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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 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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