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Making the Perfect Cup of Hot Tea

Okay, so I realize that not everybody has had the privilege of growing up in the Deep South where people don’t even bother to take drink orders, but simply pass around huge glasses filled with ice tea as soon as your butt hits the restaurant dining table chairs…

So how do you make that Mississippi nectar that is the pride of the hospitality state?

Sure lots and lots of sugar is important, but many other factors are important also—such as the technique/process you will be using, the quality of the water used, temperatures, and time.

But there are many factors that go into making the perfect cup of tea, including…

1.The Method…What method you use when making your tea is a personal preference, but here are a few options…

French Press…The same French press that you use to make coffee can also be used to make tea. Using a French press allows you to brew several cups of tea at one time. A French press also allows you to steep and serve your tea in the same vessel. However, you could easily over-steeping your tea since the tea leaves simply sit at the bottom of the press after you make the tea, instead of being taken out.

Tea Ball Infuser…Tea ball infusers are basically teabags that you fill yourself with whatever loose tea you would like and then steep in your tea until you get the strength of tea that you would like. These hinged mesh spheres are obviously more “environmentally friendly.”

Tea Brewing Strainers…Tea brewing strainers are small mesh baskets that you fill with loose leaf  tea and then pour hot water on top of the leaves. As the hot water passes over the loose tea leaves, your tea is “brewed,” but this is probably not your best option because you can’t is not very popular and control how long your tea brews.

Teabags…Of course you already know what a teabag is, and this is the most common method of making tea. This method is the most convenient, even though not the most “environmentally friendly.”

Teapot…Teaposts are always a great choice, but not all teapots will deliver the same results. Two factors to consider when choosing a teapot are whether or not the teapost has a built-in strainer to help infuse the tea or requires use of a separate straining device….and what  material your teapot is made from so that you can know that the brewing temperature is ideal or not for the type of tea which you will most likely be making.

2.  The Temperature…Even though most of us would assume that in order to make tea, you must bring your water to a rolling boil, this is not always the case. In fact, different types of tea require different temperatures. Bringing your water to a rolling boil can actually keep your tea from reaching its fullest flavor potential.

As a general rule, white tea and green tea should be made with the lowest temperature, about 175 degrees. Oolong and black tea should be made with a medium temperature, about 200 degrees. And mate, rooibos, and other types of herbal tea should be made with the highest temperature, about 210 degrees.

Bringing your water to a full rolling boil and then letting the tea cool down to the ideal temperature also will negatively impact the flavor of your tea.

3. The Time…Time can also affect the flavor of the tea. Different steeping times will create subtle flavor differences that you may or may not like. The best thing to do is to take the time to steep any new type of tea that you may be trying in thirty second intervals until you find the steeping time for that particular tea that you like best.

4. The Water…Water is obviously a very important ingredient to a great glass of tea, almost as important as the sugar. Only use water that is fresh and cold.  Avoid using tap water that has been sitting in stagnant in your kettle for any length of time or that has already been boiled previously. Always use cold water instead of hot water. Hot tap water tends to carry more minerals—such as calcium and lime—and can mess up the flavor of your tea.

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Mineral Water At Least Makes Drinking Water Much Less Boring

My very favorite segment of the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is when Charlie and his grandfather drink the bubbly water and float into the ceiling. If they can escape the reality of gravity and this great planet full of chaos and concerns simply by drinking bubbly water, wouldn’t we all be drinking it every day?

Yet, even though bubbly water will not help us reach great heights, there are many types of “bubbly” water available that can add interest to our newly established water drinking habit that not only help with staying hydrated, but also provide many other health benefits as well.

