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9 Simple & Natural Ways To Detox Your Body

Here is our tutorial video on simple body detoxification tips! Below is the script from the video, to make your note-taking easier 🙂

What is detoxification?

Detoxification (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from the body.

It is mainly carried out by the liver… but the skin also plays a key role in detoxification!

Health Benefits Of Detox:
– Boosts your energy
– Rids the body of any excess waste
– Improved skin
– Assists weight loss
– Better overall health
– Improved immune response
– Clearer Thinking
– Healthier Hair
– Lighter feeling
– Anti-aging benefits
– Improved sense of wellbeing

#1 – Make These Simple Dietary Swaps For Natural Detoxification

Instead of Coffee (Produces a “false” sense of energy)
Try Water (Assists the body to remove toxins)

Instead of Soft drinks / Alcohol (They disturb the balance of the body)
Try Fruit & Vegetable Juice (Great source of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients)

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Instead of Sugar (Linked to numerous diseases)
Try Brown Rice Syrup (Lowest GI (glycemic index) and healthiest sweetener)

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Instead of Refined Salt (Increases blood pressure and clogs arteries)
Try Sea Vegetables (Highest source of calcium and minerals)

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Instead of Meat (Difficult to digest and has many saturated fats)
Whole Grains (Perfect dietary compliment to produce nutritional balanced food)

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Instead of Dairy Products
(Excessive source of saturated fat)
Almond/Rice Milk
(Easier to digest)

#2 – Drink “Detox Water” – especially as soon as you wake up!

How To Make An Amazing Detox Water

Ingredients:
2 lemons
1/2 cucumber
10-12 mint leaves
3 quarts water

Method:
1. Wash all produce carefully. Slice cucumber and lemons. Place in the bottom of the pitcher with mint leaves. Add water.
2. Chill overnight or for at least 8 hours.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: Overnight or 8 hours
Yields: 10-12 glasses
Great first thing in the morning or during a spa session!

#3 – Try Skin Brushing

Skin brushing… supports the skin in performing its natural detox function.

It stimulates the lymph, exoliates the skin, opens pores and draws blood to the surface.

Skin brushes – such as the one shown – have natural bristles and are available for a few dollars.

Tips:

When kin brushing, brush “towards the heart” – up the arms and legs rather than down.

Use clockwise circular motions on the stomach (up the right and down the left – this is in the direction of digestion).

Avoid the face.

Pro Tip: Try skin brushing before a sauna.
– these two work very well in combination.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

#4 – Eat Cilantro (aka Coriander)

Did You Know?

Cilantro (aka. coriander, Coriandrum sativum) has been found by scientific research to increase elimination of highly toxic mercury from the body?

A groundbreaking study conducted at the Heart Disease Research Foundation, New York, USA in the mid to late 1990s discovered this remarkable effect of cilantro.

It’s often advised to do a gently kidney cleanse first to help heavy metals be eliminated, rather than just “mobilized”…

Seagreens, alpha lipoic acid and modified citrus pectin are often included in this protocol to assist with elimination.

Start gently and stay hydrated (lemon water is good!)

#5 – Include more of these foods in your diet to help your vital organs detox:

BLOOD DETOX:

Cayenne Pepper
Red Grapes
Wheatgrass
Moringa
Garlic
Leafy Greens
Kale
Beans
Oregano
Coconut Water

LYMPH DETOX:

Sea Vegetables
Carrots
Guava
Lettuce
Asparagus
Strawberries
Lemon Water
Fruits and Vegetables Juices

LIVER DETOX:

Milk Thistle
Bitter Gourd
Leafy Greens
Grapefruit
Barley Grass
Avocado
Lemon
Spinach
Walnuts
Arugula
Apples
Garlic

GALLBLADDER DETOX:

Cucumber
Lentils
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Beans
Avocado
Whole Grains
Beets
Legumes
Garlic & Onion
Okra
Sweet Potato

PANCREAS DETOX:

Spinach
Cabbage
Cherries
Broccoli
Red Reishi Mushroom
Sweet Potatoes
Blueberries

KIDNEY DETOX:

