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

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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.

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              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 November 22, 2021

              Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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              Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

              Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

              During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

              But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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              Simplify

              I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

              Absolutely.

              And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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              If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

              • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
              • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
              • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

              Be Mindful

              You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

              Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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              Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

              Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

              Reflect

              As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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              Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

              But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

              So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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