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18 Detox Waters You Should Try This Summer

18 Detox Waters You Should Try This Summer

Detox waters are the trendy new way to get your health back on track and flush the body of any harmful toxins (perfect for the hangover you might currently have!). Here are 20 different ways to consume your water and get your body ready for the warm summer months ahead.

1. Ginger Water

I actually wrote about ginger’s powerful ability to fight cancer, so it is no surprise that ginger helps with aiding the body in clearing the stomach of filth.

Ingredients:

  • water
  • ginger

Make sure to carefully slice small pieces of ginger or powder it up — it’s quite strong.

2. Cucumber Water

A solid anti-inflammatory that also helps in rehydrating the body, cucumber water is great in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • water
  • cucumber slices

3. Orange Water

Get your C vitamins and fight off that scurvy with orange-infused wated.

Ingredients:

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  • water
  • squeezed oranges

4. Apple Water

Apples are essential for having and maintaining a healthy heart, as well as keeping the liver healthy.

Ingredients:

  • water (16 ounces)
  • apple slices

5. Mint Water

Mint is helpful with digestion and adds a sweet taste to the water.

Ingredients:

  • water (8-12 ounces)
  • 3-4 mint leaves

6. Cranberry Water

This detox water helps hydrate the body while ridding it of toxins.

Ingredients:

  • water (8-12 ounces)
  • eight or so crushed cranberries

Mix and let sit for 30 minutes before drinking.

7. Lemon Ginger Water

Combining two powerful intestinal cleaners helps keep your insides healthy, as both lemon and ginger help with digestion.

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Ingredients:

  • water (12-16 ounces)
  • squeezed lemons
  • half of a ginger root knob

8. Blueberry Water

Blueberries are full of B vitamins that help with physical and mental efficiency.

Ingredients:

  • water (a pitcher)
  • a handful of blueberries

Let sit and then strain after 30 minutes.

9. Strawberry Flavored Water

Strawberries are full of antioxidants, and the added basil and lemon help to purify the digestive tract.

Ingredients:

  • water (16 ounces)
  • 3-4 strawberries
  • half of a slice of lemon
  • basil crushed up

10. Watermelon Water

Watermelon aids the cardiovascular system while also utilizing antioxidants for anti-inflammatory measures.

Ingredients:

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  • water (12-16 ounces)
  • 2-4 seedless watermelon cubes

11. Blackberry Orange Water

Both blackberries and oranges are full of antioxidants and fiber, really helping the body clear out the bad stuff.

Ingredients:

  • water (a pitcher)
  • Mandarin oranges cut into slices
  • handful of blueberries

12. Apple Cider Soda Water

Soda waters like this can be a great transition into quitting carbonated beverages, and apple cider vinegar can help blood sugar levels to re-stabilize. This soda water helps with the digestive tract and weight loss.

Ingredients:

  • water (a pitcher)
  • four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • squeezed lemons
  • one tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 2-4 tablespoons of honey

13. Green Tea Mint Lime Water (Fat Flusher)

Green tea is great for weight loss, as it stimulates the natural burn of calories. The added limes are great for relieving aches and pains.

Ingredients:

  • water (12-16 ounces)
  • green tea, lime slices
  • 2-3 mint leaves

14. Blueberry and Raspberry Water

Two extremely potent antioxidant fruits, blueberry and raspberry rid the body of toxins and keep you looking slim.

Ingredients:

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  • water (8-12 ounces)
  • handful each of blueberries and raspberries

15. Watermelon and Mint Water

Watermelon assists the kidneys and the liver in their roles, dispelling toxins that might lurk within your body.

Ingredients:

  • water (a pitcher)
  • 8-12 mint leaves
  • a quarter watermelon cut and squared
  • one lemon or lime sliced

16. Cucumber Basil Water

Cucumber helps hydrate the body, while basil tricks the body into thinking it is more full than it actually is.

Ingredients:

  • water (32 ounces)
  • one cucumber cut into slices
  • one each of lemon and lime sliced
  • 1/2 a cup of basil

17. Aloe Water

Aloe acts as a cleaner of the body and is great for the skin.

Ingredients:

  • water (12 – 16 ounces)
  • aloe gel dissolved from a leaf
  • squeezed lemon

18. Pineapple Sugarcane Water

Sugarcane – what? This one may surprise you, but it is indeed natural.

Pineapple helps to hydrate the body and rids the body of toxins.

Ingredients:

  • water (a pitcher)
  • two canes of sugar
  • 4-5 chunks of pineapple

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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