R.A.N Tip of The Week: Flavor It Up

Need to consume more water and steer clear of the sugary drinks? Consider flavoring it up. And like all parts of a healthy lifestyle, you need to make drinking water a daily habit to keep your body hydrated and help flush out any nasty toxins and waste through our system, giving organs like the liver and kidney an easier time doing their job. Plain and simple: water detoxes, from the inside out! Also, did you know that drinking water can help lose weight, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and maintain healthy skin and nails? I have personally been "flavoring it up" with Cucumbers and Mint Leaves or just fresh squeezed lemon juice for a refreshing and delicious taste, but you can use a variety of fruits and vegetables. Why cucumber: Cucumber helps the body flush out toxins because it contains the organic compound citrulline, which is an amino acid that has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia. Ammonia comes in external forms, but is also a by-product of the proteins our bodies are burning up constantly for energy, and it’s quite damaging to our cells. Cucumber also contains citrulline, but not as much as watermelon. Watermelon may also just give the liver an overall boost. Why Mint leaves: Mint leaves adds a nice refreshing flavor to your drink. On top of that, it can help you digest more effectively, improving the flow of bile from the liver, to the gallbladder, to the small intestine, where it breaks down dietary fats. Mint also helps relax cramped up stomach muscles Why lemon (or lime): Lemon or lime juice helps stimulate and regulate the digestive track (which is why it’s so helpful with constipation, heartburn and gas), stimulates bile production, and thins out bile, which allows it to flow more freely. Bile is produced by the liver and ends up in the small intestine to break down lipids (fats) that we’ve consumed. Directions Slice 1 cucumber with peel and add to a pitcher of Distilled water. Add several pieces of Mint Leaves or your favorite herbs and allow to infuse overnight for a refreshing and flavorful drink. Optional: Squeeze juices and slices of 2-3 lemons to a pitcher of Distilled water. "It's all about being in a natural state of mind"

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