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Upgrade Your Water: 6 Things To Add To Water For Better Digestive Health

Upgrade Your Water: 6 Things To Add To Water For Better Digestive Health

Water is universally the most beneficial beverage you can ever drink and you’ve probably heard from health professionals that staying hydrated is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You’ve probably also heard from fitness gurus that one of the ways to effectively lose weight is to drink lots of water.

But did you know that just adding ingredients to your water can be the key on how to improve your digestion which is great not only for your body but also your mind? Here are 6 things you can add to aid your digestive system.

1. Putting Lemon Into Your Water

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    We all know that lemon is loaded with Vitamin C and if you’re not getting your daily intake of fruits then this should be a convenient way to do so. Just add 4-5 thin slices of lemon into your tumbler of water and it should be able to keep your immune system up to keep away unwanted viruses.

    And want to know something even more surprising? The acids in lemon juice have the same properties as the acids in your stomach so it tricks your liver to produce more bile, and with more bile, food is able to move through the digestive tract more smoothly.

    2. Using Fresh Mint Leaves

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      We’re very sure you’ve seen mint leaves being used as an ingredient to enhance the taste of water and there are many beneficial reasons for doing so. One of the best reasons for using mint is its ability to help in soothing stomach problems such as digestion or constipation. The herb is also known to help activate our saliva glands that produce digestive enzymes to aid in digestion and that’s also one of the main reasons why chefs love using it to balance out the elements of their dishes.

      3. Mix in some Cinnamon

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        If you’re looking for a sure way on how to improve digestion, you can look at Cinnamon. Cinnamon is widely used for its medicinal values and in the oriental world, it is is used for its warm effects. If you have stomach issues, try mixing one stick of cinnamon in a cup of warm water. Because it has an agent that helps us break intestinal gases and soothe digestive systems with excess wind, cinnamon can also help to cure nausea and even intestinal colic.

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        4. Make some Ginger Tea

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          Just like cinnamon, ginger is also a great ingredient that has the agents to break down excess gas in the intestines. If you are prone to stomach bloating or intestinal cramps that are caused by spasms in your intestinal tract, you can give ginger a try. Just cut some fresh ginger root, mix it with water and leave it overnight, this would give time for the water to absorb all the nutrients from the ginger.

          5. Throw Cucumbers into cold water

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            Cucumbers are a great source for Vitamin B and Vitamin B helps us in terms of easing our stress and anxieties which are also one of the main contributors to a bad digestive system. Adding cucumbers to water might not have a huge effect but eating it in general, no matter in what form, is a great way to get fiber into your body that aids in chronic constipation.

            6. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

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              2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with your cup of water can help to increase the production of hydrochloric acids in our bodies. The purpose of Hydrochloric acid is to break down proteins into amino acids and also promoting digestion. Without enough stomach acids in our body, our food is not completely digested and the nutrients are not optimally absorbed.

              By drinking water with apple cider vinegar, it can help our digestive system in producing more hydrochloric acid to improve digestion. This is also a great alternative if you’re lacking in hydrochloric acid production and not wanting to take HCL supplements.

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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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              If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

              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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