6 Ways Lemon Water Can Improve Your Health

6 Ways Lemon Water Can Improve Your Health

Most of us are familiar with the occasional slice of lemon in soda or water. Why not step it up a notch? Did you know that there are so many amazing health benefits to drinking lemon water?

To gain the most benefits of lemon juice, drink luke-warm water with lemon juice in the morning on an empty stomach.

Since pure lemon juice can be hard on the teeth enamel, it’s recommended to dilute it with water and to drink it with a straw (preferably a glass straw).

Why Drinking Lemon Water is Healthy

1. Improves digestion

The lemon juice aids digestion by soothing symptoms associated with heart burn, burping and bloating. It helps to remove toxins that have accumulated in the digestive tract. It also contains pectin fiber which is great for the colon and has antibacterial properties.

17 lemon yellow-6611282. Helps the liver in detoxing the body

It helps to increase the functions of enzymes and stimulates the liver. Drinking luke-warm water on an empty stomach itself is great for digestion, and with the addition of lemon juice it helps in flushing out toxins in the body.

Author of Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition, A.F. Beddoe, writes that the liver can make more enzymes out of lemon juice than from any other juice or food. This is because lemon juice works as a natural strengthener for liver enzymes when they are too dilute and it helps to balance oxygen and calcium levels in the liver. This can improve blood oxygen levels.

3. Improves your skin

The anti-oxidants in lemon juice help to slow down aging by combatting the effects of free radicals caused by stress or the aging process.

4. Boosts your immune system

Lemon juice is packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important vitamin for maintaining the immune system.

5. Great mood booster

The scent of lemons brings calmness to the nervous system which can help to reduce stress and uplift your mood.

6. Great for the nervous system

The high content of potassium in lemon juice helps the nervous cells in the body. Besides potassium, it is also a great source of phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. This helps to replenish the minerals in the body, which is especially good after a work-out or run.

Have the benefits sparked your interest? This is what to do tomorrow morning!

Squeeze half a lemon in a glass or cup of about 200ml or 8oz. 17 lemonwater-686917

Add luke warm water until full (26 – 35 celsius and 79 – 97 fahrenheit: To get this you can mix 1 part normal temperature water and roughly 2 parts hot water, or you can let boiling water sit for 10-15 minutes)

Drink this morning booster at least 15 minutes before breakfast.

Enjoy the refreshing taste and benefits for your digestion, skin, liver and your mood.

Please take notice that for some individuals with stomach problems lemon water may not be the solution. And that the benefits may take some time before they take effect.

6 Benefits Of Cold Showers For Your Mind And Body

6 Benefits Of Cold Showers For Your Mind And Body

How can something that seems to be a punishment be beneficial? Cold showers are not immediately associated with good events. Some of you might have been surprised by the sudden shock of cold water because your house mate or family member just washed their hands while you were in the middle of your shower ritual.

Or you might have come across the Guinness book world record holder Wim Hof aka the Ice Man and look at mastering the cold as something only for daring individuals. No, it’s not! Shower with cold water can be amazingly beneficial for everyone!

Have a look at these 6 benefits that we highlighted for you!


1. Learning to live with discomfort

Changing nice warm water to a chilling cold temperature does initially not feel comfortable for our bodies. Learning to accept the discomfort that is felt when the water is cold, is not just good for that moment. It helps you to live with uncomfortable situations and moments during the rest of the day and week, because you know that you can endure them and this makes you stronger for it.

If you handle 5 minutes of discomfort in the shower voluntarily, you will more easily be able to do something that is difficult or uncomfortable in real life.

Not convinced? Check out this inspiring TEDx talk by the creator of the Cold Shower Therapy app.


2. Increases recovery rate after a work-outAfter work out cold water

Cold immersions or showers help to improve the recovery rate after a work-out. The cold water on the body constricts blood vessels and brings pain relief locally – like an icepack on a bruise. With the improved circulation more oxygen, white blood cells and helpful substances can reach tissues that need healing more easily.

Cryotherapy (i.e. cold therapy) is well-known in the professional sports world and as a medical therapy since the seventeenth century. An ice bath or jumping in a winter lake are to the extreme spectrum of cold therapy and can be potentially harmful with the risk of getting hypothermia, frostbite or cold shock response. There is not enough research yet to prove the benefits of cold water immersion, but there is some evidence that showed delay in the start of muscle soreness.


 3. Improved blood circulation

During a cold shower your body is forced to adapt to the new temperature. Vasoconstriction is the process of the constriction/tightening of the arteries and veins. This changes the way blood flows since it will go where it is easier to go. As a result most of the blood flow is directed to your torso and your organs. After a session of cold water the blood flow is redirected back to the limbs. These changes in your cardiovascular system are great for your blood circulation.

Adaptation is a healthy process and the better your body is trained to adapt to new situations, the more resilient it becomes.


 4. Improves the body’s ability to handle stress and disease

A good cold shower or a swim in a cold lake or pool can reduce your level of stress in your body. In a study performed on ten healthy persons that swam in ice-cold water, the participants were measured to have an improved adaptation to oxidative stress in the body.

