Monday, December 23, 2013

7 Excellent Herbs for Detox

The Modern World of Fast Processed Foods and Unhealthy Drinks
The modern world in which we live today is just chocked full with fast and processed foods - drinks too. There are fizzy drinks full of gas and sugar, and even so-called health drinks which contain too much sugar, or sweetness by way of artificial sugar - which is even worse for you health-wise than natural sugar. The modern lifestyle is one of constant pressure, rushing here and there at 100 mph with seemingly never enough time to eat anything other than burgers, pizzas, fries and other fast foods.
We're Pouring Toxins Down our Throats
We've got into the habit of drinking too much too; stopping off on the way home from work to have a beer or three, or a glass or so of wine with friends and work colleagues. The result is that we just poured toxins into our bodies willy-nilly.
Helping the Natural Detox Process
Now some people say that it totally unnecessary to detox because our body system naturally detoxes us anyway. Whilst this is true to a large extent, what is also undeniable that helping our body systems with herbs for detox will not only give much-needed support to overworked body systems, it will also help that detox to go a little deeper.
What is they say? Treat your body like a temple? Well yes, I agree - just as long as that temple isn't Indiana Jones's Temple of Doom, which it seems to be for so many people!

7 Excellent Herbs for Detox

There are 7 herbs for detox that we're going to be taking a quick look at here in this article. There are of course many more, as a quick search on the Internet will reveal. But these 7 have certain qualities and benefits that you should be aware of

Detox Herb No 1 - Dandelion
The jury is still out for some people as to whether the dandelion is a flower or an herb, but one thing that informed people are agreed on, is the fact that dandelion leaves are very good for you. As part of a detox diet or regime, dandelion leaves are known to restore and protect the liver, which is our main body cleansing organ. It's also one of Mother Nature's natural diuretics and helps to strengthen the kidneys, combating water retention, promoting better urination, and helping to soothe any urinary tract infections.

Detox Herb No 2 - Echinacea
As well as helping to fight bacterial and viral infection, Echinacea also acts as a blood cleanser and can be taken both internally, or topically to help combat skin infections. It has properties that help to purify, protect and strengthen the immune system.

Detox Herb No 3 - Red Clover
Red Clover is another known blood cleansing, detox agent. It has the ability to cleanse heavy metals and chemical toxins that are ingested through certain medications. It is also often used to treat eczema and other skin conditions.

Detox Herb No 4 - Cleavers
Just to be clear, we not talking about the big sort of chopping knives that Michael Myers strolls around with in the Halloween films - not that anyone could justifiably call them herbs anyway. No, all joking aside, we're talking about the plant, Cleavers, which many gardeners view as being a weed. It is however a herb and has been used in herbal medicine for hundreds of years. As well as being renowned for removing toxins from both the blood and the intestines, it is also used to treat kidney and urine infections. As well, as drinking cleavers in the form of tea, it can also be lightly boiled and consumed as a vegetable.

Detox Herb No 5 - Turmeric
Turmeric is one of the herbs for detox that is renowned for its ability to enhance our immune systems, which can be compromised through poor diet, stress, and the modern lifestyle. Turmeric acts on the mucous membrane of the gut and redresses any imbalances.

Detox Herb No 6 - Ginger
Ginger is great for helping with digestion problems and disorders. When our bodies absorb too many toxins it impairs the digestive process. Ginger can help to restore the digestive enzymes in the gut. It re-stimulates our digestive systems which are an important part of the detox process, enabling us to get rid of unwanted toxins.

Detox Herb No 7 - Guduchi
Guduchi is a herb that has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for centuries in conjunction with treating liver disease. It is able to minimize damage to, and generate, new liver tissue, enabling the liver to optimize its function of cleaning out fat soluble toxins. These toxins otherwise get stored in the fatty cells throughout the body.

Foods for Detox

As well as herbs for Detox, there are also a number of foods for detox too. These include:
  • Artichokes
  • Avocado
  • Beets Broccoli
  • Collard (Greens)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Green Leaf Vegetables
  • Yoghurt (Probiotics)
How Often Should You Detox
There is no hard and fast rule about how often people should detox. To a large extent, it depends on lifestyle and diet. Anyone following a holistic healthy lifestyle will already be keeping their toxin levels low; but even so, a 48-hour detox every two years wouldn't go amiss. If you're yet to adopt a healthy, holistic life pattern, you may want to consider detoxifying your body system every six to 12 months.

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5 signs you need to DETOX!

To put it into greater context, imagine living in a very small space. What would it be like if you could only remove 20% of the trash you brought in? How does that space feel after a week? How about a month? Now imagine what this would be like in a year. Pretty nasty, huh? This is how your cells feel when they cannot release toxins and waste.
Here are five tell-tale signs that your body is screaming for a detox:

1. Energy drain: One of the main complaints that I hear from clients is that they are exhausted, have no energy, and rely on caffeinated pick-me-ups like coffee and {cringe} diet soda to get through the day. This begs the question, why are we so damn tired? Put simply, we're sleeping less, stressing more, and eating far worse than the 20 through 50-somethings of several decades ago.

