Healthy Living- Detox Water

Detox Water As promised, I wanted to share more about my skin routine and the different things I do to keep it healthy in the most natural and organic way possible. While I will eventually get to what I put ‘on’ my skin, I think it is more important to start with what you put ‘in’ your skin, as I believe true beauty comes from within (both physically and emotionally). There are two parts to what I put into my body for healthy skin: vitamins (which we will discuss later) and detox waters. Two out of three of these detox drinks use water and simple house hold items. In fact, they seem so simple you might even wonder if they make a difference. I’ve done plenty of research over the years and have pulled some facts together so you can make your own educated decision, but in my opinion detox water definitely makes a difference.

Lemon Detox Water

Lemon Water 

8 ounces of water + Juice of half of lemon (can be diluted more to suit your tastes)

Every morning I roll out of bed, brush my teeth, and then grab a glass of lemon water. Every.single.morning. My skin has started to glow just a little bit more, and I’ve noticed my morning breathe growing fainter and fainter. Here are some other benefits:

  • Packed with vitamin C, citric acid, potassium (nourishes brain and nerve cells as well as your heart), calcium, phosphorus, magnesium
  • Lemon juice in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning helps flush out toxins and replenishes body salts (also good after a workout)
  • Aids in the production of bile and digestive juices which aids in your digestion and also relieves indigestion symptoms
  • Enhances enzyme function which stimulates your liver and aids in cleansing your system
  • Helps prevent wrinkles and acne and promotes clear skin
  • The pectin fiber in lemon is beneficial for colon health as well as an appetite suppressant thus helping you lose weight
  • Lemon is a powerful antibacterial and helps aid against the common cold as well as the growth of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and disease
  • Gives you an energy boost which is helpful for those trying to cut caffeine
  • Maintains healthy eyes and fights against eye health problems
  • It balances and maintains healthy pH levels in your body
  • Dissolves uric acids which helps reduce pain and inflammation in your joints and knees 

Please note: One side effect of lemon water can be its harsh effect on your teeth enamel. It is recommended that you brush your teeth prior to drinking lemon water and then do not brush again until at least 3 hours after. You can also swish plain water around your mouth after drinking your lemon water. You can read more about the benefits of lemon detox water here and here.

Apple Cider Vinegar detox water

Vinegar Water

8 ounces of water + 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (make sure it is unfiltered)

or

8 ounces of seltzer water + 1 tablespoon of vinegar + a splash of juice (typically cranberry juice…you want some that is 100% juice with nothing added)

The benefits of drinking vinegar water are similar to lemon water. It’s great for detoxing and it’s also high in potassium. I find that drinking vinegar detox water helps me to stay detoxed and debloated. Some other benefits include:

  • Apple cider vinegar has all the same benefits that apples do, meaning it is packed with enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants, beta carotene, calcium, iron, pectin, silicon and potassium.
  • It helps keep blood pressure low
  • It can aid in the prevention of colon cancer
  • Apple cider vinegar helps lower glucose levels which in turn can help with diabetes
  • It also aids with weight loss by acting as an appetite suppressant, reducing water retention, increase metabolism, and helping with digestion

Please note: To receive these benefits you must use apple cider vinegar that is raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, made from organic apples, and includes something about ‘the mother’ (aka the translucent film floating around in the vinegar) on the label. The brand I like to use is Bragg’s, which you can find online, at Whole Foods, or any other health store or specialty market. You can read more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar detox water here.

Dermal Health Detox water

Herb Pharm Dermal Health Drops 

8 ounces of water + 1 dropper of Dermal Health, 3x a day

While this compound is also great for detoxing your system and keeping your liver clean, its primary focus is detoxing the skin to help aid in relief of skin diseases such eczema, psoriasis, and acne. I have been drinking leon and vinegar water for years, but this detox solution is a recent recommendation. It was recommended to me by the lady who runs the herb shop in our neighborhood, and while it didn’t clear up my skin issues, I have noticed a big difference. Here are the ingredients found in this compound as well as links to pages with each of their benefits:

  • Burdock Seed: here and here
  • Stinging Nettle Seed: here
  • Sarsaparilla Root: here
  • Yellow Dock Root: here
  • Spilanthes Flowering Herb: here
  • Ginger Rhizome: here

Please note: This is by far the most expensive detox drink on the list and also probably the hardest to come by. The flavor is also not the most pleasant. 

*Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. These are simply things that have worked for me, my research on them, and my observations of how they have worked. Please consult your physician with any questions*

3×3 Food- Watermelon Drinks {Watermelon Granita Cocktail}

3x3 Food- Watermelon Drinks {Watermelon Granita Cocktail} On a hot, steamy night (or day, for that matter), I can never decide if I want to cool down with fresh fruit, a cocktail, or a frozen treat. I realized this dilemma was getting a bit out of hand when it would take me 30+ minutes to make a decision (um, hi warm drink, melted ice cream, and ruined evening), so, like most of normal society, I started combining fruit, cocktail, and frozen treat in one. First, there were these margaritas. Then recently I created these vodka-drenched granita sno-cone-wannabe drinks. Oh. Yes. I. Did. They pretty much rock my hot and humid summer world. Now my only dilemma will be deciding which of these 3 watermelon drinks I will be enjoying next. Luci’s sangria looks so refreshing (and healthy, because, I mean duh, it has fruit in it!), but I can never say no to a mojito and Grace’s recipe sure is calling my name. My solution to this dilemma? Give me all the watermelon drinks!

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Watermelon Granita Cocktail w/ Vodka
A cool summer treat turned into a light and refreshing watermelon cocktail
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For the granita
  1. 6 cups of watermelon cubes
  2. 1/3 cup condensed milk
  3. Juice of 2 limes
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of salt
For the cocktail
  1. 2 ounces of vodka
  2. 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  3. Juice of 4 limes
  4. 2 tablespoons spearmint or mint, chopped
  5. Club soda
Instructions
  1. To make the granita: In a blender, puree the watermelon, condensed milk, salt, and juice of 2 limes. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a 10x7 (you can also use a bigger or smaller pan, depending on how quickly you want it to freeze) and place it in the freezer for at least 4 hours. The condensed milk will keep it from becoming too hard so there is no need to scrape it with a fork every so often. Simply scrape the granita once it is all frozen.
  3. To assemble the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker combine the vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and mint. Shake to combine. Pour into 2 serving glasses. Top with 2 scoops of watermelon granita, then finish with a splash of club soda. Drink immediately.
Notes
  1. The drink portion of this recipe makes enough for 2 cocktails, however, the granita recipe makes enough for 4-6 cocktails (deepening on how much taste testing you do on the side!).
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Jose Cuervo Sorbet-Rita + History In A Bottle

History in a bottle It’s no secret that I enjoy combining the things I love with other things I love- food and fashion, peanut butter and chocolate, home decor and DIY, flip-flops and jean cut-offs, history and tequila….wait, hold up. History AND tequila?! Yes, believe it or not history was always one of my favorite subjects in school (and still happens to be one of my favorite topics to read about), and anyone who knows me knows tequila and I have our own bit of history dating back to my 21st birthday (margaritas have been my drink of choice since day one!). But what I’m referring to is a little more than drinking a marg while reading a historical book. Nope, what I’m referring to is actual history in a bottle. If I’ve thoroughly confused you (which I probably have), this video will help clear things up-

 

And you thought I was lying about history and tequila going together. I mean, can you believe that Jose Cuervo has been making 100% agave tequila since 1795?! From the volcanic eruption that enriched the soil for Cuervo®’s agave plants, to the celebration of Cinco de Mayo; from the heroic actions of Cuervo® to relieve America from Prohibition’s dry spell, to the invention of the Margarita and its inspiration of bikini volleyball. Cuervo Tradicional® has been through it all in it’s 219 years of existence. It truly is fascinating to see all that history come to life in through video as well as their free interactive app.

Now that we’ve had our history lesson for the day, it’s time to reward yourself with a refreshing margarita, or I should say, a twist on a margarita.

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Sorbet-Rita
Makes one drink

2 ounces Jose Cuervo Tradicional tequila
1 ounce Triple Sec
1 cup lemonade
1 scoop of sorbet (I used Ciao Bella’s “Blackberry Cabernet”)
Mint or spearmint and lemon slices to garnish

Scoop the sorbet into balls and place them on a plate or in a bowl. Place in the freezer for at least 15-30 minutes before you will be serving the cocktail. Ideally (and especially if you are serving these for several friends), I would recommend preparing the sorbet balls 24 hours in advance and placing them on a wax paper lined baking sheet in the freezer.

To make the cocktail, mix together the tequila, triple sec, and lemonade over ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a margarita glass. Add in one of the scoops of sorbet and then garnish with mint or lemon. Serve immediately.

