Drink Lemon Water #bebetter52

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This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is a perfect way to start the New Year and detox from the holidays. The challenge is to drink room temperature lemon water first thing in the morning.

Why room temperature and why first thing in the morning? Well, according to Water Benefits Health, water at room temperature helps preserve the enzymatic and energetic properties of the lemon. By boiling the water, you lose some of the enzymes and with ice water, you hinder the lemon's digestive impact. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is beneficial because it helps wake up your metabolism and digestive system.

SO WHY LEMON WATER?

There are many benefits to drinking water and there are many benefits to consuming lemons. When you put them together, amazing things happen. Adding a little flavor to our water helps us drink more of it. When we drink more water we stay hydrated, which boosts the immune system, activates internal organs, aids digestion and lowers blood pressure (healthalkaline.com).

WHEN YOU ADD LEMON TO WATER, YOU BOOST ITS BENEFITS TREMENDOUSLY.

Great source of VITAMIN C, which helps to boost your immune system.  

Helps with DIGESTION, which includes preventing constipation, diarrhea and other indigestion issues.

Flushes out TOXINS by aiding in the process of purifying the liver.

Reduces JOINT PAIN by decreasing the amount uric acid deposited in joints.

FUN FACTS:

1.     Try drinking lemon water 30 minutes before meals to aid with digestion and enhance nutritional absorption.

2.     If you weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half of a fresh lemon into 8-12 ounces of water. If you weigh over 150 pounds, squeeze a whole lemon into 24-32 ounces.

3.     Your body can only metabolize about 12 ounces of water at a time so when drinking more than 12 ounces, spread the consumption of water over the course of a couple of hours to get the most benefit. 

4.     Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.

5.     Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes! Potassium stimulates brain and nerve function.

6.     Lemons are even good for the skin. The antioxidants in lemon juice help not only to decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too. Lemon juice can also be applied to scars and age spots to lighten them.

7.     Water is the body's main chemical component. Every system in the body depends on water to function properly, as the water flushes toxins out of vital organs.

WARNING: IF YOU DRINK TOO MUCH LEMON WATER AND TOO QUICKLY, YOU MIGHT EXPERIENCE DISCOMFORT SUCH AS A HEADACHE, STOMACHACHE AND FATIGUE (WATER BENEFITS HEALTH).  IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF LEMON YOU SQUEEZE INTO EACH GLASS AND DRINK OVER A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME.

VARIATIONS:

Although we recommend drinking lemon water at room temperature, drinking lemon water at different temperatures is better than not drinking it at all.

You can drink cold water by adding ice and lemon.

You can drink hot water and add lemon and even some honey.

You can add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

You can use lemon essential oil instead of lemon juice.

Perhaps substituting lemon water every morning can kick your coffee habit, too! We are excited for you to experience all the health benefits of lemon water alongside us this week.

Remember for every completed challenge money will be donated to Every Mother Counts. If you post a picture on social media then extra money will be donated. 

 

Week 30-31 (Health) Goal: Natural Sunscreen

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Natural Sunscreen Did you know that any change in the pigmentation of your skin is considered skin damage? We normally think of sun damage as sunburn, especially if the skin blisters or peels. But any tanning of your skin is considered sun damage. Avoiding such damage isn’t easy, but it is very important to your long-term skin health! This week, make sunscreen a priority and take the extra time to put on sunscreen every day before you leave the house. Better yet, invest in natural sunscreen. According to The Daily Green “although the Food and Drug Administrations and manufacturer might feel chemicals inside sunscreen are okay, many suspect ingredients including oxybenzone, could disrupt the human hormonal system and that Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) may boost skin cancer risk.” Natural sunscreens limit the amount of chemicals you put on your skin, therefore absorbed into your body.

Once you buy the natural sunscreen. First things first: your face. Your face is the most exposed area of your body, so the skin on your face is likely to experience the most damage. Using sunscreen on your face every day is crucial. For women, using makeup with sunscreen is a great option. For best coverage of your skin, use SPF 15 or stronger.

The beach always holds the promise of fun, but it can be detrimental to your skin. Whenever you are in a swimsuit, it is best to apply SPF 30 or higher, especially on hot days. For maximum results, apply your sunscreen before leaving the house, or at least 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun.

Even on cloudy days, your skin is exposed to harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause permanent skin damage. Applying sunscreen every day is the best way to avoid skin damage and stay healthy. Trying to go the extra step? If you are aiming to avoid chemicals, try a variety of natural sunscreen options. From homemade to expensive celebrity brands, there are numerous options for sunscreen alternatives!

Natural Sunscreen Products and Homemade Sunscreen recipes: What are the best natural sunscreens products out there? Check out the 21 top most affordable natural sunscreens out on the market according to TheDailyGreen.com

Some on the list include: Purple Prairie SunStuff Natural Sunscreen and Goddess Garden Natural Sunscreen

If you have any interest in making your own sunscreen, here is a sunscreen recipe from Wellness Mama