Tips for Effective Body Detox 3by Sandy Halliday Your body is assaulted everyday by a wide range of environmental toxins. They come from the food that you eat, the water you drink, the air that you breathe and from the things that you put on your skin. Although the body has its own detox system that is constantly working for you it is likely that the level of toxins that you subject your body to is more than it can cope with. In fact many people derive great benefits from a periodic body detox. Spring, according to the Chinese system of Medicine, is the best time to start a body detox. After the long cold winter months the warmer weather brings the new shoots of fresh spring vegetables and bitter leaves that help cleanse the liver. A new selection of lighter, more cleansing produce starts to appear in the shops. A good body detox diet helps your body clear out those unwanted and unnecessary compounds that your body has stored away throughout your life, perhaps as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. This cannot be done with a 24 hour detox wonder supplement or even a 7 day cleanse although these short cleanses can help break the cycle of poor eating habits. Cleansing or body detox is a gradual process that can be accomplished over time with a good body cleansing diet that builds the principles of healthy eating into your daily routine and helps your body renew and refresh. A great deal of research has proven that by increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat every day, you can maintain the health of your body and protect against many of the common diseases we are seeing today. Degenerative diseases such as heart disease, arthritis diabetes and cancer are on the increase. Fruit and vegetables are valuable sources of vitamins and minerals that are involved in the detoxification pathways of your body. They are also rich in a number of antioxidants which help protect against the free radicals generated by toxins. Fruit is more cleansing than vegetables with citrus fruit being more aggressive. Take care if you have arthritis or joint problems as citrus fruit and juices are likely to aggravate it. Vegetables provide the nutrients that help repair and rebuild. Fast TrackTips for Effective Body Detox * Start the day with a glass of hot water with a generous squeeze of or slices of organic lemon. * Rest the digestive system from hard to digest foods like wheat and foods that deplete vitamins and minerals from your body like alcohol, sugar and coffee. They either interfere with absorption or use your precious vitamins and minerals up in extra detoxification processes. * Avoid all artificial substances and processed foods. * Reduce animal produce and reduce red meat unless you know your Metabolic Type and need it. * Drink more pure water and have at least 6 -8 glasses a day. If you don't like water try flavoring it with lemon, lime, ginger, mint or herbal teas. * Eat 5 - 9 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables both raw and gently cooked - the richest sources of live nutrients for great cleansing power. * Eat organic produce where possible to avoid pesticide residues. * Introduce more raw food if your digestive system can handle it. * Eat more non gluten grains like wholegrain rice, millet, buckwheat and quinoa. * Juice some fresh fruit or vegetables for their cleansing and healing power. Start with 3 x 8 oz juices a day until your body gets used to them. Increase to 6 a day for more effective cleansing. Do not mix fruit and vegetables except for apple and carrot juice and the juice of half a green apple can be added to green leaf juices to improve the flavor. * Take a heaped tablespoon of whole or ground up flax seeds (linseeds) every day to provide fiber to keep your bowels moving to prevent reabsorption of toxins being excreted. You can also slowly, carefully and thoroughly chew a tablespoon of whole flaxseeds everyday rather than dirtying your coffee grinder. * Take a good multistrain high potency probiotic during the cleanse and for 3 months afterwards. The bowel bacteria or flora have a complex relationship with the liver and are thought to enhance detoxification. * Support your liver, the body's major detox organ, with a supplement of Milk Thistle, a herb which helps detox and repair the liver. * A body cleansing diet is not complete without cleansing the lymphatic system. Consider taking a supplements containing a combination of lymph cleansing herbs such as Cleavers, Pokeroot, Wild Indigo Root, Goldenseal or the Ayurvedic herb Triphala which cleanses the lymph through its blood and liver cleansing properties. * Look for specialised nutritional supplements that can help support liver detoxification pathways in addition to your diet. * Be sure to increase aerobic exercise -- try brisk walking, gentle jogging away from traffic areas or rebounding on a mini trampoline. Also, it's important to take time