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8 Detox Ingredients You Should Add To Your Drinking Water

8 Detox Ingredients You Should Add To Your Drinking Water

The purpose of a detox is to remove toxic substances from the body, mainly from the liver. A proper detox can aid in various ways, from weight loss to clearer skin. My go-to each morning is warm water with lime or lemon (whichever is available) and, other than the alkalizing properties, I can feel the diuretic effects almost instantly. A proper detox can help with inflammatory issues, skin problems, and mood changes. Here are 8 incredible and simple detox ingredients that work miracles.

Lemon

In the jeopardy line of powerful detoxes, the answer is almost always lemon water. It improves digestion, supports your immune system, cures bad breath, brightens skin, and aids weight loss. Squeeze half a lemon or throw a few slices in water and indulge.

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Ginger

This spice is packed with vitamins and combats important health problems, such as acid reflux, along with lowering the risk of heart problems. Boil or steam some chopped ginger in hot water or simply throw a spoon of powdered ginger root in a tall glass for a spicy energy boost and thorough cleanse.

Turmeric

This antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory spice mixed in warm water proves to be a powerful tonic. This pungent herb, even in powder form, is loaded with Vitamin C, E, and K, which are all great for rejuvenating your skin from the inside out.

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Cayenne Pepper

This pepper is surprisingly high in nutrients and low in calories, making it the perfect addition to any diet. The capsaicin (what makes the pepper hot) in cayenne water helps with weight loss by burning fat while reducing appetite. Cayenne is also powerful in detoxifying your lungs. Moderately sprinkle some pepper in (lemon) water.

Green Tea

If hot cayenne pepper is not your cup of tea, consider this valued and popular beverage. It improves brain and oral health, keeps bones strong and is known for its anti-aging properties. It also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, so sit back and have a cup or two.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

What doesn’t smell good or taste great but works like a charm? Not Buckleys. Apple Cider Vinegar is the ultimate detox companion with its heavy resumé of enzymes, minerals, and amino acids. It’s so good for you on every level that it even whitens your teeth and kills bacteria in your mouth and gums. One teaspoon for every 8 oz glass of water is enough to do the trick.

Bentonite Clay

This is an ancient detox that also internally heals. Upon contact with water, it produces an electrical charge which allows it to absorb toxins. It’s renowned for its ability to heal digestive issues and tackle skin and allergy issues while nourishing the body with minerals and boosting it with probiotics. Prepare your clay detox a day before by soaking one tablespoon in a large glass of water and letting it sit overnight.

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Chlorella

Known as a nutrient-dense superfood, chlorella is rich in chlorophyll which is also found in green leafy vegetables. It’s so powerful that it can not only remove mercury but also heavy toxic build-up. This helps to promote growth and repair of body tissues. Chlorella is available in pills or powder form. Because of its potency, it’s recommended to start with a small dosage and increase based on your body’s reaction.

Detoxifying the body doesn’t have to be complex or rigorous. There are a handful of other simple detox options, like drinking warm water or using a steam room. Nutrition can aid in detoxifying the body as well as certain foods that speed up the elimination of toxins. Load up on antioxidant herbs like parsley and oregano and whole, fibre-rich foods such as nuts, flax seeds, beans, and lentils.

Featured photo credit: Lemon falls into water by Fleig photography via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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