Can I Use Essential Oils to Ward Off Cold and Flu Germs?

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Flu Season Is Upon Us

As I write this, flu season has just begun. Doctors are recommending that you get your flu shot as soon as possible, but some people (myself included) are nervous about the other ingredients that go into the flu shot besides the flu vaccine itself.

Have you ever wondered if there was a natural way to fight off the flu and other viruses? Maybe you’ve heard or read about how essential oils can improve your health.  But can essential oils really provide a way for you to protect yourself and your family from the cold and flu?

Essential Oils Provide a Natural Alternative to Traditional Flu Vaccines

The short answer? Yes.

Now, for the longer answer: Essential oils have powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

While some oils might have more of a germ-killing reputation than others, almost all essential oils contain powerful antioxidants that heal the body while warding off nasty things like mold, bacteria, and viruses.

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Which Essential Oils Are Best?

As noted above, certain essential oils are better than others when it comes to fighting germs.

Some of the best are:

  • Lemon oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Clove oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Cinnamon leaf oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Oregano oil

Using combinations of the abovementioned oils, you can make up your own essential oil blends for personal use to protect yourself all year long.

How Do I Use the Essential Oils?

Essential oils are typically either ingested, topically administered, or diffused into the air.

In the above list, some oils are perfectly safe to ingest (as long as you are buying high-quality, food grade oils). These include rosemary, lemon, thyme, and oregano. In fact, this is the best way to use these oils. They are also safe to use on your skin as long as you mix them with a carrier oil, like coconut oil. (You can also ingest them this way – virgin coconut oil is very good for the body, as well).

You can use eucalyptus on your skin sparingly (and you can also gargle with it), but you need to make sure you have diluted it in a carrier oil before trying either method. Just to stay on the safe side, I like to diffuse my eucalyptus oil.

Clove and cinnamon are really hot oils that should not be ingested, and they should only be used on the skin in a very, very diluted form. Even then, you should use extreme caution. I made a homemade perfume once  that had clove oil in it, and the skin on my neck broke out minutes after I put it on for the first time. It didn’t bother my wrists, though. I think my neck is just really, really sensitive. Still, skin irritation is definitely something to watch for with these oils. For safety’s sake, it’s probably much better to use these oils in a diffuser only.

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Where Should I Get Essential Oils?

As I mentioned before, quality is important when it comes to selecting essential oils, especially if you’re trying to use these oils to keep yourself healthy.

Some of the best oils on the market today come from the direct sales companies DoTERRA and Young Living. These oils can come with a hefty price, but they’re totally worth it. You get what you pay for, and this statement is even truer when you’re talking about essential oils.

Check out those two companies and see what they have to offer. You might just find that their oils are more affordable than you first thought.

But if you still can’t find a way to fit those into your budget, there are some other pretty acceptable alternatives, like my favorite online shopping club, Plant Therapy, and even Country Scents.

I buy my essential oils from a number of different sources. Sometimes I’ll prefer one company’s scent over another (you wouldn’t think lemon oil would smell different from one manufacturer to another, but it does). Or sometimes I’ll prefer the way a certain company’s oil reacts to my body over another’s. For sinus-clearing power, DoTERRA and Young Living can’t be beat. Honestly. This is one issue I face daily, and so I’ve learned that the quality of these oils over others is worth every bit of the price tag – and then some.

I’ve found that the best thing to do when it comes to selecting the essential oils you want to use on a daily basis is to try a variety of oils from a variety of different companies to find your favorites – and you WILL find your favorites.

It’s well worth the time and effort you will put into experimenting with essential oils, and it can even be fun!

But what’s most important is it’s absolutely one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. Don’t wait. Go buy some essential oils today!

Become a Time Management Master

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Become a Time Management Master

Today I’m going to talk about something I struggle with on a daily basis – time management.

This can be an especially tricky thing to master for those of us who are moms and are trying to run our own businesses. But I know other people struggle with it as well. I used to, even before I was a mom or was trying to start my own business.

Have you tried to manage your time more efficiently but still seem to fall short of mastering the task? I do almost every day.

Do you find it intimidating, or perhaps even boring, to try to use your time wisely and get things done?

Do you find yourself getting distracted easily?

Maybe it’s time you look at time management in a new way. What do you think might happen if you tried to make staying organized more fun by making a game out of it?

Being organized and scheduling everything can be fun? You don’t believe it, do you? Believe me, I understand. I used to be the same way.

But taking control of your time and your life doesn’t have to be boring or monotonous. If you do it in such a way that you enjoy it, you’ll probably get a lot more done. Try it and see. Here are some things to think about to get you started.

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Recruit an accountability partner

Having someone to hold you accountable will cause you to get more done because you’ll have to check in with them on a regular basis. You’ll be embarrassed if you don’t make your goals. You’ll want to avoid that embarrassment, so you’ll naturally be more productive.

Having someone you check in with can really boost your focus and productivity, especially if that person doesn’t cut you any slack. There won’t be any playing around or surfing the Internet when you know you have to account for your time and work ethic to someone else.

In a way, it’s like having a boss. You wouldn’t slack on a job in the outside world, so why slack on yourself if you work from home?

It can also be a lot of fun having a friend keep you in check. You get to chat for a few minutes each day and share your ups and downs with each other.

Set a timer

A timer is a great tool for getting your productive brain flowing. There’s something about racing the clock and knowing it’s ticking down that gets you motivated and in a super-productive mode. You can use your kitchen timer, a timer on your smartphone, or download one of the many free timers that are available online. 

If you have a long list and expect to check in with your accountability partner, you may want to set the timer for an hour and see how much you can get done in that time. If that seems intimidating for you, start with 15 minutes to see how much you can accomplish. For big things, like article or email writing, you may want to set the timer at 30 minutes to give yourself time to get into a writing flow.

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Take frequent breaks

In between productive times as measured by the timer, you will want to take frequent breaks (which you will also need to time). Trying to push yourself too hard will only leave you feeling frustrated, which will kill your motivation and desire to get things done.

This is the idea behind the Pomodoro technique. There are plenty of timers designed specifically for this technique. This is one of my favorites for the iPhone.

Try this method and see if it doesn’t work for you to skyrocket your productivity. It’s one of the only things that’s worked to help me keep on track. I can focus on anything for 15-20 minutes if I know there’s a five minute break coming up during which I can check email or surf through Facebook, etc.  

