Detox Your House

Detox Your House

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Experts say -The lack of ventilation in homes is a major cause of indoor air pollution.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is two to five times worse than outdoor air pollution. And the at-home version can cause or aggravate asthma and allergies, which are on the rise in the United States.

You can wipe out mold, smoke, dust, and other invisible health hazards that have been trapped in your home all winter. Here’s how:

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Gas and fumes from cookers, stoves & ovens

With every meal that you cook, your kitchen gets polluted with a little bit of smoke, soot, and possibly carbon monoxide (if you own a gas stove or range).

Inhaling high levels of carbon monoxide in your home can be fatal; being exposed to even low levels can cause fatigue, headaches, disorientation, dizziness, nausea, and other flu-like symptoms.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 15,000 people go to the emergency room each year due to non-fatal CO poisoning.

Your Detox Duties:

Check your burners: If flames are yellow-tipped, that may mean your stove is releasing too much CO. Call your manufacturer to find out if your burners should be readjusted.

If you don’t have one already, install an exhaust hood vented to the outdoors.

If you do have an exhaust fan, clean it.

Install a detector

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Chemical fumes emitted by certain cleaning products

These can also cause health problems like eye, nose, and throat irritation, lung damage

To reduce exposure to irritating fumes, cut back on your use of cleaning products and look for natural cleaning products from your health food shop.

  •    Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides are a part of everyday life, however many who use these products are unaware of their consequences on the environment and personal health.
  •    Fortunately, these chemicals are not necessary to keep pests away. Throw out all of those toxic cleaning products and replace them with fewer, safer products
  •    Some natural products used to deter and kill pests you might find in your very own pantry; like garlic, lemon, eucalyptus essential oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon oil.
  •    For beautiful smells, explore the use of aromatherapy in your home. You can add a few drops to liquid soaps, cleaning supplies or use a diffuser.
  •    Other natural insecticides and herbicides include pyrethrum (which comes from the chrysanthemum), rotenone (from the derris plant) and Diatomaceous Earth (from the remains of plankton).

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Mould

Besides being ultra-ugly and sometimes smelly, mould can trigger allergic reactions (watery  eyes, runny nose, coughing, and headaches).

Research shows that some strains of mould may be highly toxic.

Mould can be found in any place that’s excessively moist like rooms with damp, kitchens,  bathrooms and basements, where humidity levels tend to be high.

To put a stop to growth, you have to control the moisture level in your home.

  • Scrub grout with a mix of 1/4 cup liquid chlorine bleach and six cups water (use a stronger solution if necessary), and rinse. Remember to wear rubber gloves and keep the room well ventilated.
  • Clean both sides of rubber mats with the bleach solution above.
  • Put plastic shower curtains in the wash for five minutes on the gentle setting. If they’re mouldy, GHRI recommends adding 3/4 cup liquid chlorine bleach to the load.
  • Consider installing an exhaust fan that’s vented to the outside, if you don’t have one already. Ventilation is key to keeping bathrooms and kitchens dry and toxin-free.
  • Check cement walls (particularly near the floor, ceiling, and windows) and crawl spaces in the basement for mold. If you find patches, scrub them away with a stiff brush soaked in a solution of one cup liquid chlorine bleach and one gallon water. Do the same thing for painted walls.

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A buildup can cause flu like symptoms and respiratory problems.

  • Get your air conditioner ready for prime time. A well-maintained unit can help filter out some allergens — but if the filter, drip tray, or other parts are dirty, the AC may actually allow new allergens into the house.  Have a central air system? Replace your filter at least every three months; if you have the electrostatic kind, clean it regularly.
  • If you have a humidifier and dehumidifier, clean them as well.
  • Vacuum upholstery: Vacuum mattresses, flip, and vacuum again. If there’s a musty smell, wipe surfaces with a solution of one cup rubbing alcohol and one cup warm water. Wipe again with water only and let the bed dry.

Detox Foods to Add to Your Diet

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There are many techniques and products that you can use and take to detoxify the body.

Here’s a list of detox foods that are an excellent addition to the diet.

Fruits which are abundant in liquid content assists the body in washing out toxins.

