All posts by Karla Urwitz

As a full-time career oriented mother of one, I love to chat and write about topics that matter to me in my life. My day has to starts with a cup of joe and usually ends with exhaustion. I have a passion for cross stitching and of course spending time with the kiddo. I am always on the look out for topics to write about like recipes, healthy living, and products I find fascinating.

What It Takes To Be An Influencer

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An influencer is a person or company that can affect the purchase decisions of others because of their authority, knowledge, position, or relationship. In other words, they typically have a large following, and many people trust them to give recommendations about products and services. They can be compensated for endorsing products and brands through cash payments or gift items.

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There are several strategies and equipment involved in running an influencer business:

A smartphone with appropriate camera quality to take pictures and videos

An influencer’s phone often serves as his wallet, calendar, watch, media player, shopping device, and much more. When choosing a smartphone, you want one that shoots excellent photos and videos. An Influencer would need to know how to use iMovie on iPhone so their followers can get the best possible picture of your experiences. Influencer marketing companies often provide this for their clients.

A portable device to help manage payments and track invoices

As an influencer, you are typically paid to post photos of your experiences with brands on your social media platforms. To make these transactions fast and easy, it is best to have a mobile point-of-sale system when traveling abroad or to visit clients in their offices.

Traveling equipment & luggage

Influencers always travel between different cities, countries, conferences, and events looking for new opportunities to network with other influential people. For this reason, they need quality materials that can also be easily transported from one place to another depending on the destination. This may include luggage, suitcases, backpacks, and camera equipment bags.

Large wardrobe of items to promote to followers

As an influencer, you are constantly photographed and seen by others when attending various events or making public appearances for your brand. The clothes you wear mustn’t take away from your credibility and integrity as a professional. For this reason, it would be appropriate to keep an extensive wardrobe of apparel and accessories (hats, shoes, jewelry, etc.) at hand, always ready for use—that way, there will never be any awkward situations where you must go without anything to wear. 

An office space for business meetings

Influencers often meet up with clients, other influencers, or business partners to discuss potential opportunities and the progress of ongoing projects. They must have a room dedicated to these activities to show attendees around without distractions.

Coffee machine & coffee beans/powder for a morning boost

Influencers are typically early risers due to all the work needed to be done before an event starts. A great way to get started is by brewing some fresh coffee first thing in the morning, which makes it easier for them to stay energized during long days on the go. 

Seasonal fruits and vegetables as low-cost snacks and meals

Influencers also must stay fit and healthy to maintain their social media image or appearance at events. This means they need to eat balanced diets with lots of fresh produce such as seasonal fruits and vegetables. By doing so, they will save money on meals and snacks without sacrificing their health.

Yoga mat & equipment for morning exercises

In addition to nourishing their bodies with fresh fruits and vegetables, influencers also need to help their bodies stay in shape by exercising regularly. For this reason, it would be helpful for them to have a yoga mat, some dumbbells, and other exercise equipment readily available to put all their focus on working out instead of searching for what they need in the gym bag.

Accessories & makeup for special occasions or appearances

Even if an influencer doesn’t attend many fancy events, it is still possible that they are invited to do so upon occasion. This means that they should always have accessories such as scarves, necklaces, earrings, etc., and several types of eyeliners/eyeshadow palettes with different colors of eyeshadow (in case they get invited somewhere colorful), lipsticks/lip-glosses & blushes.

Bottled water for hydration during long events

Influencers often need to spend up to 10 hours traveling, conducting interviews, or attending an event. They must stay adequately hydrated during these times by having bottled water nearby, so they don’t get lightheaded or sick from dehydration. This can also help them avoid breaking out into hives after consuming too much caffeine.  

On-the-go snacks for energy between meals

Even if an influencer eats several regular-sized meals throughout the day, sometimes there are still moments when hunger does strike unexpectedly, which is why it would be helpful for them to keep some low-calorie on-the-go snacks nearby (healthy) in case this happens. For example: cut up veggies and fruits, energy bars, or boxed cereals for breakfast or lunch.

