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Basic Detox Guide & How to Tell if Your Body Needs a Natural Detox

Basic Detox Guide: How to Tell if Your Body Needs a Natural Detox

Thanks to Realfarmacy.com for this article.

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Your body is naturally equipped with a self-cleaning process. But too much sugar, caffeine, processed foods, stress, and too little exercise can slow the body’s natural detox function to a slow pace. And then your body can’t clean itself when it is put up against the increasing number of harmful and toxic substances in the environment. Toxins come in many forms: pesticides in produce, formaldehyde in carpets and cosmetics, PCBs from plastic containers, dioxins from bleached paper products, and more.

Your body will process and eliminate some of the hordes of chemicals that enter, but overflow gets stored in the liver, lungs, kidneys, fat cells, intestines, blood stream, and skin—which can result in chronic illnesses down the road. When you undergo a detox, you get these toxins out of your system.

How do you know if you need a detox?

You know you’re suffering from toxic overload if you are experiencing fatigue, memory decline, difficulty focusing, allergies and infections, irritability, anxiety and depression, difficulty with weight gain and weight loss, muscle and joint pain or weakness, skin rashes and outbreaks, recurrent yeast and fungal infections, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, and indigestion.

Most people report vast improvement in their symptoms after a detox. At first, you may feel a little fuzzy because of the toxins being released. However, when you stick with it, you will begin to feel more alert, energized, and full of vitality.

At-Home Detox

Start small! Begin with a one-day program and gradually increase to one week or more. Here are 5 steps to a daily detox that will gently cleanse your body:

1. Start the Detox Day Right
• First thing in the morning, drink one lemon squeezed in 12 ounces of warm filtered water. Lemon activates your liver to release toxins and helps to cleanse and move the roughage that stays behind in your intestines.

• Take acidophilus or a probiotic supplement. Acidophilus is one of the many “good” bacteria and yeasts known as the probiotics. Probiotics balance our intestinal functions, helping to break down food and control the “bad” bacteria that is also in your system—all of which optimizes the detoxification process. Always take probiotics on an empty stomach.

2. Your Detox Meals
These meals are designed to jump-start your body into becoming healthier.
• Breakfast: Eat oat bran cereal, brown rice, or any other whole grain cereal as long as it is unbleached and does not contain any added sugar or chemicals.

• Lunch or Dinner: Eat any combination of beans, brown rice, oat bran, vegetables, and organic chicken, or turkey. When you eat, notice how your food affects you. You should feel satisfied and energized. If you feel tired and sluggish, try eating smaller meals so that you don’t overwhelm your digestion and interfere with the detoxification process.

3. Eat Green to Spring into Health
The green pigment in plants, chlorophyll, is structurally similar to the hemoglobin in the human body—the iron-containing element in blood. It increases red blood cell production and improves oxygenation, detoxification, and circulation. Be sure to eat several servings of fresh green vegetables every day during your detox. Try this super-cleansing broth and juice as a quick way to up your veggie intake.

Detox Broth: Add as many of these ingredients as you can into a large pot of filtered water: collards, Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, cabbage, dandelion, Brussels sprouts, daikon radish, watercress, seaweed, shitake mushrooms, cilantro, garlic, leeks, fresh fennel, anise, fresh ginger, and turmeric. Boil until all ingredients are soft. You can make in a large batch and refrigerate for up to three days.

Detox Juice: Juice the following together: Aloe vera juice (which can be found in most health food stores), apples, asparagus, beets (including greens), cabbage, carrot and carrot greens, celery, cucumbers, and parsley. You can also purchase vegetable juice from the store, but be sure that it has no added salt or chemicals.

4. Supplement Your Detox
• Take a daily supplement of 1 tablespoon of flax seed oil, walnut oil, or deep-sea fish oil.

• Green Tea is a strong antioxidant, and a great beverage choice for your detox. Be sure to drink decaffeinated green tea.

• Dandelion and Milk Thistle both protect and restore the liver. According to Chinese medicine, the liver is most active in the detoxification process during spring.

• Ginger is a bowel and kidney cleanser. Make yourself tea from fresh ginger root during your detox.

A popular herbal formula among my patients is Internal Cleanse, a special combination of natural herbs to detoxify, calm nerves, clear the mind, promote emotional balance, and ease digestion. For more information, click here.

5. Take an Invigorating Herbal Soak
Soak for 20 minutes in a revitalizing herbal bath. Help draw out toxins by infusing your bath water with eucalyptus, wintergreen, peppermint, fennel, cinnamon, and epsom salts.

Spring may be the best time to cleanse your body, but you don’t have to wait until spring to start. Detoxification and cleansing is a healthy maintenance program for all seasons.

**Reposter’s Note

Make sure to get your Epsom Salts from a source that does not use aluminum to stop the salt from clumping. Magnesium Salts are also excellent for detox and revitalization.

1/4 tsp of coconut oil added to the last 5 minutes of your soak is very beneficial to your skin and hair. Coconut oil taken orally also has many beneficial effects on almost every body system.

I have an Oxygen Spa that I will share information with you on later this fall that provides an excellent detox. It is very relaxing and enjoyable and overall detox is just one of the many benefits it provides the body, mind and spirit.

My personal thoughts on detoxification are that it should be a continuously ongoing. Toxins are accumulated on an ongoing basis so ongoing detox is just plain smart preventative maintenance.

At the very least – start your day with fresh lemon in hot water.