Fruits are also very simple to digest and are full of antioxidants, nutrients, fibre, and significant vitamins. These plants increase chlorophyll which will aid in your digestion. Chlorophyll in fruit rids the body of harmful external toxins from toxic metals, herbicides/pesticides, chemicals from cleaning products and cosmetics and environmental chemicals. Citrus fruits help the body by flushing out toxins and kick-starting your digestion with enzymatic processes improving digestion.

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Lemon juice facilitates in liver cleansing. To improve detoxification, start every morning with a glass of fresh lemon juice in warm lemon. Don’t forget, vitamin C is among the best detoxification vitamins around as it converts toxins into digestible material. Eat vitamin C foods frequently to help get more of these benefits. Lemon juice helps stimulate the liver into creating detoxification enzymes that help filter toxicity deposits from the digestive process.

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Vegetables – Broccoli and sprouts which are full of antioxidants have the capability to stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the digestion tract Sprouts are actually more efficient than the fully grown vegetable.

Green Tea Powder

Green tea extract which is packed with antioxidants, washes toxins from the system through its liquid content, but also includes a particular form of antioxidant called catechins, that are known to improve liver function.

Mung Bean

The mighty mung bean has been utilized by Ayurvedic physicians for centuries. It’s incredibly easy to digest, and absorbs toxicity residue from the intestine walls.

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Nuts and Seeds – Integrate more of these readily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet – flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts, and sunflower seeds so are typical excellent options.

Flax seeds and linseed oil

Use hemp, avocado, olive, or flax seed oil while cleansing. They may assist lubricate the intestine walls, enabling the toxins to be consumed by the oil, and eliminated by the body.

Performing a periodic body cleanse can also be beneficial.

Do you have any recommendations for foods that detoxify the body?

If so, please drop them in the comment area below.

Information and statements made here are for educational purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of the doctor.

Detox for Getting Rid of Parasites

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The good news is that there are some natural treatments that are effective at helping the body detox and cleanse itself by killing and removing yeast and parasites. If you suspect that you have parasites or a yeast overgrowth, you might consider some of the treatments below:

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Dietary Adjustments– If you do have yeast or parasites, any sugars at all can feed an infestation and make removal very uncomfortable. If you are embarking on a natural detox or treatment for Candida, fungi or parasites, remove all sources of natural sugar from your diet, including sources like honey and fruits. Some Stevia is ok once in a while, but avoid anything that gives the body a sugar source and feeds yeast or parasites. Consider also avoiding dairy for 1-2 weeks to give your body a detox and boost.

 

Diatomaceous Earth– This is a naturally occurring substance that has amazing ability to kill parasites, yeast and parasite eggs. It is naturally high in silica, which is necessary for hair, nail and skin growth, and has other trace minerals as well. It can also help restore body tissue and improve digestion. If you decide to take this supplementally, start with 1 tsp per day in 8 ounces of water and work up to 1-2 TBSP a day until yeast symptoms disappear. Read the info below on Herxheimers reaction! Also, make sure to use food grade Diatomaceous earth!

 

Apple Cider Vinegar– Another easy and effective remedy for Candida and parasites. Apple Cider Vinegar is high in B-vitamins and very nourishing to the body. It helps the body’s pH neutralize and improves digestion. It is well known for killing yeast and improving skin condition. Some people are leery of vinegar, as a fermented product, when they have a yeast infection. While some fermented products like beer and wine can feed yeast, Apple Cider Vinegar undergoes a much different fermentation process and produces a completely different reaction in the body. It tastes awful, but after taking it for a while, you will become more tolerant of the taste, and your body will start to crave it. Start with 1 tsp up to 3 times a day about 30 minutes before each meal (some people can’t handle it before breakfast!). If you handle this well, this dosage can be increased to a tablespoon.

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Probiotics– Probiotics restore the helpful gut bacteria that is wiped out by yeast or parasites (or antibiotic or oral contraceptive use). Probiotics are necessary to restore proper intestinal flora, even after yeast and parasites have been removed. A high-quality probiotic supplement should be included, taken according to product instruction. Do not take probiotics within an hour of Apple Cider Vinegar or Diatomaceous Earth! You might also consider drinks like Kombucha and Water Kefir to help build up probiotic levels, or organic, whole, plain, full-fat yogurt.

