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10 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

10 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

10 BENEFITS TO DRINKING WARM LEMON WATER EVERY MORNING

About 8 months ago I started to drink lemon water first thing in the morning. Before I eat or drink anything. I am trying to balance my ‘gut flora’. Here are 10 reasons to start your day with a ½ of an organic squeezed lemon into a glass of warm (not hot) water. Before I slice my lemon in half, I peel it with a vegetable peeler. I freeze the peelings for later use or add them to my morning ginger lemon tea.

1) Aids Digestion. Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It’s atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating. The American Cancer Society actually recommends offering warm lemon water to cancer sufferers to help stimulate bowel movements.
2) Cleanses Your System / is a Diuretic. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Therefore toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.
3) Boosts Your Immune System. Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms plus it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function. Lemons also contain saponins, which show antimicrobial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay. Lemons also reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.

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Homemade Pumpkin Facial Mask

Homemade Pumpkin Facial Mask

HOMEMADE PUMPKIN FACIAL MASK

This is a cheap and easy homemade facial mask that is excellent for all types of skin. The pumpkin is high in vitamin A (healing), vitamin C (antioxidant, exfoliate, smoothes and softens). The honey is also an antioxidant, moisturizes, smoothes and softens. The lemon exfoliates and has alpha hydroxyl acids, which many of your high priced facial creams contain. I am probably missing some of the excellent qualities of these natural beauty aids, but you get the idea.

The one picture shows you how I store the can pumpkin puree. Freezing the pumpkin puree in dollops makes it fast and easy to use. Plus, the waste is very little. Some people make this facial mask up in big batches and refrigerate, but I believe it holds more nutrients if you make only what you need and not refrigerate it for any sort of time. Open the can of pumpkin puree. Take a sheet of wax paper and place it on a cookie sheet. Now place about 2 teaspoons full of pumpkin puree in dollops on the wax paper until you use all the pumpkin puree. Put the cookie sheet into the freezer until pumpkin is frozen hard. Peel off the pumpkin dollops and put in freezer bag. Now they are ready to use in the exact amount you need for your HOMADE PUMPKIN FACIAL MASK. I use all ORGANIC PRODUCTS.

RECIPE

2 teaspoons (thawed) pumpkin puree
½ teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon FRESH lemon juice

Mix all above ingredients. Apply to face and neck. If I have any leftover I apply it to my upper chest and tops of my hands. Essentially on skin that gets a lot of sun. Let set about 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Apply moisturizer. I use my FRESH Aloe Vera gel from my plant.