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Why do you drink liquids or juices while exercising? 

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If you are a workout junkie, you must surely have your own personal sports bottle of a refreshing or energy drink to keep you ‘going’. A bewildering variety of sports drinks promise to help you go longer, get stronger, run faster, and recover better. But why should you drink something during your workouts?

Well, it certainly is important to stay hydrated during exercise. But for the average workout of 60 minutes or less, you typically won’t need anything more than water. If you’re going longer than an hour, or it’s hot and humid outside, then you may need more than that.   Here is what you need to know to stay hydrated.

STICK TO WATER. Simple water is the best way to go. But do avoid packaged sports drinks for the sugar content in them is counter-productive to your exercise!

STAY HYDRATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. The best way to avoid a last-minute rush to fill in on fluids before a workout is to sip small amounts of water or drinks like these herbal beverages & organic juices like Herbal Hills Wheat-O-Power throughout the day.

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DO THE BATHROOM CHECK. When you’re well hydrated, your urine will be the color of pale lemonade or straw. If it’s clear, you’re drinking too much. If it’s the color of apple juice, drink more.

DRINK WHEN YOU’RE THIRSTY. The body’s thirst mechanism is tuned to tell you when you need to hydrate. Don’t overhydrate!

DRINK MORE WHEN IT’S HOT AND HUMID. Hydration becomes most important during intense exercise in the heat. The best bet for rehydration is to drink beverages like natural Amla Juice or Triphala Juice, apart from coconut water, or water with a slice of fruit.

REHYDRATE POSTWORKOUT. Do you have white streaks on your skin or clothes after your workout? It means you’re a salty sweater. You’ve lost a lot of sodium. Try vegetable juices, which is a good source of sodium.

Hard workouts require extra hydration attention. Drink & Stay Happy!

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Make Naturally Flavoured Water at home to cool your body!

Water is extremely important to the human body! It provides energy, prevents headaches caused by dehydration, curbs false hunger cravings, makes skin look fresh and dewy, revs up metabolism and detoxifies the entire body.

Just to shake things up on the water front, let’s try making Naturally Flavoured Water at home, with fruits and vegetables and no chemicals whatsoever like in the store bought waters! And all these waters are a great way to detoxify your body and beat the summer heat, naturally!

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Mint Cucumber Lime GingerTake 1/2 a cucumber and grate it, slice 1/2 a lime into thin slivers, chop up 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, grate a knob of fresh ginger and add to a liter of water and stir it around. Make sure you store it in a glass mason jar or any glass container. Keep it in the fridge and drink it all day. You can add water to it when it runs out, without mixing any of the ingredients again, but only for a day. It is the most refreshing drink you’ll ever have and your body will thank you for it.

Strawberry Lemon with Basil – Slice up 1/2 cup of strawberries, slice 1/2 a lemon into thin slivers and 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves and muddle it in the mason jar. Add a liter water and keep it in the fridge. Enjoy all day!

Watermelon Mint – Cube a cup of a juicy watermelon, chop up 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves and add 1 liter of water. Store it in the fridge and hydrate your body through the day.

Pineapple Orange Ginger – Cube 1/2 cup of a fresh pineapple, slice 1/2 an orange into small pieces, grate a tablespoon of fresh ginger and add it all to a liter of water. Fresh, homemade flavored water inside your fridge!

If you’d like to sweeten your water just a bit more, add natural sweeteners like Organic Raw Honey, Agave, Stevia or Coconut Sugar. You can also try making these refreshing flavored waters with other fruits like Kiwis, Mangoes, Peaches – any fruit that you enjoy eating.  There is no fresh fruit combination that can go wrong really.


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Cellulite banishing foods for smooth, flawless skin!

It’s that time of the year when your skin can breathe after being wrapped up in layers of clothing all winter. It feels good to finally wear summer dresses, shorts, cotton saris and swim wear at the beach, but not if you have cellulite. What is cellulite? Cellulite is the bumpy and dimpled skin that shows up around the butt, abdomen and thighs. Cellulite results from enlarged packets of body fat deposited deep underneath the skin, that push up against the underlying connective tissue, resulting in the dimpling. Cellulite can affect anyone, not just overweight people, and is caused by hormonal and lifestyle factors, genetics, diet and wearing tight clothing. It is not a pretty sight, but cellulite can be banished. While expensive creams and lotions claim to smoothen away cellulite, Natural Mantra recommends going natural to get rid of cellulite forever!

Here are some foods that will get rid of cellulite from your body, naturally:

Whole Grains

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Brown pasta, brown rice and other whole grain cereals can aid weight loss as a source of slow-release energy, which keeps one satisfied for longer. They are also high in antioxidants, battling against cellulite-causing toxins and help the body to boot them out. Add at least one bowl a day to your diet to feel the effects.

Green Tea

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Green tea has been proven to aid weight loss by speeding up the metabolism,restricting fat absorption and aiding glucose regulation, making it a great beverage choice for anyone who’s looking to improve their health. However, it’s also good for beating cellulite. It contains an ingredient called theobromine, which stimulates the release of stored fats in the body, as does the caffeine it contains.

Oranges

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Oranges are great for your body. Packed with vitamin C, oranges contain methoxylated bioflavonoids, which improve the blood circulation and correct cell imbalances that may lead to cellulite.

Cayenne Pepper

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As well as boosting your metabolism, cayenne pepper helps in improving your blood circulation. The hot spice does this by warming the body internally, thus increasing the blood flow and reducing the formation of cellulite.

Cabbage

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Don’t overlook cabbage when you’re putting together your cellulite-busting diet plan. It’s a brilliant cleanser, and is a natural antiseptic and helps flush out harmful toxins from the body. The potassium it contains can also relieve water retention.

Beetroot

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Eating beetroot is well worth the effort if you want to smooth away cellulite. The purple root vegetable contains circulation-stimulating lycopene, which helps to reduce water retention, as well as potassium, vitamin E and collagen-boosting vitamin A. This makes it a powerful body cleanser, helping to eliminate toxins from the body and lower cholesterol at the same time.

Cucumber

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A build-up of fluid in the body can also trigger the onset of cellulite, no matter what age or size you are. Eating diuretic foods, like cucumber, can help to relieve water retention and remove toxins.

Apples

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Low in calories and high in fibre, apples are an excellent way to shape up. They are full of toxin-battling antioxidants and pectin – a gel-forming fibre that helps detoxify the digestive tract and is great for tackling cellulite!

Spinach

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If you’re looking to improve your skin and slim down, low-cal spinach is a good leaf to incorporate in your diet. It is high in vitamin A, which can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite because it aids the production of collagen – a protein that strengthens, smoothes and plumps out the skin. Swap it for lettuce in a salad or throw a handful into a hot meal at dinnertime or just juice it.

Watermelon

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Watermelon gets its beautiful ruby red colour from a particularly potent antioxidant called lycopene. This not only helps improve blood circulation, but smoothens cellulite over time and can also protect against heart disease.

Nourish your body with these naturally wonderful foods and bid cellulite goodbye and say ‘Hello’ to smooth, flawless skin once again!