A wardrobe of versatile clothes that can be dressed up/down as needed

Influencers need to have a good selection of clothing available to wear something appropriate depending on the event type. This means having pieces in their wardrobe which are ideal for casual events such as when meeting friends at the mall, hanging out with family members during leisure time, attending religious services, etc., but also for more high-profile occasions such as conferences, press interviews, award shows, etc. when they might need to dress up to impress others.

MacBook or laptop for work-related tasks

Influencers are constantly working on social media management, updating their blog, or writing new articles for publication. This is why they should have a MacBook or laptop to multitask and get their jobs done effectively and efficiently. 

Plus: with all the different types of apps available nowadays, influencers can keep track of their schedule, plan out when to post on Instagram/Twitter, etc., save money on transportation costs by using public transit apps and even find inspiration through Pinterest or Google images.

Plenty of storage space for clothing & shoes

If an influencer doesn’t have much time to go shopping between events, it would be best to have ample storage space for all of their clothes and shoes. This way, they don’t have to worry about not having enough room for their wardrobe, which can be frustrating when there’s stuff on the floor that needs to be put away.

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A comfortable mattress & pillow for sleeping

Influencers need an adequate amount of sleep to function correctly throughout the day, which is why it would be wise of them to invest in a high-quality mattress and pillow; so they can wake up feeling refreshed and ready for whatever comes next!

Get More Protein In With These Tips

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It may seem like the obvious thing to do when you want to improve your diet, but getting more protein into it is a major step towards better health. You’re going to need extra protein to help support muscle repair and help you to shed weight you don’t want hanging around. It can seem like a challenge at first, to up your protein amount and increase your intake.

With the right information, you’ll be able to think about adding more protein and you’ll be able to do it. Your body doesn’t store any protein, but it still needs it. Whether you are recovering from a big workout or you want to build your body into lean muscle, you need to think about how to get more protein in. You can save the best Philly cheesesteak for the nights you’d like a double dip of meat and cheese, but for the most part, you need easier tips to get more protein in your diet in a healthy way. So, with that in mind, here are some of the tips that you need to do it!

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  1. Start with your breakfast. Starting your day with the right amount of protein is so important if you want to make sure that you stay full for as long as possible. You want to know that you are going to get to your lunchtime without needing to stock up on snacks, right? Well,add protein in from the first meal of the day. Greek yoghurt packs a protein punch and you can use eggs or lean meats to get started. 
  2. Mind your snacks. If you don’t happen to need to snack throughout the day, don’t get too worried about carb-filled snacks. Snack time is a great time of the day to add more protein to your diet. You can bet that peanut butter is protein-filled, so when you add peanut butter to apples you get a protein-filled fruit snack that really helps to fill you up!
  3. Don’t make it boring. Meat and eggs, fish and nuts, meat and eggs, fish and nuts. This gets boring if you make it cyclical. The key to creativity is to remember that you have a range of meats to choose from. You don’t have to stick to the same ones all the time!
  4. Add protein powder. You may not be a fan of drinking your calories, but protein shakes can really help you to add some to your diet. If you’re not a fan of shakes, add protein powder to a waffle or pancake mix!
  5. Remember, protein is more than meat. If you want to pack your plate with protein, don’t just aim for meat sources. Legumes, pulses, quinoa, eggs, nuts – there is more than enough protein in plenty of plant based foods, and you can add more grains to your plate, too. There is protein in your veggies, too, so make sure that you fill the plate with as much as you can fill your tummy.

How To Support Your Body Through An Injury

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A forced interruption from exercising owing to an injury is discouraging. You’ll be unable to participate in your favorite workouts for several days, weeks, or even months. Moreover, it may appear as though all of the hard-won progress is being thrown away.

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However, allowing yourself enough time to recover from any injury fully, whether through healthy nutrition, low-impact activities, or a planned rehabilitation plan, is usually the best option in the long run.

Here are five ways you can support your body and mental health after an injury.

