Healthy Drinks

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1. Lemon Water clears up blemishes.

Water by itself can help keep your kidneys, liver, and other organs doing their jobs well. The kidneys and liver flush out toxins naturally, and the more effectively they work, the better off your skin will be. Vitamin C also functions as an antioxidant, keeping your skin young and radiant.

2. Lemon water balances your body’s pH.

You may think of citrus as having an acidic nature to it, but it has an alkalizing effect on our bodies. This helps prevent pathogens from surviving.

3. Lemon water boosts the immune system.

By weight, your immune cells are about 70% vitamin C. When you’re sick, vitamin C gets depleted quickly. Even when healthy, it’s important to get adequate amounts of vitamin C.

4. Lemon water helps you lose weight.

Drinking lemon water boosts your metabolism and improves digestion. It can also help curb hunger, which is great for your weight loss goals.

5. Lemon water helps you kick the hangover.

Before it even starts, drink some lemon water. It helps soothe your stomach and hot water in particular can act as an antiseptic to help detox your body.

6. Lemon water freshens your breath.

Which is just delightful. It’s especially effective if you smoke cigarettes. Also, if you smoke cigarettes, quit.

7. Lemon water boosts your brain power!

Lemon water contains potassium. Low levels of potassium is linked to depression, anxiety, forgetfulness and brain fog.

8. Lemon water keeps your lungs healthy.

If asthma, infections, or other lung diseases plague you, lemon water can help alleviate or fix these problems. It’s a helpful remedy for sick lungs.

9. Lemon water keeps your gut healthy.

Water is important for digestion, as it allows your intestines to move your fecal matter along. Lemon eases stomach aches and helps your body break down your food.

10. Lemon water just keeps you healthier overall.

Big picture: it’s important for your good health to remain hydrated. The lemon is the icing on this healthy cake. For all the reasons above, I’d say it’s worth a try. Be sure you’re squeezing juice from fresh organic lemons, not store bought lemon juice from concentrate.

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On the day we’re born, 73% of our body weight is water. People who are sick and overweight often are as little as 45% water by weight. An average, healthy adult male is about 65% water. Women are slightly more. Do you see the problem? Some studies have pointed to 3 in 4 Americans as being chronically dehydrated. It makes sense that obesity and poor health impacts approximately the same percentage of people.

What is it exactly that we can expect from chronic dehydration? Not drinking enough water results in skin disease, poor digestive performance, kidney diseases, and even chronic fatigue and headache. You may think that it’s just water, but this is absolutely no joke.

Doing things like drinking 16 ounces of water first thing in the morning (not chugging, but drinking) helps normalize blood pressure and get our internal organs working properly. My rule of thumb is always to drink an ounce of water for every pound of body weight you have. Of course, do not chug 150 ounces of water. You lose water all day through urination, bowel movements, and breathing. So you need to spend all day replenishing that water. Ending your chronic dehydration will do wonders for your overall health. Trust me, you’ll feel like a million bucks. But here are 11 things to watch out for:

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What do you do first thing in the morning? Roll out of bed, hop in the shower and make some coffee? Me too! But I’ve added one more thing to my morning routine: lemon honey “tea.” Admittedly, it doesn’t have tea leaves, but it does have some awesome health impacts. Since I’ve started this tradition:

1. I just haven’t gotten sick.

About two months ago I had a couple days of feeling cruddy, but it never ended up being a full-blown cold. After a few days, it went away. That’s been the most amazing part! Both the lemon and honey

2. I’m so much more of a morning person.

This routine has left me spunkier in the morning than ever before. It likely has to do with the fact that both lemon and honey are really good for me and my body is just healthier from this routine.

3. I’m not quite so dehydrated.

When you drink water in the morning, it sort of sets off something in your brain that says “Hey, that was great. Drink more water!” So not only is this mix hydrating first thing, it makes you want to stay hydrated.

4. My stomach is less upset.

For this one, I’m not completely sure why. I usually have a lot of upset stomach issues, especially in the morning. It could have something to do with blood sugar levels but I’m not completely sure. If you suffer a stomach ache, you can steep a little bit of raw ginger in with it.

So what do you do to make this mixture?
  1. First, heat a mug’s worth of water in a kettle on the stove. Don’t use hot tap water. Your water heater gets buildup over time and is not suitable to drink.
  2. Add a teaspoon of honey to the mug.
  3. Squeeze half an organic lemon and add the juice to the mug.
  4. When hot, pour the water over the honey and lemon. Stir well. If you like, you can brew tea in it as well. You get the same effect.

Enjoy!

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Preventative care is truly the best medicine out there. The only thing better than treating a diseases is not getting it in the first place. Good food, plenty of exercise and avoiding poor health choices are key to staying healthy. Fortunately, there’s also a miracle tea we’ve uncovered that works wonders in preventing and sometimes helping to treat diseases like dementia and cancer. This tea has been used for ages in India for fighting against nausea, vomiting and other afflictions. Let’s get down to it:

You will need:
  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 a tablespoon of ginger
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Just a pinch of cardamom
  • 1/2 a cup of milk or milk substitute (we recommend almond or rice)
  • 500 ml of water
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of honey

Boil the water and mix in all of the ingredients when it’s reached a boil. Add the milk slowly while you mix. Drink the tea as soon as it’s cool enough to tolerate so it doesn’t separate and go bad. Consume as often as you like. We recommend once in the morning when you rise.

We hope you enjoy a long, happy, healthy life!

