Making life easier by changing your perspective

The way we view ourselves and our life can have a great impact on happiness. If we can think positively about our daily lives we will find we are happier. We will still face challenges of course but it makes a difference to face them with a positive attitude.

It is difficult to simply remove negative thoughts and feelings but it is possible to build tools to assist you to change your perspective on the challenges you face in life. This means that your response to a situation can be more effective. When you change your perspective about the circumstances you gain new insight that generates even more positive ideas. These creates a happier environment for yourself and people around you. Slowly your challenges start to be overcome, one at a time.

As we get older sometimes life becomes more complicated with tragedies and challenges to face. These things may make you realize also the flip side of how blessed you are. You may also notice that sometimes you have fantasies holding you back from these blessings. All that stuff that goes on in your head creating a negative atmosphere instead of you propelling yourself along in a positive way. You may for example overanalyse a situation so much that your own fantasies create a headache. Especially if you are the type of person who sits and analyses a situation and thinks up all sorts of things that could go wrong. This is one of the types of examples of what needs to change.

Fantasies   

These type of fantasies in your head only stress you out. They create a negative atmosphere of ‘if’ and ‘but’ and make you question yourself until your head spins. They heighten your stress levels. And sometimes may even get you angry with others, yourself and even the whole world because you have fantasised certain scenarios that probably will never happen. You may even end up procrastinating to the point of failure. All this you have created yourself by your own mental and emotional agitation. This is the pattern that has to stop. Also when you spend so much time contemplating the things that could go wrong, instead of focusing on the positive you may find that you are missing many of life’s beautiful and peaceful moments. You are creating the very negative world around you that you do not want.

Changing the perspective

The best way to start changing your perspective is to start with one situation at a time. Try to move through your day and practice seeing life as it is without the ‘what if’ fantasies. Stop your head from spinning round with different scenarios. Look more clearly at your life for what it really is and how it really works, without letting those fantasies creep into your head and making you fear the worst. Don’t think about what might happen, could happen, would happen, and should happen. Don’t over think the situation. Be more present and take one step at a time doing the best you can with the situation.

Toxic environment

Take a look at what you hold onto that makes your life and environment toxic. Is your life filled with guilt, anger, loss or grief? Are you holding on rather than just letting go? What would happen if you do let go? Is it possible you will clear away some of your toxic past and leave the way open for a better future? Perhaps the things that once meant a lot to you have no longer a good place in your life and it’s time to move on past the pain they are bringing you.

Distractions put a hold on your life

Do you spend your time sometimes in meaningless distractions because the present circumstances are too difficult to face? Sometimes facing what’s happening in our lives seems too hard but if you keep ignoring it then it will not go away. Are your spinning thoughts a distraction in terms of making you handle the situation? Or are you so immersed in the fear of making a mistake by doing the wrong thing and make a mistake anyway because you do nothing? What if you focussed your attention on the present moment and the people in your lives and just did what you had to do? Would it really be so bad? Perhaps not.

Getting help with this

If you are struggling with this then try starting by looking around and being thankful for what’s happening now, for your health, your family, friends and home. It is also good to be thankful for your job, even if its not your dream job, be thankful you have income coming in that helps put food on the table and a roof over your family’s head. Invest 100% into what you’ve got right in front of you and you will find slowly life will begin to change. To help you with these enlist the aid of a professional. Could be a therapist, a counsellor, an NLP practitioner, a hypnotherapist. All these people have different tools to help you stop procrastinating, to move forward, to break those negative head talk habits and to start to look at the wonderful things you have in your life now by focussing on the positive. The more you do this and change the patterns, you will find the negative begins to drop away.

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Herbal health for your heart – Arjuna and Hawthorn

Terminalia arjuna which is more commonly known as arjuna, is apart of the Combretaveae family. The bark of this plant has been used for centuries for things such as anginal pain, hypertension, congestive heart failure, and dyslipidaemia. Arjuna is an herb used in Ayurveda treatment as a cardiovascular all-rounder. The bark is used as a treatment for heart disorders.

