Ok, I’m certainly no where near a “health expert” but I do work with one and have managed to pick up some GREAT tips along the way. One of the biggest and best bits of advice is water. Water, water, water, water.

I’m not just talking about your wedding day. I’m talking every day. 

General rule of thumb: Drink HALF of your body weight in ounces every day. 

For example, let’s say you weigh 140lbs. Half of 140 equals 70, so you’d want to drink 70 ounces of water every day. Ok, now really think about that. That’s a LOT of water and I bet you aren’t drinking anywhere near that much water in a few days let alone one day. Now, this isn’t the best rule for everyone. Listen to your body and before ever changing your diet, be sure to consult with your doctor.

As soon as you wake up, drink a big glass of water.

Ok, that’s a relative term. I’d say 8 or more ounces of water is a great way to start your day. When you sleep your body creates all kinds of toxins. Drinking a glass of water when you first wake up helps your body eliminates those toxins (good bye acne and headaches) quickly and efficiently as our bodies were designed to do.

Drink another big glass about 30 minutes before you eat.

Drinking a lot of water as you eat your super-awesome and nutritious meal will only dilute the nutrients that you are (hopefully) putting into your body. Drinking a big glass about 30 minutes before you eat is a great way to prep your body and help curve any hunger pains too. That way you can stop eating when you are full and your body will be nourished and happy.

A hydrated body makes beautiful skin, great hair and a clearer mind.

If you start drinking healthy amounts of water in the months leading up to your wedding day, you will see a massive change for the good in your body. Very few of us just have naturally amazing skin and drinking soda and other sugary drinks only puts more of those unwanted toxins in our bodies. Hair loves the added moisture and clearing out all of those toxins will help you think more clearly and be way more productive.

It’s all about finding a balance.

Now, I’m not saying you should stop drinking anything else. But when you’re body is taking in a healthy amount of water, it will be able to tolerate the other bits of drinks you’re putting in there. You may even find that you start craving more water and less sugar.