May 23, 2013 by 2 Comments
May 22, 2013 by Leave a Comment
The second thing I do every single morning upon rising, is squeeze half of a fresh lemon into a 16 ounce glass of cold water and drink it down. I do this while my coffee is brewing and since our coffee maker is pretty quick, it encourages me to drink it all down rather quickly. While I have been doing this for years, mostly as a way to make sure I am hydrated before I start my day working (working out) but the benefits are many and I believe it’s a practice that would benefit everyone.
Drinking water on an empty stomach stimulates your organs, basically waking them up.
Drinking water first thing in the morning works as a detox to remove waste that accumulates while you sleep.
A tall glass of water first thing in the morning will cleanse your digestive system and make it easier for your body to absorb nutrients.
That first glass of water in the morning will stimulate the production of blood cells and muscle.
Since water serves to detox waste and toxins, your first glass of water in the morning will have a positive effect on your skin, leaving it looking more healthy.
Kick off the day with a tall one and it will help balance your lymphatic system.
And perhaps, my favorite of all…starting the day with a 16 ounce glass of water can boost your metabolism up to a whopping 24%, helping you lose excess weight.
Forget the milk
Water does a body good. Consider waking and drinking and all these benefits will belong to you!
May 21, 2013 by Leave a Comment
Get Your Happy on…
The Beatles claimed happiness is a warm gun, but there are definitely much more peaceful ways to get your happy on. Research shows that foods such as nuts and seeds can aid in mood stabilization and can actually boost self-esteem. Most nuts are composed of about 20% protein, large quantities of vitamins E and B6 and omega-6 fatty acids. Vitamin B6 helps to make serotonin so a deficiency could lead to mood swings (and cravings!). These ingredients combine to boost your mood in a very similar way to anti-depressants.
Go Nuts—or Nuts to Go
We can all stand to get a little nutty, so why not make yourself a little happiness to go. Combine some assorted nuts and keep them handy in your car, purse or gym bag. I usually bring a banana to go with them and make that my mid-morning snack. Just remember that nuts have a good amount of calories, (while they vary, you can approximate that about 10-12 nuts have close to 100 calories) so eat them slowly and remember that portion-control is the key to weight management!
As Mother Nature continues to roar, I am keeping good thoughts for all the people effected by yesterday’s disastrous tornadoes. Remember to make each and every day special and be grateful for all you have.
May 16, 2013 by Leave a Comment