Heart disease is one of the major single causes of death in Australia and for this reason Arjuna is a very useful herb. Coronary heart disease also known as ischemic heart disease is caused by the narrowing of your arteries usually due to build-up of plaque. This causes two major heart problems – heart attacks and angina. This herb may also assist with disorders of cardiac rhythm, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Cholesterol, statins and herbs

There is also a group of medications that can help you to lower the level of low-density lipoprotein or LDL for short, cholesterol in the blood. These medications are called statins. LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol in your body and statins work to reduce the production of it inside your liver. Unfortunately studies on statins and their effects in the body are inconclusive but it has been shown that this herb combined with statins causes them to work faster to decrease the levels of the bad cholesterol. This is inconclusive until the whole area of statin therapy is explored more as to the side effects and the harm they may also cause in other areas of health after long term statin therapy.

Hawthorn is another herb often used in heart disease. These two herbs work well together as Arjuna regulates heart rhythms and dosages are usually similar when using the two.

Always remember though that heart medications must be supervised by a medical doctor in unity with your natural health care provider and never stop taking your regular medication unless you have a doctor’s say so. If you and your practitioner feel Arjuna may be of benefit to you then you may find that Arjuna is best boiled in milk and taken one to two times a day. This herb is also good for helping to control diarrhea, asthma and coughs. When used externally the application of Arjuna bark may help to manage various skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, itching and rashes.

There are some side effects to be mindful of when you are taking any herbal supplement so don’t just go buy it and use it unsupervised. Only a practitioner can give you the correct dosage. The herb may cause mild effects such as gastritis, nausea, body aches and headaches. Also, consuming Arjuna plant extract, may lead to liver toxicity and hypothyroidism which is why no herbal supplements should be purchased unless you are under the guidance of a qualified naturopath or herbal doctor.

Always consult your medical doctor and practitioner

If you are planning on using herbal medicines in unison with your medical doctor please let both practitioners know and work together with both of them. It takes many years of study and practical experience to work in these industries and it is never a case of being able to read up on Google to self-diagnose what you need for your health. That in itself is a very dangerous practice.

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Quality is of the Essence – You and your aromatherapy

When using aromatherapy oils quality is very important. The best quality essential oils are the pure, therapeutic grade oils that come from real plants. The synthetic fragrance oils or perfumes are not good for health as they can be toxic and sometimes contain allergenic compounds.

Even natural oils can vary in quality and it’s sometimes difficult to check the quality of a given brand. There are different factors that contribute to the differences in quality and these differences include growing conditions, how they are harvested, distillation, manufacture and storage. These all affect the final product.

Boswellia trees produce different coloured resins. One is brown-yellow and muddy frankincense which is the cheapest and usually the easiest to find. The silver and clear frankincense are considered to be of a higher quality and are harder to find. The University of Minnesota, for example, sets an international standard and considerations of what to look at when searching for a quality oil. The most important thing to look for though when buying essential oils is a statement of purity. What you’re looking for is 100 percent essential oil. This means that the oil is not diluted, altered or mixed with anything else. You can usually see the difference in price when it comes to 100% pure and diluted oils. 100% pure oils tend to come with the higher price tag but are better to use for health benefits.

Frankincense oil

Frankincense oil is one of the safest and most beneficial essential oils. It has great health benefits and is also good for helping you to improve your prayer and meditation sessions. This is because the frankincense oil helps to promote feelings of peace, comfort and relaxation which makes it great for relieving stress. We do need to take precautions though. While it may be one of the safest oils to use, it may not be suitable for everyone. When using it if you experience any kind of adverse reaction, you need to stop using it. The best way is to always do a small skin patch test before you use it on larger areas of your body. Always dilute the oil with a carrier oil if you are going to put it on your skin. If you are pregnant the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy has said that frankincense essential oil diluted with a carrier oil is safe to use. It has also been recommended by the Autism Parenting magazine to use for children on the autism spectrum and also for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

How to use it

Despite its healing qualities though frankincense oil may cause some side effects in some people such as diarrhoea, nausea, stomach pain and a rash. There have also been some indications that the Boswellia may have blood-thinning effects, and may interfere with prescription medication like warfarin so please do check with your Aromatherapist, naturopath or natural therapist if this oil is right for you. This clinic specialises in the use of aromatherapy oils in conjunction with other modalities to produce a holistic lifestyle.

