Lemon, cucumber, mint water

Lemon, cucumber, mint waterHello, everyone! Just a quick post this week about my go to drink in the summer. I actually make different flavors of water throughout the year, but this particular one is a go to for those hot summer days. It refreshing and has a ton of health benefits, as well as aid in weight loss. Here are some of the benefits for each ingredient….

 

 

Lemons:

  • Lemons are good for the stomach. Lemon can help relieve digestive problems when mixed with hot water, including nausea, heartburn and parasites. By drinking lemon juice regularly, your stomach is assisted, to remove dirt more efficiently.
  • Lemon acts as a blood purifier and cleaning agents. Intake of lemon juice can cure constipation. Lemon juice also acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping the liver produce more bile. Routinely drinking lemon water opens the way to losing weight faster.
  • Lemons are filled with vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C can increase the body’s defenses – attack the flu virus. And potassium can help with brain and nerve function, and blood pressure control.

Cucumbers:

  • Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.
  • Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins
  • Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
  • Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.
  • Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.
  • Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels

Mint:

  • Mint alleviates symptoms of indigestion in a few ways. It soothes the stomach; stimulates bile production and flow, which aids the digestion of fats; and increases the rate that food moves from the stomach to the small intestine.
  • According to recent research, some of the enzymes contained in the mint leaves can help fight cancer cells.
  • Mint leaves eliminate toxins from the body and when included in the diet on a regular basis, eliminates bacteria and fungus from the body.
Make it:

The ingredients are simple – water, lemon, cucumber, and mint. The amount you add is up to you. Leave the skin on the cucumber when adding to your water. Make sure to slice cucumber and lemons thinly, and keep in mind that mint is strong, so a few leaves can add a strong flavor.

It may take a few tries to make the perfect water that suits you and your taste, but once you find that perfect balance of flavors, you will find it easy to drink more than 1 glass at a time.

All of those benefits in a glass of refreshing water! So, instead of reaching for a soda or iced tea – reach for this refreshing drink. So, go ahead, drink up to good health!
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Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa? I can’t say it, let alone know what to do with it!

Quinoa Salad (my way)

Quinoa Salad (my way)

Let’s be honest here, did you know how to pronounce quinoa (keen-wah) when you first stumble upon it in an article of a health magazine? I googled that name in a heartbeat.  I didn’t want to be the loser pronouncing it wrong, and then have people snicker at my ignorance when I say, “Why, yes, I love quinoa.” (pronouncing it Qwin- oah)  I have more dumb moments than I’d like to mention, so I do a lot of behind the scenes prep to come off looking knowledgeable and intelligent.

I first heard about quinoa a few years ago. It was (and still is) one of the most talked about foods. They call it a superfood.  Honestly, I was scared of it for a long time. It looked scary to me with those little gooey balls that seemed to be sprouting hairs…. Did that sound dirty to anyone else but me?  Anyway, all I could think was, “You eat that?!”  I think I’ll pass, thank you very much.  Then after having it drilled into my head by countless health magazines, health shows, and John Tesh… yes, John Tesh.  He is quite sneaky – getting into your head with all that Intelligence For Your Life. You remember how I said I have more dumb moments than I’d like to admit? Well, John has helped me have less dumb moments (Thanks, John!). So, after hearing how quinoa seeds contain essential amino acids (like lysine) and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron – I decided to give it a try. I actually found that it was quite good (when made right). 

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