On some of your breaks, however, be sure to go for a walk. Step outside for some fresh air, or just get up and move around your house or your office. Physical exercise really helps wake up your mind and increases your ability to focus on a task. 

Challenge yourself and make a guessing game out of it

You can either do this activity by yourself or enlist the help of a friend (or your accountability partner). Look at your to-do list and guess how many items you can tick off within a certain amount of time.

Asking someone else to help you will make it more of a challenge for you. If you’re doing this with a friend, tell them how many items you have on your list and have them guess how many you can tick off within the allotted time.

Then get busy working on your list to see if you can get them all done before your time runs out. If you do, reward yourself in some way – like with a nap or a piece of chocolate, or maybe even get your friend to take you out to dinner or a cup of coffee.  

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Getting a grip on time management can seem like a daunting task. If you make it fun and challenge yourself to get things done, or have someone else challenge you, you will eventually master it, get more done, and you might even find yourself enjoying the process.

Turning time management into a game isn’t something you want to do every day, but trying this once or twice a week can be fun and really help you check things off your list in a flash.

Give it a try. You have nothing to lose, and you might just gain a lot!

Read This Before Subscribing to Butcher Box!!!

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As part of my recent lifestyle change, I decided to look into some healthier meat options. I’m eating more of it now than I ever have in my life, so I want to make sure I’m getting the best quality meat possible.

On the face of it, that’s what Butcher Box, a monthly subscription service to the tune of $129 for 24 meals’ worth of meat, whether you choose a mixture like I did or whether you get all beef, chicken, or pork, offers. You can also choose a 30-day or 60-day period for your recurring payment and the arrival of your next box.

There are plenty of coupons and offers available online. I took advantage of some (plus the 1000 Swagbucks offer for signing up) and decided to plunge into the world of boxed meat with Butcher Box.

The Promise

“Convenience” – perfectly portioned and packaged meat delivered right to your door.

“Quality” – 100% Grass-fed & Grass-finished Beef, Heritage Breed Pork, and Free-range Organic Chicken

“Value” – less than $6 per meal, plus free shipping

How the Butcher Box Service Holds Up to the Promise

Convenience

From my experience, the only convenience Butcher Box truly cares about is their own.

I ordered my first box on September 30. On October 2, I received an email saying that my box was on the way, and they sent me the FedEx tracking information. The box was supposed to have been delivered yesterday, October 4, 2018, by the end of the day.

On Wednesday, I checked the tracking information just to see where the box was, and there was a notice that the package would not be delivered because it was damaged.

I was understandably disappointed. I’d been planning my meals for the week around that high-quality, healthy meat that was supposed to be coming in the mail, and then I suddenly discovered there was no meat and no meals for the week (and I’d already paid my $120+ – that’s more than my weekly grocery budget).

So, I reached out to customer service to see what the company could do to make things right for me, a brand new customer. I’m copying and pasting the exact emails so I can give you a really clear picture of what I found myself facing (in addition to the non-receipt of the box I’d already paid for).

Here’s the first message I sent:

I was checking on the status on my order that was supposed to be delivered by tomorrow evening, and I found this… “unable to deliver because of damaged package.”
We are quite disappointed and upset because this is our first experience with the Butcher Box and we found out that we will not even be receiving it. We’re wondering how you intend to make this right. Please let us know as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Mishael Witty

 

I immediately got the canned reply:

Hi Mishael.

Thank’s for choosing ButcherBox!

We’ve received your message and one of our member experience specialists will be following up with you shortly.

In the meantime, feel free to check out the following resources:
Frequently Asked Questions: https://support.butcherbox.com/hc/en-us
Blog: https://www.butcherbox.com/roam/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_KPWEoWBRsUnlJE_jRx7WA
Recipes: https://www.butcherbox.com/recipes/

If you found the answers you were looking for in the linked resources, simply reply got it and we’ll close out your request.

Have a great day ahead!

Sincerely,

ButcherBox Member Support

Thirteen hours later, I got this reply from an actual customer service representative:

Hi Mishael,

Thanks for reaching out. I’m so sorry you have experienced an issue with your ButcherBox delivery. I do see from your tracking that this order has been damaged in transit and will not be delivered. Usually the when the carrier damages the order, they contact us so that we are able to set up a replacement right away. I am truly sorry we were not notified about this order. I would love to make this right for you by setting up a replacement for next week. Please let me know if you will be available and I will get that set up for you.

All the best,

Pam
Customer Support Specialist

So, basically what they were offering me to make the situation right was – THE BOX I’D ALREADY PAID FOR AND NEVER RECEIVED.

I was … irritated, to say the least. My next message was not very cordial:

Okay, so you’re offering me the minimum in customer service. That would be okay, and that would be the least I would expect (either a new box or a full refund). I paid for a box; I should receive a box. I understand that this was something that happened on the shipping side, but I don’t think I should be penalized for it. And I really feel that I am being penalized, since I’m suffering a shipping delay and not being offered any sort of compensation. I will wait for the new box to arrive before cancelling my subscription (assuming the next one makes it here eventually).

Thank you.
Mishael Witty
This was their ever-so-caring reply:

Hi Mishael,

I do apologize that you are unhappy with the resolution. We aren’t compensated by the carrier in any way other than a small shipping fee reimbursement. When a carrier damages a package, standard practice with most companies is to have the customer file a claim and seek reimbursement from the carrier as once it leaves the warehouse in the intended condition, the carrier is actually liable and not the company itself. We believe the right thing to do despite this is replacing the shipment free of charge. We would rather take the loss financially than require our members to complete the tedious and usually unapproved process of filing a claim with the carrier. Our policy is to replace (or refund if preferred) anything that is damaged in transit on the carrier level, which I’ve already taken care of for you. Your replacement order number is SUB_744006. Once this order is in transit you will receive tracking information via email.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything else I can help you with.

All the best,

Pam
Customer Support Specialist

A few things irked me about this reply:

  1. “We aren’t compensated in any way…” –  boo hoo, sob, sob … poor company. Really?
  2. “Standard practice with most companies is to have the customer file a complaint…” – um, not most companies I’ve ever dealt with. EVER. Most companies I’ve dealt with know how to correctly package their products so they don’t get ruined, and/or they bend over backwards to make sure the customer is happy, regardless of what that does to their bottom line.
  3. “We’re replacing this shipment free of charge…” – wow, don’t do me any favors. You didn’t charge me a shipping fee to begin with (as stated on their website). Why would you charge me a shipping fee for a box that is a replacement for a box I PAID FOR AND NEVER RECEIVED?