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Food and how it affects your mood

Food we eat can affect how we feel and think. There are studies that show a healthy diet of seeds: herbs, fruits, vegetables, spices, nuts healthy fats such as olive and fish oil and lean sources of protein can help reduce risk of depression, anxiety and other forms of mental health problems. Contrary to this is if you have an unhealthy diet it can increase your risk of developing mental health problems. An unhealthy diet consists of eating too much food containing artificial colours and flavours, eating refined white products, sweets and high sugar foods, take-away, soft drinks and eating too much processed meat.

It has been found that most mental health problems are associated with disturbances in several areas in the body. These include neurotransmitter imbalances and neuro-degeneration, stress and hormone imbalances and inflammation.

Neurotransmitter Imbalances and Neuro-degeneration

Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that transmit information from one brain cell to another. These are serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline and GABA. They all have an impact on your moods, your motivation and your behaviour. Foods with nutrients are essential for the production of these neurotransmitters and also for how our brain responds to them. Protein is good for this. Protein is found in chicken, beef, eggs, nuts and legumes. If you don’t eat enough protein, you may not have enough to help the body produce enough serotonin.

For serotonin to transmit information from one neuron to another your body need to have healthy receptors and a permeable cell membrane. These are both influenced by the foods you are eating. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for this.

Neuro-degeneration over time increases inflammation, oxidative stress, and excess cortisol which can cause the destruction of brain cells. The parts of the brain that control your moods and your thinking are often the areas mostly affected. The foods we eat, if they are the right ones, can help protect your brain by reducing inflammation, normalising cortisol levels, reducing free radical damage and by also supporting new neuronal growth. There are many foods and nutrients that can increase proteins in your brain. These are known as neurotrophins, and are essential for the growth of new brains cells.

Stress and Hormone Imbalances

If your cortisol levels are low it can cause your moods to change and also problems with your health. Cortisol is our primary stress hormone. If we are eating high sugar or pro-inflammatory foods like sweets and takeaway it can cause a big increase in cortisol, which then has a detrimental effect on our mood and physical wellbeing. Also if you are skipping meals or eating refined foods it can influence your cortisol levels.

Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation

People with depression have excess body inflammation. When inflammation is chronic, it has a bad effect on all organs including your brain. This can lead to mood and mental health problems. Unhealthy foods increase inflammation so it’s a good idea to stay away from them and have a healthy diet.

Get help

Our clinic can assist you with a healthy diet plan and guidance on which foods are specifically right for you. We also test your inflammation levels to see what is specifically causing them to be high. Contact us for more information now.

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Treating Candida with diet change

Candida Albicans is found in your intestinal tract, your colon and also your genitourinary tract. It is a fungus and when it is working properly it can assist your body with the absorption of nutrients. There are times though when it can cause problems. If your body is too acidic or if you are under a lot of stress, Candida can become a problem. Also, if you have a diet that is too high in carbs and sugars, are taking antibiotic drugs or have a weakened immune system it can cause issues. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to help restore this fungal invader.

Symptoms

There are two main places in the body where candida causes problems. In the mouth, known as oral thrush. This can feel like tiny inflamed bumps on your soft palate or on your inner cheeks or tongue. You may also find a whitish coating your tongue. It also can cause loss of taste and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Candida may also cause tiny red patches of dry skin around the corners of your mouth, or even at the corners of ears, eyes, or nose. It looks scaly and dry and it can feel like there are tiny painful cracks in the skin. The rash may itch or burn. The second place is in your vagina, called vaginitis or yeast infection. When it is here you will get an itchy or burning sensation that will be hard to ignore.

Other things that Candida overgrowth can cause include acne, chronic fatigue, constipation, athlete’s foot and chemical sensitivities. You may also find that it can cause diarrhea, dizziness, menstrual irregularities, diaper rash, eczema, headaches, blood sugar problems including sugar cravings, and indigestion. Also some anxiety and depression, mood swings, brain fog, and irritability.

Treatment

You can help treat Candida by altering your diet and cutting out foods that feed the fungus. This is however a very long list and it includes processed meats and pork, shellfish, mushrooms and starchy vegetables, like potatoes and sweet potatoes, corn, beets, and beans. Also tomato sauce, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, and vinegar, Sugar including sugar alternatives and brown sugar, honey, molasses, and corn syrup. There is also fruit and fruit juices, alcohol, dairy products, grains, refined and processed vegetable oils and margarine, black coffee and black tea. If you follow this list it cuts out a lot of stuff which is impossible. That is why you need to consult a trained practitioner to assist you in treating Candida and getting rid of the issues it causes you.