These options include…

  • Sparkling Water…Sparkling water is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide, either naturally or man-made, making the water sparkling or bubbly.
  • Natural Mineral Water…Natural mineral water—such as Perrier and San Pellegrino—is water than comes from a  a geologically and physically protected underground water source—such as an aquifer, underground reservoir, spring, or artesian wells—such as in Mihalkovo in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains, in Medžitlija in Macedonia, or most notably in Selters in the German Taunus mountains.
  • Seltzer Water…Seltzer water is a  genericized trademark originally used to market the water that comes from the infamous German town Selters, This natural sparkling mineral water has been commercially bottled and shipped from this town since the 18th century or earlier.
  • Soda Water…Soda water, also known as club soda, contains bicarbonate of soda, which gives them its own unique flavor. This water is popularly used for making mixed drinks—such as whisky and soda and Campari soda.
  • Tonic Water…Tonic water is a form of carbonated water that contains a bitter compound called quinine, along with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

 

And now that we have looked at the different types of bubbly available, let’s think about the health benefits of adding carbonated water to your diet….benefits such as…

  1. Blood Sugar…The bicarbonate found in mineral water helps maintain a healthy pH of the blood so it doesn’t become too acidic or too basic and improves glycemic control.
  2. Bones…Unlike soft drinks, mineral water does not contribute to lower bone mineral density and osteoperosis….mainly because unlike Cokes mineral water does not contain the added risk of having a lot of phosphorus and not enough calcium. In fact, drinking one liter of sodium-rich sparkling water for eight weeks can lead to better calcium retention.
  3. Digestion…Mineral water may help treat digestive problems—such as constipation.
  4. Heart…Carbonated water has several beneficial effects on cholesterol, inflammation and blood sugar. People drinking mineral water regularly can reduce their risk of developing heart disease within ten years by 35%.
  5. Motion Sickness…Carbonated beverages without caffeine are known for their ability to help calm that queasiness.
  6. Weight Loss…Just as plain old water does, carbonated water helps you feel full longer…perhaps even better.

 

Now that we have established the fact that sparkling mineral water is a better alternative to Coke...for many reasons…such as Cokes being about a hundred times more erosive to teeth than sparkling mineral water, not containing any sugar or calories, and not being loaded with insulin-raising sugars or filled with extremely health-hazardous fake sugars like aspartame…

And now that we have also established the fact that sparkling water is also perhaps a better alternative to regular tap water…for many reasons…such as the possible, or probable, presence of dangerous toxins in our water supply…as proven by the findings of 316 different chemicals in tap water throughout the United States…

 

Let’s check which options of ready-to-drink carbonated water are the best ones to grab out of all the available alternatives.

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Final Thoughts…

  1. Make sure that you are choosing a sugar-free, unflavored sparkling mineral water that doesn’t contain any calories, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, artificial flavors, citric acid or any other acids, and any other additives.
  2. Spike sugary fruit juices with sparkling water.
  3. Try infusing your sparkling water just as you would regular water…with options such as watermelon, rosemary, blueberries, cucumber, lavender, and mint.
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Cool As a Cucumber

If lemon water was water with lemon, or lemon with water…then what do you think cucumber water is?!

Exactly?!

But do you know the health benefits of cucumber water and why cucumber water has been served at day spas and health clubs all over the world for decades?!

First let’s look at the health benefits of the cucumber itself…

  1. Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin B, potassium, and magnesium.
  2. Cucumbers are very nutrient rich and good for you.
  3. Cucumbers are an antioxidant.
  4. Cucumbers consist mainly of water.
  5. Cucumbers contain “fisetin,”an anti-inflammatory that helps improve brain health.
  6. Cucumbers contain lignans, polyphenols which may help lower your risk of certain types of cancer—including ovarian, breast, and prostate cancer.
  7. Cucumbers contain lots of fiber.
  8. Cucumbers contain very few calories.
  9. Cucumbers contain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that we all need.
  10. Cucumbers will make you feel more “satiated,” or full, and you won’t eat as much.

 

Cucumbers have been touted to be a great way to avoid or treat various diseases—including cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, vision loss.

While this may not be necessarily true, there are many advantages to adding cucumber water to your daily routine and healthy lifestyle.

 

The simple fact that cucumber water helps you reach your daily goal as far as drinking water is important in and of itself for various health benefits—including not only making sure that you stay hydrated, but also many other things—such as…

  • adding vitamins and minerals that supplement the rest of your diet
  • assisting in the cleansing of toxins
  • helping each of your body’s organs do its job better
  • helping you have more energy
  • helping your cardiovascular system
  • maintaining the right body temperature
  • providing antioxidants
  • providing nutrients are derived from whole food sources, not synthetic vitamins, so that any nutrients will be better absorbed and utilized by the body

The question now becomes not if you should add “stuff” to your water, but other than cucumbers, besides cucumber water can also be bland…what else could you add to your cucumber water to make even that taste better and be more nutritious?

