Gettin’ Ziggy With It

ChevronHello, dolls! Yes, I know my post title is reeeaaallly bad, but I had to go there. I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t cheesy sometimes.  Sorry for my lack of posts. I have a lot of irons in the fire right now, and I am excited for some new endeavors coming up. This weekend while my hubby and I were out he snapped a few photos of me impromptu, so there aren’t a lot of photos, but you can still see how fun this look is. Chevron print is so on trend right now. I even noticed the logo at the Chevron station for the first time! Haha. I mean, I would see the logo when I’d pass the gas station before, but I never really thought much of it until chevron print was popping up everywhere! I am seeing it on everything from headbands to pillowcases! I bought this cute maxi sundress a few months back and I am constantly stopped and told how lovely my dress is. I hope this trend sticks around for awhile because I am loving it! I also just purchased some chevron print headwraps last week and I am loving them as well. Loving this trend and hope you are too!

My look: Maxi sundress: Kohl’s; Sandals: Forever 21 (old) – similar style here; Bracelet: Forever 21; Chevron Ring: Forever 21; Floral Sunnies: Charlotte Russe

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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!