My Detox Water Recipe

Detox water..!

You might have read about this magical water in Mygirlypedia before. If not give it a read here, to know why I call this magical.

We can mix different ingredients and sip this drink to get most of it. Here is the post where I will be sharing the list of ingredients I use to make detox water and benefits of each of them.

What You Need?

  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Mint Leaves
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Glass Bottle
  • Water (Obvio) 😋

 

Fenugreek Seeds:

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5 Fenugreek seeds.

Fenugreek/ Methi seeds have lot of health benefits. To name some:

  • Helps in weight loss
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces cholesterol level
  • Protects heart health
  • Helps in reducing the body heat
  • Boosts immune system
  • Prevents cancer
  • Helps in dissolving kidney stones
  • Relief from stomach disorder
  • Controls Blood Sugar level

 

Mint Leaves:

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5 to 6 should be enough.

Health Benefits:

  • Keeps body cool
  • Improves dental health
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Relieves muscle pain
  • Improves eye health
  • Helps to lose weight
  • Boosts immune system

 

Cucumber:

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I use half cucumber.

Health Benefits:

  • Helps to reduce body heat
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Hydrates body
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Lower blood sugar level
  • Regulate bowel movements
  • Protects your brain
  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Supports heart health
  • Improves joints health

 

Lemon:

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Half slice should be enough.

Benefits:

  • Helps in weight loss
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves heart health
  • Promotes hydration
  • Rich in vitamin C, which is required to slow down ageing
  • Freshens breath
  • Helps to prevent kidney stones
  • It has antibacterial properties as well

 

Water:

Fresh water. A Liter should be more than sufficient.

Glass Bottle:

Why glass bottle? Glass because it is not only good for our planet but also for us. Glass bottles repel food odours and residual flavours. They also significantly extend the flavour and quality of food stored in them. Plus, unlike plastic these glass bottles won’t release any chemicals.

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How to prepare?

It’s pretty simple. Chop and put first four ingredients into the glass bottle. Add water. Place the bottle inside fridge overnight.

Overnight – because time is required for the water to get the flavours/ for the ingredients to work.

Fridge – because drinking cold water helps in improving metabolism and helps in weight loss. Body has to work harder for the cold water to reach the normal body temperature. Thus more calories are burnt.

Consume it on an empty stomach for better results.

I can say the recipe I have is mostly for the weight loss. What’s more better than losing weight by consuming something..!!! #LazyGirlsDream

If you are also on the journey of losing weight, do add this detox water in your routine. This tastes good (thanks to lemon and mint) and you will feel fresh after consuming.

Do you have any detox water recipe that you have tried??? Please share with us in the comments. Love to try something new.

This is What Apple Cider Vinegar Does to Your Body

Kardashians..!!! Half of the world at least knows who they are… If you don’t belong to that half, let me introduce them to you. There is this English reality show called “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”. It’s like being with them 24 X 7. Listening to ‘everything’ they talk. What do they talk??? Everything…!!! You can imagine everything a ‘modern’ family would discuss. In one sentence – you can keep your brain at rest while watching this show. Absolutely no brain required to watch this show. You know what’s the surprising part of this whole family drama is, they have earned a lot more than you must be thinking by this show. Its already 10 seasons old and all have earned millions.

Even though I am not a huge fan of theirs, I love their wardrobe and the way they experiment with their looks…
Couple of years ago all these 5 sisters have launched their personal mobile apps.. Where each one of them post their beauty, fitness secrets and details of their wardrobe. You must have read about Kylie cosmetics on my blog before. Kylie is the youngest daughter of this Kardashian family.

In one of those beauty apps of theirs, I came across this beauty drink called – apple cider vinegar (Courtesy- Instagram). Kourtney Kardashian swears that she starts her day by drinking apple cider vinegar. After making my home work about this, I have started drinking this every morning. Since I know most of the things about it now, thought of sharing it with you guys.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar???

Apple cider vinegar, also known as cider vinegar /ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple.

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How does it looks and tastes like???

It has pale to medium amber color and sour in taste. IMPORTANT thing is, its highly concentrated. It’s pungent, can even irritate your eyes. So, ALWAYS dilute before you consume.

I bought mine from Amazon. Here is the link.

Health Benefits:

Weight Loss:

Yeaahhhh…!!!! I know, I know,we all wanna eat our favorite food and never wanna look fat. How about doing these little things to shoot that nasty fat ???

Studies have proven that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar helps in slowing down fat accumulation. Also, its proved that on consuming this our stomach feels full thus we end up eating less. There you go, you have started with your weight loss journey already…!!!

Low Cholesterol:

A research was conducted where 1st specimen was not allowed to have Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) in his diet, whereas the other one was allowed to. At the end of the study it was found that the one who was consuming ACV had drop in cholesterol level.