The good news is that there are also foods that will help you heal and these include non-starchy fresh vegetables, lemons and limes, unpickled olives, avocado, non-wheat grains like buckwheat, millet, quinoa, oat bran, coconut, eggs, organic chicken, wild salmon and sardines, turkey, organic butter, natural yogurt ( a probiotic), fermented foods, herbs, cold pressed oils, filtered water and herbal teas.

This clinic specialises in health plans tailored to suit your needs. Contact us to see what you need to do so you can raise your immunity and be fit and healthy.

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Zinc is an important mineral for your health

Zinc is a mineral that is very important for keeping our bodies healthy. The problem is that not many people are getting enough in their diets. This is due to poor zinc levels in our soil that grows crops and another is the heavy processing of food. Even if you eat healthy your zinc levels may still be low.

Our body doesn’t store zinc and often the absorption and utilisation may be blocked by toxins, heavy metals, too much copper and even the phytates in our food. Other lifestyle choices can also inhibit zinc absorption. These factors include sudden increase of exercise, alcohol and coffee consumption and eating a vegetarian diet. If you are pregnant or breast feeding you will also require an increased need for zinc. Also, the elderly and people with ongoing heath conditions tend to require higher levels of zinc in their bodies.

Signs of zinc deficiency

There are a few things to look out for when it comes to zinc deficiency. One of these is white spots on your fingernails. However sometimes those white spots may be due to bumps or injury to the nail bed. White spots however not the only sign of a deficiency. Another can be poor immune function such as frequent colds and flus, allergies, problems with taste and smell such as reduced sensation of taste and smell.

If you have mood issues or neurological disturbances it could also be due to a zinc deficiency as zinc plays an important part in modulating your brain’s responses to stress. Gastrointestinal problems can benefit from higher zinc levels as it helps to strengthen your intestinal lining, which in turn helps to protect against leaky gut. It also helps to heal intestinal cells. Zinc is great for your skin and can help heal wounds as people low in zinc have a slower healing process. Zinc has also been know to reduce stretch marks and if you have skin problems such as atopic dermatitis it could mean that your zinc levels are severely low. It also assists with hair thinning or grey hair as zinc deficiency is associated with de-pigmentation of hair. Zinc is also an essential nutrient for a healthy functioning thyroid. There are a lot of health conditions that zinc deficiency can produce such as issues with your hormones, reproductive issues, obesity and metabolic syndrome, liver disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, and cancer. This is why it is important to make sure you are getting enough zinc in your diet.

What to take

You should be able to get a simple zinc test from your health food store or naturopath. Your natural practitioner after the test will be able to tell you the right dosage and give you a form of zinc that you can easily absorb. This clinic can test for many other deficiencies and assist you with proper diet and supplementation to increase your nutrient levels, energy levels and get you fit. Give us a call to find out how.

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Five Reasons to Eat Sesame Seeds 

Sesame seeds are not only tasty but are good for your health. We can eat them roasted, sprouted, or soaked. Sesame seeds are full of nutrients. The nutrients that are found in them include vitamins and minerals, phytosterols, polyunsaturated fats, tocopherols and lignans such as sesamin and sesamolin which are all important for your health.

The lignans, tocopherols and phytosterols, protect against reactive oxygen species as well as keep the oil from easily becoming rancid. It is highly resistant to oxidation and rancidity. Sesame seeds are also high in protein, vitamin B1 and dietary fibre.

1. Type 2 Diabetes

Sesame seeds can be good if you have Type 2 Diabetes. There are studies that show that white sesame seed oil lowers blood glucose levels, reduces oxidative stress and helps to improve biomarkers of blood and renal functions in people with Type 2 Diabetes. Sesame seeds can also help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people who have Type 2 Diabetes. Sesamol, which is in the seeds, helps to reduce neuropathic pain that is caused by diabetes. It does this by modulating oxidative stress and inflammatory cytokine release.

2. Hormonal Balance During Menopause

Sesame seeds are high in phytoestrogens which are plant compounds similar to oestrogen. This is what helps women who are going through menopause, which causes reduced levels of oestrogen. Hot flushes are also caused by low oestrogen so the phytostrogens in the seeds are also helpful to women who suffer from hot flushes. It has been found that these compounds in the sesame seed may also help to reduce the risk of cancers, such as breast cancer, during menopause.