Allow Recovery Time

Uninterrupted training can slow your progress in the gym. A well-rounded fitness plan includes recovery. Experts say downtime is equally vital as physical exercise. Whether it’s a strain or sprain, proper rehabilitation is critical.

Please take this time post-injury to allow your body the rest it needs and develop a more well-rounded exercise schedule to allow for intense workouts and adequate recovery times once you are on the road to recovery.

Diet

What directly impacts the gains you see when working and how well your body can recover from injury. While it might feel like you aren’t doing anything, giving your body the right foods it needs to support your immune system and allow your body to heal is a step in the right direction. The best foods for recovering from an injury include;

  • Protein – chicken, beans, pulses, tofu
  • Vitamin C – citrus fruits, kiwi, broccoli, peas, spinach, tomatoes
  • Omega – 3 – Fish or supplements
  • Zinc – meat, fish, shellfish, whole grains
  • Calcium – almonds, dairy, broccoli, okra
  • Fibre – fruit, broccoli, spinach

Support

Ask your doctor and therapists if it is applicable for support and be able to return safely to exercising without aggravating the injury. From using kt tape for calf pain to wearing shoulder supports, strapping and more. There are plenty of aids on the market to allow you to safely support your injury as you begin to get back to exercising regularly.

Sleep

Your body needs sleep, and good quality sleep can help your body recover and repair from injury. For many people, being inactive leads to poorer sleep quality, and if this is the case, you need to develop a good sleeping routine that allows you to get the rest you need for your body to help healing times. Aim for around 8 hours of good quality sleep per night, avoid anything too strenuous close to bedtime, limit screens, and make sure your bedroom is set up for the right temperature and lighting to support your sleep.

Mental Health

Exercise is a known mood booster, so it is only natural to expect this to dip when you aren’t working out. Remember, a focus on your mental health can support the healing time during recovery. Open up to people and let them know how you feel. Discuss with your doctor how you are feeling and what they can suggest getting through this period. 

It may be that you can partake in gentler exercises or support groups to support your physical and mental recovery from an injury. It can help make an action plan and give you something to focus on to help your recovery.

The Must-Know Recipes For All Home Chefs

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If you want to make sure that you can cook as well as possible, one way that you might want to approach this is by knowing as many of the essential recipes as you can. There are some recipes which are very much classic and revered for a reason, and having these under your belt will ensure that you have a lot more competence as a home cook. In this post, we’ll look into some of the must-know recipes that all home chefs should have, so that you can start working on these and improve your cooking generally.

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Simple Tomato Sauce

There are so many dishes that tomato sauce goes in, which is why having a version of this at your disposal is definitely something that you are going to want to think about. It is one of those recipes where the beauty of it really does lie in its simplicity, and very often you make it a success by not doing that much to it at all. To make an authentic Italian tomato sauce from scratch, you should keep to a few bare ingredients, and be prepared to spend a lot of time on it. But you will then have a base sauce for all kinds of delicious meals.

Pad Thai

In order to keep your palate wide, you should always make sure that you are cooking as many dishes as you can from a range of other cultures. Many people enjoy Asian food, and in particular Thai is one of the best that you might want to consider getting into. Of all the Thai dishes out there, one that you might think of as a real classic is Pad Thai, which is a simple noodle dish that is served up as street food in Thailand. As with much great food, it’s simple and delicious at once.

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Roast Chicken

Most people have roasted a chicken at some point in their life, but do you really know how to make the perfect roast chicken? That’s something else altogether, and it can very often be tricky to know how you are doing on that front if you have not done it many times. Having a really good roast chicken is going to mean that you can keep so many more people happy when you cook for them in your home, and you’ll find that there is great joy in it for yourself too. Learn a good roast chicken dish, and it will stick with you forever.

Pancakes

You might be wondering why pancakes are on this list, but the main reason is that they are incredibly versatile. They can be used in a wide range of sweet and savoury dishes, and the better you are at making the actual pancakes themselves, the more likely it is that those dishes are going to turn out delicious. So get down a decent pancake recipe, and you will find that you can suddenly create so many more amazing meals that you are going to love sharing.

