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Lemon water health

Lemon water health

Hi Folks,

Quick post for starting your day healthy – Enjoy and Comment !!

Start your day with lemon water while enjoying the many Health benefits that go with it.

  • Water with lemon is indispensable for the normal work of metabolism. Since lemon is a powerful antioxidant, it protects the body from free radicals and strengthens the immune system.
  • Water with lemon aids in proper functioning of the nervous system (as lemon  has a high content of potassium). Depression and anxiety are often the result of low levels of potassium in the blood. The nervous system needs a sufficient amount of potassium to ensure sustainable signals to the heart.
  • For added refreshment add some fresh mint to it as well.

Water with lemon can help lower blood pressure.  A daily intake of one lemon can reduce high blood pressure by 10%. Water with lemon creates an alkalizing effect in the body. Even if you drink it immediately before a meal,  it can help your body maintain a higher level of pH. The higher the pH, the more your body is able to fight diseases.

Here’s to a Boundrylessly Healthy Lifestyle !

Do yoU drink THIS First each day ? !

Fresh lemon juice

Fresh lemon juice

Hi Folks,

Got a great and easy way to help you detoxify your body, improve digestion AND…. Boost your metabolism as well.

My Tai Chi friend mentioned this to me and wanted to share with all of you.

We’re constantly being bombarded with toxins in our daily lives – from polluted air, water, shampoos and other cosmetics that lather our body with chemicals, and of course, all of the chemical additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful compounds in the food that we eat.

All of these TOXINS can have harmful effects on your body, harming your metabolism and hormones, impairing your digestive system, and zapping your energy levels.

If I could tell you ONE thing that you could do each morning right as you wake up to help your body eliminate some of these toxins, improve your digestion, stimulate your metabolism, and BOOST your energy, would you do it?

Of course you would… and it takes less than 1 minute!

Here’s the not so Secret secret …

Soon after awakening squeeze about 1/2 to 1 full lemon (depending on size of the lemon) into an 8 oz glass of warm or room temperature purified water.  This is gentler on your body first thing in the morning compared to ice cold water.  I’ve found that slicing the lemon into quarters before squeezing by hand is easier than squeezing halves.

Drink this at least 10 minutes before eating any food for the day.

Make sure to use fresh organic lemons to make this drink, and not bottled lemon juice.  You want to use organic lemons to avoid the pesticides that can accumulate.
3 Major benefits of this morning drink to your body, health, and energy:

According to a leading health publication, TheAlternativeDaily.com:

“The health promoting benefits of lemons are powerful. For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. We know that lemons are a great digestive aid and liver cleanser. 

Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection.

Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in the body, lemons are alkaline; the citric acid does not create acidity once it has been metabolized. The minerals in lemons are actually what helps to alkalize the blood.  Most people are too acidic (from eating too much sugar and grains), and drinking warm lemon water helps reduce overall acidity, drawing uric acid from the joints.

This reduces the pain and inflammation which many people feel. And the American Cancer Society recommends warm lemon water to encourage regular bowel movements.”
Other great benefits:

1. Improves digestion:

Lemon juice helps your body improve digestion and stimulates bile production. Lemon juice can even be an aid for heartburn and indigestion.
2. Boosts energy:

Even just the scent of lemon juice has been shown to improve your mood and energy levels, and reduce anxiety.  Plus the detoxifying effect and alkalizing effect of fresh organic lemon juice can improve your energy through the removal of toxins from your body.
3. REALLY like this one ~ Helps one lose fat:

Since lemon juice helps to improve your digestive system, aids in removal of toxins, and increases your energy levels, this all combines together to help you to lose body fat as well through improving your hormonal balance… Yet another reason to add warm lemon water to your daily morning routine!

Here’s to waking up to a Happy ~ Healthier 2015 !!

Lemon Water

Lemon Water

Refresh your Mind and Body Anytime ~

You DID remember to enjoy that refreshing drink today ....Didn't you ~ I did !!!

You DID remember to enjoy that refreshing drink today ….Didn’t you ~ I did !!!

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to share a refreshing way to recharge your body and mind.

We’ve all heard the benefits of warm water with lemon.You’ve probably also heard of the beneficial apple cider vinegar…

So…..enjoy mixing these wonderful healthy ingredients together.

When different foods on my plate taste good, they end up blending together at times.  I’m always intrigued seeing new variations of original tales, so it was only natural for me to try to combine these two health benefits together and see what happened. I call it my Morning Sunshine….since it is as refreshing as the morning sunshine. Hope you enjoy it and let me know of your ideas too !

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 fresh-squeezed lemon (organic if possible)
  • 1 Tbsp. of  unfiltered ACV
  • 1 Tbsp. of honey (local preferably)
  • Warm water

 

Now this is just a general recipe. I always like having one to follow when I’m first trying something out. Feel free to play with the proportions. I personally enjoy having my amount of ACV equal to the lemon juice. Some lemons have more juice than others so I may use a little less vinegar one day than another. Also, I enjoy sweet. The tablespoon of honey is not negotiable for me. You might like less honey and more vinegar. Explore!