The answer to making cucumber water even more palatable include…

  • Lemons…Lemons contain lots of vitamin C, which acts is a natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and metabolism booster.
  • Limes…Limes, just like lemons, have a lot of vitamin C along with other nutrients.  In fact,  one lime can provide almost 48% of your daily vitamin C…and vitamin C is important for protecting your heart, supporting better eye health, improving gum health, soothing digestive problems, and reducing fevers.
  • Mint…Mint is another rich source of Vitamin C, as well as several other important nutrients—including calcium, fiber, and magnesium. Mint also provides an extra boost of antioxidants, and provides a unique flavor that really makes this drink delicious and crisp.
  • Pineapple…Pineapples contain high amounts of vitamin C and manganese, along with plenty of B vitamins.
  • Rosemary…Rosemary is a great source of iron, calcium, and potassium.
  • Thyme…Thyme can take care of your Vitamin C needs for the day all by itself.
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Yes, Actually You CAN Take It With You

Now that we’ve established the fact that all of us should be drinking more water and talked about a few ways to make drinking water more of a habit, let’s look at a few of the things that will make this goal easier to achieve.

Sure, you could simply buy bottled water, more on which kinds of bottled water to buy later, but having a portable water bottle that you can carry with you everywhere you go is a much smarter option. In fact, using reusable water bottles…

  • does not create the litter that typical water bottles do. More than thirty billion water bottles are consumed every year…and most of those empty bottles end up eventually stockpiled in landfills.
  • saves you money. Tap water costs 240 to 10,000 times less than bottles water. Last year, people dumped thirty-eight billion water bottles into landfills worldwide.
  • is environmental-friendly. Bottled water production consumes over one thousand times more energy than tap water.
  • saves water. Producing one liter of bottled water actually requires three liters of ordinary municipal water.
  • makes you a smarter consumer…ordinary tap water and then making the consumer think that they are getting some super-water with extraordinary powers to cure what ails you. Wrong!!! Shockingly, 24% of bottle water is actually just repackaged tap water.

Seems like such an easy option, until you start looking at the different options available.

So how do you know which water bottle to choose?

By thinking about the different types and features of reusable water bottles so that you can make a good decision once you get to the store.

 

Materials…The first factor to consider when choosing the perfect water bottle in what the bottle is made from. Water bottles can be found in many different materials—including aluminum, stainless steel, plastic, polyethylene, and copolyester.

 

1.Plastic…The first material that portable water bottles can be made from, and the first material that comes to most of us when we think of them, is plastic. Benefits of using plastic bottles include…

  • affordable
    can repeatedly drop one without worrying about breaking or shattering it
    can take just about whatever abuse you give them
    easy to tote around
    incredibly durable
    lightweight
    readily available
    travel

Brands To Consider

  • Fit & Fresh
  • GOBIEH20
  • Nalgene

 

2. Metal…Metal options include stainless steel and aluminum, and are ideal for those who are tough on their water bottles. Benefits of using metal water bottles include…
  • doesn’t retain smells and tastes
  • double-wall construction that gives them outstanding insulating properties
  • keeps water cool for an extended period of time
  • keeps water fresh tasting, but some absorb heat and make the water warm
  • provides better insulation than plastics
  • very durable

Brands To Consider

    • Earth Lust
    • Hydro Flask
    • Klean Kanteen

 

3. Glass Bottles…A third option for water bottles is glass. Benefits of using glass reusable water bottles include being totally recyclable. Brands of reusable glass bottles include…

  • bottlesUP
  • Life Factory
  • Love Bottle
  • Takeya

In addition to first choosing which material you would like your water bottle to be, there are other questions that you should ask yourself, including…

Easy to Carry

  • Does the water bottle have a belt holster that can hold your water bottle if you participate in activities where you need to be hands-free or if you just get tired of carrying a water bottle?
  • Will the bottle be easy to carry?

 

Easy to Clean

  • Is it dishwasher-safe? Can washing the bottle in the dishwasher actualy clean the inside thoroughly or does it have to be hand washed?
  • If you will have to wash the bottle by hand, is the opening wide enough to get a bottle brush inside them in order to clean it?

