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The scoop on… Lemons

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  • Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
  • Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial
  • It balances maintain the pH levels in the body
    Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins
  • It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile
  • It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
  • It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases
  • It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid
  • It helps cure the common cold
  • The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells
  • It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute
  • It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
  • It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne
  • It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems
  • Aids in the production of digestive juices
  • Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

13 ingredient chopped salad {Eat clean}

photo 1-10photo 2-9The Breakdown:

Chopped Brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage and radicchio.

1/2 cup of cooked black quinoa, 1/2 cup of mexican beans, finely chopped cucumber, parsley and cilantro. Cherry tomatoes, chopped pecans, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

The Dressing:

1/2 cup of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey.  Whisk and toss.

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The scoop on… Hot Yoga

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Other than conquering the blog world, there is something else that I have always had on my New Years resolution list.  No, I’m not talking about cutting out carbs, ice cream and alcohol.  I’m talking about Yoga.  Hot Yoga.

I’ve always been so envious of the people who I see walking down the street with a yoga mat slung over their shoulder while they sip on a wheat grass and kale smoothie from Booster Juice.  I’m not jealous of the juice, or the over priced yoga mat and carrying case that they got from Lululemon.  I often wonder if they are even going to Yoga… Sometimes I think they are just out for a stroll to catch the eyes of people like me.  Like really, who goes to Yoga in full makeup with straightened hair, in a pair of wedges.  Not this girl, that’s for sure.

I’ve bought the one month unlimited pass through Wag Jag, I’ve taken the one week free hand outs on the street, I’ve even tried to follow along in my living room while watching DVDs.  The truth is… I was a little nervous to walk into my first class and not know the first thing about the poses and have to wear a huge “beginner” sign on my chest.

Yoga can be intimidating, and so can the incredibly fit and flexible people who attend the classes.  All my fears aside, I decided to try a hot yoga class with a friend that has years of yoga experience under her belt.

Now… Hot yoga is on a whole other level.

The room is dark and oozes a feeling of calm.  The floor is lined with yoga mats and people in various poses, preparing for the class to begin.  The heat can be very overwhelming for a beginner, I was panting like a dog without water almost immediately.  However, once you get your breathing into a rhythm and let your mind free of its daily thoughts it all becomes much easier.  The nice thing about Moksha yoga is that the poses can be modified for each individual.  If you feel like the poses are getting too intense, you can lay down on your mat and rest for a bit, without being centered out by the instructor.

The key with hot yoga is to make sure you’re well hydrated before and during your workout to prevent heat illness. Aside from drinking the recommended eight to ten glasses of water per day, two hours before a workout be sure to drink a 16 ounce glass to give your body an extra boost of hydration. In an attempt to replenish fluids as you lose them during yoga, drink throughout your routine rather than waiting until you feel thirsty. Aim to drink 20 to 40 ounces of water per hour of exercise.  Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks since they contribute to dehydration. Or, if you absolutely can’t stay away from the coffee or booze, make sure to drink more water to make up for it.

The class was 90 minutes of stretching, concentrating and deep breathing and afterwards I felt like a new woman.  The next day I felt even better. I was energized, flexible and ready to buy a 10 class pass.

 Try out hot yoga, you wont be disappointed and your body with thank you.

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