2. Excess weight: A toxic body is typically an overweight one, and usually the result of a heavily processed diet, fraught with chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, and booze. Removing toxins, reducing your chemical load, and essentially creating a "clean slate" in an overtaxed system can {and will} create a shift in the body where weight falls off effortlessly. Yes, really.

3. Cravings: If you're among the vast majority of Americans who have a serious sweet tooth, you're in good company. The nature of food addiction, more specifically, sugar addition, has been studied and shown to be extremely common and as intense as addictions to opiates like cocaine and heroin. Part of the reason it's so hard to kick the habit is that over time, our brains actually become addicted to the natural opioids that are triggered by sugar consumption. Like with drugs, a diet loaded with sugar can generate excessive reward signals in the brain which can override self-control and lead to addiction. In fact, researchers at Princeton University report that sugar-loving mice demonstrate all three criteria of addiction: increased intake, withdrawal, and cravings that lead to relapse. Yowza.

4. Brain fog: Also known as monkey mind, mommy brain, or my personal favorite, "dumb as rocks", this phenomena exhibits itself when your mind completely drifts off doing even the simplest of tasks, partaking in a conversation, or anything else that requires you to focus. "Hello, McFly?"

5. Tummy troubles: In the form of indigestion, bloating, constipation, or reflux, these woes are quite literally the direct result of "garbage in, garbage out". These symptoms can result from undiagnosed food allergies or sensitivities (think gluten, dairy, etc.) as well as your healthy gut bacteria {ground zero for your entire immune system} being out of whack.
Other symptoms include poor sleep, headaches, puffy eyes and dark circles, allergies, frequent illness, stress, mood swings, skin breakouts, body odor, and chronic pain. Long term, toxins can cause inflammation and lead to more serious conditions like autoimmunity, heart disease, or cancer. Now have I caught your attention?

Fear not, there is a happy ending to this story! Periodic detoxing or cleansing can boost your ability to rid your body of built up toxins, lose weight, and have a strong and healthy immune system. Just as you clean your home and change the oil in your car, doing a good internal cleanse will help you feel (and be) lighter, have more energy, kick cravings, think clearly, sleep better, and have fewer symptoms of discomfort.

Fortunately, there are a lot of options for someone who wants to experience the benefits of detoxing. Unfortunately, having so many options can create a sense of overwhelm and what I like to call "analysis paralysis". Ever been there? Me too. From fasting to juicing to eating strictly raw foods, the options are endless, and many leave you starving and cranky.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Multivitamins Should Not Be Used," declares Forbes.

"Case Closed: Multivitamins Should Not Be Used," declares Forbes.

"New studies dispel multivitamin myths," reports NBC News. 

"Case is closed" after studies find no health benefits." CBS News shouts

This is a double edged sword here. One the one edge I am glad they are bringing attention to a big problem of toxic, synthetic, chemical laden multi-vitamins that can cause more harm than good. On the other edge they are cutting down the trees to spite the forest by condemning all vitamins and supplements as useless.

The fact of the matter is that there are ESSENTIAL nutrients, as in if you do not get them you will get sick and eventually die. Essential means your body does not make them but NEEDS them to survive, heal and thrive.

The vast majority of Americans are either deficient or chronically low in multiple nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and co-factors needed for basic health and healing. This is a HUGE contributor to the American health standard and out bottom of the barrel global health ratings.

Whole foods are the best source of these VITAL nutrients. Whole food concentrate nutrient supplements are the closest thing to the whole foods themselves and very effective and health, general function, and healing enhancement. These are NOT what are being tested or talked about in these reports and articles.

What is being tested are non-food, synthetic, chemical loaded supplements. BIG difference, don't be fooled.

That being said, if medications were put to the same standard, tests and review based on the same parameters as these studies are applying to vitamins, they would all FAIL as well. EACH and EVERY pharmaceutical drug on the market would fail to meet at LEAST one of the researched benefits outlined here, just as the synthetic vitamins did.

Do you think they would come to the same conclusion about the entire industry that is pharmaceutical medications?

Oh, and it should not surprise you that the largest vitamin companies, the ones that make most of what were tested, are all owned by pharmaceutical companies. For example: Hoffman-LaRoche one of the largest pharmaceutical companies produces 90% of the synthetic vitamin C in the country, Pfizer owns "Centrum" and know Bayer owns "One-a-Day," just to name a few.

Keep an eye out for our Vitamin Summary video we will have up today and our up coming webinar on all that is vitamins, production, materials, sources, benefits and more, early next year.

We must hold a higher standard. We can do better.

There are excellent supplements out there, but the must supplement a real whole food diet to see much benefit, they are not the majority, but they exist and we use them, so can you.