4 Homemade Vitamin Waters for Detoxification

Fruit-Water

You may have noticed that the Vitamin Water brand is filled with chemicals and sugar, right? While staying away from 99% of the “health” drinks available at our local supermarkets can seem like a challenge, finding ways to make your own vitamin waters is a simple and affordable alternative to promote natural toxin removal and abundant daily hydration.

I have been experimenting with my own vitamin waters over the last few weeks and have come up with four easy-to-make recipies sure to satisfy your thirst (and sweet tooth as well). Feel free to make a big pitcher in the morning and then sip on these naturally sweet treats throughout the day. They are far more fun than filtered water (also can ease with taste for those who are naturally water taste picky) and are great at keeping you away from soda or processed juice sweetness.

Check out a few of my favorite finds as well as their not-so-hidden health benefits:

(1) Green Tea, Mint & Lime – wonderful to aid in fat burning and assist with digestion, combating headaches and congestion; also a natural breath freshener and metabolism booster.

(2) Strawberry/Kiwi – promotes cardiovascular health, immune system protection, blood sugar regulation and aids digestion. Also is sweetly delicious!

(3) Cucumber/Lemon (or Lime) – supports water weight management, reduces bloating, assists with appetite control, hydration and aids smooth digestion.

(4) Oragne/Lemon (or Lime) – aids proper digestion, contains added vitamin C, supports immune defense, reduces heartburn. This one will give you a zesty morning kick!

Feel free to try out your own flavors and combinations but adding a little sweet kick to your daily waters will ensure that you are enjoying what you are drinking and staying energized and hydrated throughout the day :)

A Simplistic Buddha Bowl

What If I told you that three simple ingredients is all it takes for an uber delish lunch? That’s right friends: kale + polenta + eggplant is all it takes. Throw them in your favorite bowl and enjoyyyyy with tasty gratitude :) poleta-eggplant-kale-bowl

Reversing Heart Disease with a Plant-based Diet

Dr. Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic discusses how he set up his wildly successful 25-year study proving that a natural, plantbased diet can stop and reverse heart disease. Dr. Esselstyn’s diet program the same diet used by former President Bill Clinton to reverse his heart disease.

Study Results: After a few drop outs a few years into the study, of the remaining 18 people, 12 years after the study, only one had experienced a heart problem. This person had strayed from the diet for two years, experienced chest pain, and then went back on the diet, which eliminated the chest pain.

Amazing, right? Those are the same people who had gone through 49 coronary events before the study. Now they had none! It is amazing, but it makes so much sense. A healthy, plant-based diet is what humans were made to eat, and when you are kind to your body, your body will be kind in return.

Guess what else happened with those patients… their heart disease not only stopped progressing, but it actually reversed as well!

Of the 18 members in the study, eleven of them had their hearts x-rayed, and Dr. Esselstyn found that 70% of them had new openings in their clogged arteries. This is absolutely astounding data since these patients did not take any medicine and simply followed a natural and nutritious plant-based diet.

Protect This House

“Nike is good at selling inspiration, Under Armour is great at selling grit, Adidas….they just sell shoes.”

GRIT.

Lindsay displays her need for speed….and strength.

Gisele kicks the crap out of her opponent.

Misty wills what she wants.

Michael races his competition, one hundred of a second away.

Garden of the Gods

“We need the tonic of wildness. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because fathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” 
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Infinitely less time working, infinitely more of this…

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Farewell Letter

To lovers of literature: this letter is incredible. I don’t sleep these days either. Too nervous, or scared – don’t want to miss anything.

Farewell Letter

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

For reasons of health, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia’s illustrious Nobel Laureate for literature, has declared his retirement from public life. He has terminal cancer and sends this letter of farewell to friends and lovers of literature.

If God, for a second, forgot what I have become and granted me a little bit more of life, I would use it to the best of my ability.

I wouldn’t, possibly, say everything that is in my mind, but I would be more thoughtful l of all I say.

I would give merit to things not for what they are worth, but for what they mean to express.

I would sleep little, I would dream more, because I know that for every minute that we close our eyes, we waste 60 seconds of light.

I would walk while others stop; I would remain awake while others sleep.

If God would give me a little bit more of life, I would dress in a simple manner, I would place myself in front of the sun, leaving not only my body, but my soul naked at its mercy.

To all men, I would say how mistaken they are when they think that they stop falling in love when they grow old, without knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love.

I would give wings to children, but I would leave it to them to learn how to fly by themselves.

To old people I would say that death doesn’t arrive when they grow old, but with forgetfulness.

I have learned so much with you all, I have learned that everybody wants to live on top of the mountain, without knowing that true happiness is obtained in the journey taken & the form used to reach the top of the hill.

I have learned that when a newborn baby holds, with its little hand, his father’s finger, it has trapped him for the rest of his life.

I have learned that a man has the right and obligation to look down at another man, only when that man needs help to get up from the ground.

Say always what you feel, not what you think. If I knew that today is the last time that that I am going to see you asleep, I would hug you with all my strength and I would pray to the Lord to let me be the guardian angel of your soul.

There is always tomorrow, and life gives us another opportunity to do things right, but in case I am wrong, and today is all that is left to me, I would love to tell you that I will never forget you.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed to anyone, young or old. Today could be the last time to see your loved ones, which is why you mustn’t wait; do it today, in case tomorrow never arrives. I am sure you will be sorry you wasted the opportunity today to give a smile, a hug, a kiss, and that you were too busy to grant them their last wish.

Keep your loved ones near you; tell them in their ears and to their faces how much you need them and love them. Love them and treat them well; take your time to tell them “I am sorry,” “forgive me, “please,” “thank you,” and all those loving words you know.

Nobody will know you for your secret thoughts. Ask the Lord for wisdom and strength to express them.

Show your friends how important they are to you.

Send this letter to those you love. If you don’t do it today…tomorrow will be like yesterday, and if you never do it, it doesn’t matter either, the moment to do it is now.

For you, with much love,

Your Friend,
Gabriel Garcia Marquez