Cinnamon– Cinnamon is a natural remedy for parasites and fungus. Take ½ tsp of a high-quality cinnamon powder in water up to three times a day.

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Vitamin C– Besides being an excellent antioxidant and immune support, Vitamin C is helpful in yeast/parasite removal. If you have symptoms of yeast and parasites, take 5,000 mg (5 grams) per day spread out in 2-3 doses. Do not take vitamin C at the same time as calcium/magnesium as they will neutralize each other. High consumption of Vitamin C may cause loose bowel movements, especially when yeast and parasites are being removed. This is not necessarily worrisome, but if it bothers you, adjust the dose down until symptoms go away.

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Coconut Oil– Coconut Oil is naturally anti-fungal and very nourishing to the body. Hopefully, you are using it in your cooking by now, but consider taking several tablespoons a day additional as an anti-fungal support. This will also help support the hormones and reproductive system. To make it easier to take, dissolve a couple tablespoons in a hot tea of choice and drink. The first couple sips will be coconut oil, and then you will just taste the tea.

Garlic– To help remove yeast and parasites, finely mince 1-2 cloves and drink in a cup of water before meals.

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Olive Oil– Also an anti-fungal that supports the removal of parasite and yeast waste. Add 1-2 TBSP or more to salads or veggies, or take supplementally.

Other Herbs are known to help with yeast and parasites: Oregano Oil, Thyme, Peppermint, Rosemary, Olive Leaf Extract and Grapefruit Seed Extract. If you have a severe case of yeast or parasites, consider using any of these potent herbs, but do your research first!

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Sweat– As your body kills off parasites and yeast, their by-products must be removed from the body, along with the toxins that they might have bound themselves to. Some of these are best removed through the sweat glands, so let your body sweat by exercising, taking cayenne supplements and getting in hot tubs or saunas during the healing process.

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Herxheimer’s Reaction

I mentioned above that removal of yeast and parasites can be uncomfortable at times. This reaction, named after the German dermatologist who discovered it, is basically the discomfort caused by the die off of yeast and parasites and the body’s attempt to remove them. The faster you attempt to treat symptoms and the more potent remedies you take, the higher your chance of experiencing this reaction.

It is best to be on an anti-yeast/parasite diet for several weeks before starting supplements to help minimize this reaction. Starting with small doses of Apple Cider Vinegar and Diatomaceous Earth and then working up will also help keep die off symptoms at bay.

You may even find that you “catch a cold” a week or so after starting to treat your yeast and parasite symptoms. This is actually a mild Herxheimer reaction, and backing down supplements and drinking more water should help it pass quickly.

Other Important Notes

Removing yeast and parasites is a difficult job for your body. During this process, it is highly important that you support your body as much as possible with regular exercise, good diet, adequate sleep, and limiting exposure to toxins.

Soaking in an Epsom salt bath (1/2 cup Epsom salts in hot bath water) will also help remove toxins from the skin. Drinking enough water will help flush die off toxins out faster, and adequate sleep will give the body enough time to regenerate.

During this time, it is also vitally important that you do not consume sugar or carbs, as this will make the process much slower and much more uncomfortable. Consuming enough raw vegetables during this time will also help keep your energy levels up and clean the body faster.

A grain-free and sugar-free diet are vital in removing yeast and parasites from the body.

For a good Parasite Cleanse – Paratrex from The Finchley Clinic -Paratrex 120 capsules

9 Most Common Environmental Toxins to Avoid and Why You Need to Detox

Environmental Toxins to Avoid

Are you suffering with chronic health conditions?

Cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, cancer, fatigue etc? This could be due to your body suffering a toxic overload.

Most conventionally-trained doctors do not believe that what you eat and drink has much relevance on your health and they know very little about detox and safe detoxification programs.

Western medicine is not about to change so you may need to educate yourself and consider diet and detox as a safe alternative.

You can eliminate the symptoms of disease with safe detox protocols.

Disease, fatigue and many health problems are not normal as we are being led to believe.