Cranberries
Dandelion Greens
Tomatoes
Turmeric
Cauliflower
Red Bell Pepper
Onion
Cabbage
Raspberries
Olive Oil

INTESTINES DETOX:

Flax seed
Pineapple
Cherimoya
Artichokes
Eggplant
Dragonfruit
Papaya
Chili Pepper
Lentils

#6 – Try this Ultimate Detox Bath

Ultimate DIY Detox Bath

Ingredients:

1 handful of Epsom Salts
1/2 cup of baking soda
10 drops of your fav essential oils

Directions:

• Add all the ingredients while the bath is running.

• Don’t forget to light candles to create an ultra-relaxing atmosphere!

• Bring your detox water and stay hydrated!

More Tips:

• Massaging yourself (or your tub partner!) can help with circulation and lymphatic drainage.

• Try cucumber slices on the eyelids to rejuvenate your eyes “spa style”.

• Have a detox bath once a week!

Safety Note – be extra careful when getting in and out of the bath as essential oils can make the bath and bathroom floor more slippery.

#7 – Sleep Well!

(stay with us – 2 more important tips to come after this…)

SLEEP WELL! Deep sleep is when your body goes into “full detox mode” and performs restorative processes…

So do everything you can to ensure your sleep is deep and restful…

… including turing off devices earlier – because blue light form device screen stimulates “daytime hormones” and keeps the brain awake!

#8 – Liposomal Glutathione

(- now we are getting serious! Ready?)

Liposomal Glutathione

Investigate this supplement!

Glutathione has been nicknamed “The Master Antioxidant”.
It plays a key role in detoxification processes in the liver.

Many people report a greatly increased sense of wellbeing
after taking glutathione.

However in its natural state it is not easily absorbed via digestion.

Glutathione IV (intravenous) is sometimes seen in health clinics.

However this is of course not ideally suited to home use!

Another simple option for supplementation is Liposomal Glutathione.

This is a form that is more readily absorbed.

Take with food – this will also assist with absorption!

Start slow: If you are highly toxic, you might get a “detox reaction” after taking a full capsule.

Begin with a small amount (1/4 or 1/2 capsule) and see how you get along.

You might notice a stronger / worse smell than normal from your urine or excretion the next day.

This would indicate that the glutathione is doing its job and getting the nasty stuff out!

Note that glutathione should not be taken on an ongoing / daily basis (unless medically advised). This is because continual supplementation may affect the body’s systems that make it, causing them to slow down.

Pls note – as with everything we publish – none of the above is medical advice or a recommendation for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.

#9 – and finally… Get lots of fresh air!

In our quest for energy efficiency,
modern homes are more “airtight” than ever before.

While this might be good for saving on energy bills,
there is a SERIOUS health consequence…

Our homes are full of manufactured products
that gradually but continually “off gas”
a cocktail of chemicals…

– some of which are super toxic!

For example formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is emitted by plywood, memory foam and countless other consumer goods.

Add in artificial fragrances (many of which are toxic), paint fumes, PVC, chlorinated water, cleaning products…

And yes, you are breathing all of this continually!

Not good! In fact, the situation has gotten so serious that indoor air quality has been rated by the EPA as one of the top 5 health risks to the public!!!

So our final tip for detox is…

get some fresh air!

Open windows if possible…

Get some FOREST TIME if you can…

you could even take in a MOUNTAIN or two…

Let’s detoxify! <3

Live well, healthy and long… HH&H

Music by Alcyone Blackfeather

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9 Simple & Natural Ways To Detox Your Body

Health Benefits Of Arginine

Health Benefits Of Arginine
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Arginine is a semiessential amino acid whose indispensability sets in when critical illness and severe trauma occur; adults can produce this amino acid through the biosynthetic pathway, although its consumption from diet is still imperative to sustain satisfactory physiological levels our bodily functions require, especially in preterm infants who are incapable of natural arginine synthesis and in critically ill individuals with poor nutritional status and certain physical conditions. Similar to any amino acid, arginine is involved with protein synthesis and also increases growth hormone secretion, hence regulating immune function. Furthermore, arginine serves as the precursor of creatine, which in turn is used by the body for the growth and energy metabolism of muscles, nerve, and testes. [1] Arginine is a precursor as well for the synthesis of glutamate, polyamines, creatine, agmatine, proline and urea.

