Flush It Out

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With Labor Day behind us summer seems like it is unofficially over.  But between hot days, long nights, cold beers, BBQ’s and sweets galore, my body sadly may be ready for it.

This past weekend alone has proven how hot weather and bad foods, are truly not the best combination. And if you are anything like me, your body could really go for a good cleansing. So with that said, below you will find my tips on how to not only flush out all those unneeded toxins, but to also get in that extra water intake in.

1. Bigger is Better

I find it easier to drink my water when it is in a large container. Instead of refilling my small water bottle 10 times per day. I take my 1.5-liter jug and refill that only twice. That way I don’t have to constantly question if I’m gettting the adequate amount of water for the day.

2. Make it a Challenge

Give yourself one hour to drink a minimum of 20 oz. And do that 5x a day. Trust me, its easy and one hour is plenty.

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The Good Stuff

3. Adding Fruit

For all those who just don’t like the taste of water, or need to just give it a little boost. Adding fruit not only does the trick, but certain fruits have added benefits.

  • Cucumbers prevent water retention and also have many anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lemon provides the cleansing effect of citric acid to help clear out the digestive system.
  • Oranges contain juice that stimulate the immune system and protects against a fungi/pests while helping to reduce cholesterol levels.
  • Mint helps the body digest more easily and it also soothes any stomach aches/pains you may have.

4. Eat it

Water based foods such as carrots, cucumbers, apples, watermelon and celery will help as well. However, this does not mean you should lessen the amount of water you drink. Other foods to eat, that may not be water based but are very helpful for cleansing your body include brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.

5. Keep Your Hydration

Avoid certain teas, coffee sweeteners, alcohol and sodas as all they do is cancel out all your hard work.

6. Sweat

If all else fails, sweat it it out: Whether it’s a sauna, a run or quick workout with us, a good sweat will definitely do the trick. But just make sure you replenish yourself before, during and after.

Hope these help and stay cool!

Workout of the Day 9/5/2014 – Friday

Athlete

Strength/Skill.
3 Sets:
3 Wall Walks
Max Effort Chin-Up Hold

Time to complete: 15 minutes. Rest as needed.

Met-Con.
AMRAP 7:
5 Push Press (75#/55#)
5 Front Squats
5 Thrusters

Rest 4 minutes, then…

AMRAP 4:
5 Pull-Ups
5 Chest to Bar Pull-Ups
5 Toes to Bar

Competitor

Strength.
3 Sets:
1 Monkey Swing (1 Chest to Bar Pull-Up + 1 Toes to Bar + 1 Bar Muscle-Up, unbroken)
8-10 C2W Shoulder Taps

Met-Con.
AMRAP 7:
5 Push Press (95#/65#)
5 Front Squats
5 Thrusters

Rest 4 minutes, then…

AMRAP 4:
5 Pull-Ups
5 Chest to Bar Pull-Ups
5 Bar Muscle-Ups