 

Opening…In addition to checking the neck of the bottle to make sure that it will be easy to clean, ask yourself if the mouth of the bottle will be easy to fill with ice cubes and water…

 

Drinking Valve…

  • Does the valve lock securely enough to prevent the bottle from leaking?
  • Is the valve wide enough to provide optimal flow?
  • Does the water bottles come with a push-pull valve or a bite valves?
  • Which type of valve do you prefer?
  • Insulators
  • – Some water bottles come with sleeves that help keep your drink warm or cold. This comes in handy depending on your walking or hiking weather conditions. A nice, cold drink is a definite plus on a hot, summer day.

 

Size

  • How many ounces will the bottle hold?
  • How many ounces does your ideal bottle need to hold?
  • Will you have a source of water nearby, such as a water fountain, to use if and when you need to refill the bottle?
  • Will the bottle fit in the cup holders in your car?

 

 

Filter

  • Does the bottle have an in-bottle filtration system that will allow you to refill the bottle from any faucet or other source and be certain that your water will be clean and tasty?
  • Does this water filter make the bottle too heavy to be usable?
  • How easy is it to replace the filter?

 

 

 

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But Water Is SO Boring and Has Absolutely No Taste

Okay, so now we’ve established the fact that drinking water each day is important in maintaining our overall health and well-being. Water is required for all sorts of  reasons—including flushing toxins and waste products from our bodies, helping with digestion, keeping us “regular,” preventing dehydration, helping with weight loss, hydrating the skin, reducing the signs of aging. treating fatigue, adding shine to dull hair, preventing chapped lips, maintaining a health immune system.

But drinking the suggested amount of water can often be a challenge.

I have been drinking two liters of water each day for about five years now. The two things that I have found work best for me in reaching this goal have been a simple two liter Coke, (yeah, I am from the Deep South), bottle and an infuser bottle that I take with me everywhere…and have left how many in my grocery cart at Walmart and had to replace…

Like I said earlier, my two favorite tools for helping me drink more water each day have been a 2-liter Coke bottle that I fill each day in order to finish by the time that I go to bed that night, and an infuser water bottle that I take with me everywhere I go.

But there are several other tools and techniques that can help you start drinking the water that your body needs each day, so keep reading…

THE WHO…(no, not the band…your co-workers, family, and friends)…Just as with any other goal, having other people—such as your spouse or a friend or a co-worker—can help you in your quest for drinking more water. To me this seems rather extreme, but this could actually be fun is you challenge a co-worker to see who can drink more water

 

THE WHAT

  1. The Little Water Bottle…Carrying a small refillable water bottle everywhere you go, whenever you go will help you get into the daily habit of drinking more water throughout the day.
  2. The Big Water Bottle...In addition to carrying a small bottle of water with you, I have found it helpful to go ahead and pour a pitcher with how much water you have decided to drink each day. This serves as both a reminder and an easy way to make sure that you drink your full amount of water. I simply use an empty 2-liter Coke bottle.
  3. The Water Filter…Invest in a filter….You can get water filters both to filter both your tapwater as well as the pitcher or bottle that you use. We will be taking a look at a few options in a later post…For now, just realize that they might actually be worth checking into.
  4. The Straw….Using a straw actually does make a difference because you end up drinking faster, and drinking more at one time.
  5. The “Seltzer” Machine…Making your own carbonated water with the help of a home “seltzer” machine, such as the Soda Stream, might encourage you to drink more water also.

 

THE WHEN

  1. Before Meals…Drinking a full glass of water before every meal makes you feel full and helps you eat fewer calories.
  2. Morning...Drink a tall glass of lukewarm water as soon as you wake up.  Drinking this water will give you more energy to face the day ahead.
  3. Once Per Hour…Have one glass every hour on the hour will ensure that your water quote is met by the end of the day.
  4. Specific Times Throughout the Day…It is easier to start a habit if you link this new habit with an already existing daily activity. Drink a big glass at certain parts of your daily routine—such as when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, whenever you get up from your desk at work to take a bathroom break, after your brush your teeth in the morning, and right before you eat lunch.
  5. Whenever You’re Drinking Alcohol….Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage that you drink in order to avoid having a hangover the next day.
  6. Whenever You’re Exercise…Drink water before, during and after exercise.
  7. Whenever You’re Hungry…Drink water if you’re feeling hungry. Thirst is often confused with hunger.
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Just Exactly HOW Much Water Should We All Be Drinking Each Day

There is no hard and set rule as to how much water each of us should be drinking each day, but the fact is that only 22% of American men and women are drinking the eight or more cups needed each day to enjoy the complete benefits of water listed in my last post….even though water is calorie-free, caffeine-free, alcohol-free, cheap, readily available, and even helps you lose weight—reason enough alone to start drinking two liters per day if you ask me.

