An Interview with Raja Mishal, Ph.D., MMQ, DHN, Dipl Ac.
During winter months, many people suffer low energy levels, feel unhappy, experience various pains in different parts of their bodies and absenteeism rates in workplace soar to the roof. In addition to these complaints, we tend to put extra pounds during the winter as we find it challenging to keep the healthy eating habits of the summer.
Corporita Magazine has contacted Raja Mishal – a Human Potential Expert and Registered Acupuncturist – to ask her about the unhealthy eating habits during winter months and how to avoid them. Dr. Mishal is the author of “Shift to Shine: Bridging Science and Intuition”. She is
Q. Raja, how our eating habits change from season to season?
A. When the temperature drops, we usually do not feel the urge to drink water. However, we all need to ensure adequate intake of water all year round, winter months included. Water nourishes the body, allows healing, helps getting rid of toxic substances in the body, and is essential for life and achieving optimum health.
Q. How much water do we need to drink on a daily basis?
A. This depends on many factors including weight, diet, climate, activity level, and how much fluid you lose through sweat. It is recommended that you drink half of your weight (in pounds) water.
For example: If you weigh 160 lbs, then you need to drink 80 ounces of clean water. That is the equivalent of 10 cups a day (1 cup = 8 ounces).
Q. Is this a general rule?
A. These are general guidelines and that is where diet, climate, and activity level comes into play. If you are inactive and live in a cold weather you may need less than that while if you are an active athlete training in hot weather you will need much more. Use your own judgment and how you feel as a guide and do not allow thirst to be your guide. When you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.
Q. So, how to instill the habit of drinking water in our daily routine?
A. Whatever you do, make sure you drink enough water during the day. It is much easier to drink the required amount at several intervals throughout the day. I personally do not like to drink water but I find it a lot easier to achieve my daily intake if I put a slice of lemon, a piece of cucumber (my favorite), berries, or mint in my water. Besides helping me get my daily intake, it makes my water delicious and aids in flushing the digestive system (e.g. lemon in water).
Originally posted 2016-02-18 23:19:27.