And while you’re enjoying that sorbet-rita, don’t forget to also enjoy the ‘Cuervo History In A Bottle’ app.

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This post was sponsored by Jose Cuervo. All opinions are my own. 

5 Ways To Relax

La Marca This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Marca Prosecco. It is intended for an audience over 21 years of age.

When life gets a little crazy (or, as of late, a lot of crazy), it can be hard for me to calm down. But over the years I’ve managed to find a few stress-relief “sweet spots”, in other words, the things that get me to wind down and put the sparkle back into life.

La Marca prosecco La Marca ways to relax La Marca H&M blue shirt summer outfit 1. Nothing gets me relaxed like a good glass of bubbly! In fact, now that I think of it, every way I like to relax is better when paired with a little bubbly. It may seem like such a small thing, but it has such a luxurious impact. One of my favorite brands is La Marca Prosecco. It’s smooth, sweet, and delicious. Not only is it available throughout the country (find a nearby retailer here), but it also has an affordable price point (around $17), making this an accessible luxury anytime I need to relax (also, making it my favorite thing about the them). You can find out more about them on their Facebook page.

5 ways to relax 2. Because my husband and I are nearly inseparable, it would seem that in order to relax, I would need some time away from him. However, just the opposite is true. Spending time with my husband is one of my favorite ways to relax. Some of the things we love to do together to unwind include cooking, walking, traveling, drawing, playing scrabble, and reading (particularly on Sunday afternoons, under the afternoon sun, after a picnic).

how to relax blue shirt and white jeans 3. I’ve been journaling for as long as I could write. In fact, I have boxes filled with tons of my old journals (which I’m sure are filled with juicy secrets like how many chocolate eggs I would sneak from my sister’s Easter basket). Journaling has helped me through sad and difficult times and rejoiced with me in happy times. It listens to everything I need to say, even if I need to say it 1,000 times. It has nurtured my love for writing, and it probably explains why I enjoy blogging so much. Anytime I feel off balance and flustered, I take a step back, find a quite spot, and pour my thoughts out onto paper. I always feel better.

blue nailpolish 4. Every week, I pencil in an hour or so to do things like paint my nails, give myself a facial, and put on a hair mask. I try to avoid e-mail, work and social media, and truly bask in the quietness of unplugging.

La Marca 5. Last, but certainly not least, anytime I need to relax, I head to the kitchen. There is nothing that baking and cooking can’t fix, especially if I’m drinking a little glass of bubbly while doing so!

Do you like to relax with a nice glass of bubbly? What are some of your other favorite ways to relax?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Marca Prosecco. It is intended for an audience over 21 years of age.

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Happy Hour- Hot Apple Butter Rum

hot buttered rum cocktail You know when rum and butter are in the same sentence, chances are pretty high that good things are ahead. Of course, it could also mean something horrible, like clogged arteries from too much butter and a hot drunk mess from drinking too much rum, but we’ll just pretend neither of those are an option. What IS an option is making and drinking this delicious hot apple butter rum drink. If you’re like me and you have a cabinet full of liquor, no mixers in the house (and you’re too lazy to go buy some), but you just have to have a cocktail, this is the drink for you. Better yet, if you’re in charge of cocktails for any holiday gathering this season, bring this. Everyone will love you for bringing a delicious drink and the host will love you because everyone loved the drink. So basically this drink will make everyone love you a lot. You’re welcome!

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Hot Apple Butter Rum
Makes 2 Servings

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 a cup of apple butter
1 cup of water

1/2 a shot of orange liquor (like a Cointreau or Grand Marnier), per drink
1 shot of dark spiced rum, per drink

Candied orange peel and cinnamon sticks for serving (optional)

 

In a medium sauce pan heat the butter, brown sugar, apple butter and water on medium-high heat until the butter is melted and the liquid is boiling. Stir a few times, then let it continue boiling for another 2-3 minutes.

While you are waiting for the liquid to boil, pour a half shot of orange liquor and a shot of rum into each mug. Once the liquid has boiled, pour half into each mug, then stir to combine. Toss in a piece of candied orange peel and serve with a cinnamon stick, if desired. Drink immediately.

*Notes: This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. Also, if you are making this for a party or a larger group, you could make this in the crockpot; just add all your ingredients, heat on low, and then serve once it is warm.

I have not personally tried this with anything other than apple butter, but I’m sure fig butter or pumpkin butter would be delicious substitutes.