A recent study shows that 7% of adults do not drink water at all…36% drink up to three cups of water each day…35% drink from four to seven cups of water each day.

Some studies suggest drinking eight 8oz glasses per day. Other studies suggest dividing your weight in half and drinking that many ounces.

Another recommendation is that men should drink about three liters of water each day, and women should drink two liters…(which I actually do drink each day and have been drinking for years….you’d be surprised how much better I feel when I manage to get my two liters in, even though it seems like I am constantly having to find a bathroom whenever we go anywhere).

How much water you as an individual need each day depends on many factors—such as your health, activity level, climate,

Everyone needs to drink more water than usual whenever they are running a fever, have diarrhea, trying to survive the summer heat, (which here in Texas right now is up to 110 degrees), are working out or doing “hard” physical activity, or are vomiting.

By the way, a general rule of thumb is that you are probably not drinking enough water if your pee isn’t clear.

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Why We Should All Be Drinking Water Everyday

 

What if I were to tell you that there is one “food” that has no calories, fat, carbohydrates or sugar….a “food” that if consumed adequately and regularly can provide numerous health benefits and can prevent or help treat many health problems—including fatigue, headaches, feeling irritable or anxious, constipation and other digestive disorders, insomnia, asthma, allergies, constipation, high blood pressure, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders.

That one “food” that would most help us maintain and improve our health that most would be…

Water

Yet even though this “magic potion” is cheap, readily available, and perhaps even better, helps us lose weight, many of us often overlook the importance of drinking enough water each day.

Many of us assume that we will get enough water from the foods that we eat, but this is not the case. On even the “healthier” diet that you can consume—a diet that consists mainly of whole, fresh foods—you only will get up to 20% of the water that you need each day. On the typical American diet—a diet that consists mainly of processed foods and sugary soda—you won’t even get that much.

Also factor in the fact that those sugar sodas—as well as many other drinks that we drink during the day such as alcohol, coffee, and tea—actually take away from the amount of water that your body needs and negate any benefits that would be available from having the appropriate amount of water available for the various body systems to function.

 

Reaons to Drink Water

1.Asthma and Allergies…Water  is important in keeping your air passages open, very important for those of us with asthma and allergies. Whenever you are dehydrated, the body closes up these passageways in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.

2.Blood Pressure…Water is important in preventing your blood from becoming so thick that it increases your blood pressure.

3. Body Temperature…Water is important in cooling the body whenever you sweat. Water is stored in the middle layers of the skin. Whenever you sweat, this water comes to the surface of the skin. As this water evaporates, it cools the body.

4. Body Waste…Water is important in removing both urine and feces.

5. Brain Function…Water is important in protecting brain structure and function, as well as producting hormones and neurotransmitters. Drinking water promotes clearer thinking and reasoning.

6. Constipation…Drinking water, especially carbonated water, is important in both preventing and relieving constipation.

7. Exercise…Drinking water is important while you are exercising for many reasons—such as maintaining appropriate body temperature, staying motivated, keeping you from getting tired as quickly, and keeping you on top of your game both physically and mentally.

8. Headaches…Drinking water can sometimes relieve the intensity and duration of headaches.

9. Hangovers…Drinking water can help prevent the unpleasant symptoms experienced after drinking alcohol—such as thirst, fatigue, headache and dry mouth. These symptoms are a result of your becoming dehydrated from drinking too much alcohol, which is a diuretic.

10. Joint Pain…Drinking water maintains the ability of the joints to absorb shock and prevents joint pain.

11. Kidney Stones…Drinking water makes you have to pee more often, which prevents minerals from consolidating, crystallizing and becoming kidney stones.

