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Drink For Better Skin: 10 Recipes For Busy People

Drink For Better Skin: 10 Recipes For Busy People

You know that a poor diet will make you look tired, washed-out, and unhealthy. But when was the last time you considered the impacts of what you drink on your skin? Even if you lead a busy life with a packed-out schedule, choosing the right liquid nourishment for fabulous skin doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. Check out these ten easy ideas for ways to nurture your skin from the inside out.

1. Cucumber Water

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    Health Benefits: Water is the most important drink for healthy skin. It helps maintain your skin hydration levels, keeping it plump and firm. Dehydration is a key cause of premature skin aging, so drink lots of water and stay looking younger for longer.

    Make It: Fill a large jug of mineral water. Slice a cucumber thinly and stir it through the water before leaving in a fridge for a few hours.

    2. Aloe Vera Juice

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      Health Benefits: Aloe vera has been used for centuries in treating inflamed skin, but drinking the juice is also an excellent way to enjoy the benefits.

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      Make It: Using a sharp knife, slit open an aloe vera plant leaf. Squeeze out the gel and blend with water or the juice of your choice.

      3. Kale Smoothie

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        Health Benefits: Kale is high in vitamin A, which plays an important role in helping your skin repair damage. It also contains vitamin K, which may help alleviate dark under-eye circles.

        Make It: Blend 1 cup of kale, 1/2 banana, 3/4 cup of apple juice, and 1/2 cup of ice in a blender and serve.

        4. Berry and Flaxseed Smoothie

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          Health Benefits: Berries are high in antioxidants, which have restorative properties. Flaxseed is high in essential fatty acids, which encourage your skin to heal itself and glow!

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          Make It: Blend 1 1/2 cup mixed berries, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup natural yogurt, and 1/2 cup of milk and serve.

          5. Pomegranate and Apple Juice

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            Health Benefits: Each serving of pomegranate juice provides significant quantities of folic acid together with vitamins C, E, and A. Its nutrient profile helps skin cells repair and regenerate themselves, and can prevent lines from appearing on the skin.

            Make It: Scoop the seeds from one large pomegranate, blend together with a cored apple, and serve.

            6. Carrot Juice With Apple

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              Health Benefits: Carrots are high in beta-carotene, which promotes clear skin. Apple sweetens the juice and provides a more interesting flavour than carrot alone.

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              Make It: Combine the juice of 4 carrots with the juice of 1 apple and add a touch of ginger for a more complex flavour.

              7. Soy Latte

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                Health Benefits: Make your regular coffee more skin-friendly with the addition of soy milk. Soy contains genistein, a plant hormone that helps the production of collagen in the skin. Why is this important? Collagen is vital in keeping skin flexible and youthful, so ingesting soy on a regular basis may help preserve youthful-looking skin. Soy also contain isoflavones, which research suggests may improve general skin appearance.

                Make It: Simply swap regular dairy milk for soy. Remember, however, that soy milk curdles when mixed with boiling water, so allow your drink to cool slightly before adding it and stirring well.

                8. Pineapple Smoothie

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                  Health Benefits: Pineapple is high in bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. This means that pineapple may be soothing for skin that is prone to acne and irritation.

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                  Make It: Blend together 3 large slices of pineapple, 1 apple, 1/2 a cucumber, and serve.

                  9. Green Tea

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                    Health Benefits: Green tea is high in antioxidants, which help every organ in your body repair itself. Research suggests it may be protective against the effect of harmful UV rays. As an added bonus, it is calorie-free!

                    Make It: Green tea is available as both teabags and in loose-leaf form, and either will give you the skin-boosting properties you need. Add a splash of lemon juice for an extra tang.

                    10. Skin-Calming Carrot and Fennel Smoothie

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                      Health Benefits: Fennel and evening primrose oil both calm flushed, red skin via their powerful antioxidant properties.

                      Make It: Blend together 1 apple, 1 carrot, 1/2 fennel bulb, a few slices of cucumber, 1/2 a ripe avocado, and a pierced oil of evening primrose capsule.

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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