3. Lower High Blood Pressure

Eating sesame can reduce the systolic and diastolic blood pressure   because it is full of magnesium. The high polyunsaturated fatty acids, fibre, phytosterols and lignan content assist in reducing high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure you are at high risk of heart disease, strokes, renal failure and myocardial infarction so you need to attend to it. Black sesame seeds help to reduce systolic blood pressure, increase your antioxidant level and decrease oxidative stress.

4. Reduce Inflammation

Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory condition which can also to some extent be reduced by eating more sesame seeds in your diet. The seeds help to control the inflammation and regulate lipid metabolism. You can also take supplements containing sesamol and sesamin, as these help to control inflammatory and oxidative stress markers. Remember to consult your natural therapist about your needs and to have a sensitivity test done to find out what is causing the inflammation in your body.

5. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint pain that people suffer and it occurs most frequently in the knees. Arthritis includes different factors such as inflammation and oxidative damage to the cartilage. Sesame seeds are good for reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, and in turn help to reduce the effects of the arthritis. Sesamin can also help to protecting your cartilage.

However it is important to remember that your diet alone, in today’s toxic society, will not heal you. Consult with your naturopath, nutritionist or natural therapist to find out what foods are good for you and what supplements you need to take to help you detox and raise your immunity. It takes years of training to know the right formula to assist people in their wellbeing and a bottle of vitamins off a shelf and the right foods alone will not do the job. This clinic tests for inflammation in the body and for food sensitivities so give us a call to get you started on the right track.

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Hemp has many uses in the health industry

Hemp can be used in many ways. It’s a renewable source for raw materials, and can be incorporated into many products. Some products that it can be used in include as a health food, holistic body care, paper, textiles and rope. Hemp is not a new product. It has been used for thousands of years.

Hemp and marijuana – the differences

There is a misconception that hemp and marijuana are the same. They do both come from the same cannabis family but they have different chemical compositions to each other. You can also distinguish them by use and cultivation methods. In order to understand the difference between hemp and marijuana it’s important to first understand what cannabis means. Cannabis, which is the name given to the plant family, is commonly used to describe both hemp and marijuana. This is why most people confuse the two plants. Hemp is the industrial, non-drug variant and is cultivated for its fibre and seeds. Hemp is all the varieties of the Cannabis plant species that have hardly any amount of THC which is the chemical component that gives you the high when taken.

Hemp: Contains a maximum THC content of 0.3%, it is non-psychoactive, is adaptable and grown in most climates and is used for a variety for products as mentioned above.

Marijuana: Contains anywhere from 5 – 35% THC content, is psychoactive (will give you a high), needs to be grown in a carefully controlled environment and is commonly used for recreational and medicinal purposes.

Hemp seeds and stalks

The most commonly used parts of the hemp plant are the hemp seed and stalk. Hemp Seeds are encased in an exterior husk, the hemp seed being one of the most important parts of the plant. This how the plant reproduces and the seeds have nutritional and holistic benefits. The nut is used for making hempseed oil and hemp milk. These are then used in a variety of skin care and food products. The exterior husk is a highly valuable component used to make products such as animal food, gluten-free flour and protein powder. The hemp stalk is broken into two parts bast fibre, which is the exterior of the stalk and the hurd which is the woody core of the stalk. The bast fibre is used to create textiles, paper, rope and netting. The hurd is used as insulation, construction materials, animal bedding, and plaster.

Hemp in the environment

Hemp has an ability to restore soil fertility allowing farmers to grow food crops immediately after a hemp harvest without a fallow period. Industrial hemp also has the ability to clean contaminants found in soil through a process known as phytoremediation. It can accumulate heavy metals from the soil in contaminated fields. Hemp has good resistance to pests and has a much lower water requirement than other crops. It’s also great for the air. Hemp farming has the ability to reduce our dependence on carbon producing, non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels, lumber and plastic. Also for every ton of hemp that is produced, 1.63 tons of carbon is removed from the air which is great for lowering our pollution levels.

So the next time you have a choice of what product to buy perhaps take a look if there is a hemp option which is more sustainable for your lifestyle.

