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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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