Below are a few of Health Synergy’s favourite ways to facilitate our process to detox and nourish…..
Drink minimum 2 L filtered water per day
Filtered water reduces possibility of introducing parasites and reduces chemical load. If drinking enough water is a challenge for you, think of ways to make it more interesting, such as adding fruit, mint, lime and/or cucumber.
Watermelon and dragonfruit pops
Easy to make and handy to have in the freezer for hot summer days. Simply blend watermelon and dragonfruit and place in moulds. These fruits are great sources of a number of vitamins, including Vitamin C and B vitamins, beneficial phytonutrients such as lycopenes, and can assist in detoxification.
Begin the day with lemon juice with ginger in warm water
This practice is a great start to the day, helping the body digest, reduce inflammation and detoxify. It is very easy, simply requiring a slice of lemon and a slice of fresh ginger and adding hot water.
- Lime cucumber detox juice
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cucumber (peeled)
- 1 tbsp Nopal cactus powder
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger
- 2 - 3 fresh mint leaves
- Makes 3 cups, serve on ice cubes
This juice is very refreshing and hydrating. Importantly this blend also contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory foods as well as fibre (often missing from detox juices). This combination assists particularly with phase 2 and 3 of detoxification process. Nopal Cactus powder (we have used mamanattura) contains a number of vitamins and minerals (particularly Vitamin B6) as well as soluble fibre, important for blood sugar regulation, cholesterol metabolism and toxin removal.
Add superfood powders to smoothies – this is one of the most efficient ways to boost nutrients. One of our favourites is elemental wizdom’s range. We have been adding ‘transmutation’ powder to our breakfast smoothies (usually acai) for approximately six months. This highly bioavailable superfood powder contains a plethora of nutrients, including protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and detoxifying and anti-inflammatory compounds (such as chlorella), all from plant sources. There is a link on our page to order these products.
Acai bowl recipe
- 100g frozen acai
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (organic)
- 3/4 cup frozen raspberries (organic)
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 tbsp superfood powder (we use Elemental Wizdom ‘transmutation’ powder
Fresh juices, eg pineapple juice
Pineapples are best known for their digestive benefits, due to their bromelain content. Bromelain compounds not only assist in protein digestion, but also provide anti-inflammatory benefits, so a good addition to restore and repair. They are also an exceptional source of Vitamin C and manganese, as well as a good source of fibre and a number of B vitamins.
Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables for nutrient and antioxidant support and fibre intake. As much as possible buy fresh, seasonal and local. Eat organic to avoid pesticide/herbicide residue.
Include probiotics (may be supplements, or fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir). Healthy gut flora is essential to good health (more information coming next month)
Include other anti-inflammatory foods include ginger and turmeric. These spices can be used in a number of ways from fresh juices, in tea (ginger), or in cooking.
Teas – a number of teas can assist with the detoxification process, dandelion is an example. Others, such at matcha ground tea powder (our favourite is Matcha Maiden) assist with essential anti-oxidant support. There are so many ‘detox teas’ on the market though that it can be difficult to know which to choose. They are generally made from medicinal herbs, and ideally should be prescribed by someone with knowledge of the action of these herbs. Some may have a laxative effect that should not be used long term for example.
Other supportive factors:
Sleep – Poor or insufficient sleep is well known to be inimical to health for many reasons, one being impaired detoxification processes
Exercise – To stimulate circulation, including lymph. Find a level and type of exercise that you like, is sustainable and is enjoyable
Skin care – Remember that the skin is a very important organ that can both absorb toxins and help detox. More information is in this issue (and on the blog) in a separate article.
Oil Pulling – This is an ancient Ayurvedic practice which is gaining popularity. It involves swishing oil (ideally organic, pure coconut oil) around the mouth for 5 to 20 minutes. The process is said to draw out toxins and bacteria which are then spat out. Oral bacteria is known to negatively affect health as well as contribute to dental cavities. This practice can be difficult in the beginning, although made easier by using individually packaged Keeko coconut oil pulling sachets with added essential oils for improved taste and antibacterial properties. In addition to assisting the detox process, enhanced oral hygiene also significantly impacts our health.
Infrared saunas – Sweat induced through IR saunas helps detoxify the body and improve skin. As we are fortunate enough to have a small Sunlighten sauna at home, it forms a regular part of our overall maintenance. There are a number of clinics/day spas that offer this treatment.
By Jennifer Murrant at Health Synergy. Read the original article here.