It’s Time To Do Something With Your Life: Ideas on How To Achieve This

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It’s time to do something with your life – this is not a question or a statement; it is advice. You have been sitting on the sidelines for too long, and now you need to get up and make something happen. When young, people like to think that their lives don’t start until after college, but the truth is that everyone needs to take steps towards their dreams as soon as possible because time flies fast.

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You Can Invest in a New Career

Investing in a new career is a great way to start taking control of your life. It can be scary, but you never know what opportunities will arise if you keep an open mind and stay optimistic about the future. The first step in investing in a new career is to think seriously about how much time and money you need for training courses or further education.

It is easy to imagine that an investment in your career will bring good returns, but you need to make sure that it is worth the effort. Having a clear idea of what you want from work can help you make intelligent decisions about your career choices.

For instance, if you want to be a fitness trainer, you need to know its requirements; time, money, education, and so forth. You can learn more at www.americansportandfitness.com on becoming a fitness trainer before making your choice.

You Can Start Touring the World 

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, then it’s time to book a flight and start traveling around the world. Whether you decide on just one destination or want to see as much of the world as possible, there are endless opportunities that await your discovery.

Touring the world is one of the best ways to relieve stress and find yourself. It gives you perspective on everything that’s happening around you, as well as finding time for self-reflection. You may be surprised at what happens when you do take some time off.

You Should Find Ways To Supplement Your Income

You must find additional sources of income to support yourself. There are many ways that people supplement their incomes, and they can vary depending on your current skill set. For example, if you work in the technology sector, becoming a freelancer may be an option for you so that when business slows down at your regular job, you have other options to keep your income steady. 

You don’t want to put all of your eggs in one basket, so you must have multiple sources of income.

You Can Help People in Need

Helping people in need is one way to make your life feel more meaningful. There are some ways you can give back to the community, from donating money to volunteering with charities.

You can also find ways of helping others by taking your mind off things and thinking about somebody else for a change. Volunteering is one way of doing this, as it will take up time and energy while allowing you to step outside yourself and focus on something other than your problems.

Conclusion

There are many ways to achieve your goals, and it depends on what you want and how important they are for you. Some people succeed in achieving their goals by working hard, while others need more sophisticated techniques like visualization or meditation. The most important thing is having a plan, so try to have a plan. Don’t forget that you are awesome, so stay true to yourself.

4 Ways to Cut Down on Living Costs

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Life is expensive. There are a variety of expenses that you have to deal with on a daily basis, and it can be challenging to keep up with these costs. Thankfully, there are ways in which you can save money and reduce your living costs as much as possible. In this article, you’ll find four different methods for keeping your living costs low!

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#1 Cook at home

One of the easiest ways to start saving money and lowering your living costs is to start cooking at home. Eating out can be expensive, depending on where you go and what you order. Furthermore, when we eat in a restaurant or fast-food chain, we tend to choose less healthy options than if we were making it ourselves with the same ingredients. So even though buying groceries may seem like an added expense that eats into our budget, it will ultimately save you more money in the long run instead of eating out all of the time! Cooking at home also teaches valuable skills such as meal planning and preparation, which could help improve other areas of life.

#2 Switch off utilities

Another great way to save money and reduce your living costs is by switching off utilities when you are not in use. It may sound simple, but if you do it more often than not, the savings will really add up! For example, turning down or even shutting off your heater during the day can drastically decrease how much energy you are using throughout the month. This small change alone could potentially shave hundreds of dollars from your utility bill each year! Alternatively, you can consider having a look at choosesolar.com to find out how you can start saving on your utility bills as soons as possible. 

