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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 September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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