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Idealistically, our bodies should eliminate toxins easily. However, with the barrage of toxins we face each day (like pesticides, air pollution, skin lotion, fast food) make it hard for your body to be efficient. The solution is to detox!

Bit before you drastically alter your diet – you need to prep your body and change your habits. You will also need to prepare for the post-detox lifestyle. You absolutely CANNOT return to your old habits – as this is too harsh to your system.

Suggestions for preparations are below:

  • Choose a D-Day. Pick a time when you can relax into the detox. The first few days are the hardest with tiredness, sugar cravings, and mood swings being the most common symptoms noticed.
  • Gradually wean yourself off of sugar, caffeine, dairy, and other foods not “allowed” on your detox over two weeks prior to D-Day.
  • Become familiar with your new foods. Try to eat more fresh foods, especially greens. Broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, collard greens, artichokes and napa cabbage all contain sulphur compounds that help boost the liver’s detoxifying capabilities.
  • Fiber is your friend! Your bowel is your major means of eliminating toxins. Ideally, you should have at least one, well formed bowel movement each day. 1-2 tablespoons of flax seed should help.
  • Learn to love water. At the least, you need half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you are detoxing, more is better! And don’t forget that if you are adding fiber and not water – you will end up with constipation. Yikes!
  • Light exercise always helps. If you aren’t already exercising, now is a great time to start. Walking daily is one of the easiest ways to get started. Beginning a light yoga program is a good option as well. The daily exercise gets your blood pumping and lymph (or waste product) moving, whereby boosting your body’s ability to eliminate waste.

To Detox or Not?

Ever wonder if you are a good candidate for a detox program?

Well, let’s look at a list of symptoms that may clue us in:

Excessive Gas
Breakouts (skin)
Sweet cravings
Chronic Headaches
Stomach Pains
Chronic Muscle Pains – even Fibromyalgia
Difficulty losing weight

**You are NOT a candidate if you are currently pregnant, anemic, have an eating disorder, or are currently battling cancer.

Be aware that some herbs can speed up the clearance of some medications

While it is true that a detox program can jump start weight loss, this should not be its only intended function.

Detoxing is a wonderful way to make the body’s system function optimally.

Sore Throat Soothers

As allergy season is finishing, some of you may still be feeling the effects. Here are some pointers to remember the next time you have a sore throat.

1. Try a Humidifier when your throat feels dry.

a. How it works: It keeps the air around you moist as to not dry our your mucous membranes. Add some Apple Cider Vinegar to the mix (5 parts water : 1 part vinegar) to cleanse and heal.

2. Eat some fresh garlic when you start to notice a tickle

a. Garlic has some “tremendous immune stimulating” effects. It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities. Holistic physicians recommend taking one to two crushed cloves and eating them on a cracker once a day.

3. Use Zinc lozenges when possible.

a. Why Zinc? As the lozenge dissolves, the zinc ions migrate up the nose and throat, where they bind to and may halt the virus causing a cold. One study showed those who took a zinc lozenge every 2-3 waking hours cut their cold duration in half!

4. Gargle with Salt Water when your throat is feeling sore and scratchy

a. This solution will kill bacteria in the throat and will help to increase blood flow to help speed recovery. Mix one tsp of salt for every 2 cups of warm water.

5. Herbal Tea

a. If your throat is sore all day, some herbal varieties may contain an immune booster, such as goldenseal root, Echinacea, licorice, or marshmallow herb.

The Soda Rush!

According to the Nutrition Research Center, this is what happens to your body within 1 hour of drinking a can of soda:

-10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system, which is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake. You’d normally vomit from such an intake, but the phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

-20 minutes: Your blood sugar skyrockets. Your liver attempts to maximize insulin production in order to turn high levels of sugar into fat.

-40 minutes: As your body finishes absorbing the caffeine, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver pumps more sugar into the bloodstream. Adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked preventing you from feeling how tired you may actually be.

-45 minutes: Your body increases dopamine production, tricking you into feeling pleasure and adding to the addictiveness of the beverage. This physical neuro response works the same way as it would if we were consuming heroin.

>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, which boosts your metabolism a bit further. High doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners compound this effect, increasing the urinary excretion of calcium. The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (You have to GO!) Your body will eliminate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was otherwise heading to your bones. And you will also flush out the sodium, electrolytes and water. Your body has eliminated the water that was in the soda. And in the process it was infused with nutrients and minerals your body would have otherwise used to hydrate your system or build body cells, bones, teeth.
-60 minutes: The sugar crash begins. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You start feeling like crap. Time to grab another soda!

Margarine – The Un-Health Food

Some of you have asked me which is better, Butter or Margarine? Well, over the years the processed food industry has managed to hoodwink the American public completely regarding the “healthy” aspects of margarine. Margarine is marketed as a pure, golden vegetable oil that is low in cholesterol and good for your heart. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth! This is what margarine really is.

Margarine was first vegetable oil – a liquid at room temperature. Unfortunately, this oil is usually already rancid. But that doesn’t matter because the oil will be subjected to extreme heat or boiled. This *new* semi-congealed mass resulting from the first treatment smells so rotten that it is unmarketable. So, it undergoes a deodorizing process. After this, the material heads to a new vat where hydrogenation takes place. This vat contains metal shavings, predominantly nickel oxide. Nickel oxide is highly toxic and is impossible to remove completely from the final margarine product.

Hydrogenation is the spraying of hydrogen gas under immense pressure and temperature into the oil in the presence of the metal catalyst for up the 8 hours. The liquid oil is changed into a semi-solid “trans” fatty acid, which is very harmful since it interferes with normal metabolic processes. These abnormal metabolic reactions can cause in increase in cholesterol. So, these “low cholesterol” margarines do just the opposite of what they market.

Next, soap-like emulsifiers are squeezed into the oil, keeping water from separating out. Starch is then added to increase consistency. It is then bleached to remove any color. Then strong sulfur-refined coal tar dyes are used to add color. And since there is no taste (due to bleaching and the steam cleaning)strong flavorings are added. Let’s not forget those preservatives too! Finally it is ready for packaging.

Now that you know the makings of margarine, skip it completely. Other offenders include: Crisco, deep fryers, and the majority of peanut butters, which are fully hydrogenated. These food cause you liver, heart and blood vessel trouble.

So when a little butter is called for – Go ahead – Use real butter! This healthy natural fat is loaded with fat-soluble vitamins, enzymes, and essential fatty acids.

And never forget: Everything God made is better than anything man-made

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