Environmental toxins build up in the body creating health issues, metabolic imbalances, weight gain, food allergies and disease.

These environmental toxins are not always obvious, you need to become aware of them. (see below for a list of common environmental toxins).

You also need to consider air and water purification as well as adopting a high quality toxin free diet.

There is no doubt that mercury and mercury compounds are the most dangerous form of metal toxicity. There is plenty of research showing them to cause adverse effects in animals and humans even at very low levels.

Retention toxicity is where a toxin is constantly present as in dental amalgam. Vapours from the mercury fillings can slowly build up in tissues causing severe illnesses and yet conventionally-trained dentists still continue to poison uneducated patients by placing mercury fillings in their mouths.

Here are some of the worst offenders

  • Toxic insecticides sprayed on most of our fruits, vegetables and grains and now in our soil and water
  • Conventionally produced meat and dairy products are loaded with toxic antibiotics, pesticides and synthetic hormones
  • Fluoride and chlorine in our water
  • Mercury fillings in our teeth
  • Toxic chemicals in our kitchen & bathroom cleaning products, hair dyes & cosmetics
  • Toxic chemicals leaching from plastic containers
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemicals in fire retardant furniture, carpets, clothing and household paint
  • Chemical spraying from the air

Remove the toxins and see your disease symptoms disappear

If you are considering detoxing, you need to consider your own personal circumstances and find a qualified (well-educated) healthcare provider with experience in how to safely remove toxins without any harm.

This is really important as when toxins get released they need to be eliminated efficiently.

If they are not eliminated properly you could do more harm than good.

You can’t completely avoid all toxins, but making the effort to avoid some of the toxins above will be well worth the rewards.

Join us at Amchara for detox and natural healing.

Detox and Parasite Cleansing

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A PARASITE CLEANSE!!

It is estimated that 90% of the population has at least one form of parasite in the body. Once a person is infected it is not too difficult to eliminate the adult parasites.

The more difficult part is dealing with the life cycle of the parasite which can take a considerable amount of time to accomplish.

Parasites may be present in food or in water and can cause disease.

Ranging in size from tiny, single-celled organisms to worms visible to the naked eye, parasites are more and more frequently being identified as causes of food-borne illness not only in third world countries, but Western countries as well.

The illnesses they can cause range from mild discomfort to debilitating illness and possibly death.

It has been reported that 90% of the world population has at least one form of parasite living in their body! They live and feed off the host. They can deprive us of vitamins, nutrients and amino acids, alter our natural pH levels, decrease our energy levels and create an acidic environment in the body.

According to the August 2000 issue of Discover magazine, most people have multiple parasites inhabiting their bodies. Recent research has shown that parasites are much more powerful than scientists originally believed. In fact, it seems parasites far outnumber any other living creatures. Our bodies are systems whose functions depend on communication between cells. It alarms scientists greatly that parasites are able to inhibit this communication, and thus seriously harm our bodily systems.

What are parasites?

Parasites are organisms that derive nourishment and protection from other living organisms known as hosts.

They may be transmitted from animals to humans, from humans to humans, or from humans to animals.

Several parasites have emerged as significant causes of food-borne and waterborne disease.

These organisms live and reproduce within the tissues and organs of infected human and animal hosts, and are often excreted in feces.

How are they transmitted?

They may be transmitted from host to host through consumption of contaminated food and water, or by putting anything into your mouth that has touched the stool (feces) of an infected person or animal.

How do they vary?

Parasites are of different types and range in size from tiny, single-celled, microscopic organisms (protozoa) to larger, multi-cellular worms (Helminths) that may be seen without a microscope.

What are some common parasites?

Some common parasites are Giardia duodenalis, Cryptosporidium parvum, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Toxoplasma gondii, Trichinella spiralis, Taenia saginata(beef tapeworm), and Taenia solium (pork tapeworm).

It is estimated that 90% of the population has at least one form of parasite in the body.

Parasites include ringworm, roundworms, tapeworms, microbial growth and their eggs.

There are many ways in which parasites can enter the body: through food that has not been properly washed, infected meat, water, pets, dirt under fingernails, and also through the skin (Hookworm).