So, here’s my reply (as you might have noticed, my responses get less and less cordial as we go on, because I get more and more irritated):

You mean you would actually consider charging me a shipping fee for something I should’ve received and didn’t? I know you’re not, but that seems to be the standard practice for you guys, according to your response.

And how do I know that the carrier damaged the box and it wasn’t damaged before it was shipped? There’s no indication of when the damage occurred. I know you say the box left your facility  in the intended condition, but I only have your word on that. And, seeing that this is my first experience with your company, I have no way of knowing how honest you’re being with me.

I’ll wait a week to see if the box arrives, and then I’ll be cancelling my subscription and possibly asking for a refund if the box does not get delivered. This service really seems like more trouble than it’s worth.

At this point, apparently Pam felt that she was done with me. The next message I received was from Heather, a quality and development manager.

Pam asked me to take a look at your email thread. When the box left our fulfilment center in Deleware it was intact and without damage, it wouldn’t have passed through our system checks if there was any damage to the shipping container prior to being loaded onto the FedEx vehicle. Your box shipped from our fulfilment center in Deleware, to the access point in Ohio, to Kentucky where the damage to the box is noted on the tracking. The box was damaged at some point when it was received in Ohio or in transit to the Kentucky access point. When the box was unloaded or prior to the box being placed onto the actual delivery verhicle they noted the meat had thawed making the shipement undeliverable and destroyed as damaged. In either scenario, the box was damaged in transit and therefore technically the responsibily would lie with FedEx to compensate for the damages via a claim submitted by the recipient. This process is tedious and time consuming and we would rather assume the responsibility for the damage and replace the shipment for our member free of charge, absorbing the cost of the reship, which is and always has been our policy. While transit damages are rare (less than 1% monthly), they do occcur and we’re always happy to do the right thing and replace the shipment or if preferred, process a refund for the shipment instead.

Your replacement order ID is 744006. Since this is a replacement/reship of a damaged delivery, it should go out this week for delivery no later than Saturday end of day. All reships are given prioroty and upgraded when nexessary to ensure delivery same week when at all possible.

If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Aside from Heather’s inability to spell “Delaware” (and other things) correctly, I found this response to be annoying (although it did give me more information about the nature of the damage to the package – thawed meat … YIKES!) because it was basically the same response Pam had already given me. “It’s not our fault; it’s the carrier’s fault. And we’re doing you a favor by not making you file a claim with them or having to pay a shipping fee for the replacement box.”

Right… it’s FedEx’s fault that you didn’t package the meat so that it wouldn’t thaw out before delivery. Uh huh.

So, my response was:

I’m not an idiot. I understood all that information when Pam shared it with me before. I’m not sure why she referred you to me to harass me further when all I want to do is get the one box I paid for (or get a refund if the next box is going to thaw in transit) and get rid of this subscription.

Sincerely,
Mishael Witty
Here was her reply to that:

Sorry Mishael,

It did appear that you were under the impression we would charge someone for shipping a replacement and that we would ship a damaged box, both of which are untrue. Pam was looking out in your best interest and wanted to have a manager reach out directly to assure you that we’ve taken ownership of the damage caused, the box being undeliverable, and issued a replacement that has been prioritized to be delivered this week which does include expedition due to the transit time to your zip code. Two-day ground orders put in after Wednesday ship on Monday and we wanted to be sure that you weren’t waiting an extra week. Pam and I will monitor the shipment and make sure there aren’t any issues.

Have a wonderful week remaining and an even better weekend.

Sincerely,

Heather
Quality & Development Manager

“You were under the impression…”

Now, gee, why would I be under that impression?

They make it seem like they’re doing me a favor by shipping me a replacement box (that I’ve basically already paid for) for free. And their box of meat (that they packaged themselves) thawed out within two days. Obviously, SOMETHING about their packaging is faulty. And they want to blame it all ON MY ZIP CODE.

Um, gee. Victim mentality, much? They say they’re “taking ownership,” but their responses via email belies that just a bit.

(By the way, I quit responding at this point because I knew I was going to keep getting the same kind of answers … and that they didn’t care a thing about me or keeping me as a customer).

So, Butcher Box’s customer convenience? Yeah, that’s a joke!

QUALITY

Obviously, I can’t speak to the quality of the meat because I haven’t received it yet.

BUT:

  1. If their meat quality in any way resembles the quality of their customer service,  I’ve just wasted $120+. 🙁
  2. They certainly don’t seem to care that they’re wasting the lives of countless animals – cows, chickens, AND pigs. All that meat they packaged for me ruined in transit, so it’s (hopefully) going in the garbage. I hope they don’t try to resend it to me or another customer. That’s just BEYOND wasteful and/or dangerous!

VALUE

Again, I can’t speak specifically to the value of the meat received because I have not received it. I’m hoping to make it go a bit further so that it ends up costing me better than less than $6 per meal.

We shall see if/when the replacement box gets here, although now I’m a little afraid to even try it.

The Final Verdict on the Butcher Box Service

As soon as that box comes in the mail, or the end of this week comes, whichever comes first, I am cancelling my Butcher Box subscription. I can’t wait!

I never anticipated inconvenience of this magnitude or customer service that was so poor.

I’m done, and apparently I’m not the only one, judging by all the poor reviews it’s gotten on the Better Business Bureau website and other sites.  I wish I’d read all these BEFORE I threw all that money away, but I was drawn in by the empty promises.

Don’t be like me. Save your money, your time, and your sanity! Avoid Butcher Box at all costs!

The funny(sad) thing is, I really wanted to love Butcher Box. I have an affiliate link, so I was going to try to promote it on my blog and maybe make some money off of it. But now I can’t do that and feel good about it. I won’t promote a company that gives their customers such a horrific experience.

If you want my affiliate link, send me a message or comment, and I’ll give it to you. You can get a free box of ground beef in every box for life…assuming the boxes get to you. But I’m not going to post the link here. That service doesn’t even deserve the backlink love, in my opinion.

What Now?

There are other companies that offer a comparable service, although most of them are a lot more expensive than Butcher Box.

One thing I’m looking into now is the meat boxes offered by Thrive Market (yes, that’s an affiliate link). They’re just a bit more expensive than Butcher Box, but Thrive Market’s customer service is a lot better, in my experience. To me, that totally makes it worth it!

