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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

 

 

 

 

Brazilian Valentines Day- The gift of Mirelle Activewear

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Not long now until Brazilian Valentines Day on June 12th when couples will be seen loved up enjoying romantic meals and exchanging gifts which are usually chocolates and flowers. Us girls love getting spoiled with gifts once in a while but when we are trying to get our bodies ready for the beach chocolates probably aren’t the greatest gift to receive because lets be honest that box is not going to get shared and will disappear very quickly.

I thought I would give you guys out there looking for the perfect gift for your girl some ideas and girls don’t forget that Valentine’s is a day for guys to spoil us! It’s a day to love yourself and your body too so treat yourself girl you know you deserve it!

Now guys listen up! What we really love is getting something different and something we will use soo why not have a look at the stunning Mirelle Activewear? Luxury activewear which can be worn to workout or even on a night out! Your girl will look and feel fabulous in anything from the range! Even if she doesn’t feel confident going to the gym she definitely will when she gets into her Mirelle Activewear. I swear by it! Each time I put mine on I feel amazing and confident ready to take on anything at the gym! I love that I can wear it anywhere because it is so fashionable too!
Just how amazing does this look? Probably my favourite outfit from the new collection.

   
  

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Here I am wearing one of my favourite outfits the all in one paired with a pull over vest top. Great for yoga or leg day! You have no idea how good it feels not having to constantly pull your leggings up or top down!

   

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Water Sports in Scotland

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A few months ago we bought vouchers off of Itison (voucher site) for wakeboarding at Loch Lomond Wakeboard next to the Ardlui Hotel. We eventually got round to going a couple of weeks ago and absolutely loved it! We immediately booked to come back the next weekend with our friends.

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When we arrived it was a gorgeous day although the weather said it would be snowing, the staff were so friendly and got us sorted with wetsuits and life jackets. I was a little nervous as I am not a great swimmer and am not very confident in the water but we were shown what to do once we get in the water and I already felt ok with it and got excited. We got on the speed boat and were taken out to the middle of the loch, the surroundings are stunning!

Kyle in action!

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When the boat stops you put your feet into the boots attached to the board and get into the water at this point it is nice and relaxing lying floating in the water admiring the gorgeous scenery and then it’s time to get going. You start off with your knees as close to your chest and lie in the water in a squat position – this is the tricky part! At first you are trying to keep your balance and slowly stand up whilst remaining in the squat position, at first you will probably try and push your weight onto the board but you should really be trying to put as little amount of weight on the board as you can. You are also holding onto the handle which is attached to the end of a rope tied to the boat, you have to try and let the boat push you and not pull to much on the handle which was my mistake. Kyle went first and managed to stand up and go for quite a bit and then I tried it and managed to stand up on my very last try! yeyyy! When we went back with our friends Grant and Nina it was great fun too apart from the weather was a lot colder. The water never changed much in temperature so I would advise if you are going to try this buy some gloves and socks for wakeboarding or you will end up with very numb hands and feet.

The water was a little cold…..

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After Wakeboarding we took kayaks out for an hour the water was a little choppy but this would be fantastic on a nice day, the have both single and double kayaks. The boys took our singles and Nina and I had a double #GirlPower at first I was extremely worried and thought we were getting tipped right into the loch but after a while we got a hang of it and were fabulous!

 

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I am so glad we tried it and can’t wait to go again it is a great day out and there definitely will be a lot of falling back into the water swallowing half of the loch and face- planting in the water but it is definitely worth it. They have showers there to use, just remember to take towels with you :)

Take a look at the site here – http://www.lochlomondwakeboard.com/

 

 

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

 

 

 

My Workout Essentials

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I am sure you have heard the saying ” Look good, feel good, do good” well it definitely works for me!

If you have not yet seen the stunning Mirelle Activewear range then take a look here https://mirelleactivewear.com/  I fell in love instantly with the brand as the designs were vibrant and fun! The activewear makes you feel and look good when working out the material is light and soft too. Previously I would have worn all black to the gym but I love these yellow and black leggings they are fun and get you in the mood for working out.

 

 

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Mirelle Activewear also have a great range of all – in – one suits which are just fabulous! No more pulling up your leggings every time you do a burpee! They also make your stomach look super flat too yeyy!

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Another one of my must have’s for the gym is my Core 150 protein shaker! These are amazing as they have a compartment inside the shaker which can be removed where you can store extra protein powder or like me nuts and fruit. I tend to use mine to hold my green slimming detox smoothie or detox water usually water with cucumber, strawberry’s and lemon.  Get your’s at http://www.core150.com/

 

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Things To Do To Improve Your Happiness

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Happy National Happiness Day! :D

 

It’s Friday so we should all be feeling much happier anyway however there’s always something, even something so insignificant that can effect your mood in a day. Being a girl, often we don’t even know what made our mood change and have no idea why we hate everyone and everything. Here are some ways to change your mood and feel a lot more happier!

