Thursday, 14 December 2017

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Why Detox

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There is little doubt that our environment is polluted with toxins and harmful substances. Toxins can damage the body. Fortunately, the body has a built in detoxification process working 24/7. A toxin is defined as any compound that has a detrimental effect on cell function or structure.

In nature we plainly see daily and seasonal cycles that support the survival of plants and animals. For example, birds fly south, whales migrate, and leaves turn red and fall off the trees in the fall. While all this is happening, we only put on or take off a sweater. Our survival, just like the birds, depends on being connected to these natural cycles through eating seasonally, cleansing regularly. Our detox system has to be fully operational every day, it doesn’t get lunch or coffee break. But when the burden of input exceeds what we can eliminate, that’s when we have a problem.

Daily Detox:

One of the best ways to optimize your detoxification systems is to stop eating before sundown and let your internal organs rest, detoxify and rejuvenate. While the once a year detoxes are wonderful, there are certain foods you can add in to your daily diet to help detox everyday. These foods will help your digestive system, your organs, your hormones, sleep, and many more things. Below are 5 foods to help aid your body in a daily detox to help you feel your best and for optimal health.

   - Garlic is a great ingredient that helps in daily detox, it is one of the best out here. It helps trigger your liver to make detoxifying enzymes that filter toxic residues from the digestive system.

   - Lemons are a great food to help with detoxing because they help the body by jump starting the digestive tract with enzymatic process. It supports the liver and kidneys in their cleansing process. Try starting each morning with freshly squeezed lemon water.

   - organic green tea is another great way to help with detox. Packed with antioxidants, green tea washes toxins from the system via its liquid content. It also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, which are known to increase liver function.

   - Incorporate more easily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet. Flax seed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds are all great options. While detoxing, avoid nut butter with added sugar.

-fruits: fruits are high in liquid content and they also help the body rid itself of toxins. Fruit is also easily digested and provides antioxidants, fiber, and minerals.

The Once – Weekly Detox:

‘One day cleanse’ is about helping you jump-start the process of getting on track with long-term lifestyle changes, give your body and especially digestive system a rest. Through the ages and religions there was one day a week of lighter meals – animal protein, dairy and alcohol free. You can choose to do just that – take some food that is heavier and harder to digest and substitute it with simple vegetarian/vegan meals.

Monthly:

End of the month detox is a good way to take a pause. It could be only one day or a weekend of ‘rest’. Try to eat very alkalizing foods, like fruits and vegetables, and stay away from acid forming foods. Acid forming foods are things like processed and refined foods (cakes, cookies, breads, pastas), animal products (fish, meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, cheese), coffee, artificial sweeteners, refined sugar, additives and preservatives, sodas, candy, etc.

Make a habit of cleansing at the turn of each season. Detox and nourish your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system drains the wastes from your body and controls and regulates your immune system. When the lymph system become sluggish, you may experience one or more symptoms like aches and pains, swelling, allergies, fatigue, constipation, colds and weak immunity. You may want to do a 7-14 day cleanse. If 4 times a year doesn’t work for you, try at least twice per year – spring and autumn. Spring’s first line of duty is to detox all of the excess fats and proteins and holiday food we stored all winter. It is nature’s weight loss season. By October after summer heating and swelling our bodies, the blood, liver and lymph are ready to eliminate toxins. Choose what feels right for you right now and next week/month try something different. Always listen to your body, tune in and feel what the best option is for you at any particular time. Detoxify your body for optimal health.

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Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams

Picture Kellye Davis Williams is a personal trainer who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them to achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their " life" goals with her message of hope. As a model, Kellye exemplifies the essence of artistic beauty while proving the power of a woman is more than superficial refinement. She is the co host of Thrive Radio Talk Show on Revmedia network. 

Kellye resides in east Atlanta with her family. When she is not working out or training her clients, she teaches spiritual concepts to an adult class at her church as well as ministers in her role as Women's Ministry Director. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughters, shopping, traveling, and simply enjoying coffee with friends.
 

 

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