I’ll report back at some point and let you know what I think about the Thrive Market boxes.

So, tell me. Have you tried Butcher Box? Love it/hate it? What about the Thrive Market boxes? What do you think about them? Is there something similar out there that you love, and I’m missing?

Talk back to me in the comments.

5 Books To Read to Grow Your Business and Improve Your Mind

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Reading is one of the easiest ways to grow your business and improve your mind. That’s because reading can help you see a problem from a different perspective, approach a customer complaint with wisdom, and provide you with the insight you need to do something new.  

However, sometimes it can be difficult to pick just the right book to read. There are thousands of books already out there, and dozens of new ones are being published weekly. And most of them offer really, really good information. So, which one should you read first?

You might want to consider trying one of these five books.

The Power of Moments by Dan & Chip Heath

In this gripping book, Dan and Chip Heath examine what makes some moments memorable while others seem to slip by entirely unnoticed. In the book, the authors describe the four elements that create a special moment—elevation, insight, pride, or connection.

You can use the insights in this book to create special moments for your subscribers, clients, or customers. These moments can strengthen and deepen your business relationships and life experiences in exciting, new ways.

Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed

Kristen Hadeed’s book on how to fail is not only laugh-out-loud funny, it’s also authentic and inspiring. In this book, she recounts how she began her business and the mistakes she made along the way.

But she doesn’t just share her journey. She goes on to explain the mistakes she made and what she should have done instead. This book will encourage entrepreneurs who are floundering in their business and give them insights into how to course-correct.

Ask by Ryan Levesque

Some entrepreneurs waste months or even years trying to guess what their community wants their business to provide for them. But with this book from Ryan Levesque, you’ll be armed with the information you need to get real answers that can transform your business.

Ryan breaks down how to create surveys that give you valuable data about your customers and shows you how to create customized sales funnels that turn visitors into raving fans. And if the popularity of this book on Amazon and number of reviews it’s gotten are any indication, Levesque really knows what he’s talking about. If you’re stumped as to how best to serve your customers, you need to read this book


The ONE Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

This is a short and simple no-fluff guide. The idea behind it is that you can only focus on doing one thing well at a time. I used to pride myself on being a master multi-tasker, but guess what? I never got anything done … at least not really, really well. The secret to success in anything is to focus on one thing, become a master in that, and then move on to the next thing.  

But if you don’t know what that that one activity is that you need to focus on, this book will help you sift through and identify what will give you the biggest return on your time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your business, this book is the essential guide you need to get back to basics. It will help you cut out the numerous modern-day distractions so you can get the work done that really matters.

Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller

One of the biggest challenges any entrepreneur faces is to define his/her brand in such a ways so that customers can understand it. With the information contained in this book, you’ll discover how to clarify your brand, share it with your customers, and really connect with them.

The author gives clear advice on how to share the message you’ve been struggling to communicate. Plus, he devotes plenty of time to the seven story points (defining a character, who has a problem, and meets a guide, who gives them a plan and calls them to action that helps them avoid failure and ends in success). Framing your business in this way gives you the chance to engage your customers in a whole new way. 

People love stories. We have since the beginning of time. I like to imagine the cavemen sitting around that campfire and grunting out stories about the greatest hunt, or the dinner that got away before they turned in for the night. While people may crave more sophisticated stories now, the fact is they still love a good story. Your customers are no different. Stories will help them really connect with your brand, so they’ll be excited to buy from you. 

If you’re ready to level up your storytelling abilities and your marketing efforts, grab this book today!

 

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Don’t put off learning from any and all of these fantastic authors. It really is one of the best things you can do for yourself. So, pick one of these books up today, and get reading!

And if you want to receive monthly book recommendations aimed at entertaining you and improving your mind, sign up for my email newsletter, Making the Pieces Fit. You can join here.

Seven Creative Thinking Blocks and How to Break Through Them

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Each of us has the power to be creative. It’s part of our natural make-up as human beings, made in the image of God. The trouble is that, too often, we block our natural creativity, thus making errors in thinking and give ourselves more problems than we should. Here are 7 ways to open up your natural creativity and keep the channels unblocked.

1. Don’t Make Assumptions

You know what happens when you assume, right? I’m not trying to be crude, but here’s how the saying goes: you make an “ass” of “u” and “me” (quote often attributed to Jerry Belson, but he gave the credit to his typewriter repair teacher – anybody remember typewriters?) .

Assumptions are examples of lazy thinking. We simply don’t wait to get all the information we need to come to the right conclusions.

Consider this story of a customer at the bank who returns after cashing a check and turning to leave, saying: “Excuse me, but I think you made a mistake.” The teller responds, “I’m sorry but there’s nothing I can do. You should have counted it. Once you walk away, we are no longer responsible.” To which the customer replies: “Well, okay. Thanks for the extra $20.”

You see what could have happened if that teller hadn’t jumped to such a hasty conclusion?

Tip: When you feel yourself wanting to draw conclusions, make sure you wait until you have all the necessary information.

2. See Things From Other Points Of View

A truly open mind is willing to accept that not only do other people have equally valid points of view, but these other points of view may actually be MORE valid.

A story is told that the modernist painter Pablo Picasso was once traveling on a train across Spain when he got into conversation with a rich businessman who was dismissive of modern art. As evidence that modern art didn’t properly represent reality, he took a photo of his wife out from his wallet and said, “This is how my wife should look, not in some silly stylized representation.” Picasso took the photo, studied it for a few moments, and asked, “This is your wife?” The businessman proudly nodded. “She’s very small,” Picasso observed wryly.

Tip: Don’t try to have a monopoly on how things are. Things aren’t always what they seem. Be ready to consider other points of view.

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3. Avoid Yo-Yo Thinking

Some people tend to have a tendency to swing from a highly positive mood one minute to a highly negative one the next, all because of what they see in front of them. It’s like a yo-yo: up one minute, down the next. I’m not talking about Bipolar Disorder here. That’s a different thing altogether that needs to be dealt with under the guidance of a professional counselor or psychiatrist. I’m talking about just your average, everyday mood swings and tendencies to overreact that some people have.

It’s far more healthy (and less nerve wracking) to stay neutral and not let emotions get the better of you. Take a deep breath, count to 10, whatever you need to do to give yourself some time to refocus on the situation and perhaps see things differently.