1. Have a social media break

I know I know this sounds impossible especially as there are now a lot of jobs that require you to do work on social media. Social media obsessing is a bad habit many of us have, however stalking your friends or sister of your friends aunts cousins wives landlords local shop assistants daughter’s profile looking at their amazing photos of their ‘amazing’ life is not going to help you – at all! People will not share the bad things that happen to them like getting ditched, losing their job, being skint or when nothing is going their way (although there are still many people who do). Most people share their best photos so that girl’s profile you don’t even know, well her profile photo probably has been chosen out of approximately 30 selfies she has taken before a night out, been tweaked on an app and valencia filter put on it. So no she is not ‘perfect’ and she probably wouldn’t look so much better than you if she never wore all that make up – after all we probably all look the same at 3am coming out a club and walking into the take out shop. Another thing that will irritate you is logging into Facebook or Instagram and every day without fail someone you went to school with will have got engaged, bought their first house or is pregnant and this makes you feel a little sympathetic for yourself because you still live with parents and are still trying to figure out who you are, and what you want to do it life. Don’t worry – you are not alone! So instead of obsessing over social media, try reading a book, call a friend, or even just choose to paint your nails — but just signing off allows you to live your life instead of watching other people live theirs.

 

2. Fake it until you make it

Some days you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed and from the moment you wake up nothing seems to be going your way, you would rather stay under the covers and have a sob. That would be great but it wouldn’t do anything to help your mood so put on a smile even if you don’t feel like it – it has been said that just smiling can make you feel a lot more happier.

 

3. Have a giggle

Laughing instantly makes you feel a lot more happier, take a trip to your local comedy club or watch a funny film it will help you forget what’s making you feel down. Grab a tub of Ben & Jerrys and wine too and you will be loving life.

4.  Stop comparing yourself to others

Everyone has their own path in life, and when you start to compare yours to others’, you take focus away from personal progress. While jealousy can be hard to beat, learning to let go of how you compare to others will ultimately help you to focus on your own successes. Write down your goals, write down what you need to do to get there and keep looking back at them this will help you focus and get to where you want to be. Remember “live a few years of your life like most people won’t so that you can live the rest of your life like some people can’t”.

5. Give yourself a break

Putting in long ours at the office is draining but do you want to know a trick that will help you to be both happier and productive? Take a break! You can always have a Kit Kat on that break too if you like.Even if it’s just taking a brisk walk, popping out for a coffee or getting your body moving take your eyes off the screen occasionally. This will help you come back after just five minutes, feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever project is up next on the agenda.

6. Get up, dress up and put on some lipstick

Lying on your bed wearing mis- matching pi’s with your mascara running down your face wont make you feel like a princess or feel happy at all so get up have a shower, put on your favourite outfit and do your hair and make up. You will how much more happier and confident you will feel! A couple of cosmos will help to and you probably deserve them.

7. Get away from it all

Sometimes we just need to get a rest or need a change of scenery. Even if you cant afford to spend a lot, there are plenty of budget- friendly ways to get out there and see the world. Experiencing a new culture or food or just a change of weather is a great way to bring a little extra happiness into your life. In November a group of friends and I had been working long hours in the office and were not getting to do anything fun, we were fed up and needed a break. As we were starting our businesses we couldn’t really afford to do much but after having a look around I found a great website called http://www.holidaypirates.com. We managed to get a weeks holiday for just £80pp to a lovely hotel in Tenerife with flights. We hired a car when we got there which cost around 80 euros and bought food at the local supermarket. The holiday was lovely and just what we needed! Whether you book a trip alone or with a friend, travelling helps you to create memories that you will never forget.

 

Holly x

Slimming Detox Smoothie

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We all know stars love their juice diets, and who can blame them? They have amazing health benefits, and they also help them stay in great shape. As most of us will finally be starting to use those gym memberships we got in January I thought I would share one of my favourite detox and slimming smoothie recipes. This recipe is Victoria Secret model Mother of two Alexandra Ambrosia’s favourite juice recipe too.

 

Another reason why I love this drink so much is the major health benefits. They really are endless, but here are just ten to name a few:

 

-gives you more energy
-mental clarity
-crave less junk food
-less snacking
-filling (fills you up until your next meal)
-improves skin and lessens wrinkles
-reduces the risk of serious disease
-improves your immunity

 

What you will need:

 

2 servings Recipe-make one and save one for later, they keep well for one day.
1-very unripe banana
1-green apple
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of romaine lettuce or kale
Juice of 2 lemons
1-cup of celery
Organic honey
1 cup of very cold water

 

Add to blender, blend on high and enjoy… Your body will thank you!

 

Try it out and let me know what you think.

 

Holly x