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In the United States, about a third of people are overweight and another third are obese. It’s a big discussion on a lot of minds right now how we can bring down those numbers. Of course, if you have some pounds to lose, you should choose proper diet and plenty of exercise first. Fortunately, there’s a three-ingredient miracle fat burning drink that can help you burn that fat while you sleep by boosting your metabolism and burning extra calories.

You will need:

  • 1/2 an organic lime (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons of raw, organic, unfiltered, preferably local honey
  • 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon
  • 250 ml of water

Instructions:

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Add the cinnamon, honey and lime juice  to a bowl.
  3. Pour the boiling water over the ingredients in the bowl.
  4. Mix well with a whisk.
  5. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

Once chilled drink half in the morning when you wake and half before going to bed. This drink works best on an empty stomach.

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Rows of Coca-Cola soft drink line a supermarket shelf in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 17, 2008.

In a somewhat disturbing revelation, it has been revealed that Coca-Cola has been paying fitness and nutrition experts to call soda a healthy treat amidst allegations that the beverage giant is responsible for fueling the obesity epidemic.

Last month, several of these experts wrote posts for American Heart Month that included a can of Coke as a snack idea. These pieces appeared widely in major newspapers and nutrition blogs.

Ben Sheidler, a Coca-Cola spokesman, compared the pitches to product placement deals a company might have with TV shows.

“We have a network of dietitians we work with,” said Sheidler, who declined to say the amount these experts were paid. “Every big brand works with bloggers or has paid talent.”

One post refers to a “refreshing beverage option such as a mini can of Coca-Cola.” Another suggests “portion-controlled versions of your favorites, like Coca-Cola mini cans, packs of almonds or pre-portioned desserts for a meal.”

Robyn Flipse, a dietitian who wrote one of the sponsored articles for coke, said that she would suggest coke as a healthy snack even if she wasn’t being paid to do so.

“I absolutely think that I provided valuable information,” she said.

She did note, however, that she doesn’t drink soda herself, which should be pretty telling.

Regardless of whether or not it was ethically acceptable to pay health experts to pitch unhealthy products, it really goes to show the limits you can truly trust these people, and any website that peddles health cures of any kind. Hey, that’s us, isn’t it? We’ll be the first to admit that you should consult a physician or dietitian if you have any questions about your health.

But maybe try to find one that hasn’t been paid by Coca-Cola.

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The only sure fire way to lose weight and keep it off is proper diet and exercise, but this recipe will not only help you burn and flush away fat from your body, it will also energize and revitalize you! This is going to be a staple in my fridge from now on. Give it a try! It’s not too bad tasting either.

Ingredients:

  • 2 liters water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced
  • 12 small spearmint leaves

Place all ingredients in a large pitcher and let it steep overnight. The next day, drink the whole pitcher over the course of 24 hours. Say hello to weight loss!

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It really stinks when you have to get up early but you just can’t fall asleep. Your sleeplessness could be due to a number of things. You could be eating the wrong foods, trying to sleep counter to your natural rhythm, or spending too much time using electronics before bed. A good tip if you’ve been having trouble falling asleep is to stay away from screens for a couple hours before bedtime.

Just last night I was struggling to get to sleep, so I gave this little remedy a try. It definitely worked for me! Wasn’t bad tasting either. Let’s give it a try:

You will need:

  • 1 chamomile bag
  • 1/ 1/2 cups of organic milk or coconut, almond, or hemp milk.
  • 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
  • 20 drops of Valerian

Instructions:

  1. Pour your milk or milk substitute into a small pan. I used almond milk. Add the chamomile tea bag and simmer for about ten minutes.
  2. Pour the cocoa powder into a mug and add a small amount of filtered water, forming a thick paste.
  3. Remove the teabag from the milk. Squeeze it to make sure the mix is drained from the bag.
  4. Add the Valerian tincture and pour the hot milk into the mug.
  5. Stir well and drink ten minutes before bed.

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When I get sick to my stomach, ginger is my go-to cure. Many people opt to eat ginger or drink a ginger ale, and I can absolutely attest to its abilities when it comes to settling the stomach and helping with digestion. Ginger has been used for thousands of years in China to treat nausea, arthritis, and heart disease. Instead of reaching for an unhealthy soda, let’s get into how we make our own “ginger ale” for nausea and pain.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of peeled, finely chopped organic ginger
  • 2 cups of purified water
  • 1 cup of raw organic honey
  • Sparkling water
  • 1 organic lime, juiced

Instructions:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water
  2. Add the ginger
  3. Reduce the heat to a medium-low setting, let simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Take it off the heat and strain

When serving, use 1 part of the ginger syrup to 3 parts water. Serve it over ice and enjoy!

Pretty simple, right? We hope you get to feeling better soon!

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Green tea is one of my favorite beverages, especially on cold winter mornings. I make sure I always keep a few different kinds in the cupboard. I may start with a cup of coffee, but I want to continue having hot beverages, so I switch to green tea. Not only is it delicious, but there are five clear reasons to add more green tea to your diet.

1. Green tea works as an anti-bacterial agent. It’s good for preventing infections and keeping you well, especially in the cold and flu season.

2. Green tea promotes good oral health, in part because it’s anti-bacterial. It helps you avoid cavities, plaque and gum disease. Of course, don’t forget to brush, floss and rinse.

3. Green tea boosts your metabolism, giving you more energy and helping you lose weight. How can you lose?

4. Green tea promotes cardiovascular health. But so does proper diet and exercise. Don’t forget that!

5. And finally, green tea helps improve your memory.

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