Benefits of drinking Lemon Water

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Why lemons?

Lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. (Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!)

Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended). Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below.

11 Benefits of Lemon Water

1. Gives your immune system a boost.

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Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.

2. Excellent source of potassium.

As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.

3. Aids digestion.

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Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.

4. Cleanses your system.

It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.

5. Freshens your breath.

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It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say wha?). Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.

6. Keeps your skin blemish-free.

The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.

7. Helps you lose weight.

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Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.

8. Reduces inflammation.

If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.

9. Gives you an energy boost.

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Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)

10. Helps to cut out caffeine.

I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.

11. Helps fight viral infections.

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Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely.

How much?

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For those who weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice into a glass of water. If over 150 pounds, use an entire lemon’s juice. You can of course dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your personal taste.

Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.

Is lemon water part of your daily routine? Let us know in the comments!

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TOPIC: Multitasking. Effects on Productivity

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There never seem to be enough hours in the day to get our work done. That’s why many of us turn to multi-tasking, which represents our best, noble attempt to accomplish multiple tasks. But it turns out that multitasking may actually limit productivity and ultimately affect your level, and your health. According to athlete and international and TEDx speaker Katie Brauer,

 “Higher productivity happens when you limit multitasking and stay focused on completing a task at hand. Studies show that multitasking makes you 40 percent less productive and increases stress levels.” 

While acknowledging the difficulty of focusing, especially at work, Brauer suggested that implementing a few simple steps in your workday can help you focus and make a dramatic difference in your rate of work output.

That got me thinking. So, I reached out to a few other entrepreneurs running health-related businesses for their take on ways to stay more engaged and productive during the business day.

Preparing for the start of the day is a great time to get focused. You can get focused when you avoid doing certain things first thing in the morning such as checking your cell phone.

In order to achieve higher productivity, it’s important to clear or reduce mental clutter.

Do not check your phone or email when you first wake up.  Wait at least 60 minutes, so you are not jumping right into a ‘reactive’ state of mind. I believe in easing into the day. Start out by stretching, drinking a glass of lemon water and meditating. You’ll notice a calmness and clarity while you do this.

In order to achieve higher productivity, it’s important to clear or reduce mental clutter. The mind benefits from the combination of having structure and being clutter free. When it comes to raising your productivity level, try working on projects with your email and sound alert turned off.

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TOPIC: Prioritize The TO-DO List

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to take care of everything. We fight the same battles to manage our time and tasks.

If you have a to-do list, you are ahead of the pack. However, there are ways to make your list and time management plans more effective. Here are five tips that will be help you to get a few more minutes in your schedule:

1. Prioritize the list.

Each day, look at your list and mark those items that are the top priority. Consider the urgency and the importance of each task. Obviously, things that are both urgent and important will rise to the top of the list. Items that are neither urgent nor important can wait.

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 Place items that are urgent, but not important lower on your list. Evaluate just how “squeaky” that wheel is before spending your precious time on it. Give more time to those tasks that are important, but less urgent. These items, when completed, add more value.

Use some type of visual reference so your priorities are clear. You might rewrite your list in order of priority. Highlight your top items in yellow and then again in pink when they are complete. Or number items in order of priority. Once you have established priorities, follow them. Don’t get sucked into the trap of focusing those things you can finish quickly, so that you can put lots of checks on your list.

2. Estimate how long each item on your list will take to complete.

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It’s common to underestimate how long tasks take. You may fail to include time for interruptions, travel, review or getting steps approved. What about “pondering” time? We all need time to think about our tasks before moving forward. Developing or creating takes time. When you fail to include time for these parts of the process, you are doomed to underestimate how long your tasks will take.

3. Use your calendar.

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Once you become more effective at estimating how long tasks take, the next step is to move them to your calendar (at least those tasks that will take more than just a few minutes). Schedule the time to execute your tasks. If you have a calendar that is loaded with items not on your to-do list, there is an obvious mismatch. You are highly unlikely to accomplish many of your top priority items.

 

4. Don’t pack your schedule.

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Be realistic about what you can actually accomplish in a day. It doesn’t matter how hard you work — you can’t put nine women on the job and get a baby in a month. Putting too much on your calendar can lead to cutting corners, sloppy work or just being frustrated that you can’t get it all done.

5. Get help.

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If you truly have too much work, it may be time to bring in some help. Spend your time on high-value activities. How much is your time worth to the business? Put a dollar value on an hour of your time. Then ask yourself if you need an assistant to provide administrative help.

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Time is your most valuable commodity and the quantity is limited. Your personal productivity may be the difference between success and bankruptcy. Implementing these tips will help you achieve your full potential.

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Topic: PRIORITY. Sub Topic: Prioritize your To Do list

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Tips of PRIORITY when making a TO DO List

  • Be realistic about what you can accomplish in one day
  • Schedule meetings with a start and end time so they don’t drag on or waste time
  • Schedule errands based on geographical location. Don’t waste time with extra driving.
  • Whenever possible schedule your appointments for first thing in the morning. The later the appointment, the better chance you’ll be delayed.
  • Avoid placing overwhelming tasks on your To Do list. Breaking large task down into small one. Identify the large task and then write down all the steps you need to take to complete that task. Then set a final deadline for the task and wok your way toward it, accomplishing one step each day.
  • Store your schedule or To Do list electronically instead of on paper.
  • Complete tasks. You only get points on the scoreboard when the goal is made.
  • Consider your time too valuable to waste.

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ps: It’s DECEMBER

It’s December!

Can You BELIEVE IT!??!

My wish for all of our followers (friends, really) of PMorganizing is a HAPPY HOLIDAY and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thank you for your continued support.  I’m working on some exciting Organizing projects  and look forward to sharing them with you in the NEW YEAR!

………until then and ALWAYS,

ENJOY The PRESENT MOMENT!

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