Tip: Remember that things are rarely as good – or as bad – as you think they are.

4. Get Rid Of Lazy Thinking Habits

Habit can be a major stumbling block to clear thinking, and it’s another example of succumbing to laziness.

Try this experiment. Write down the Scottish surnames Macdonald, Macpherson, and Macdougall and ask someone to pronounce them. Now follow these with the word Machinery and see what happens. Most people are likely to mispronounce it. This is because we tend to think in habitual ways and don’t like what doesn’t fit.

Tip: Don’t think that just because things happened in a certain way once before they will happen like that again. The world is constantly evolving and changing, and we should be too.

5. Don’t Think Like An Old Person; Think Like A Child

Research shows that the number of synapses, or connections, in the brain is greater in a child of two than in an average adult. The reason for this is that a child of two has no limiting worldview like adults do.

Think of a sculptor who starts off with a large block of clay, more than he needs, and then gradually removes the clay as he molds his sculpture. What would happen if he used the excess clay to make

If we use our brains like little children (even Jesus noted how important it was for adults to change their minds to think more like children in Matthew 18:3), accepting everything without judgment, we can actually halt and reverse the brain aging process.

Tip: Don’t worry about the threat of cognitive decline with age. With the right stimulus and passion for learning, you can actually improve your brain’s powers, no matter how old you are.

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6. look at The Big Picture, but pay attention to the details

You may know the poem by John Godfrey Saxe called “The Blind Men and the Elephant.” It tells the story of how six blind men of Indostan go to see an elephant and each try to work out what it is from touching it. One blind man touches the tusk, another the trunk, another the tail, and so on. Of course, not being able to see the whole elephant, they come to wildly different conclusions about what the elephant is.

This kind of goes along with #1 above. You have to wait and get all the information before you can make an educated assessment of any situation. Put you want to really pay attention to that information to make sure you’re getting the clearest picture possible. Remember, “God is in the details,” but the devil is too. If you don’t get all the details, or if you don’t put them all in the right places within the bigger picture, you can really mess things up.

Tip: Try to keep the big picture in front of you while looking at details. It will help to put everything in its proper place and context.

7. Think For Yourself

One of my favorite songs ever is the Beatles’ “Think for Yourself.” It’s not a very nice song. It’s like the narrator is telling some former (or soon-to-be former) lover, “Hey, you better start thinking for yourself, because I’m not going to be around to help you.” But I always liked it because of the title and the idea behind it – think for yourself; don’t get your answers about who you are and what should do from other people. Figure it out for yourself. That’s the essence of creativity.

Taking time out to form your own thoughts is still frowned upon within many organizations that prize activity over creativity, like most traditional schools where we send our children to be educated (read: indoctrinated). People who work in creativity-constrained organizations are likely to think the way they are supposed to think, or as others think, or as has always been the way to think.

It’s like the blinded following Hans Christian Anderson describes in his story “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Everyone in the land refuses to see that the emperor is naked and has been duped into believing he is wearing a splendid costume for his coronation. Only a young boy who has not been party to the cultural brainwashing can see the truth and cries out: “Look, everyone, the Emperor is wearing no clothes!”

Don’t be the crowd; be that kid (remember #5?).

Tip: Don’t let others tell you how to think. When others ask your opinion, tell it to them straight.

If you keep these 7 things in mind as you go through your day-to-day routine, you’ll soon find something amazing happening. You’ll be able to come up with fresh, innovative, creative solutions to all your problems – and maybe some other people’s too!

Four Foods That Lower Your Blood Pressure

foods that lower your blood pressure

High blood pressure is a serious and widespread problem for billions of people around the world. One in five women suffers from it, while slightly more men (one in four) will be diagnosed with it at some point in their lives. About one in eight people will die from it, and it is the main risk factor for heart and kidney disease in addition to playing a major role in the risk of stroke. 

Given the seriousness of the disease, it is important to deal with thoroughly and swiftly. The traditional Western way is to prescribe medication to lower blood pressure, and this treatment method is not without its complications – like stroke, one of the very things you are trying to prevent by lowering your blood pressure. Fortunately, most people are able to control their high blood pressure fairly well through making a few simple lifestyle changes.

Diet, for example, can play a hefty role in improving quality of life for those suffering from high blood pressure – and everyone, in general. An advantage of using diet to modify blood pressure is that foods typically do not cause side effects such as those that commonly appear with the use of medication. The following article will discuss a few of the foods you can add to your diet that may lower your blood pressure naturally.

oatmeal high blood pressure

Oatmeal

Oatmeal has been a staple food all over the world for thousands of years. As a main ingredient in classic foods including granola and porridge (otherwise known as a hot bowl of oatmeal with milk), it is filling, low in sodium and extremely high in fiber. This complex carbohydrate encourages a slower digestive process, which is better for the body.

Many studies have shown that the beta glucans found in the kernels of oats are known to lower cholesterol and blood glucose, which has beneficial effects on blood pressure. And if you add a handful of blueberries to your hot cereal, as the above picture shows, you’re going to be adding even more heart healthy benefits to your diet!

bananas high blood pressure

Bananas

Bananas are well known for their high potassium content. This is a really versatile fruit that can be eaten in a variety of ways. You can cut it up and put it on top of your oatmeal, you can blend it into a smoothie, or you can simply peel and eat it. That’s personally my favorite way to eat bananas because you can stick the whole fruit in your purse and have a ready-made healthy snack at any time of the day.

Potassium is absorbed by the body much more efficiently through ingestion of foods than it is through supplements, so try adding bananas into your daily diet by including them in healthy desserts and snacks.

fish oil high blood pressure

Fish Oil

As always, health through food is about balance. Typical Western diets contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, but low levels of omega-3 fatty acids (mostly found in fish). That’s why it’s recommended for almost everyone to take an omega-3 fatty acid fish oil supplement every day.

One of the main causes of high blood pressure is chronic inflammation, and fish oil greatly reduces inflammation in the body, making it a powerful preventive aid for a number of serious health conditions.

green tea high blood pressure

Green Tea

Green tea has become famous worldwide for its amazing health benefits, including a wide array of antioxidants and polyphenols. The polyphenols in green tea have been found to increase blood flow and improve blood pressure.

Studies have proven that drinking just a few cups a day can widen arteries by almost 40 percent. Tea drinkers have a lower risk of heart disease than non-tea drinkers, so you might want to try a cup of green tea today.