12. Skin…Drinking water is important for maintaining healthy, clearer skin. Water is also important in preventing skin disorders and premature wrinkling…as well as making your skin look healthy and vibrant and preventing it from becoming dry, flaky and tight.

13. Tooth Decay…Drinking water keeps the mouth clean and as a result reduces tooth decay.

14. Weight Loss…Drinking water can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite and making you burn more calories.. Drink water instead of calorie-laden juices and sodas. Drink water thirty minutes before meals to make you feel full more quickly and keep you from overeating. Drink cold water, instead of lukewarm, so that your body will have to use more calories to heat the water to body temperature.

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When life gives you lemons, drink them

  
 

August is also National Water Quality Month.

Being dehydrated can negatively impact everything from your mental focus to energy and metabolism. 

  
One of the most important purchases you can make when creating a more healthy home and lifestyle is a water filter. 

The type of filter that you should buy depends on just how clean your tap water is to begin with.Checking water quality can be done either by checking your municipality’s mandatory Consumer Confidence Reports, an annual water quality summary that’s released each year by July 1st, or using a test kit from the local hardware store. 

NSF International is a trusted organization that sets certain standards for judging water purity. Filters are tested by adding specific contaminants to the water and then determining how much of each impurity remains after going through the filter.

  • NSF Standard 42...This means that the filter passes for “aesthetic effects,” like making the water taste and smell better. 
  • NSF Standard 53...This means that the filter removes a given list of dangerous impurities, like lead and giardia.
  • NSF Standard 401…This means that the filter also removes trace amounts of prescription drugs and pesticides. 

To see how your current water filter rates, check the NSF website.

Water filters range from personal on-the-go filters to pitcher filters, faucet-mounted filters, refrigerator filters, and countertop filters…and also vary as to price, filtration method, and size.

  • Aquacristal 
  •  Aquasana
  • Big Berkey 
  • Brita Everyday Water Pitcher
  • Full Circle Home Wherever Lemon Water Bottle
  • Soma Pitcher

      

     
    A few health benefits of fruits most commonly used in infused water, for example are…

    • Cucumbers…Cucumbers contain 95% water and are actually more nutritious than plain water. Cucumbers help keep you hydrated and also help flush out toxins from the body.
    • Ginger…Ginger helps calm your GI tract.
    • Lemons…Lemons are full of Vitamin C which can help boost your immune system. 
    • Limes…Limes contain citric acid, which is an excellent fat burner and are also full of antioxidants.
    • Mint Leaves…Min leaves can help you lose weight because the leaves stimulate the digestion of fat and help eliminate toxins from the body.

    Fruit infuser water bottles make infused water that much easier to make and keep you from having to deal with fruit and leaves touching your lips every time that you take a drink.

    Colorful infused water full of fresh fruit-such as blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry-will also help you lose weight.

    Water can also be a good way to “cleanse” your system, instead of spending a bunch of money on expensive store-bought cleansing programs.

    A “cleanse” differs from a “detox.” 

    A cleanse flushes out any unneeded bad junk inside your body..

    A “detox” involves cutting the “junk” out of your diet, and perhaps even your home and lifestyle, that are just “dirtying up” your system, making you sick, and causing fatigue, gas, bloating, and water retention. This will naturally feel more alert and awake with much less mental fog. 

    Before you begin a cleanse or detox, be sure cut out all the carb-loaded drinks. alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, sugary foods, and saturated fats at least a week before starting.This will help reduce any withdrawal symptoms and allow you to benefit more from your cleanse or detox.

    Be sure to eat more foods that are high in the healthy fats, such as avocados, raw nuts, and seeds.

    1.  Lemon Cucumber Mint Fat Flush Water... Cut the cucumber into very thing slices and add about a half a lemon and squeeze the juice in. Add as much mint as you like.

    2.  Orange-Kiwi Infused Water..
    ..Combine 2C water or sparkling water, 2 ice, 1 slicedorange, 2 peeled and sliced kiwis.

    3.  Strawberry Infused Vitamin Detox…
    Slightly mush up 1C strawberries in a bowl with 2 sprigs fresh rosemary. Add 2C cubed watermelon. Pour filtered water over the fruit. Chill.