to practice deep-breathing exercises to help pump the lymph with fresh oxygen. A thorough 30 day body detox diet with a continued healthy eating program with periodic cleanses is the key to long-term and efficient weight loss, living without pain and great health. Do not attempt a full cleansing diet if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, underweight, have diabetes or other serious illness. Seek the advice of a nutritionist, herbalist, naturopathic doctor or a practitioner who has experience in body cleansing and detoxification. (C)Sandy Halliday 2007 About the Author: Sandy Halliday, a former nurse, is a nutritionist and health researcher with over 20 years experience with many different types of detoxification. She is passionate about the role of nutrition and detoxification for the prevention of illness and aging as well as the improvement of many health conditions. http://www.thedetoxspecialist.com Buy the book: 7 Day Detox Miracle Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/mikedefiant/2367384394/
Natural Solutions for Circulation Problems 6[caption id="attachment_7142" align="alignleft" width="440"] via gnondpomme on Flickr.com[/caption] If our heart, arteries and veins are lined with various waste products such as salts and fatty acids, then the volume of blood which can pass is diminished and the ability of these vessels to expand and contract is severely limited. Thus we have conditions such as arteriosclerosis, high and low blood pressure, heart blood flow deficiency and general circulatory deficiency.
Natural Solutions for Circulation Problems:1. Carefully observe guidelines for healthy eating. Avoid cooked oils as much as possible (except for coconut oil), white flour, meat, white sugar, and any foods, which have been over processed or have chemical additives. 2. Eat whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits and a little raw unheated vegetable oil each day. 3. Occasional fasting helps to purify the blood vessels. One could fast on apples, pears or brown rice or do a juice fast for a few days. If one wants to do a longer fast, consult your doctor. Fasting on grapes is considered one of the most effective ways to purify the blood. 4. Vitamins and antioxidants help with better circulation: A, C, E, and Lecithin, B complex (especially B3, B2). 5. Alternating hot and cold baths help the blood flow to penetrate into all parts of the body. In general finishing with a cold shower helps stimulate circulation. Consult your doctor as to whether this is for your specific case. 6. Dress warmly so as to allow your blood vessels to be relaxed and let blood flow. 7. Swimming in the sea all year long helps to keep the circulation flowing and the body vital. One must be regular. If you cease for a period of time, your body will lose its ability to adapt to the cold water in the winter. 8. Nettle tea and beating the extremities with nettles is a folk remedy for increasing circulation to the extremities. This may be painful while doing it, but it brings results. 9. Reflexology massage can be used to bring circulation to organs, which cannot be affected by other means. By massaging the reflex point on the bottom of the foot we are able to bring blood flow to the various interior organs, so as to revitalize them. 10. Swedish muscular massage can be used to bring better blood flow to the various extremities. 11. All forms of movement and activity are helpful, i.e. running, walking, dancing, swimming, playing, sports and yoga. These are a must for those with poor circulation. 12. Breathing facilitates the return of the blood through the veins to the heart. When we breathe deeply and slowly, we help the blood to return to the heart an also move the lymph through the system. Deep breathing every day is an essential for those with circulatory problems. 13. When we relax the blood vessels, our blood flows freely to the various parts of our body. We tend to obstruct the free flow of blood through unconscious tensing of the various muscles and also the blood vessels themselves. Relaxation is essential for healthy circulation. Perform deep relaxation daily, imagining the blood vessels opening and the blood flowing freely to the parts of the body which have insufficient circulation. 14. Various forms of heat, such as hot compresses, hot water bottles, and electric heating pads can be used to increase the circulation momentarily to various parts of the body. 15. Physical Exercises
- The abdominal area is considered the furnace of the body, where heat and energy are produced. Sluggishness and tension in this area can impede our general flow of energies and also blood. Thus, you will need to do a number of exercises to stimulate and vitalize the area of the abdomen.
- The endocrine system regulates our overall metabolism. You would do well to learn and employ specific exercises for rejuvenating and harmonizing the endocrine system.
