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February 13, 2021
For most of us, 2020 was about how to SURVIVE - but 2021 will be our time to THRIVE!
The last couple of months may well have been full of catch-ups, social events and celebrations with friends and family. It's a wonderful time of the year and if you're lucky you'll have found some time to relax and reset for the New Year ahead.
But it also comes with extra intake of festive foods and drinks and many late nights as we do not want to miss a moment of fun and laughter. Afterwards, our bodies are often crying out for a break and need some time to regenerate and rejuvenate.
Research data has shown that nearly 700,00 tonnes of chemicals and toxins are released into our environment EVERYDAY! Add this to the excesses and burdens of the festive season we have just been through and it’s not hard to understand that our organs are feeling overwhelmed.
There are many ways that chemicals and toxins can get into our body – we can ingest them with food and drinks, we can absorb them through our skin, and they enter our body through the air we breathe. Our lifestyle and dietary choices play a large part in how much toxic burden we have to deal with – alcohol, processed and takeaway foods, smoking, artificial sweeteners and sugary snacks, food additives/preservatives, and coffee – all take their toll.
It's up to our digestive system and liver to sort and process all these toxins entering our cells – they need to neutralise the toxins and then support their elimination from our body. If these filtration processes are compromised in any way, then these toxins can build up in our systems and leave us looking and feeling older.
Detoxification within our cells and organs is a complex process that requires several steps to be successful and efficient.
Optimal results cannot be achieved by just addressing one or two of these factors, as is often the case in many fad cleanses available. We need to target each of these steps in a systemised and methodical way to get the best out of a detox.
Organic Fermented Super Greens and Prebiotics (Inulin, Larch Arabinogalactan, Acacia, Guar and Green Banana Resistant Starch) – required by the gut and liver to neutralise toxins, alkalise tissue, and feed the microbiome.
Organic Red, Green, Yellow and Purple Superfoods – providing broad spectrum B Vitamins to transform toxins in preparation for elimination, increase bulk and fibre to act as a broom - sweeping out the pockets of the bowel and helping to ‘deodorise’ the colon.
Amino Acids -Taurine, Glycine, Selenium and Pea Protein – liver detoxification pathways require good quality protein to bind to toxins and facilitate their removal.
St Mary's Thistle, Globe Artichoke, Broccoli Sprouts and Burdock – herbs that increase the body’s most powerful antioxidant, glutathione, to offset the damage caused by toxins. They stimulate the liver, enhance bile production from the gallbladder, and reduce fatty deposits in liver cells. These nutrients are also involved in the regeneration and growth of new liver cells so the liver can continue its vital work of filtration for many decades to come.
Dandelion Root and Ginger – supporting healthy digestion by increasing digestive juices and enzymes to breakdown toxins, reduce bloating and indigestion, and regulate absorption of nutrients.
Chlorella – binds to heavy metals and other toxins, draws them out of the cell to enable effective elimination.
Glutamine, Nopal Cactus, Slippery Elm, Aloe Vera, DMG, Silica, MSM, Liquorice and Zinc – all nutrients that protect the gut, lower inflammation in gut and liver cells, and promote rapid healing of the gut membrane and liver cells.
Schisandra Berries, Rosemary, Curcumin, Alpha Lipoic Acid, N Acetyl Cysteine, Pomegranate, Grapeseed, Yucca, Bilberry, Blue Berry and Beetroot – providing powerful protection from chemicals and toxins as they leave the cells and get eliminated from the body. They lower inflammation, boost cell defences, and mop up free radicals and oxidative molecules.
When starting a detox, plan ahead and make improvements to your meals. Stock up on plenty of healthy fresh foods to complement the nutrients you are taking. Focus on a diet rich in plant-based wholefoods such as colourful vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, small amounts of lean protein, eggs, herbal teas, filtered pure water, fermented white cheeses such as cottage and fetta, and of course, pre/probiotic fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut.
Eliminate (just for a short time to give your system a break) foods found in tins, boxes, packets, wheat, dairy, sugar, tea, coffee, and alcohol. You don’t want to be ‘RE-TOXING’ while you are DE-TOXING.
Natural detoxification can also be amplified by simple lifestyle measures such as dry skin brushing, working up a sweat with exercise or saunas, deep breathing regularly, and turning off toxic technology such as our phones and TVs.
Undertaking a regular detox can enhance your health and wellbeing and improve your quality of life. One week, two weeks, a month – continue for as long as you feel comfortable - cleansing and flushing – listen to your body and continue until you feel your symptoms melting away.
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