Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Three Easy Ways I Boost My Health

I guess I am going to stick with the 3 theme! There are 3 super simple things I do every day to help boost my metabolism, immune system, and overall health.  
First, I drink hot lemon water as soon as I wake up. Before I drink coffee, or brush my teeth, I head to the kitchen for this natural kick start. It really has been a life changer. I immediately feel more awake and I have noticed a difference in how I feel throughout the day. There are a lot of other proven benefits, too. Drinking hot lemon water immediately upon rising aids in digestion, helps the liver perform better, and gives your immune system a boost.  

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Second, I add turmeric to my smoothie, or to my hot lemon water. I will be honest, turmeric is an acquired taste. It is really bitter and sticks to the back of the throat. The good news is that a little goes a loooong way. You can purchase turmeric root at the grocery store, but I prefer to buy the ground powder (easily found on Amazon). Lately, turmeric has become quite trendy and I am not surprised. There is a long list of benefits, including its ability to act as an anti-inflammatory, increase the body’s antioxidants, and it has even been linked to improved brain function. If using turmeric root or powder is too strong for your liking, you can also find it in tea form.

This is a really in-depth article discussing the history and benefits of turmeric: http://file.scirp.org/Html/31311.html

Third, I drink Apple Cider Vinegar before I go to bed each night. Disclaimer: it is disgusting. BUT, I have found a way to make it go down a little easier: pour a shot of ACV into a little glass of hot water and top it off with a squeeze of lemon. I still have to hold my nose and chug, but it is a thousand times better than trying to swallow it plain. Much like turmeric, ACV has also become quite trendy in recent years. Mostly because it has been known to aid in weight loss. It also can help with digestion, improve skin, help lower blood sugar, and reduce muscle cramps (which is nice after an intense workout).
Some sources stated that Apple Cider Vinegar was also good for a boost of energy, although I personally don't notice any change. Like I said, I take it before bed and have never had an issue falling asleep. Might be a good idea to do a few test runs though, before you take it at night. 

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