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Lemon Water- the benefits 

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Hello!

So if you follow my Facebook page Little Miss Social you will know that I have got back into the gym FINALLY! I have also been very good this month and cut out my usual muffin or pain au chocolate for breakfast and several chocolate bars a week – it’s not been easy. However I have started drinking a lot of water with lemons added to it instead of coffee, tea or juice. This started mainly because I booked a last minute holiday (day dreams of lying on a lounger soaking up the sun being passed a pina colada looking like a Victoria’s Secret Model) and because I had two wisdom teeth removed and I can only have water and ice cream basically.

Anyway I thought I would share with you some information I found about the benefits of adding things to your water as I started to notice my skin getting more radiant and my stomach wasn’t getting bloated after meals. Here’s what I found:

Aids Digestion. Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It’s atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating. The American Cancer Society actually recommends offering warm lemon water to cancer sufferers to help stimulate bowel movements.

Cleanses Your System. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Therefore toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.

Boosts Your Immune System. Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms plus it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function. Lemons also contain saponins, which show antimicrobial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay. Lemons also reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.

Balances pH Levels. Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Disease states only occur when the body pH is acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.

Clears Skin. The vitamin C component as well as other antioxidants helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes and it helps to combat free radical damage. Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. Since lemon water purges toxins from your blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.

Energizes You and Enhances Your Mood. The energy a human receives from food comes from the atoms and molecules in your food. A reaction occurs when the positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negative charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.

Promotes Healing. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. As noted previously, vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.

Freshens Breath. Besides fresher breath, lemons have  been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. Be aware that citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should be mindful of this. No not brush your teeth just after drinking your lemon water. It is best to brush your teeth first, then drink your lemon water, or wait a significant amount of time after to brush your teeth. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.

Hydrates Your Lymph System. Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling tired, sluggish, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, lack of mental clarity and feeling stressed, just to name a few.

Aids in Weight Loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown people who maintain a more alkaline diet, do in fact lose weight faster. I personally find myself making better choices throughout the day, if I start my day off right, by making a health conscious choice to drink warm lemon water first thing every morning.

 

So add some lemon to your water instead of having it with tequila and start to see the changes to your body!

 

I highly recommend getting yourself an infuso bottle see here. They are great for work, the gym or out and about.

 

Little Miss Social x

 

 

 

 

Foods for clearer skin

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Think spots are something just teenagers get? Think again. Around 20% of women suffer from acne well into their 20’s & 30’s, which can be caused by anything from stress to hormone fluctuations and more.

Do you feel like you have tried almost every skin- care product available and yet you still get spots or dull skin? Here are some foods to add to your diet for clearer more glowing skin…

Nettles

Nettles get a bad rep for being a stingy garden nuisance, but taken in tea, capsule or soup form, you might be surprised to discover they have an anti-inflammatory effect, helping to calm the skin and improve conditions like eczema and acne. They’re also extremely detoxifying, thanks to high levels of antioxidants which protect the body from the over-production of free radicals – chemicals which can cause damage to proteins, fats, carbohydrates and DNA in the body. Stock up on nettle tea from your local health food shop and see if it makes a difference.

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Berries

Not only are berries jammed with skin clearing antioxidants, but they’re packed with fibre too: great for staving off hunger pangs and regulating insulin production.

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Peppermint

It’s really hard to pick fault with a steaming cup of peppermint tea, which is known for its potent healing and calming properties. Not only can it help to aid digestion, relieve stress – a common acne aggravator – treat headaches and clear sinuses, but it’s seriously good for the skin, too. Try swapping it in for your usual cup of tea with 4 sugars and see if it makes a difference.

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Fish 

The omega-3s and antioxidants in salmon, sardines, anchovies, and mackerel fight inflammation and hydrate, while the protein repairs skin cells.

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Pomegranate 

They’re packed with polyphenol antioxidants! Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick.

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Tomatoes 

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm and taut by aiding collagen production. They also contain lycopene: the red pigment which not only gives them their bright red colour, but also stimulates skin circulation.

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Watercress

Next time you make a salad, try substituting a few lettuce leaves for some peppery watercress. The leafy greens are jammed full of antioxidants as well as minerals manganese, carotene and potassium. This makes watercress a powerful cleansing agent, nourishing the skin while helping to flush out toxins and excess fluids in the process. Bonus!Watercress2

Water

Clear skin starts from within, and one of the best, cheapest and most effective ways to get there is to help your body flush out toxins by drink plenty of water. Not only will upping your fluid levels help to keep your brains fully functional and therefore better able to cope with stress, but it also replenishes water in the cells. Make sure you drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, and drink more after exercise. Yeah I know it is super hard to do this but try buying two 2ltr bottles a day and drinking them.

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Kidney Beans 

They’re high in zinc, and studies indicate a correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels, Dr. Wu explains. “That may be because of zinc’s healing properties. Not a huge fan of these myself but if they are going to zap the zits I will give them a go!b442010652734975586f8fb179eb9062

 

It would be great to hear your feedback or any tips you have for clearing your skin.

 

Holly x

 

 

 

Festival Must Have’s

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The festival season is approaching us and you will probably be starting to pick up some essentials. Last year I worked at T In The Park in The Scottish Sun Artists Signing Tent. It was great fun as I worked with three of my lovely friends who I shared my Miss Scotland experience with in 2011 and we met lots of celebs too!

When packing for my five days of camping I started to panic as I had never been camping for more than one night and did not know how on earth I was going to look presentable to work with celebs without what I would have said were my daily essentials. However I realised I just could not take everything I wanted with me. Here are some of my top picks and must have’s if you are off to a festival this summer…

Batiste Dry Shampoo

One can of this will do you. Try the Tropical one it smells amazing and leaves your hair with a little bounce too!

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BaByliss Gas Hair Straighteners

These are a fantastic buy at only £25.99 from Amazon. I used these to straighten my hair and also on a couple of days add some waves to it. They come with two power cells which will be more than enough for you.

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Boots Cucumber Cleansing Wipes

One of my fav essentials in my make up bag! These wipes are fabulous at only £1.50 too! I took three packs of these. They leave your face and body feeling and even smelling refreshed too.

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Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction Body Spray

I first bought this when I was 16 at an airport and have been in love with it ever since. It stays on just as long as perfume does and there are lot’s of other scents to choose from too. My favourite is Pure Seduction – a flirty, floral fragrance with succulent red plum and sweet freesia. The spray is also infused with conditioning aloe vera and calming chamomile.

 

 

Joules Wellies

I bought these last minute as I realised that festivals can get muddy and my converse and pretty sandals might just not do, especially if it rained which it did! Joules have so many gorgeous colours and prints to choose from don’t you think those ribbons are soo cute?

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Do you have any festival essentials you advise us to pick up? Leave your comments below :)

 

Holly x