Natural Living Series – Detox Your Fine Self!

 

Focus: Detoxifying & Cleansing

In my previous post I spoke about adding a daily probiotic as a start for looking after your gut health. A daily probiotic keeps your gut populated with good fighting bacteria. It can also be beneficial to princeton speech and language click here keyboarding assignments go to site enter get clomid no prescription http://pssac.org/doctor/what-to-use-instead-of-viagra/50/ how to write bachelor thesis viagra side effects for diabetes no rx discount propecia ignou assignments ma political science cheap viagra pills australia how to write the context of a research paper follow site middle school research topic prednisone 5mg 6 day pack friendship classification essay apa essay template here reflection essay about community service project college essay family background go source site help me write my college essay abortion research paper outline premarin norx dissertation conte philosophique summary essay topics click here english literature and creative writing university courses how do i reset my email password on my ipad go here cleanse your colon, as years of built up toxins can affect your health. Think dirty colon = dirty blood = bad health.  A cleanse can be a chance to “reset the system.” Others do a cleanse more spiritually for inner peace.  Some like to do a spring & fall cleanse, but others like to do it once a month.  How you do it is all a personal preference, and comes down to listening to what your body wants or needs.

There are a few different types and lengths of cleanses you can try. With any cleanse you want your body to be prepared for it.

Step 1 – Approach your cleanse with a self-care attitude.  It’s most important to make sure you will have the time to relax,  and not stress. See this as a time to pamper and care for yourself.  Plan to be home, read a good book, mediate, take a bath; whatever helps to create a nurturing environment for yourself.

Step 2 – Be prepared with everything you need in order to be successful!  Make a list! You want to make sure you are keeping your body hydrated and putting back minerals and nutrients.  Find recipes for fresh detox juices you can make at home, or if you prefer there are programs here in Winnipeg, such as the ones offered at Green Carrot.  You also want to have certain foods on hand, such as brown rice or Miso broth, in case you find it too difficult to be without food.

Step 3 – Be realistic with yourself, and your intention with the cleanse.  Don’t go into a cleanse with an ideal of shedding unwanted pounds, but rather envision your body cleansed and refreshed in order to give you optimal health.

As I mentioned, there are many different types of cleanses available. You really should research what is best for you, and be sure to check with your doctor if you have any health restrictions.

In addition to the toxins in our colon, cleansing also gives our other organs a much-needed rest! With the amount of toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, in addition to a cleanse, we should find ways to help our body detoxify.

Detoxification removes impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin. There are numerous ways to enhance your cleanse and help your body detoxify. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Detox baths are wonderful, not only for helping relax your body, but drawing toxins to the surface.  Encouraging our bodies’ natural detoxification process is simple!  You will want to start with bath water as hot as you can handle and add in 2 cups of epsom salts (also known as magnesium sulfate.) It can also be beneficial to add a cup of baking soda to your bath to help neutralize any chemicals, such as chlorine.  Add a few drops of essential oil if you like, and submerge your body for at least 20 minutes. When finished, drink lots of water to hydrate.
  • Dry Brushing is another great tool for detoxing! By dry brushing your skin with a loofah or a dry brush, you will stimulate the lymphatic system.  The lymphatic system is our personal filter, it keeps toxins out of your bloodstream. When we stimulate it with a dry bush, it activates this powerful defense system.  Dry brushing can also help rid cellulite, and naturally rid of dead skin cells.
  • Any exercise that helps you break a sweat is going to be a detox tool.  So dance in your kitchen, get outside for a brisk walk, whatever you enjoy, just get sweating!
  • Go for a massage, my personal favourite!  Ever wonder why a massage therapist will tell you to drink plenty of water after a massage? Think of it like this: your muscles are a sponge and when a massage therapist starts rubbing your muscles they are squeezing that sponge and stimulating your lymphatic system.

Eliminating our exposure to toxins, especially environmental toxins, can be difficult. But we can help our bodies have a strong defense system by making healthier choices!  Some of the other benefits that you can receive from a cleansing & detox routine are: beautiful skin, clear thinking, more energy, & better mood.

Next up in our “Natural Living” series:  Understanding Omega’s, Superfoods, Enzymes & Antioxidants.

 

 

 

Chlorella Fast Facts

Before you say yuck, another green, must be good for you but probably tastes bad statement, you must read on!

So yesterday a friend of mine who happens to be a health know all, adds some chlorella into a smoothie we were each enjoying, encourages me to do the same.  I am hesitant because I’m really enjoying the taste and don’t want it tasting “green”. She encourages me to try hers and I was surprised to find it still tasted great! I did already know that chlorella was great at cleaning out the harmful chemicals that we take in but there’s more…

 

This seriously green powder is a natural supplement that boosts your energy, supports fat loss and helps detox heavy metals like lead and mercury from your body.

Chlorella  is a blue-green algae that is native to Taiwan and Japan. It is thought to be the most thoroughly researched food in history, containing the highest chlorophyll content of all known plants. That’s where the energy part comes from!

Chlorella is a great source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Add into smoothies, sprinkle over salads, add into yogurt, etc.

Start out with maybe 1/4 teaspoon (take with food as it seriously aids with digestion) than gradually increase up to the recommended dose of  1-5 grams.

Fast Facts…

  • strengthens the immune system
  • promotes bowel health
  • helps to detoxify the body
  • cleanses the blood stream, liver, and kidneys
  • increases oxygen to your body’s cells and brain
  • promotes proper growth in children
  • fights infection,
  • helps raise the pH of your body to a more alkaline state
  • promotes the production of friendly flora in your gastrointestinal tract
  • helps to counteract the fatigue and mood swings associated with PMS and perimenopause!!!

**As always, please consult a medical professional if you are taking medications, are pregnant or nursing.

Chlorella can interact negatively with certain medications. Because it contains vitamin K, chlorella supplements can interfere with the effectiveness of blood thinner medications. If you have an allergy to iodine, you may also be allergic to chlorella.  .