Regular body cleanses and detoxes are core principles of health and healing. The human body has a natural ability to detoxify itself. When we choose to do some kind of detoxing method we help the body to eliminate toxins such as metals, chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, pesticides, and poisons that cause the body harm. So to start off with, you can support the body’s 24/7 detoxing process by following these simple points:
Having a big glass of water with squeezed lemon first thing in the morning improves digestion, lowers the amount of toxins in the body, and alkalises/neutralises the acid in the body. Citrus flavonoids also help prevent a fatty liver, decrease chances of cardiovascular disease, and reduced insulin sensitivity.
One of the best things that can be done to support the body’s detoxification process is to lighten its load and feed it with the right, healthy nutrients. Following a healthy diet can go a long way towards that. There are many foods that aid detoxification, including garlic, lemon, broccoli sprouts, mung beans, and raw vegetables.
Exercise helps to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind. It helps you sweat, and sweating helps release toxins through the skin. It also helps to clear the mind and reduce stress. Stress is as toxic to health as chemicals. A troubled mind can cause the physical body to function poorly.
Water is possibly the most valuable tool for detoxifying the body. The body’s most basic functions require water. It needs water to produce saliva, help with perspiration, and remove waste. Drinking coffee, sports drinks, or soft drinks doesn’t count as drinking water. Adding lemon, ginger or cucumber to the water can make drinking it more pleasant.
Massage therapy not only stimulates circulation, but reduces stress too. With improved circulation the body’s detoxing process is faster, and by reducing stress, toxins are reduced.
Exfoliation is detox for your skin. It removes dead skin cells, improves circulation, and invigorates your entire body. Besides exfoliating with a brush or pad, exfoliation can be done with sea salt scrubs and mineral scrubs. These scrubs also draw toxins out of your skin in the process.
Triple berry bowl: blend low fat Greek yoghurt (three full spoons), ½ banana, one handful of strawberries and blueberries, topped with organic granola, fresh bananas, blueberries, mixed berries and honey.
Tropical crunch bowl: a delicious blend of low fat Greek yoghurt (three full spoons), one teaspoon of peanut butter, one round piece of pineapple and ½ banana, topped with organic granola, fresh chunks of pineapple, flakes of coconut and honey.
The Hulk: ½ apple, one banana, five strawberries, ½ orange (squeezed), one handful of spinach, blended with low fat yoghurt (one teaspoon) and whey protein (one spoon).
Purple Power: two carrots, ½ beetroot, two red apples and wheatgrass.
Green Goddess: one green apple, five spinach leaves, ½ avocado, one small piece ginger, ½ lemon and spirulina (one teaspoon).
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