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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 September 10, 2019

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                      Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                      This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                      One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                      Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                      Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                      1. Gratitude

                      Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                      The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                      Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                      So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                        2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                        This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                        For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                        What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                        Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                        3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                        This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                        Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                        An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                        Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                          4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                          According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                          There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                          5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                          Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                          Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                          6. Rise Earlier

                          The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                          For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                          So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                          Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                          7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                          Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                          Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                          It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                          Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                          Reference

                          [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                          [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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