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Detox - Detoxing and detoxing drinks
Cleaning up your system - fortunately, our bodies have a very efficient detoxification system that copes well with unwanted substances and the particular demands of our modem lifestyles. Many poisons are broken down by the liver and rendered harmless before being excreted by the kidneys. Carbon dioxide left over from the chemical activities of cells is exhaled from the lungs into the atmosphere, later used by plants and converted back into oxygen - all part of the delicate way in which nature is balanced. Some wastes are sweated out through the skin, and of course much unwanted debris is excreted via the bowels after the goodness has been extracted.
The lymphatic system provides us with a cleaning and drainage network, which also removes waste products from cells along with the rubbish accumulated by the fighting forces of our immune system, such as dead bacteria. Unlike the blood circulation, the lymph has no pump to keep it on the move, but relies mainly on gravity and the action of our muscles. It is therefore vital to take some form of exercise to encourage the lymph to do its cleaning-up duties regularly. Brisk walking is beneficial, as are most sports. Any activity that involves small jumping movements is ideal, such as skipping or jogging, or bouncing on a mini-trampoline.
Exercise that gives good aerobic effect (that is making your heart beat faster
and your face go pink) also increases the efficiency of your lungs in taking in
oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide, while the perspiration will, help to get
rid of any extraneous urea not excreted by the kidneys; this is the nitrogenous waste produced when the liver transforms amino acids into glycogen.
Fibre - fibre that comes from whole food sources is ideal, but
many western diets, including those in the Horsham, rely too heavily on
white breads and rice which may not contain adequate amounts of this vital
nutrient. If you're having trouble incorporating fiber rich foods into your
daily diet, consider a herbal fibre supplement for colon cleansing.
Fibre can help sweep the colon clear of waste and toxins while
herbs can soothe and stimulate the digestive processes and sensitive villi.
Foods that detoxify - Certain foods and drinks have
the reputation of being good cleansers, so it's worth setting aside a few days
for a thorough spring-clean. Choose a time when demands are not too great, so
that you can relax and rest when you feel the need, as you will be concentrating
on foods devoid of saturated fat that are generally low in calories.
high-protein diets can also cause dogging up of the villi. These are tiny
projections that line the small intestine in their thousands, giving it a huge
surface area for the absorption of digested food. Clearly, our bodies cannot
make the most of nutrients unless the villi are able to perform their function
effectively. Low-fat foods, with protein from plant sources only, are therefore
recommended as part of the detoxification plan.
There are two
important ingredients that act as chelators, in other words, they latch on to
unwanted heavy metals and remove them from the system. These are pectin, found
in fruits such as apples, and vitamin C.
Chlorophyll has the reputation of being a good cleanser, present especially in
those dark outer leaves of vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and spinach. It
is best to eat these fresh and raw in salads, and of course always organically
grown, if possible.
Four-day detox - A couple of days before commencing this programme, you will need to sprout seeds for the 'Raw day'. Recipes and advice about eating can be found in the Healthy Diets on one of the links below
Day 1 (Friday) Elimination menu
Day 2 (Saturday) Rest day
Day 3 (Sunday) Raw day
Day 4 Renewal day
Detox drinks - Cleanse your whole system and feel full of energy with these nourishing detox drinks.
Apple, cucumber and spinach
Apple, orange and ginger
Carrot and orange
Carrot, tomato and beetroot
Pineapple, ginger and mint
Once you've tasted freshly prepared, home-made juices, you'll never be satisfied
with those sold in cartons or bottles again.
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