12 Tips to A Good Detox

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We live in an ever-increasingly toxic environment. Many of the toxins, also known as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), are abundant in the environment today and did not exist 30 years ago. These new toxins include certain pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals that can enter the body through food, water, and air supplies. These toxins can and often do become trapped in the body’s organs and tissues, which over time can negatively impact health, vitality, and overall wellness, and may contribute to the development of chronic illness.  We are also more frequently than the past taking regular medications, eating processed foods that has ingredients with chemical compounds that we can’t pronounce.  Therefore, a regular detox program is called for in our modern day lives.

A detoxification program should be simple to complete, effective in outcome, and without concern for safety. It should involve cutting out processed and inflammatory foods, and by supporting the body’s natural two-phase process of detoxification in your liver, which requires Vitamin B, C, E, glutathione, folic acids, amino acids, selenium and natural sulfur found in cruciferous vegetables like garlic, broccoli, then toxins can safely and effectively be cleansed from the body.  This is a simple kit I like to do at least once a year, since it has all the ingredients for boosting my liver detox.

Here are some tips that you can incorporate into your regular lifestyle to boost your Liver detox function.

1. Drink plenty of clean water, 8-10 glasses of filtered water a day.

2. Keep your bowels moving, at least once or twice a day. If you can’t get going, you may need some help. This can include taking two tablespoons of ground flax seeds, probiotics and extra magnesium citrate capsules.

3. Eat mostly organic produce and grass fed animal products, if possible.

4. Eat 8-10 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables daily, especially cruciferous vegetables  such as broccoli, collards, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, as well as garlic and onions, which  increase sulfur in the body and help detoxification.

Make a DETOX SMOOTHIE daily with:

  • Beets (1 cup chopped)
  • Collards (1 cup chopped)
  • Carrot Juice 4 oz
  • Blackberry (1 cup chopped)
  • Pomegranate Juice 2oz
  • Green Tea for ECGC and anti-oxidants  (1 pinch)
  • Honey (1 tablespoon)
  • Water (1 cup)

5. Avoid stimulants, sedatives, and drugs such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.  Check out Dandiblend, a gluten free blend of roots of dandelion, chicory and beets, barley and rye as a great substitute for that coffee flavor in the morning.  Dandelion, chicory root are known to boost your liver detox pathways.Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 10.44.42 AM

6. Walk or Exercise for 30 minutes, five days a week with a rotation of stretching, cardio and weight training.

7. Remove all refined carbohydrates: white sugar, flour, bread, pasta.

8. Sweat at least 3 times a week, using a sauna, steam or hot detox bath (1 cup epsom salt, 2 tbsp baking soda, lavender oil).

9. Eat regular small meals with snacks in between to avoid low blood sugar.  Eat a high quality protein shake (Metagenics Ultraclear) in between meals.

10. Schedule time to relax deeply every day so your body can rest and rejuvenate.

11. Start a mindfulness practice or meditate daily:  do deep breathing exercise for 5 minutes 1-2 times a day. You can try inhaling through your nose for 4 counts, holding for 7 counts and exhaling through your mouth or nose for 8 counts as a starter.

12. Journal for 15 minutes a day, write down any physical or emotional reactions that come up.  When we change what we put into our body, it shifts our metabolism, our energy level, our inflammatory response, and surely that will affect our mental and emotional state, bringing awareness to what shifts for you is as important as the physical changes that happen with a period of detox.

Making your own Almond Milk

Almond milk is low glycemic alternative to rice milk and soy milk, and it is less expensive and more healthy when you make it yourself.screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-10-53-24-am

Its sweetness and flavor is heavenly when you drink it right away.  You are also eliminating additives like carrageenan that’s been associated with adverse health effects.