I started drinking green tea every day several years ago (maybe over a decade – I’m getting old!), and I’ve never regretted it. One of my favorite types of green tea is the South American yerba mate, which I talk about in this post.

the DASH diet

While the four foods listed above will get you started on the way to lower blood pressure and overall better health, if you are really serious about making some healthier diet changes you will want to check out the above guide on the DASH Diet. 

The DASH diet focuses on using calcium, magnesium, and potassium rich whole foods to combat high blood pressure. It’s more than just a guide to help you lose weight (although you can very quickly on this plan, and the weight will stay off). It’s a plan for getting healthier for the rest of your life. 

Do you suffer from high blood pressure? Do you know someone who does? Have you (or they) made these dietary changes, or are you (or they) still stuck using the standard pharmaceuticals? How do you think things would be different if you changed what you are eating today? Are you ready to try?

Four Activated Charcoal Health Benefits

activated charcoal health benefits

I don’t know about you, but the thought of putting black powder on my face (or on or in other parts of my body) just doesn’t seem very appealing to me. Truth be told, I don’t much like to put powder of any kind on my face. But activated charcoal health benefits are well documented within the natural health remedy world, and even mainstream beauty product manufacturers are starting to catch on.

Charcoal comes from natural sources like coconut shells, bone char, peat, coal, olive pits, or sawdust. It can also come from non-natural sources, such as petroleum coke, so use caution when purchasing activated charcoal beauty products.

So, what’s the difference between activated charcoal and regular charcoal (like the kind you grill hamburgers with)? Activated charcoal is processed at very high temperatures, which change the charcoal’s internal structure to be more porous.

This porous texture gives the charcoal a negative charge, which enables it to attract positively charged molecules, such as those found in toxins. Since the charcoal is not absorbed by your body, the toxins it attracts are excreted from your body through feces. This is what gives activated charcoal its detoxing power. Here are four specific activated charcoal health benefits.

Whiter Teeth

One of the more popular uses for activated charcoal is to help whiten your teeth. It can take some getting used to, since you are using the charcoal powder to brush your teeth, but it has been proven to be very effective. I have not yet tried this myself, but I know there are some people who swear by it

Activated charcoal helps change the pH balance in your mouth, so this not only helps to remove the coffee and tea stains on your teeth, but it can also help fight bad breath and even prevent cavities. This not a miracle mouth cleaner. You will still have to brush and floss regularly, but you’re pretty much brushing when you use the powder, anyway. And you can even buy charcoal toothpaste to make it a little easier to incorporate into your morning routine. 

improved Digestion

Do you suffer from digestive trouble? I know I’ve suffered with irritable bowel syndrome (the diarrhea/soft stool kind) and acid reflux for several years now. Major digestive issues like these are almost always caused by an excess of toxins in the digestive tract.

Using the same process described above, activated charcoal can help to remove many of these toxins and help improve your digestion and overall immune health. Your gut health, after all, is directly tied to the strength of your body’s immune system. When you clean out your digestive tract, you are doing more than helping with tummy troubles. You are improving your body’s energy supply and boosting your mental function.

Activated charcoal has long been used (since the end of the 19th century) as an antidote for poison, and some people have had great success using it to treat their food poisoning and stomach bug episodes. I have not yet tried ingesting activated charcoal, but given the powerful evidence for its many digestive benefits I’m definitely considering giving it a try.

To help heal stomach upset, you’ll want to take the activated charcoal in tablet form. You should proceed with caution, however, if you experience bouts of constipation, because activated charcoal can make this worse.

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Looking younger

Everyone wants to fight the signs of aging, and that usually means minimizing facial fine lines and wrinkles. Before you turn to drastic medical procedures or expensive department store creams, try a natural remedy like activated charcoal.

Charcoal can help improve your skin’s appearance and reduce the signs of aging by preventing and even, in some cases, repairing damage that has been done to your kidneys, liver, and adrenal glands. When this happens, you are getting rid of toxins in these organs that make your body and skin look older than they really are.

looking healthier

Activated charcoal can also work wonders for your skin besides just reducing the signs of aging. Any time you have a skin irritation, you can combine activated charcoal powder with a little bit of coconut oil. This will reduce redness and puffiness, and it also helps ease itching and pain. Try this combination any time you’re outside and get bit by a pesky mosquito to ease the discomfort. This combination, however, should not be used in the place of first aid ointment should the need arise for that. 

In addition to mixtures of powder and coconut oil, you can pamper your skin with a charcoal face mask like the one I review in this post.  While I didn’t see a huge visible difference, I did notice a decrease in redness and puffiness after just one application. I call that an amazing success, and I’m looking forward to trying to face mask again this evening before I go to bed.

I don’t know what took me so long to realize how many awesome activated charcoal health benefits there are to enjoy. I’m just glad I discovered the face masks, and I can’t wait to try the tablets to improve my digestion. And I might even try out the charcoal toothpaste sometime soon.

Which activated charcoal health benefit resonates most with you?

Healing with Gemstones and Crystals

christianity gemstones

If you are interested in natural and holistic health, like I am, you might have thought about using healing gemstones and crystals in your daily wellness practices. This involves either wearing, decorating your home or physical space with, or drinking water charged with the energy from various gemstones. Healing with gemstones and crystals requires them to be either in their raw, just dug up from the ground, state or in a tumbled version for the effective removal of negative energy from your body.  This post explores some of the most commonly used types of stones for healing. 

amethyst healing stone

Amethyst

One of the more popular healing crystals to start out with is amethyst. This is also included among the beginner crystals, which can be placed on your body or in your pocket, worn on a necklace chain, or even rubbed between your hands to remove negative energy.

Amethyst provides some excellent health benefits, including improving your sleep and reducing fatigue, relieving headaches, and improving the look of your skin.

quartz healing stone

Quartz

Another healing crystal that is good for beginners to use in their search for holistic health is quartz. There are several different types of quartz with other various benefits.