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Body detox for the summer holidays

Detoxing for the summer holidays will make you feel great. Our bodies, take on toxins from many pollutants in our day to day lives. Some of these are chemicals in foods, our environment or toxins in the air, in make-up etc. Detoxing these lets your body heal.

Your mouth

Your mouth is where food and drink enters and your breath leaves so it has a lot of toxins. Brushing your teeth and using mouth wash helps you detox. Oil pulling is also helpful. It is a process of swishing about 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes then spit it out into your garbage bin as it can block your drain. The oil causes a chemical reaction combined with your saliva. It pulls bacterial toxins from the deep crevices in your mouth. Oil pulling may help strengthen your stomach, heart, liver, lungs, and reproductive organs. Another way of detoxing your mouth is by scraping your tongue daily. This helps to remove any build-up on the tongue which can be a perfect environment for bacteria. Tongue scrapers are available at your chemist or Woolworths. Scrape from back to front gently about 10 times.

Your body

Essential oils will help to detoxify your body. Peppermint will refresh your mind and oregano will help with viruses and bacteria. Frankincense clean out your energy. Also bentonite clay has a powerful anti-bacterial effect. The clay helps to remove viruses such as E. coli, MRSA, and Staphylococcus as well as heavy metals. Mix a tiny amount of pesticide-free bentonite clay powder in 250mls of  water. If you use it often you can work up to a teaspoon or more of the clay in water.

If your skin needs a detox us a brushing for dry brush massage before you take a bath or shower. Start at your feet and then the arms and work your way towards your heart. Dry brushing is part of Ayurvedic detoxification because it stimulates the lymphatic system. Also, castor oil packs are good for helping to improve the detoxification of the liver. It can support reproductive organs, improve lymph flow and reduce inflammation. Use a castor oil pack with heat on your stomach for up to an hour for it to have an effect.

If you want a good detox for summer contact our clinic and we will get you started for something specifically for you. We do consultations face to face and online and are offering 20% discount on all our summer detox programs. Contact us today.

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Easy everyday diet detox tips

Detoxing your body doesn’t need to be stressful or complicated. There are a few natural things that you can include in your daily routine to help your body detox daily. There are many ways you can do to detox your body, but trying everything at once can become complicated and stressful. Just try a few at a time and when you are in a good routine with these then you can add more if you feel it’s needed. Here are some things you can add to your diet to help remove toxins from your body.

Foods to help with detoxing

You should add more filtered water to your day. Water will help to flush unwanted toxins from your body. Ideally drink one and half to two litres of water daily. Add a glass of lemon water in the mornings before eating or drinking anything else. This is a great way to start your day. It is best to use real lemon juice however if you are on the go you can add a drop of supplement-grade lemon essential oil to your water instead. By starting the day like this it can also start you off in a positive way for making healthy choices that day.

We all get told to eat our veggies as a child, and there is good reason for it. By adding more leafy green organic vegetables to your diet, such as kale, celery, spinach, parsley and cilantro you are helping to detoxify your blood. This is because the fibre, the nutrients and chlorella are all great for cleaning your blood. Eating them raw is good for you but if you don’t like them raw make a smoothie or just lightly sauté in coconut oil. Also switch your meat and dairy products to organic as some meats and dairy products may contain antibiotics that have been given to the livestock.

Supplements for detoxing

You can also add chlorophyll to your diet, either by taking a tablet or a liquid supplement. Chlorophyll is the green pigment that is in plants and algae. The reason chlorophyll is great for detoxing is because it can increase red blood cells and it binds with toxins as well as heavy metals helping to remove them from your body.

There are also some great teas that you can enjoy that will help with detoxing. Some of these teas are dandelion, turmeric, or Holy Basil tea which you can add to your night time routine. Also, for an afternoon pick me up try a cup of lemon tea. Other herbs that help to detox the body are chia, milk thistle, garlic, and spirulina. These are all great natural detoxifiers and heavy metal chelators as well.

Remember the stomach is first in line when it comes to nutrient absorption for the body so add prebiotics to your daily routine to assist with absorption. It’s a great idea to consult your natural therapist to plan the right detox for you. Give us a call today for a chat or to book to create a plan on handling your inflammation levels, detox from heavy metals, balance your hormones, find your sensitivities with foods and pollution and get you started on a great summer ahead.

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