#3 Cut back on spending

Cutting back on spending is one of the best ways to reduce your living costs. In order to do this, try asking yourself these questions: What are my needs vs. wants? Can I make something myself instead of buying it from a store? Is there someone else in my life that can use this item before I get rid of it? If so, consider giving/selling it to them! By getting rid of excess items and focusing on our own needs vs. wants, we will cut down on unnecessary purchases and help with clutter, which has been shown to have negative impacts on mental health. One way you could start cutting back is by selling any unwanted items online.

#4 Utilize home workout routines

Another great way to save money is by finding workout routines that you can do at home. Working out at a gym or other fitness facility costs money, which means cutting down on the amount of time spent working out could potentially help reduce your living costs. If this seems intimidating, consider investing in some equipment such as dumbbells and kettlebells for strength training exercises or even an exercise bike/elliptical machine if cardiovascular workouts are preferred. Either way, it should not be too difficult to find free tutorials online, depending on what type of workout routine you want!

Putting A Spring In Your Step: Natural Ways To Supercharge Energy Levels

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There’s nothing quite like the feeling of waking up with a spring in your step. If you long to start every day with excitement and enthusiasm, here are some natural ways to supercharge your energy levels. 

Getting enough sleep

The most important step to take when looking for ways to increase your energy levels is to ensure you get enough sleep. When you sleep, your body goes through essential processes that enable you to recharge your batteries for the next day. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body and mind will suffer. You might find that you have mood swings, you feel more irritable than usual or you struggle to focus and concentrate. Sleep deprivation and sleepless nights can also make us feel tired and lethargic and affect motivation. If you are having trouble sleeping, try adjusting your routine and establish set times for going to bed and getting up. It’s also beneficial to ensure that your bedroom is a calming, relaxing space.

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Reviewing your diet

The foods you eat have a significant influence on your health and wellbeing. If you don’t eat enough, or you eat foods that don’t offer much in the way of nutritional value, you may find that your energy levels are low and that you are more susceptible to illness. Review your diet, make sure you’re getting enough fuel and aim to make dishes that are packed with nutrients. As well as adding new recipes and including foods that contain essential vitamins and minerals to your diet, you may also be thinking about trying natural remedies and herbal supplements to boost energy levels. If you’ve never heard of remedies that people are talking about online, or you don’t know how to pronounce Kratom, it’s wise to take the time to carry out research and to seek advice from your doctor or a nutritionist before trying anything new. There is a lot of debate surrounding the efficacy of some remedies. 

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Increasing activity levels

One of the best ways to lift your spirits and send energy levels soaring is to increase your activity levels. It’s understandable to assume that expending energy will make you feel tired, but being active actually makes you feel alert and energetic. During a session or a workout, you may feel physically exhausted, but afterwards, you’ll enjoy a natural high and your energy levels will skyrocket. If you’re new to exercise, try to build your fitness gradually and look for activities that are fun. You can jog, hike, walk, cycle, kayak, swim or dance, or try sports like golf, tennis, cricket, soccer or basketball. You can also work out at home or take part in online classes. It’s a great idea to use an activity tracker if you’re just starting out. If you usually do 3,000 steps per day, for example, set yourself a target of 5,000 and then increase the number as you get fitter.

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We all have days when we feel a little sluggish and we find it hard to muster up the enthusiasm to tackle the day ahead. If you’re eager to put a spring in your step, why not give these solutions a try?

Top 5 Tips for Enhancing Your Natural Beauty

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In today’s world, it’s easy to be consumed by the idea that you need to purchase items to become beautiful. You don’t need makeup, a new outfit, or a complete overhaul of your hairstyle to get an instant boost of beauty! All it takes is a little creativity and a few essential tools, and you are good to go.

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However, one reason you’re not feeling your best is that you are relying too much on the outside to make you feel good about yourself. To feel beautiful, you have to project an image of beauty instead of obsessing over the way your face looks in the mirror. 

There are many ways to make yourself more beautiful, but if you’re looking for the quickest, easiest, and most effective ways to do so, these five tips should help you out. 