I like to grate fresh Ginger, let it steep while I juice a lemon, I then add the lemon to the steeped ginger tea and sweeten with a bit of honey or real maple syrup.  No matter the season,  the fresh Lemon – Ginger combo really adds zest to your morning. It also has an excellent detoxifying effect.

If you have an intestinal system that is working well, leave well enough alone. I suffered from severe IBS before it had a name. Now my intestinal system works really well. The friendly flora are in the correct balance.  I now will only add a Pro-biotic when that balance is disturbed and would not add it as part of my detox program.

Our bodies are an amazing compilation of complex systems that work synergistically. The gut is one of those complex systems.

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Green Weightloss Smoothie – Yummy

Yum and good for you!

Drink this daily and watch the pounds come off without fuss.

The recipe is two handfuls of baby spinach, 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 cup of yogurt, 5 strawberries, 1/2 orange.

Blend well and enjoy! Green smoothies will give you tons of energy!

Plain – pro-biotic yogurt is preferred.

Remember to drink lots of water through out the day.

For more great recipes – :Simply The Best You…Healthy and Happy

Personally – I would add 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil or 1 Tbsp Cold pressed Hemp Oil, or 2 heaping Tbsps of Hemp Hearts. Complex plant fats provide the body nutrient dense fats needed for optimal functioning. They promote weight loss while supporting the bodies daily need for good  Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats . They  also add a pleasant creaminess to the smoothie as well.

The fats give a feeling of satiation and fullness as do the bananas.  They are good sources to increase energy levels naturally so you are not running for a high calorie snack.

Change it up by adding a bit of raw ginger, fresh lemon juice, fresh Kale a few nuts or even a dash of Himalayan Sea Salt.

Should you find your smoothie a bit too thick add coconut water to dilute.

Freeze a well washed full lemon – add 1/4 of the lemon rind and all.  There are far more nutrients in the rind than in the pulp. Have it handy to add for those days you want a more cleansing alkaline effect.

I like personally like to replace the yogurt with a bit of coconut water and one of the oils. I get the creaminess without the dairy.

On busy days, I make a double batch, 1/2 for immediate consumption and 1/2 for later. Store it in the fridge or an insulated drink container to take with you,  if you are going to be out and about.

Enjoy!

4 SUPER FOODS FOR ANTI-AGING & WEIGHT-LOSS

4 SUPER FOODS FOR ANTI-AGING & WEIGHT-LOSS

 
 
 
 
 
4 SUPER FOODS to incorporate into our lives for NUTRITION & NOURISHMENT…
 
Using these ingredients will help your body function better, delaying or reversing the signs of aging. Team great nutrition with a smart lifestyle choices,lots of laughter and you are well on the way to a long happy healthy life.,
 
Excellent recipes at the links below.
 

DETOX WATER

DETOX WATER

Who wouldn´t love to remove all the toxins from their body? Well, that’s a detox, and my personal way to cleanse my body is drinking detox water, lots and lots of water. Our body is so amazing, that in no more than 3 days, you´ll be as good as new. Here are some ideas of how to add a little flavor and antioxidants to our detox water!

Detox water

Lemon juice helps to cleanse and alkalize the body, it is a powerful detox drink; you just have to squeeze fresh lemon juice into your glass.

Mint helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion as well, and it also adds a touch of sweetness without the sugar to your water.

Detox water

Cucumber contains anti-inflammatory properties, add a few slices to your water for excellent rehydration, as well.

A little Ginger goes a long way, it helps cleanse out your system, aids in digestion, and settles your stomach

detox water

Remember that Detox is an instant, magical solution. Detox is an ongoing process, which provides amazing health benefits, by simply using water…as simple as that! What are you waiting for? Go get your first glass of water, and start your water detox right away!

Thank You to Positive Med for another great article.

Stop the bottled water epidemic please – buy a good water filter – filter your own tap water,  make your detox water and drinking water.

We are wasting resources, filling landfills and creating a bunch of plastic that takes forever to break down. In Europe they have opted to continue using predominantly glass so they don’t have to be concerned with leaching of toxins, wasting resources that can be better used elsewhere, or dealing with increased disposal issues.

As individuals we can choose – simple choices often have some pretty big results. A freind was complaining about having to constantly dispose of used water bottles accrued by the family every week. They switched to home filtered water and funky reusable bottles. They as a family of 4 were buying the 24 – 48 paks of bottled water going through  80 – 110 bottles a week. They have found they are saving over $150.00 every month at a minimum and don’t have to deal with the mounds of bottles.

I hear the kids are planning a family ski trip to be paid for by this little ongoing windfall.

Cellular Nutrition – Daily Drinks That Do the Trick.

Thank You to The Earth Diet for these great combinations.

Investing in a good juicer or a very, very high speed blender is very worthwhile. The more finely the ingredients are broken down, the more bio-available the e nutrients are. The more bio-available the nutrients are, the more nutrition we absorb from the food we consume.

Personally I would also be adding at least a 1/4 hemp nuts or dried coconut – this will add good fats that will make you feel fuller and satisfied much longer.  They also add some really good for you additional fiber.

The health benefits from drinking your nutrition can not be over-stated. These types of drinks are what school food programs should include, as should any long-term care facility. The benefits in quality of life experience alone would justify the investment. The economic savings in so many educational programs and the reduction in wellness care costs in care facilities would prove significant.