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Detoxification:

So, ACV has potassium content along with acetic acid in it. So, while the acid bind to the task of removing toxins, potassium helps in breaking up mucus and clearing lymph nodes. Thus helps in detoxification.

Cures Sinuses

As mentioned in previous point, ACV helps in clearing lymph nodes by breaking mucus. In addition to that, it also helps in clearing sinus. Also, ACV helps in preventing any sinus infection, all thanks to its antibacterial properties.

So, if you have any sinus issues, do include ACV in your diet.

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Cure for Sore Throat

Since ACV has antibacterial properties, gargling ACV helps in healing sored throat.

Improves Digestion

ACV helps in keeping health of stomach in a good condition. Also, aids in digestion.

Energy Booster

Replace your energy drink with ACV. Why??? The potassium content in ACV helps in boosting the energy and making you feel good and energetic.

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Controls Diabetes and lessen heartburn

Let me not go to medical terms here. But in simple sentence – apple cider vinegar lowers blood sugar level. Thus it does reduces risks of diabetes and heartburns. I didn’t ‘prove’ that, studies did. haha

Oral Health

Who doesn’t like those white pearly smile??? Brushing teeth with diluted ACV helps in whitening teeth naturally. Killing the bacteria is the bonus.

Beauty Benefits:

For Shiny Hair

Rinse your hair with a little quantity of ACV post shower. This will make your hair shiny and bouncy.

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Itchy/ sunburn skin

Applying diluted ACV on sunburnt or itchy skin can heal it.

It’s a good Toner or cleanser

As it’s antibacterial, you can use diluted ACV on your face to get the most of the benefits. Along with cleaning the facial pores, ACV also helps in preventing the bacterial infections/ pimples/ breakouts. #happyyy

Deodorant

Summer is just around the corner. Uff that stinking smell of sweat. Yikes. This is due to odour causing bacteria. Applying diluted ACV on armpits can stop the bacteria from producing that nasty odour.

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Bad Breath Go Away

Bad breath can be really embarrassing. Gargling mouth with ACV(Diluted of course) can keep bad breath away.

Smelly feet

Ewww. Just soak feet in a tub full of warm water. Don’t forget to add few drops of apple cider vinegar to kill the bacteria and making feet smell fresh.

So, my dear, are you convinced enough why you should start using apple cider vinegar in your diet???

You can drink diluted ACV directly or you can use it in your juices or salads. Cooking is not really my thing so I cant really help you out with how and where to mix this this drink with. #sorry But don’t forget to use DILUTED apple cider vinegar ONLY.

Take care reader…!!!

Umm you can keep in touch with me via Instagram, I have shared my Monday Motivation recently. You can check it here if you wish to.

Cya in next post..!!!

Do You Have Aloe Vera Plant At home??? Read This to Get Most Out of It. If Not, I am Sure You Will Get One Post Reading.

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Who doesn’t like to look beautiful… that too without burning the pockets??? Huun???

Today’s magical beauty product doesn’t cost you much. All you need is to give the product a space to live and pour a mug of water to it everyday. Haha… Yes, the product I am talking about is natural and green. It’s the multi purpose plant – Aloe vera…!!!

Even though there are multiple brands out there, who have made packed aloe vera gel for us. But, I am sure they do have some kind of preservatives to preserve them from getting spoiled. Hence, planting a Aloe vera plant at your balcony is a great idea to get more benefits with no side effects.

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It might not add that ‘beauty’ quotient to your balcony though. As leaves are prickly and bitter. I am sure you must have heard, bitterness is good for health. Umm I am talking about taste here…!!!

Without wasting much time lets jump into the list of benefits of this plant…

Wait a sec, you know how to use it right??? Just have to pluck a leaf, and slice it. The gel which you get is the magical product which we need to heal our beauty problems. The gel is made up of 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds. It also contains a type of protein with 18 types of amino acids, Vitamin A, B, C and E. Pheww… So much this little plant carries huun, I must say…!!!

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Ok, now lets jump to the list…!!!! #wink

Beautiful Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel:

Eyes:

  • Puffy eyes??? Aloe vera for the rescue. Apply a thin layer of freshly cut aloe vera gel  under eyes and leave for sometime. Bye bye puffy eyes…!!!
  • Most of us get cuts and red patches post getting our eyebrows threaded. Applying aloe vera gel on it will give you cooling and soothing effect.

Lips:

  • There are so many lip products in the market which has vitamin E as their main ingredient. Do you know this little plant is loaded with vitamin E??? Thus applying aloe vera gel on lips has proven to heal chapped lips, making it soft and pink.

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Nails:

  • Brittle nails??? Have a habit of applying aloe vera gel on nails and massaging them gently. This will add moisture and boost the growth of stronger nails.