- Add other exercises for the various joints such as the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles and toes according to where you need better circulation. Even if our problems are located at the extremities such as with the fingers and toes, we have to open up all the other joints, which come before them. Although the symptoms may be in the extremities, the cause may be in one of the preceding joints. It is usually at the joints that the circulation gets blocked.
- Ensure good circulation to the brain by lying on your back next to a wall and placing your feet up on the wall, so that the blood flows into the lungs gaining oxygen and then into the brain oxygenating and bringing nutrients to all the cells of the brain. This is essential for the pituitary and hypothalamus and thus for the endocrine and autonomic nervous system and thus for all bodily and mental functions.
Pilates Basics and Benefits 1According to About.com, "Pilates (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) is something like a cross between yoga, stretching and calisthenics." This fast growing type of exercise is exceptionally popular with good reasons. It makes you look and feel fantastic. It builds strength without bulk, provides excellent stretching, integrates mind with body and tones your body like you will not believe. By: Tammy Foster Pilates Basics is the foundation of exercises originally developed by Joseph H. Pilates to benefit bed-bound patients during World War I. Pilates developed a series of basic exercises designed to help patients tone and lengthen their muscles. Eventually he brought his Pilates basics to New York where he developed a loyal following. Pilates basics are known for using intense concentration on a specific body part as well as on a specific series of breathing techniques while you perform a prescribed series of movements. It is the combination of these challenges which make Pilates a champion exercise. With Pilates, one of the very first things you will need to learn is to focus on the "powerhouse" or the core of your body. It is just a fancy way of saying "your abdomen". The basics of Pilates teach that if you work your body movements from the core or the powerhouse, then your muscles will move more easily and fully through their entire range of motion. With the focus of Pilates being on the abdominal muscles, these muscles must get stronger in order to allow you to fully execute the movements of Pilates. The spinal and abdominal muscles make up the powerhouse muscles and should be your focus throughout each movement. The abdominal muscles are made up of the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominis, and the internal and external obliques. Pilates basics focuses on creating strong abdominal and spinal muscles which work together to improve strength, coordination, flexibility and balance. Maybe you have seen the huge Pilates contraptions and have avoided Pilates because you do not want that in your home. Never fear. Many Pilates classes are floor based and require nothing more than a mat or carpet. It also helps to have either an instructor, a book or a DVD until you get your form right. There are still Pilates studios that use the equipment and some classes use various equipment such as exercise balls, bands or rings. If all of this sounds a bit too soft for your exercise taste, make no mistake, Pilates is not a soft and fluffy exercise. If you have any doubt, then take the time to pick up a DVD of Winsor Pilates. In this particular slant to traditional Pilates, Mari Winsor has developed a series of Pilates exercises which she calls "dynamic sequencing" which even on a good day will leave you with your tongue hanging out! One of the best things about Pilates is that it is gentle on the joints. For this reason it can be practiced by the majority of all folks, even those who are just getting started with a fitness routine. Many Pilates practitioners believe this form of exercise will leave you feeling better and not worse. Pilates will leave you feeling taller, leaner, energized and confident. The breathing exercises that accompany all Pilates movements will help you to feel calmer and more centered. So why not give Pilates a try? You will be glad you did and your body will thank you for it! The basics of Pilates give you a certain set of exercises along with specific breathing patterns all focused on helping your tone and strengthen your abdominal powerhouse. More energy, confidence and strength makes Pilates basics sound like a plan for me! If you are trying to decide between Pilates and Yoga, why not choose both? While they have many similarities, they may offer dramatically different results. In my experience, I find Yoga to be calming, centering, and it seems to give me a sort of quiet strength. That is why yoga is such an excellent way to start each and every day. I find that Pilates, on the other hand, increases my strength and flexibility like yoga, but also leaves me feeling energized, enthusiastic and invigorated. It may affect other people differently but that is my take on it. I feel yoga is an essential part of my morning routine, and Pilates is something that I really look forward to and try hard to make time for at least three times a week if I can. Article Source: http://www.uberarticles.com/articles
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