Use natural lighting

Say goodbye to harsh overhead lights and fluorescent lights! The best light to use when you’re trying to look your best is natural sunlight. If you’re going outside, wait until the sun is at its highest point in the sky and then step into it for a few minutes. You can also stand near a window facing the sun, but only if you don’t begin to feel uncomfortable. The natural light will bring life to your skin, and it’ll make you look energized and bright!

Don’t forget to moisturize

When you’re outside, your skin constantly absorbs particles from the air and other elements that can dry you out and make you appear older. Applying moisturizer before you step into the sun will protect your skin from harmful rays while also keeping your skin looking great. 

Remember that less is more when it comes to makeup

Don’t overdo your makeup routine! Instead of adding layers of blush, mascara, and foundation, opt for more natural looks that will still make you feel beautiful. Natural looks are always better because they remind you of your natural beauty. 

Smile

Wearing a smile will automatically make you appear happier, which will in turn make your face look more youthful and beautiful. Be sure to smile because it’ll give your face a lift without having to worry about Botox or other expensive procedures! Do not let a chipped tooth be the reason you are not smiling. Teeth covers can help boost your confidence and make you look younger. 

Get outside

One of the best tips to make yourself more beautiful is getting outside and enjoying nature’s beauty. It’s a lovely way to feel rejuvenated, and it’ll help you feel good about yourself a lot more in a short amount of time.

It is incredible how one walk in the park can rejuvenate your spirit and make you feel good about yourself when you’re ready to go home. Just go outside and take in the sights, and you’ll be amazed at how different you feel.

Summing Up

As you begin to implement the tips listed above, remember that your face will continue to change. It can be easy to get bored with your imperfections, so the sooner you begin, the better.

Get dressed up! You don’t need a new outfit or anything expensive; sometimes you need to put on the clothes that make you feel good and forget everything else. Add a little bit of fun to your life every day! Make it a point to laugh more, smile more, or do something that’ll make you feel happy regularly. Overall, the goal is to look your best throughout the year.

5 Ways To Improve Your Life For The Better

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Have you ever wondered if there was something that you could do to improve your life for the better? Is there a wonder cure that can make you bounce out of bed like a spring lamb every morning? Unfortunately, those immediate cures don’t work but there are some steps you can take that will improve your health and wellbeing in the long run.

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Embrace alternative therapies

Don’t get us wrong, you should still see your doctor if you have any health complaints but there is nothing wrong with trying out some alternative therapies. Chiropractor treatments have been shown to improve pain in the body and can help reduce migraines. And aromatherapy has been shown to help reduce stress and manage anxiety. 

Switch to clean eating

This is one of those things that is easier said than done but it is worth it in the long run. Millions of people around the world are now obese and the number keeps rising. Obesity is not just about being fat, it is the strain that it puts on our bodies. Obesity is believed to be the main cause of cancers and premature deaths at the moment. So, switch out those chocolate bars to vegetable sticks and invest in a step counter to help track your activity levels. 

Invest in your education

A mind is a terrible thing to waste and many people choose to drop out of education. But, regularly exercising your mind as well as your body can have a massive effect on your mental health. It is believed that learning new things can help to keep dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay. Even if this isn’t true, there is nothing wrong with learning new things to help improve how you view the world.

Exercise regularly 

Putting one foot in front of another is one of the simplest ways to look after your body. Exercising for around 30 m minutes every day has been shown to improve your mood, your health, and overall well being. If you want to be more productive, exercise. If you want to sleep better, exercise. If you want to lose weight, exercise. In fact, there are many issues that regular exercise can help you with. If you are not sure how to start, there is an abundance of free workouts available on YouTube to get you inspired and move your body.

Drink water

Drinking water is one of the best things that you can do for your body. Around 75% of people are dehydrated, and this can lead to a lot of problems. Constant dehydration can lead to long-term health issues as your kidneys struggle to cleanse your body. You should be drinking around 1.5 litres of water a day to help keep your organs in tip-top condition. The benefits of being properly hydrated can be felt straight away as you will feel more alert. However, you may need to retrain your bladder to hold more fluid during the day but that can be achieved within a few weeks.