Once the infection of parasites takes place they begin to multiply rapidly.

One of the most common symptoms of parasites is fatigue as a result of the parasites feeding upon the host—YOU! They can steal vital nutrients from the body which can result in compromised health and a compromised immune system.

Discover magazine had the following to say in its August 2000 issue:

“Every living thing has at least one parasite that lives inside or on it, and many, including humans, have far more. …Scientists…are only just beginning to discover exactly how powerful these hidden inhabitants can be, but theiu search is pointing to a remarkable possibility: Parasites may rule the world. The notion that tiny creatures we’ve largely taken for granted are such a dominant force is immensely disturbing. … We are collections of cells that work together, kept harmonized by chemical signals. If an organism can control those signals — an organism like a parasite — then it can control us. And therein lies the peculiar and precise horror of parasites.”

The typical life cycle of a parasite starts with ingestion of eggs by the host.

Parasites typically like a warm, dark and moist environment. They hatch and then invade the intestinal wall. Some will migrate to other parts of the body and some will migrate to the anal part of the body. Some adult parasites can live in the host body for up to two years.

During this time as many as 50,000 eggs may be deposited.

While in the body the parasites feed off of ingested food and even nutritional supplements. They also have an elimination process which means that they actually “go to the bathroom” in the host body.

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Once a person is infected it is not too difficult to eliminate the adult parasites.

The more difficult part is dealing with the life cycle of the parasite which can take a considerable amount of time to accomplish.

What is your current risk for parasites?

Count all of the symptoms and precursors you might have!

  • Bloating
  • Foggy Memory
  • Food Cravings
  • Mild Nagging Headache
  • Anal Itching
  • Insomnia
  • Bronchitis
  • Tiny Red Abrasions That Itch
  • Rash
  • Irritable or Grumpy
  • Pet Bird
  • Eat Sushi
  • Malabsorption
  • Gas
  • Allergies
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Anemia
  • Candidiasis
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Restlessness
  • Pet Cat
  • Pet Dog
  • Pet Ferret
  • Crave Sweets

If you have 3 or less of the above symptoms your health risk is medium.

If you have 4-7 of the above symptoms your health risk is high.

If you have 7 or more of the above symptoms your health risk extremely high.

Next week………….. How to get rid of parasites with a parasite cleanse!

If you would like a great place to cleanse and detox – I stayed at Amchara’s UK base Bindon House in Somerset. Or join me at their dextox centre in Malta in April!

 

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The Truth About Detox

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Many people think that detox is just starvation. They think of detox as just another of today’s buzzwords and not a means to gain or even regain health.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

However, it is very important that it is done correctly.

We are surrounded by toxins and chemicals daily. They are in our food, our water, in our air, and almost everything around us (unless we manage to live surrounded by nature).

We wash and bathe with products laced with chemicals, then use chemical laden makeup and skin preparations, hair products, shaving products, and more chemicals to smell good, soften our skin, treat our blemishes, and much, much more. Our skin is soaking up these chemicals daily.

We are given vaccines and amalgam fillings full of mercury, water and air laced with lead and other heavy metals, drink water contaminated with fluoride and chlorine and eat food that is being regularly sprayed with harmful toxic chemicals.

All of these toxins put pressure on our body’s resources and interfere with optimum health.

The purpose of a detox is to cleanse the body of these toxic substances (as well as accumulated waste) in order to allow the body to heal itself and restore balance.

Detox provides a rest for the gut and organs, a break from fighting off this constant overload of toxins and to be able to spend time healing, rebuilding and replenishing.

It is becoming clear that our gut is what really controls our health and well-being. If our gut is not working well, we cannot assimilate the vitamins & minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates from our food.

A good detox will clean up the gut first, followed by the organs, the blood and the lymph.

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Part of a detox involves clearing out debris from the gut whist providing the body maximum nutrition that doesn’t require the digestive system to do much work. A good detox will provide organic toxin free easy to digest nutrition which can replenish the gut flora naturally, sometimes with the help of probiotics and plenty of clean water to cleanse and hydrate.