The main benefits of clear quartz are reducing anxiety, and improving mental issues like stress and irritability. Rose quartz, on the other hand, is helpful for reducing fatigue and correcting emotional imbalance.

bloodstone healing stone

Bloodstone

If you can find bloodstone (also known as heliotrope), which is a little rarer and harder to find, you can use it to improve your circulatory system, especially balancing your blood pressure. This is one of the few stones that has this healing property, so it’s always a good idea to have it around. Bloodstone also helps boost your immune system, so you can use it to prevent, or reduce the severity of, colds and various other illnesses. 

opal healing stone

Opal

Opal is one of my favorite gemstones ever. It is a beautiful, translucent crystal gemstone that is perfect for improving your imagination, inspiration, and creativity. If you are an artist or someone who’s just looking for ways to be more creative, you need to add opal to your healing crystals collection. Opal is also useful for helping relieve headaches and reducing various PMS symptoms.

citrine healing stone

Citrine

Citrine is a orangish-yellow crystal that is great for your mental health. With citrine in your hands or placed near your head, you can spark creativity and give your memory and concentration a nice boost.


If you’re looking to treat a particular disease, healing gemstones and crystals can help you with that too. For example, blue jade and amber are useful for treating asthma, and moss agate or green aventurine can be used to treat Crohn’s disease. You can find a stone to heal almost any mental or physical ailment. For a good beginner’s guide, check out the book above. To go more in depth into crystals and healing, check out this book.

healing stones for the vital organs

Wait a minute – i thought you were a christian. what’s with all this woo-woo stuff?

I’ve always been fascinated by gemstones and crystals. When I was little, we lived in a newly developed subdivision where construction was still ongoing, so I would take walks with my dad and pick up big chunks of beautiful crystal quartz. I kept that quartz collection for years, and I still might have it somewhere. I’ve just lost track of it somehow.

Fast forward a few decades, and I started making my own beaded jewelry.   At first, I used cheap plastic beads and string and whatever I could find to use without spending a lot of money, but then I discovered the beautiful, amazing world of gemstone beads, and I’ve never looked back. Now almost every piece I make uses gemstone beads, either exclusively or as a featured item.

Because I was working with the gemstones, I decided to learn more about them. Admittedly, a lot of the information out there on gemstones and crystals is of the New Age-y, Wiccan bent. And I didn’t want to go there. When I first felt the desire to create this post, I wondered if I could do so while still honoring God. Or was I just too intent on doing what seemed right to me, thereby opening a door for Satan to come in?

So, I asked God what He thought about it. Was it okay for me to write a post about the healing properties of gemstones and crystals? He led me to this wonderful blog post. Basically, the author argues that crystals and gemstones were created by God (which is true), and God called all His creation “good” after He created it, so crystals are inherently “good.” And they have living energy (Don’t believe me? See this post for a discussion of the living energy of rocks) that can be used to harmonize the energy in and around us.

Crystals, gemstones, and rocks are mentioned throughout the Bible, and the ancient Hebrews even used them in their worship and communication with God. We don’t have to use them in this way because we have the Holy Spirit living inside us, but we can use the energy of the rocks to help balance our energy and get us to a healthier state of being. We just have to be careful about using them as a crutch or a replacement for God. So we must be constantly vigilant about how we’re using the crystals, so we don’t give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27).

The devil has taken much of God’s creation and used it to deceive men for thousands of years (I’m thinking specifically of all the beautiful stars and constellations in the sky that point to the Lord Jesus Christ, but so many have turned them into man-focused fortune-telling tools). That’s because we gave up our dominion over the earth when Adam ate from the tree God told him not to eat from. He listened to the creation, instead of the Creator. I think it’s about time that we, as God’s people, took back dominion. And one of the ways we can do that is by learning about the healing powers God has built into His creation and using them wisely.

What do you think? Have you ever tried healing with gemstones and crystals? What have your experiences been?

GMO Foods: The Good and the Bad

benefits genetically engineered food

Genetically modified organisms (most commonly known as GMOs) are animals and plants that have been genetically altered in a laboratory. They are modified so that our crops are more resistant to pests, weeds, and any other diseases that typically threaten them. Foods made from these types of plants tend to have a longer life, and they travel well. Furthermore, genetically engineered crops are becoming increasingly popular among farmers and food producers because they are more cost efficient. 

GMOs are commonly found in mass-produced products, but they are not often listed on nutrition labels. The US passed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law in July 2016, which required disclosure of all genetically modified food ingredients. However,  the USDA has until July 2018 to issue regulations for the implementation of the law, and even then it’s expected that food producers will be allowed another one to three years to make their disclosures.

Under the law, manufacturers will have several options for disclosing their genetically modified ingredients. One is to add a statement on the product label, notifying consumers that the product contains ingredients from a genetically modified crop. Another is to include a special symbol created by the USDA on the food package. The third is to include an electronic or digital link through a QR code that takes consumers to a designated website with the disclosure information. It is likely that most food producers will choose this third option, since that will free them from having to list “genetically engineered” or “GMO” on their labels, which would be negatively perceived by a lot of consumers.

So, even though there’s not yet a lot of labeling being done, GMO’s are prevalent in processed food in the United States. And there’s a lot of hype and misinformation about them, so let’s explore the facts.

The Widespread Use of GMOs

The majority of both soybeans and corn that are grown in the US have been genetically modified. In fact, The Center For Food Safety reports that it is believed that around 70% of American processed foods stocking the supermarket shelves now contain at least one ingredient that has been genetically modified. There are a number of crops that are unrestricted and while there have been court orders to prevent their planting, the USDA hasn’t enforced it.

 

the dangers of gmo foods

Is It Safe To Eat GMOs?

Dozens of countries across the planet have placed restrictions (or bans) on producing GMOs. Why?

Quite simply, they do not believe that GMOs have been proven to be safe. The consensus in research studies so far is simply that it doesn’t appear GMOs are unsafe. It is hardly the win that GMO activists have claimed it to be. And, certainly, the creator of the above picture isn’t really buying it. I’m not sure I buy it myself.

What Will GMOs Do To My Health?

While there have been numerous studies on GMOs, the general consensus (only reached recently) is that they do not appear to be unsafe. However, because the products weren’t labeled or tracked for so long, it is almost impossible to get a true picture of what potential human health problems may stem from the consumption of GMOs. While we don’t know that GMOs actively harm human health, we also don’t truly know whether they are unsafe.

See, the process of constructing GMO foods isn’t really a new thing. Farmers and Nature have been doing it hundreds and thousands of years. It’s simply a matter of cross-breeding a gene from one species into another species to make something different (and hopefully better).

The trouble with GMOs is that it takes this natural process and turns it into something synthetic. Instead of Nature running its course, scientists are forcing it in a lab. And any time you take something natural and try to simulate it with something synthetic, you’re not going to have anything nearly as good or valuable (I’m specifically thinking about gemstones here, but the same could very well be true of GMO food).

environmental impact of gmos

What Do GMOs Do To The Environment?

