water, distilled water, and fluoridated water.

Secret # 2: Stop Counting Calories
Put down your pad and pencil and stop counting! The tedious task of counting every single calorie you put into your mouth is not worth it. All this does is increase anxiety, which encourages the body to hang on to stored fat. This is obviously counterproductive. You may also overeat when you are stressed, making matters even worse. STOP counting calories and focus on quality!

FACT: Counting/slashing calories can lead to severe nutrient deficiencies and energy reduction.
FACT: When we eat too much after we starve ourselves, our bodies hang on to all of those calories and pack them into fat cells, where they await the next self-induced famine.
FACT: Focusing on quantity over quality can be very dangerous. If you are eating healthy foods, there is no reason to be concerned about quantity.
FACT: The body needs nutrient-dense foods from good sources in order to function properly. If we deprive our bodies of these nutrients, we become tired, sick, and overweight.
So, now that you are no longer going to count calories, you will need to switch your attention to the quality of food that you are putting into your mouth. Ask yourself these two questions each time
you eat:

Question one: Is this real or processed food I am eating?
Question two: Is this food a good energy source for my body?

Obviously, the goal is to eat real food that provides energy for the body. Eat as much as you want until you are satisfied, and forget about the calories!

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