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Benefits of Lemon Water


Remember when lemon water was just a drink you’d consume in restaurants while waiting on your meal? Now it seems to be the thing everyone’s raving about these days. If you’re like me, I have struggled with my daily water intake in the past. As a result of this unhealthy routine, I got into the habit of adding fruits including lemons into my water. Before making any lifestyle changes, I recommend engaging in research. It’s important to know about the nutritional value of the foods we consume daily so I’ll be listing a few benefits of lemon water.  

1. Hydration

According to Harvard Health, water helps our body systems to function properly which keeps our body regulated. If you do not drink enough water daily, you may risk becoming dehydrated. It is always better to stay hydrated to avoid symptoms such as weakness, headaches, skin-related issues, and susceptibility to illness. The addition of lemons to my water added just the right flavor I needed which made it easier for me to consume.

2. Digestion

The consumption of lemon water helps the body to digest food properly which prevents an accumulation of toxins. This may help reduce frequent constipation.  constipation. 

3. Antioxidants

Lemons are rich in vitamin C which is known to be an antioxidant. This protects the cells within our body from becoming damaged which can lead to health conditions. These include inflammation in the body, cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. 

4. Helps Prevent Kidney Damage/Stones

Water is essential for the kidneys. Kidneys are responsible for filtering blood and with the help of water, it contributes to the removal of waste and extra fluids within the body. Lemons are known to contain citric acid which can help break up kidney stones that may form. 

If you do not consume enough water daily, you may be at risk of developing kidney related issues such as urinary tract infections and chronic kidney disease. 

5. Source of Potassium 

Lemon water is a source of minerals including potassium. This mineral helps to regulate the body by ensuring that our muscles and nerves function properly. It also contributes to normal cell function. It helps to prevent higher blood pressure which can lead to a stroke.

Make sure to consume water daily. Remember you can add fruits to you water if that will help you remain consistent with your water intake.

8 Ways To Show Up For Yourself Every Day

These days I’ve been focused on all things wellness, self-love, and personal development. This is the season of my life that I’m currently in. Part of doing all of this is showing up for myself. I’ll be honest I’m not always consistent when it comes to showing up for myself. I’m all about being intentional with my life, setting boundaries, and prioritizing self-care but to be honest, I’ve poured from an empty cup far too many times that I’d like to admit. However, I will say that I am learning the importance of showing up for myself and the different ways it can be done.

So if you’re one of those people who’ve been trying to put yourself first more and to show up for yourself, this blog post is for you. I’ve been trying different ways in which I can show up for myself because chileee I needed to cause your girl been out here pouring from the driest of cups ok! When we show up for ourselves it helps to boost our self-esteem and confidence. Here are 8 ways you can show up for yourself.


One of the first things you should do when wanting to show up for yourself more is to acknowledge where you are in your life. I’ll be honest, I’ve lived in denial. I knew good and well that I was living a lie when it came to certain things. So it is important to accept where you are and your surroundings so you can know what you need to change. This is vital if you want to start showing up for yourself.


Be mindful of how you speak to or about yourself. When you realize or start to notice that you’re talking negatively about yourself and you start judging yourself, try to make it more constructive. Try to combat your inner critic that is trying to attack your self-worth. You know the type of negative self-talk I’m talking about. Change the direction of your inner monologue with daily affirmations. 


It is imperative that the people you spend time with are validating and affirming you. You can do this by creating daily affirmations and personal mantras. These are good to recite and it helps to give a mental and emotional boost. This also helps to replace negative thoughts with uplifting and positive thoughts. Sometimes in life, we need validation from those closest to us. There’s no better feeling than knowing you have a strong support system.


I always tried to journal daily but to be honest, I fell off the wagon a little because I wasn’t quite there mentally, I think this is as a result of me being stressed about my grad school journey. I will say this, even if you don’t meditate or journal daily, just make it something that is a regular habit or routine. If that means journaling or meditating twice a week that’s okay. The goal is to learn to be still, to find quiet time for yourself so that can you center yourself and listen to your voice. This is a way you can gain clarity in your life.


I come from a faith-based background so for me, these days I am trying to reconnect and deepen my faith by spending more time in the word and taking the time to learn more. It is good to believe in something. So if you’ve lost your way or you’ve been wanting to explore something new then go right ahead. Let me tell you, it sure feels good to know and feel connected to a higher power.


Many of us tend to lack confidence when it comes to believing in our own abilities. I know first hand because that’s the case with me. It is so easy to feel like you aren’t good enough. When you think about it your skills, abilities and even your perspective are what makes you, you. So whether you’re a student, in the working world, or pursuing your passion, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF enough to be proud of who you are!


Let me tell you, I can commit to all sorts of things to the point that I’ve made commitments to things that weren’t even benefiting me so why is it hard to commit to ourselves?! Committing to yourself could be simple as taking a bath every night, saving money, pursuing a passion, reading a book, or even starting something new. Be sure to stick to your boundaries and stand in your truth. Do not, I repeat, do not allow anyone to let you feel bad for sticking to your boundaries. If you don’t set and stick to your boundaries it’ll leave room for people to think they can take advantage of you and they will continue to disrespect you. Take it from me, I’ve been learning about boundaries and I no longer apologize for being who I am. All it takes is for you to be consistent.


You deserve all the goodness out of life. As you work on committing to yourself, sticking to your boundaries, and taking yourself seriously, remember that consistency is key. Nobody’s perfect but remember to celebrate where you are in your life and remember your dreams are worth it. We are all going through challenging times but it’s important to change your mindset. Inhale more positivity and exhale negativity.

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World Sickle Cell Awareness Day: Aneka The Warrior

If you’re like me, we often times hear about certain diseases or illnesses but most times we are unaware about the effect these diseases have on the people and their family. Yes, I’m in the healthcare field but believe it or not I don’t know everything about these diseases. I may know the basic but often times I do my research so I can educate myself.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to care for a teenage sickle cell patient and it was one of the hardest patient I’ve had to deal with and believe you me I’ve seen A LOT since working in the pediatric ICU. The pain, the many blood transfusions, surgery; the way it affected the family really broke my heart and made me go beyond the call of duty for this patient and their family.

I’ve been pondering on whether or not I should do a post about my experience working with a sickle patient. Growing up and even before then, I can admit I was a bit naive about what sickle cell could do, all I would think is, it’s all about the pain (yes, that’s how naive I was). I dug deeper and was going to do a post educating us all about this disease.

Today is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day and someone I know has been living with Sickle Cell for as long as she can remember so I decided to shine a light on her as she tells us what life is like living with Sickle cell. Continue reading