Supplement formulas may be used for cleaning out the intestinal tract, old waste and any parasites.
Juices and smoothies, made with organic vegetables and high quality nutritional powders are an excellent means to provide the body with all the nutrients it needs while allowing the digestive tract to rest.

Treatments are suggested during a good detox such as lymphatic massage, sauna, colonic irrigation, colonics massage and any form of massage.

Some form of gentle exercise such as yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are often used.

Detoxing a minimum of twice a year is suggested. Whether you embark on a short detox and cleanse or go all out and detox for 2 weeks, your body will be grateful.

What is Detox?

What is Detox?

Detoxification has been practiced for centuries by many different cultures and medicine systems all around the world, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

Detoxification is about resting and cleansing the body whilst nourishing it from the inside out.

A good Detox removes and eliminates toxins whilst feeding your body with healthy nutrients.

Detoxifying can help protect you from disease and help you to maintain optimum health.

How To Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins In 5 Steps

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What are the major sources of toxins and what can YOU do to reduce your exposure right now?

Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins, Step-by-Step

You will feel better by reducing your exposure to toxins as this will reduce the burden on your liver and other organs.

While we are surrounded by toxins, you can improve your health by making better choices in the products you use and don’t forget the thoughts you think can be toxic too!

Although you can easily get overwhelmed by all of the new habits you might want to put in place,

You should take the time to learn about toxins and choose one new habit at a time, step-by-step.

Even small steps will reap big rewards when it comes to your health and well-being!

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1. Food – Your food has more toxins than you may think. Processed and packaged foods are full of chemicals and additives, preservatives and pesticides. These toxins can cause cravings, weight gain, digestive problems and food allergies.

Conventional produce is also full of pesticides. In USA over one billion pounds of pesticides are used on food. These pesticides have been linked to many health problems ranging from muscle cramps and heart rate changes to irritability and emotional instability.

To reduce your exposure to food toxins:

Choose whole foods, avoid processed foods and choose organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible.

Organic produce is grown without being sprayed by harmful pesticides and the soil has less chemicals as well as being more mineral rich.

Choosing organically produced whole foods is a great step you can take toward health and wellness.

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2. Water. Your body is between 70 – 90% water and the water you drink is critical to hydrating your body at the cellular level. These days, knowing where your water comes from is of the utmost importance. Tap water is teeming with toxins. The Environmental Working Group (USA) found over 140 contaminants in tap water.  

Another huge problem is looming! Over the past few years, studies have shown that pharmaceuticals, like prescription and over the counter drugs, are being found in tap water. This includes: antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds.

Toxins that leach from the plastic bottles in bottled water are another problem.

To reduce your exposure to water toxins:

We highly recommend naturally clean, pure, and mineral-rich water to nourish the body; well water, natural mineral water, bottled natural spring water and bottled natural artesian waters.

By drinking these types of water which contain essential minerals and valuable nutrients, you can increase your levels of magnesium, sodium, and potassium which are required to support almost every function in the body including the adrenals.

Drink 8 to 10 glasses a day of glass bottled well water, natural spring water, artesian or spring waters or natural mineral water.

 
3. Environment. Outside pollution from manufacturing, cars and second-hand cigarette smoke can be challenging to avoid but you can avoid a lot of the toxins inside and around your home.

Harsh chemical household cleaners containing bleach, ammonia and other toxic chemicals that can cause health problems ranging from nausea to skin destruction, fluid in the lungs and wheezing.

To reduce your exposure to environmental toxins:

Switch your cleaning and washing products at home to those with all-natural ingredients.

Choose “green” or chemical free fabrics for furniture, which often have flame retardant chemicals on them (very toxic) and paint that does not have VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Choose the non-smoking section of restaurants and public places.

Consider moving to live in rural locations for the clean air and land.

 

4. Beauty and personal care products – Beauty products like toothpaste, lotion, youth creams, soap, shampoo, conditioner, perfumes and makeup are full of toxic chemicals. The products we use to look our best may actually be the biggest source of aging and other adverse symptoms. Even some beauty and personal care products from health food shops can contain ingredients that can be the cause of harmful symptoms.
Some important ingredients to avoid in your beauty and personal care products are:

Mineral oil, petroleum, Diethanolamine DEA, Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, talc, lanolin and phthalates. Triclosan (found in antibacterial products), sodium laurel sulfate, Parabens such as Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben.

.Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.

To reduce your exposure to toxins in beauty and personal care products:

Read ingredient labels on your personal care products and avoid anything containing the above ingredients.

 

5. Stress and negative thinking – The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 90% of all illness and disease is due to stress.

Stress can kill the good bacteria and yeast that live in your intestines. Good bacteria keep your immunity and digestive system healthy strong. When the good bacteria and yeast get killed off,, the bad bacteria and yeast are able to take over. This creates imbalance which can set the stage for illness and dis-ease.

To reduce your exposure to toxins from stress and negative thinking:

Create your own personal set of rituals to renew and restore every day.

Some ideas that you can begin to incorporate into your routine:

Get to bed early.

Take long weekends away somewhere quiet and peaceful.

Spend time relaxing and reading.

Take warm baths, get a massage.

Listen to beautiful relaxing music.

Practice yoga or t’ai chi.

Drink calming tea.

Meditate morning and night.

Use essential oils such as lavender for relaxation.

Turn off electric lights and light candles for a gently soft glow.

Practice deep breathing to help slow your heart rate and reduce anxiety.

Go outside and get some sun and fresh air, even on overcast winter days.

Create your own personal rituals of self-care to renew and restore every day- remember –step by step.

How to take control of your health for 2017

If you’d like to have some fun, spend some time in some beautiful countryside and set yourself up with a solid sustainable foundation for 2017 and the years ahead, we’d love to welcome you to a weekend down on Trill organic farm in Devon.

Seeds of Change is a weekend run by Daphne Lambert and Gareth Edwards 20th-22nd January 2017.

It’s New Year and after the festivities our thoughts turn to de-toxification and clean starts.

There is no doubt that a period of alcoholic abstinence or juicing (drinking liquidized or juiced vegetables) may help our bodies to eliminate some of the ‘toxic’ load of festive season indulgence.

To sustain the benefits of a week of juicing and cleansing you really need to know what to eat and drink when you get back to eating normally.

Join us for 2 days to have some fun, spend some time with someone who really understands food and who can explain how to eat nutritiously for 2017 and the years ahead.

This is a great opportunity to set yourself up with a solid sustainable foundation for you, your loved ones and family for that healthy future we all want to attain!

Click here for more information and here to secure your place (only 8 more available as of today) with a £35 deposit.

Taking control in 2017

It can be challenging to focus on health and wellbeing in the run up to Christmas time celebrations. When all the dust has settled and we sit back in the big comfortable chair to digest our festive experience our thoughts may turn to de-toxification and fresh, (dare we use the word?) clean starts.

There is no doubt that a period of alcoholic abstinence or drinking liquidised or juiced vegetables may help our bodies to eliminate some of the ‘toxic’ load of festive season indulgence. You can do this yourself, have someone deliver juices to you (for London dwellers) or visit a centre where only juice is available and someone else makes it. If you are considering the latter option, I’d highly recommend Amchara de-tox retreats in Somerset or on Gozo (Malta). (“To book into Amchara we have arranged for you to claim a free treatment upon booking through Live Blood London -for all booking enquiries, please contact Emily directly on 0203 7622 488 or emily@amchara.com quoting reference livebloodlondon”)

Having been to Amchara last year I only have one reservation about the detox path.

What do you do when you’ve finished the de-tox?

De-tox is a great principle, but it’s only half of the equation. To sustain the benefits of a week of cleansing you really need to know what to eat and drink when you get back to eating normally. After seven years of nutrition education, I finally found someone who can explain how to eat nutritiously and understands food better than anyone I’ve ever met.

If you’d like to have some fun, spend some time in beautiful countryside and set yourself up with a solid sustainable foundation for 2017 and the years ahead, we’d love to welcome you to a weekend down on Trill organic farm in Devon.

Seeds of Change is a weekend run by Daphne Lambert and Gareth Edwards 20th-22nd January 2017.

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Click below to secure your place (only 8 more available) with a £35 deposit.




Gareth Edwards BSc. Dip ION. mBANT.