In general, a healthy person can easily replenish one’s own arginine supply, but once metabolic needs increase due to sickness and exceed more than what our arginine-producing mechanism can meet, extra amounts from diet and supplements can remedy the demand. Very good sources of arginine include turkey, pork, chicken, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, nuts (including peanuts) and egg white. [2]

Arginine and the Production of Nitric Oxide

There are many reasons why arginine is unanimously considered physiologically important in our bodies since this amino acid participates in numerous metabolic processes, but the foremost perhaps would be its role as the precursor (“building block”) for the body’s creation of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide serves as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, particularly in the brain, as a mediator of host defense in the immune system, and as a vasodilator and endogenous antiatherogenic molecule in the cardiovascular system. Nitric oxide is the chief form of the endothelium-derived relaxing factor as well. Böger (2007) notes that an intake of reasonably large doses of L-arginine either through our diets or intravenously leads to enhanced nitric oxide production in individuals exhibiting impaired endothelial function at baseline and to improved cardiovascular disease symptoms, as demonstrated in a number of controlled clinical trials. [3] Studies have demonstrated that systemic or oral intake of arginine enhances cardiovascular function, reduces blood pressure and decreases myocardial ischemia among patients with coronary artery disease. It also reduces renal vascular resistance in patients with high blood pressure and normal or insufficient kidney function. [1]

Arginine, Hormones, and Exercise

A number of recent studies have demonstrated that L-arginine, orally administered, at a tolerated dose range of 5-9 g, potently stimulates a dose-dependent increase in resting growth hormone responses. Notably, at least 100% of resting growth hormone levels is achieved upon oral arginine intake. [4] Furthermore, McConell (2007) reported that administration of L-arginine improves endothelial function in a range of disease states and elevates the levels of hormones such as plasma insulin, catecholamines, growth hormone, glucagon and prolactin. These in turn influence metabolism. Research evidence also points to L-arginine boosting the positive effects of exercise on capillary growth in muscles and insulin sensitivity. [5]

To date, a considerably good amount of data supports the claim that arginine can be regarded as an effective ergogenic aid or performance enhancer. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study of Camic et al. (2010), for instance, randomized fifty college-aged men into three groups, namely, those on placebo, on 1.5 g arginine, and on 3.0 g arginine treatment, to determine the effect of daily 4-week oral administration of arginine-based supplements on the physical working capacity at the fatigue threshold (PWCFT), which measures the ability of an individual to resist fatigue and hence his or her functional capacity. Results revealed significant mean increases in PWCFT among subjects on L-arginine supplementation but no change for the placebo group. [6]

Arginine and Wound Healing

Because arginine plays a role in protein synthesis, in cell signaling via nitric oxide production and in cell proliferation, its participation in wound healing comes as a no surprise. In fact, several studies have concluded that arginine supplementation can lead to normalization or improvement of wound healing, making supplementation with arginine either on its own or in combination with other amino acids a very reasonably attractive treatment option in the management and care of critically ill or traumatized patients. [7] In artificial incisional wounds in rodents and humans, arginine boosts wound strength and collagen deposition, but as of today, concrete data from robust clinical trials / human studies are still limited as regards the recommended safe dose of arginine to fulfill the metabolic necessities during wound healing and the efficacy of arginine supplementation in improving recovery from acute and chronic wounds. [8]

Arginine and Aging

The potential anti-aging benefits of arginine come from the various health-promoting effects this amino acid renders in the body, including its ability to reduct risk of heart and vascular disease, supporting healthy erectile function, immune response improvement and suppression of gastric hyperacidity. According to a number of human and experimental animal studies, exogenous L-arginine intake induces several pharmacological effects when administered in doses larger than what can be obtained through normal dietary consumption. [9]

References:

[1] Tapiero H., MathÈ G., Couvreur P., Tew K. D. (2002). I. Arginine. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy. 56(9): 439-445. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12481980

[2] Arginine(g). USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 27. http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/nutrients/report/nutrientsfrm?max=25&offset=0&amp…/

[3] Böger R. H. (2007). The pharmacodynamics of L-arginine. Journal of Nutrition. 137(6 Suppl 2): 1650S-1655S. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17513442

[4] Kanaley J. A. (2008). Growth hormone, arginine and exercise. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 11(1): 50-54. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18090659

[5] McConell G. K. (2007). Effects of L-arginine supplementation on exercise metabolism. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 10(1): 46-51. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17143054

[6] Camic C. L. et al. (2010). Effects of arginine-based supplements on the physical working capacity at the fatigue threshold. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 24(5): 1306-1312. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181d68816. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20386475

[7] Witte M. B., Barbul A. (2003). Arginine physiology and its implication for wound healing. Wound Repair and Regeneration. 11(6): 419-423. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14617280

[8] Stechmiller J. K., Childress B., Cowan L. (2005). Arginine supplementation and wound healing. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 20(1): 52-61. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16207646

[9] Gad M. (2010). Anti-aging effects of l-arginine. Journal of Advanced Research. 1(3): 169-177. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2090123210000573

How To Make Probiotic Lemonade

How To Make Probiotic Lemonade
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When it comes to flavor and refreshment, nothing beats a cold glass of fresh homemade lemonade. Store-bought brands are often filled with sugar, preservatives, and artificial flavoring. So when it comes to your drink, it’s always better to go natural. Lemons are already packed with vitamin c, antioxidants, and potassium to keep our body healthy… but imagine if we can make an awesome drink even more awesome. [1]

A great way to boost the health benefits you can get from your beverage is to add a dose of probiotics extracted from yogurt. Probiotics are often called “good bacteria” since they have been linked to improvements in mood, digestion, and immunity. [2][3] Best of all, the natural tart taste of lemons makes it a perfect complement to the sour flavor of the whey from yogurt.

Here are the steps to make your own probiotic lemonade at home.

For this recipe you’ll need:

Ingredients
• 12 Organic lemons
• 1 cup of fresh whey from yogurt
• 1/2-1 cup of organic cane sugar (adjust according to taste)

Things you’ll need
• A thin cheesecloth
• Rubber bands
• A gallon jar

1. Extract the whey. We start with the process of extracting whey from store bought whole milk organic yogurt. To do this, simply drape your cheesecloth into a bowl and add the yogurt. Tie it with a rubber band and hang it up to strain the liquid. After a few hours transfer the liquid into a measuring cup and you now have around 1 cup of whey for your drink.

Tips:
You can use the leftover yogurt as an ingredient for dips, spreads, and fillings.
Use the thinnest cheesecloth as possible. A think cheesecloth can absorb the whey rather than strain it from the yogurt.
You can save the whey for other recipes, just make sure to keep it refrigerated.

2. Now it’s time to squeeze the juice out of the lemons. You can use a lemon press or any lemon juicer of your choice.

Tip:
Roll the lemon first on your counter top to maximize the amount juice you’ll get.

3. Mix the whey and lemon juice in a gallon jar. Now add the amount of water and sugar to the taste that you want.

Tip:
It is best to use at least 1/2 cup of sugar so that the probiotic can use it for fermentation. This will make the sweetness a little weak after fermentation.

4. Wait. Once finished mixing. Tightly close the jar and leave it on your kitchen counter at room temperature for 2 days.

5. Enjoy! After 2 days, transfer the mixture to a glass pitcher and you now have a refreshing and healthy probiotic drink your family will enjoy.

References:

[1] Natural bioactive compounds of Citrus limon for food and health. (2017)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19748198 http://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(17)35557-9/pdf

[2] Probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 Reduces Depression Scores and Alters Brain Activity: a Pilot Study in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28483500

[3] Probiotics (Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1, and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2) improve rhinoconjunctivitis-specific quality of life in individuals with seasonal allergies: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial. (2017) http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/105/3/758