The purpose of genetically engineering crops in a laboratory is to make them more resistant to insects and viruses and to make them more tolerant to herbicides. But these advantages don’t come without cost, especially where the environment is concerned.

GMOs may be seriously harmful to insects that are not dangerous to the plants being grown, especially bees and butterflies. Bees are crucial to the pollination process of many food crops, but they have become endangered as a result of the use of genetic engineering. Likewise, monarch butterflies face specific threats from genetically engineered maize plants. Birds, which work as biological control agents and pollinators, are also at risk from the harmful pesticides. What’s even more frustrating to consider is that the pests that are targeted by GMO crops can easily adapt to the genetic changes in the genetically engineered plants, rendering them almost ineffective against the pests they are attempting to kill while still remaining toxic to the other creatures that are not supposed to die.

Some evidence suggests that small genetic changes in plants may produce larger ecological shifts, meaning that GMOs may negatively affect whole natural ecosystems. These negative effects come mainly in the form of a reduction of biodiversity. Heritage seeds are seldom used in the production of GMO crops, which leads to fewer weeds and less nectar for the pollinators. Toxins released into the soil through the plants’ roots means fewer beneficial bacteria to help the plants grow without chemical fertilizers. And because of the nature of the GMO crops, no nutrients are returned to the soil, as is the case with natural growing practices. The problem of the environmental damage that is caused by the GMOs is much bigger than that of a potential human health hazard.

How To Avoid GMOs

With all of the above in mind, it may be best to simply avoid GMOs as much as possible. The best way to do this is to buy organic foods. Organic food producers use methods that ensure your food hasn’t been genetically modified, nor is it subjected to being planted on land that has been treated or sprayed with chemicals. Separate machinery is used to prevent contamination, and the ingredients are stored separately too.

While it’s true that organic products are quite a bit more expensive than other products, I’ve found that the costs is well worth the peace of mind it provides. That being said, if you really don’t have the money to buy organic you can shop a little safer by choosing fruits and vegetables with a harder, thicker skin. This makes it more difficult for toxins to reach the fruit or vegetable itself. When it comes to those fruits and vegetables with soft skin (or skin that you eat), you should always buy organic. Try finding local farmers’ markets or co-ops you can buy from to get the most value for your dollar.

So, what do you think? Is all the concern about GMOs unfounded? Or do we really have something to worry about? Let’s start a discussion in the comments section.

Lemon Water Health Benefits: 4 Reasons You Need to Start Drinking It Today

health benefits of lemon water

When it comes to taking better care of yourself, you have probably heard of drinking more water as one of the best things you can do. However, it can be even more helpful to add something to your water. And one of the easiest things to add to your water to enhance its flavor and nutritional value is fresh lemon juice or lemon slices. Just take a look at these different lemon water health benefits.

Vitamin C is Great For Your immune System

Lemons, like oranges, are citrus fruits that contain a lot of healthy vitamin C. When you drink lemon water each day, you are providing your body with an essential vitamin C immune system boost.

To get the maximum immune-boosting effect, make sure you don’t try to peel the lemons. Slice them up and add the slices to your water, peel and all. This will ensure that all the essential nutrients from the lemons transfer to your water for optimal health benefits.

Vitamin C pumps up your immune system, helping you to avoid colds, the flu, and various other illnesses (or at least enabling your body to fight them better if you do get them). Try to drink one or two glasses of lemon water each day to improve your general health.

Lemon Water is Great For Your Skin

Everyone wants healthier-looking skin, right? We spend millions of dollars a year to try to get it. But what if I told you that all you have to do is start drinking a glass or two of lemon water per day?

That vitamin C that you’re getting from the lemons, in addition to the hydration from the water, is going to detox and clear your pores and rid your skin of all those nasty free radicals that damage it. Vitamin C is also helpful in promoting collagen production. This keeps your skin firmer, smoother, and more elastic, .the end result of which is much younger-looking skin.

natural ways to improve your skin

It Helps You Lose Weight

If you are currently trying to get healthy by losing weight, lemon water is the perfect thing to start with. The flavor you’re adding to your water will help encourage you to drink more of it each day, which is important for weight loss.

Lemon water also contains pectin, which is an important fiber that works as an appetite suppressant by helping you feel fuller longer.  Lemon water can even help boost your metabolism, especially if you drink it warm in the morning before you put anything else into your mouth – even your morning coffee! 

It Cleanses Your System

One of the top benefits of lemon water is the fact that it can help to cleanse toxins out of your body. In fact, drinking it is one of the easiest and most natural ways to detox your body. Having a tall glass of lemon water every day will really do wonders for your body because lemon water’s atomic structure is similar to your own stomach acids, which tricks your liver into producing more bile. This improves enzyme function and helps keep things moving in and cleaning out your entire digestive system.

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best lemon water recipe

It’s best to drink your lemon water warm. Cold lemon water will work too nutritionally, but it may be a shock to your system that you don’t want to experience. Warm lemon water is a much more soothing experience for your body. I know when I first thought about drinking warm lemon water, it didn’t sound very appetizing. But then I started thinking of it as just drinking some warm lemon tea, and that was enough to make it sound less gross.

Here’s one of the best ways to make your lemon water: dilute 1/2 cup of lemon juice into 3 tablespoons of boiling water + the rest cold water in an 8 ounce glass.

How to prevent tooth decay

Because of the acidic nature of lemon water, you’re going to be putting yourself at risk for tooth decay. The same is true if you drink apple cider vinegar and honey mixed with water, which is one of my favorite drinks.

But you can avoid the tooth decay problem by following these simple steps:

  1. Drink the lemon water through a straw. I know it seems strange to drink something warm through a straw, but it’s really going to help.
  2. Rinse your mouth with plain water right after you drink the lemon water.
  3. Don’t brush your teeth for at least 60 minutes after you drink the lemon water and rinse your mouth.
  4. Use a soft toothbrush, and don’t brush too vigorously.

you have nothing to lose – and a whole lot to gain

I hope by reading this article you’ve learned a few things about why drinking lemon water is important and why you start adding it to your morning routine immediately.

Have you tried drinking it? What’s your experience been? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. And if you have any questions, you can leave those in the comments section, as well. I’ll do my best to answer them.