Starting your day with Lemon Water


Even the smallest changes in your routine can have a big impact on your health. Take starting your day with lemon water, for instance.

Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is thought to improve digestion, boost metabolism and helps in maintaining the Ph balance of the body. Lemon water can be actually beneficial for overall health by cleansing internal waste and removing toxins from the system.

Lemon water ingested in the morning will help cleanse your liver. Lemon juice stimulates the liver to flush out all its toxins, reviving it like never before. Lemons also contain a type of fiber called pectin, which may help reduce appetite and calorie intake.

Lemons are known to help you lose weight; thanks to the presence of vitamin C and antioxidants that promote good digestion. Vitamin C is also important for immune system function, wound healing, and helping the body absorb iron from food. Lemons are also a source of plant compounds called flavonoids, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Antioxidants are compounds that help protect the body’s cells from damage. By reducing cell damage, antioxidants reduce the risk of many health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Antioxidants do this by mopping up free radicals, which are harmful, disease-causing compounds in the body created by oxidative stress.

Citrus flavonoids also reduce inflammation in the body. Research has linked chronic inflammation with increased oxidative stress and the risk of certain health conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, and cancer.

Lemons also have diuretic properties, which help in detoxifying the body, thereby helping burning fat. According to experts, this magic potion can boost the body’s metabolism to a great extent.

How to enjoy lemon water
Simply squeeze half of a lemon into a glass of water. How much? When? It really doesn’t matter. Any way you do it, it’s a big plus for your health.

For an added kick add some cloves and cardamom. Not only will it give a boost of flavor but they will boost the antioxidant properties and aid in digestion. A win-win if you ask me!

Don’t forget the peel
Capture the rich nutrients by zesting your lemon and using in baking or cooking.

Will it hurt my teeth?
Theoretically, lemon acid can be harmful to your enamel, but you’re diluting it here. As long as you don’t make a habit of sucking on lemons all the time, you should be fine.

DIY face mask for glowy skin

Growing up I used to look for ways to give myself the spa experience at home, because lets just say my parents weren’t really as enthusiastic about “facials” as I was.

So I headed to the kitchen and put a few ingredients together that I had at home, each of which have their own benefits and together make an amazing mask!

Its just 3 simple ingredients but lets break down why each component is so amazing! 

Oats possess anti-inflammatory properties and also acts as a natural exfoliant so as you rinse off the mask you gently slough away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion. They also contain saponins, a natural cleansing agent that effectively removes oil and dirt from pores. Oats are soothing and decreases itching in conditions like eczema and skin rashes.

Yogurt has a high zinc content and minimizes blemishes and spots. It improves the appearance of pores and it is a natural moisturizer.

Honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It helps retain moisture in your skin, making it soft, supple and well hydrated.  It is perfect for achieving that “glow” while fighting acne and nourishing aging skin. Honey also naturally opens pores.

OATMEAL, YOGURT and HONEY MASK:

INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup yogurt

1 tablespoon rolled oats

1 tsp honey

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Stir together all ingredients until combined.
  2. Apply to face and leave on for 15 – 20 min (or until dry)
  3. Rinse off with warm water and pat face dry with towel.

The soothing properties of all three ingredients will leave you with a radiant glow!