The body has the ability to naturally detoxify and heal itself. Why not give your body a gentle hand to improve the incredible cleansing process and welcome your body into a fresh, heathy new year.
Here are just a few simple tips you can try to incorporate into your every-day life. Please use Organic ingredients as much as possible.
- Drink a Green Juice or Smoothie daily
Green juices are an incredible way to add vital and detoxifying plant chlorophyll to your bloodstream. Juicing is the ultimate “fast food” getting into your cells within 15 minutes. Here are some simple green juice recipes:
– Celery, cucumber, kale, lemon (skin on) and pear (or green apple) – you can also try adding fresh parsley or cilantro
– Spinach, arugula, celery, lemon, chlorella or spirulina powder, unsweetened green tea or pure water, or pure coconut water.
– Kale, apple, lemon (peeled), one inch slice of ginger (peeled).
– Spinach, 1 beet cut into cubes, 1 apple seeds removed, 1 lemon, peeled and pure water.
Please note * add liquids only if making smoothies. You can also add a super greens powder such as Food Matters Superfood Greens, Barley Grass, Wheatgrass. Buy from a reliable source health food store to ensure quality and purity.
Of special note * – It is more important to juice if you are ill and in a weakened state as juicing removes most of the fibre from the plants which, makes it much easier for your body to process.
- Drink More Water
Often we mistake thirst for hunger. When your body is thirsty (dehydrated) you may confuse this for hunger pains and eat instead of drinking. Reach for water first and ensure you’re well hydrated before eating any meal throughout the day.
Whenever possible drink your water at least 20 to 30 minutes before eating as this allows time for the water to properly penetrate the cells of your body and hydrate your stomach lining preparing it for proper digestion. I like to add fresh lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to my water.
- Learn to Breathe Properly into Your Abdomen
Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercises you can do to activate your lymph system which helps detoxify your body. Your lymph system is your own personal garbage removal system (which we all need after the holidays). Practice taking 10 deep breaths counting to 4 in holding for 4 and out 4. This exercise can be done anytime, while watching TV, while doing yoga or even better while meditating.
According to the “Tao of Natural Breathing” up to 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated through our lungs and the rest via the urine, skin and feces. When we breathe poorly the efficiency of our lungs is reduced and less oxygen is available to our cells. This slows the blood flow which carries waste from the kidneys and lungs. This in turn weakens our lymphatic system which fights off viruses and bacterial invaders.
Eli Bay is one of my favorite experts and instructors of stress reducing relaxation and deep breathing techniques. Try this free Empowered Breathing exercise called Let Go.
- Use more Parsley and Cilantro in your Diet
These two plants are very powerful, natural detoxifiers for carrying heavy metals out of your body. Add these incredible herbs to juices, salads, soups and other meals.
Try this Heavy Metal Detox Pesto Recipe from Raw for Beauty.
Here’s to a healthy, happy, amazingly plentiful 2016!
Live in Wellness
Michelle Thibodeau Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Health & Cancer Coach at Fascial Connections Myofascial Release and Wellness Centre. Learn more about Michelle. Call to book an appointment or go online to www.fascialconncections.ca
Source: Food Matters TV
* first posted with Nu Healings