Skin:

  • As I said above, vitamin E is moisturizing content. Thus aloe vera is one of the best natural moisturisers you can find at your home.
  • Aloe vera gel is proven to provide cooling effect to skin. Applying it on burns should be helpful.
  • Oily skinned beauties – fed up with access oil production by your skin cells???? applying aloe vera gel on face has proven to reduce the oil production. Thus giving you a matte finished skin.
  • Acts a great moisturizing makeup remover.
  • Good to prevent aging signs like wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • It is also used to heal sun burns too.
  • Insect bites??? All you need to run to balcony, pluck aloe vera leaf and apply the gel.
  • Aloe vera gel has been said to cure various skin problems like pimples and scars.

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Body:

  • Dry skinned beauties this one is for you. Mix aloe vera gel and sugar. Use it as scrub. Sugar granules will scrub off dry skin and aloe vera gel will add moisture to skin.
  • For pains and strains of joints, apply cold aloe vera gel. It gets absorbed into the skin and thus helps in soothing pain and strain.

Health:

  • This is also used in many ayurvedic recipes. Aloe vera juice when consumed, heals stomach disorders and allergies.
  • It also helps in curing diseases like piles, ulcers and jaundice, when consumed.
  • Plus, aloe vera juice consumption aids weight loss…!!!!
  • Also helps in improving digestion, regulates blood pressure, manages diabetes and  prevents heart attacks.

Aloe-Vera-Uses

Hair:

  • Applying aloe vera gel on to scalp for couple of hours before washing hair has proven to reduce hair fall and boost hair growth.

Oral Care:

  • Teeth and gum problems like – bleeding teeth or gums, inflammation, tooth ache and decay can be cured with aloe vera.

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One important thing to take care:

Dear reader, even though aloe vera is a great herb, it might or might not work for you. If you apply the gel directly to your skin you might get itching or allergies. Because some people are allergic to this gel.

So, I would suggest to try a patch test before applying it to whole face directly. You can also dilute the gal by adding some quantity of water and then use it on skin.

Try out this home remedy to get most of the benefits with less or no cost.

 

Health, Skin and Hair Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut – The relationship with this one and us, the south Indians is everlasting one. We use it in food, skin and hair care routines. This fruit (Yes, it is not a nut. Strange huun??) has amazing properties which makes it so useful.

Between, have you ever wondered from where did this name ‘coconut’ came??? The one who reached India while his exploration, Vasco da Gama. Yes, he gave the name coco by seeing the eyes of coconut.( You know what I mean right???) So, when this coco reached England, Britishers added the suffix nut. Thus – Coconut.

I am a huge lover of coconut water and the pulp. They just taste delicious. The water, its so sweet and makes my soul happy. ( The pure South Indian girl inside me is talking…!!!)

If you drink it, you will get multiple health benefits like –

Physical Health –

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  • Lowers the blood pressure
  • Increases digestion.
  • Bye bye to dehydration
  • Prevents Kidney stones
  • Cardiovascular system will be improved
  • Reduces Bloating
  • Treats Diarrhea
  • Aids weight loss
  • Has anti tumor properties
  • Boosts immunity

Mental Health –

I am explicitly writing down this section. Because I strongly believe that the mental health is much more important than your physical health. Because every thing depends on what is your mental status is. Trust me if you do not have a stale happy mental status, your society status will never be of any use.

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So, if you feel you are having a bad day(I am not using the word depressed. It is a huge word and this remedy I am gonna say might or might not help.) get a coconut and drink the coconut water. It has proven that it does have properties to fight depression.

PS: One extra tip – while sipping the coconut water, kindly stay away from electronic gadgets. Try to connect with your close ones or with the world around you. You will enjoy the drink more. #smile

Skin Benefits:

It is nothing like you have to drink it get the most out of this. You can also apply coconut water to get below benefits.

  • It is a great moisturizer. ( I hope Dry skinned beauties are listening..!!)
  • If you wash your face using coconut water, it will cure

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  1. black and white heads
  2. pimple scars
  3. dryness
  4. dullness
  5. unevenness
  6. Acne
  7. Sun tan
  8. Skin infections
  9. Signs of aging

Hair Benefits :

When we are talking about skin benefits we do talk about hair care too..!!! Because we love our hair. Isn’t it??? Yes this magical fruit has benefits in hair care regime too. These are the ones, when you apply it on your hair/scalp:

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  • Moisture scalp
  • Adds shine to hair
  • Bye bye hair loss
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Dandruff control
  • Applying coconut water on unmanageable frizzy hair can make it smoother and manageable.

This is all about benefits of Coconut water.

If you want to know the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil, check this post of mine.

So, the next time when you are thirsty and wanna try some carbonated drink, opt for this healthy and tastier one. Your body will thank you.