Listen up guys! The starting point for your healthy journey is right here!
Now that we’ve told you a little bit about how to get started, the team here at HealthyU thought we would kick it off with an easy recipe for a refreshing drink that will make you feel great and balance out all those nasties that you’ve got floating around inside of you (particularly on Seedy Sunday… are we right?)
This recipe basically includes a number of things you can diffuse in filtered water to create a healthy detox or a revitalizing and refreshing post-workout thirst-quencher. Hopefully some of you will already know the benefits of drinking lemon water. If not you can have a read about it from a reliable health-benefits website like this one:
Fresh lemon slices in water (and we emphasise the word FRESH) is a great combo for an invigorating and reviving drink after a big night out, but can also be a huge benefit to your body for other reasons too. Not only does it equalize your body’s PH level, but it also promotes the excretion of toxins from the kidneys and balances the oil levels in your skin, reducing break-outs and the redness of acne. Lemon water isn’t a secret, but our quick tricks have been tested personally by the HealthyU team and each element has been researched for it effectiveness and nutritional value.
After fiddling around with tastes versus health benefits, we’ve found this and drink a bottle or more a day in conjunction with my normal daily intake (DI) of water. For those of you who are unsure of how much water you should be drinking, a rough estimate is 1 litre for every 20kgs that you weigh.
For example: A weight of 60kg = 3 litres of water throughout each day.
It is important to keep hydrated – not only while exercising but during everyday activities as well.
Now back to our recipe!
You Will Need:
|1 whole lemon||60cents each at woolies!|
|1 packet/bunch of fresh Mint leaves||$2.95 per bunch (a bunch will last a week!)|
|1 small cucumber||$1.02 for 1 Lebanese cucumber (again, will last a week minimum)|
|A jug||Free around the house hopefully!|
|Fresh water – Room temperature if consumed first thing in the morning, Chilled otherwise||A Tap or water filter near you!|
All up, we are pleased to say that this recipe will set you back less than $5 per week!
- Cut up your ingredients, cutting your lemon in half and your cucumber into thirds. Leave the mint as it is.
- Take one half of the lemon and put it back in the fridge, you won’t need it until you choose to repeat the recipe!
- Cut two thin slices off of the lemon half and squeeze the remaining amount of lemon so that the juice falls into the empty jug. Catch the seeds in your hands as you go.
- Place the lemon slices into the jug. Without any seeds.
- Cut one third of the cucumber into thin slices, you will need one third of cucumber per jug.
- Place the cucumber slices in the jug.
- Rip off a handful (about 10) mint leaves and shred them into smaller pieces with your hands.
- Place the mint leaves into the jug.
- Pour a tiny amount of water into the jug on top of the ingredients and give it all a mix with a metal spoon.
- Fill the jug with your water, allow to sit and diffuse for 5 minutes, and then have a nice refreshing drink!
See, it’s so easy!
This drink is the perfect aid to your flat-tummy project and a bottle a day will have you feeling great in no time at all. So, why the addition of Mint and Cucumber, you ask?
Mint is well known for its ability to settle and calm nervous or upset tummies. This is a good thing, as it balances out the citrus in the lemon, which, if you’re not used to it, can cause a little bit of discomfort for the first couple of days. Thankfully, the mint ensures that there is no discomfort at all.
Find out more about the health properties of mint here:
But remember, the lemon is just as important due to the nutritional benefits it provides:
As for the cucumber, that’s where the hangover cure/prevention lies. Cucumber is full of B vitamins and electrolytes and is the perfect snack before bed after a big night out. Diffused in our lemon and mint water, these bad boys just up the anti on our health kick!
Not to mention the fact that every one of these ingredients aids in healthy skin and hair and freshens your breath. How cool!
Find out more about the benefits of snacking on some cucumber here:
Keira: I absolutely love this water! It has an awesome and refreshing taste and is really good for you. I’ve been
drinking it on and off for about 3 months, especially when training, and not only do I feel great, but my skin looks great and I’m never dehydrated!
Ellen: I tried this water for the first time this week. Initially I was skeptical about how I would like it, but I ended up becoming totally obsessed by it. It was the perfect study buddy. I kept a big jug of it in my fridge and sipped through 2 litres of it each day. I found that because I was hydrated, my ability to focus on my study improved. What a great alternative to caffeine. And it’s so much cheaper than forking out for a $3.40 coffee from Merlo’s each day (gosh who has that kind of money!). I’m definitely going to stick with drinking lemon water to see if my skin improves. I can’t wait!
HealthyU suggests that you drink this lemon water after your workout while you stretch – whether it be a run, your usual gym routine, sport or a walk with your dog.
We have found a really good website that shows you how to stretch and explains why. Follow the link here :http://www.virtualmedicalcentre.com/healthandlifestyle/exercise-stretches/187
Here is a short excerpt:
“Stretching refers to the flexion and extension of the skeletal muscles that are used during exercise. Stretching is an important part of exercise preparation and recovery. A lot of pressure and strain is put on your muscles, tendons and joints during exercise. If these tender spots are not stretched out, your muscles will become knotted. After a while, these knots become worse and start affecting other muscles. In the short-term it may not pose too much of a problem, but eventually it may result in a muscle injury that will prevent you from doing more exercise”.
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Health Benefits of Mint. (n.d.). A 2 Z of Health and Beauty. Retrieved August 19, 2013, from http://health.learninginfo.org/benefits-mint.htm
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