A few tips:

1. Don’t drink it hot. This may seem like common sense, but there’s also another reason for it. I find the flavor is a bit more mellow and has less bite when I drink the water warm versus hot.

2. Don’t let it get cold. If you do, you may as well forget it. It’s horrible.

3. Treat it the same way you would regular water and lemon

Here’s to enjoying a Boundrylessly Refreshing Day !

An Antioxidant for those Winter Drinks ~

Enjoying a Healthy Winter Drink Together

Enjoying a Healthy Winter Drink Together

Hello Everyone,

Today have something of interest for those that enjoy those warm drinks ~especially in winter
and are trying to figure out how to make them healthy too!

Next time you feel like cozying up with a hot mug of something special, consider tossing in a spice that’s bursting with antioxidants: Cloves.

It makes cider taste amazing. And it dresses up hot coffee drinks nicely, too. And in a recent study, cloves bested rosemary, thyme, sage, and oregano when it came to phenolic content and antioxidant activity.

Powerful, Spicy Protection
Phenolic content and antioxidant activity are two qualities you definitely want in a spice. They help to quell lipid peroxidation — a damaging process that leads to all sorts of bad things. In food, it causes decay. In your body, it can trigger the type of inflammation that damages cells and opens the door to a bevy of inflammation-loving diseases, like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Clever Clove Recipes
Cider isn’t the only way to bring more cloves into your life. Make this superspice part of your holiday cuisine by whipping up some of these healthy and delicious treats …

Healthy Cider

Ingredients

* 6 cups apple cider, or juice
* 2 orange slices
* 1 lemon slice
* 1 slice fresh ginger, smashed
* 2 cinnamon sticks
* 10 whole cloves

Preparation

1. Combine cider (or juice), oranges, lemon, ginger, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cider has reduced to 4 cups, about 25 minutes. Remove the fruit and spices with a slotted spoon.

Gingerbread Muffins

Ingredients
Streusel

* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon minced crystallized ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 tablespoon canola oil

Muffin Batter

* 1 large egg
* 1 large egg white
* 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
* 3/4 cup fruit puree fat replacement, or prune pie filling (Lekvar)
* 3/4 cup dark molasses
* 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
* 1/4 cup canola oil
* 3 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger
* 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
2. To make streusel: Blend 1/4 cup flour, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon oil and blend until crumbly.
3. To make muffin batter: Whisk egg, egg white and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Add fruit puree fat replacement (or Lekvar), molasses, yogurt, 1/4 cup oil and 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger; whisk until blended. Whisk 2 1/4 cups flour, ground ginger, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, cloves, pepper, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined.
4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and sprinkle with the streusel. Bake until tops spring back when touched lightly, 20 to 25 minutes. Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool.

Healthy Pumpkin Tart

Ingredients
Crust

* 1 1/4 cups white whole-wheat flour, (see Ingredient Note)
* 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)
* 1 tablespoon all natural dark sugar (I like using a balance of this with honey)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
* 4 tablespoons cold reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel)

Filling

* 1 1/2 cups canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 2 tablespoons dark rum
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
* 3 large eggs
* 1 cup “lite” coconut milk

Garnish

* 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut chips, (see Ingredient Note) or flaked coconut, toasted (optional)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 11-inch round or 8-by-12-inch rectangular removable-bottom tart pan with cooking spray.
2. To prepare crust: Combine flour, almonds, 1 tablespoon sugar and salt in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely ground. Add butter one piece at a time, and then cream cheese by the tablespoonful, pulsing once or twice after each addition, until incorporated. Turn the dough out into the prepared pan (it will be crumbly), spread evenly and press firmly into the bottom and all the way up the sides to form a crust.
3. Bake the crust until set but not browned, about 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
4. To prepare filling: Beat pumpkin, 3/4 cup sugar, rum, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Beat in coconut milk. Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and pour in the filling.
5. Bake the tart until the filling is just set (the center may still appear soft, but will become more solid as it cools), 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Serve room temperature or refrigerate until chilled. Remove the pan sides before slicing. Garnish with coconut, if desired.

Tips & Notes

* Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the crust (Step 2), wrap tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Cover and refrigerate the cooled tart for up to 1 day. | Equipment: 11-inch round or 8-by-12-inch rectangular removable-bottom pan

* Ingredient note: White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. Available in large supermarkets and in natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.
* Tip: Place slivered almonds in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
* Ingredient note: Large thin flakes of dried coconut called coconut chips make attractive garnishes. Find them in the produce section of large supermarkets or at melissas.com.

Here’s to a Boundryless Healthy Winter everyone and remember to share your healthy recipes !!