Because of its light taste, it can be used in place of regular milk in recipes for baking.  We also use the leftover almond pulp to make almond flour for use in recipes!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw organic almonds 
  • 4 cups pure filtered water
  • 1 pinch cinnamon (option)
  • dates, honey (optional)
  1. Soak almonds for at least 12 hours in pure water with ½ tsp sea salt. 
  2. Rinse almonds well. Mix almonds with pure water in blender or Vitamix for 3-5 minutes until smooth and creamy.screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-10-54-59-am
  3. Strain mixture into a large bowl through a cheese cloth.
  4. (Optional) Put mixture back into blender with soaked dates, or honey.
  5. Pour into glass jar and store in fridge for up to 5 days.
  6.  To make almond flour, save the pulp of the almonds, put on cookie sheet and dehydrate in oven on 200 degree until completely dry. Run through blender or food processor to make almond flour, which can be used in
    recipes in place of flour.
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A Summer Spearmint Tisane Recipe

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-9-50-56-pmSpearmint is a refreshing garden mint frequently used in blends. Tisane means herbal infusion, or a restorative herbal drink translated from French.  Try this refreshing drink after a full meal in a hot summer day or night.

Cook Time: 15 minutes                        Make 8 cups

Ingredients:

1¼ cups fresh mint leaves removed from their stalks, measured without packing
3¼ cups water

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the washed mint leaves into the boiling water. Turn off the heat. Cover the pot.
  3. Steep 10 minutes.
  4. Pass through a strainer.
  5. Add an additional 4 or more cups hot water or ice and cold water.
  6. Enjoy hot or cold

An Immune Booster: Yogi Tea Recipe


screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-9-32-34-pmEver feel horrible when going through a detox, or a change in diet, or sometimes just feeling under the weather?

This is my secret weapon.

Yogi Tea is a health promoting, delicious, soothing drink and coffee substitute.  I like to make a big pot of it and drink it throughout the day, especially in the winter months, or when I am doing a detox.

In the science of yogic foods the spices used are said to have the following properties:

  • Black pepper: blood purifier
  • Cardamom pods: digestive aid
  • Cloves: beneficial to the nervous systemscreen-shot-2016-09-08-at-9-32-51-pm
  • Cinnamon: strengthens the bones
  • Ginger root: healing for colds and flu, increases energy

The milk in the tea binds the flavor of the spices.  Other milk substitutes can be used. A homeopathic dose of black tea binds the effects of all the ingredients, creating just the right medicinal balance.  The cinnamon creates enough sweetness that you might not need to add honey.

(Bonus tip:  watch the cloves dance in the boiling water, and smell the aroma of the cardamom. It’s a beautiful sight.)

Ingredients:

For each cup:
10 ounces of water (about 1 1/3 cups)
3 whole cloves
4 whole green cardamom pods, cracked
4 whole black peppercorns
½ stick cinnamon
¼ teaspoon black tea
½ cup milk or equivalent
2 slices fresh ginger root

Cooking Instructions:

Bring water to a boil and add spices. Cover and boil 15 to 20 minutes, then add black tea. Let sit for a few minutes, then add the milk and return to a boil. Don’t let it boil over. When it reaches a boil, remove immediately from heat, strain, and sweeten with honey, if desired.

Golden Milk: A recipe for healing inflammation

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Turmeric has been used for many years to fight depression, aches and pains, inflammation, degenerative brain disorders, heart disease, and preventing cancer, and common colds.  

You can make it with dairy free milk.  It is important to cook in an oil in order to release the medicinal benefits of turmeric.  To get the full anti-inflammatory benefits, drink it  first thing in the morning and before bed, and avoid eating for another 30 minutes after.  This recipe allows you to make your Golden Milk in batches.

Prep Time: 5 minutes             Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for the Golden paste:

  • ½ cup of turmeric powder
  • 1 cup of water

Directions for the Golden paste:

  1. Cook the ingredients at low – medium heat for about 5-10 minutes, until it has a “toothpaste” consistency. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to three weeks.

Ingredients for the Golden milk:

  • 1 tablespoon of golden paste
  • 2 cups of dairy free milk  made from coconut, almond, soy, rice, hemp
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • optional: pinch of cinnamon, or 1 tsp of honey

Directions for the Golden Milk:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of Golden paste with the milk, oil, blackpepper and optional sweetener.
  2. Heat in small pot SLOWLY while stirring until well.
  3. Ready to serve.