Cold water exposure improves the ability of the body to handle physical stress and can consequently better ward of disease. Hydrotherapy with repetitive short-term cold water showers is therefore used in physical medicine.


5. Good for skin and hairSkin_Water_Droplets_Bathing

Hot water dries out skin and can strip it from its natural protecting oils. In contrast, cold water helps to close pores and hair cuticles, and helps the skin to retain its natural oils. Closed pores will not easily get clogged, this can aid in preventing acne. The hair cuticles are also closed which makes it harder for dirt to attach to your hair strands. Great for making your hair shiner too!


6. Makes you alert

A shot of energy in the morning usually comes in the form of coffee, but what about getting the boost in your morning shower? The sudden change in temperature will make your breathing deeper and the improved blood flow will invigorate your whole body. Ready to start the day energized!


Starting tips!12 cold shower head

Only hitting your legs with cold water can be a good beginning to get used to the sensation of cold water.

Then you can start out ending the shower with a cold session or doing intervals of hot and cold periods of a few minutes each.

You can then move up to 5 minutes or completely showering cold.



Enjoy the cold embrace during your next shower and feel the benefits instantly!



Don’t feel like having a full body cold shower? Try this to start off instead:

You could simply put your face under streaming cold water or put it in a bucket of cold water. You will experience a reflex that is triggered when cold water contacts your face called the Mammalian Diving Reflex!

Then you can notice these changes happen in our body in the following 3 stages:

  1. Heart rate slows down, this lessens the transportation of oxygen in the bloodstream to the limbs and more oxygen is used for the organs.
  2. Capillary (i.e. smallest blood vessels) blood supply is stopped, leaving less blood circulation to the fingers, toes and then the limbs.
  3. Your blood starts shifting to your brain, heart and lungs.


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3 Reasons You Should Ditch Conventional Deodorant And How To Make Your Own!

3 Reasons You Should Ditch Conventional Deodorant And How To Make Your Own!

There are many benefits to making your own deodorant. Firstly, you save money by not paying for branded product’s marketing campaigns and other costs that are not needed when you make your own product! You simply need the base ingredients and you can add your own personalized touch to it! Secondly, there are many harmful added ingredients in conventional deodorants.

5 Harmful Ingredients in Deodorant

Here are 5 common harmful ingredients used in conventional deodorant – and in many other skin care products:

  1. One of the most used harmful ingredient in deodorant is aluminum. It is used to block the sweat that is escaping the pores. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men in several studies.

Concerning breast cancer, the added concern lies in the close proximity of the armpit to the breast tissue. Aluminum is known to be an estrogenic, which means that it acts as the female hormone estrogen. Estrogen promotes breast growth, which can lead to cancerous overgrowth when there is an access.

  1. Another ingredient that some people are familiar with is paraben. It is in most beauty and care products found in stores in the form of methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben or benzylparaben. These compounds, similarly to aluminium, are estrogenic as well. They can disrupt hormone balances in our bodies.
  1. A third harmful ingredient in many conventional deodorant and other skin care products is propylene glycol (PG). It is a compound that helps to make skin care products easier absorbed by the skin. It is a cheap way to give a softer consistency to cosmetic products and it is even used in processed foods.

It is questioned by consumer safety advocates if it is safe in small amounts, since in large quantities it damages the liver, heart and nervous system. In deodorant higher concentrates of PG are used than in other skin care products.

  1. Phthalates have been linked to various health issues. They act as hormone disruptors and increase the risk for cell mutations. High phthalate levels in women of child bearing age are linked to an increased risk of birth defects.
  1. The synthetic antibacterial compound Triclosan is registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a pesticide and it is classified as a chlorophenol – chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans. It is also a hormone disruptor, which in the long run can decrease fertility, change genetic material and increase the risk for birth defects.

And thirdly, when we buy products that are ultimately bad for our health we are actually supporting the manufacturing of these products. This way we are contributing to the public health issue of more chemicals in our every day products, environment and our bodies… So by opting out and making your own deodorant – or buying one that is health-conscious and environmentally-friendly, you are making a statement that you care about the health of others and yourself. Who doesn’t love that? 🙂



As we’ve shown you how it is both better for your physical, mental health and financial health, now let us reveal how to make your own deodorant from ingredients that you might already have in your home! With just 3 base ingredients and in 3 simple steps!

TIP! Since it’s easy to make large batches, you can hand it out to your friends. It will be a unique and caring gift!

You will need…

  • An empty container (e.g. a lip balm container)
  • 6 table spoons of coconut oil
  • 4 table spoons of baking soda
  • 4 table spoons of corn starch e.g. maizena
  •  Personal touch: A few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance (e.g. rose, lavender, eucalyptus)


Step one:

In a pan let the coconut oil melt on a low temperature. Make sure it does not boil; this step is simply to make the coconut oil liquid so that the other ingredients can be mixed into it.

Step two:

Add the baking soda, corn starch and essential oil into the melted coconut oil and stir until completely blended.

Step three:

Pour the mixture into the containers. And put it in the fridge to let it cool and solidify.

Voila! Your harm-free and health conscious deodorant!
Voila! Your harm-free deodorant!

That’s it! Enjoy your homemade, health-conscious deodorant!