How To Detox For Better Health

Within a few weeks of our second child being born I was very low and rundown and feeling lethargic and numb pretty much all the time. I’d spent a lot of time with doctors and consultants, but the answer was always the same – nothing medically wrong.

Fortunately a friend of mine is a dietician and she recommended I needed to detox my body, and put some effort into learning how to detox and see how toxins accumulate in my body and impact my wellbeing and energy levels. From what people were telling me it was clear that detoxing had a lot to offer, so I spent a few weeks doing some research to learn all about it, and get to grips with what is really involved and why the natural health industry advocate learning how to detox and suggest getting started with the 7 day detox diet so avidly.

Something else she recommended I try was a foot detox. I now use a foot spa about twice a week, if you don’t want to invest in a foot spa, those foot detox pads can do just as good a job – but with the patches you don’t get a relaxing foot massage at the same time

There are some very simple things you can do to help detox your body.

Herbal teas are just as good as water

Making sure you take in plenty of fluids is very important while you are following a detox diet as it helps to eliminate water-soluble toxins from your body. Drinking plenty of water also has other health benefits like promoting regular bowel movements, improves concentration, and improves your complexion. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day (about 2 liters), and a good bit more in hot weather or on your exercise days.

A general pointer is to increase your water intake by about half a liter for each hour of exercise. Tap water which has been filtered to remove the chlorine and impurities is the best option. Ideally drink water that is at room temperature. Feel free to substitute herbal teas if you can’t face all that water – loose leaf tea is the better option if it’s available. Peppermint, camomile, dandelion root, horsetail and yarrow in particular are great choices as their hidden ingredients naturally support the detox process. Roibosch (Redbush) tea is also beneficial as it is very high in OPC antioxidants.

That Seems Like A Lot of Water

Drinking this much water will soon be second nature to you. You can have your first glass with a little freshly squeezed lemon juice or root ginger instead of (or as well as) your morning coffee – it’s the perfect way to start up your digestive system and bowel then have more water whenever you take a coffee break.

Aim to have a glass whenever you eat, try a glass of water and a herbal tea at elevensies, another glass when you get home from work and perhaps a final glass of water last thing at night. Feel free to substitute some water with herbal teas.

Eat Foods As Close To Their Natural State As Possible

You should be looking to buy your food in as fresh a condition as possible and either juice them or eat them raw, in salads or as snacks or appetizers. Raw fruits and veg are still full of all their natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals. If the food stays in the fridge or on the shelf for long periods, or when it is cooked or preserved, its nutritional value plummets.

Buy locally grown produce if you can, preferably at farms and markets in your area Food imported internationally tends to be picked underripe (so it will be short of it’s full vitamin and mineral supply) and a lot of nutrition is lost during the journey to the stores.

Is Organic Better

Buying organic produce where possible is better for your health but not totally necessary, especially as the cost can be very high, but if you can afford to stretch to buying a few organic products it will be a great help.

It’s not a major problem if you can’t get hold of any organic produce. All you need to worry about is eating enough fresh foods – even if they are non-organic – rather than not get enough of them. Nonetheless, there’s a lot of health benefits to having as much as possible of organic produce on a healthy detox diet.

Artificial fertilizers and pesticides are banned from production of organic foods, so they have very little or no potentially toxic man made chemicals. The practice of organic farming is very contentious due to the fact that there is growing evidence that the build up of toxins from man made chemicals and bug sprays may be related to a lot of the serious health issues we face today.

There is a lot less processing of organic produce on its journey to your kitchen. The end result being that organic foods are free from artificial additives and hydrogenated fats. Certain organic foods taste better and have more flavor.

How To Quit Smoking With Behavioral Programs

When looking at the different options we have when looking into how to quit smoking, the obvious questions arise: what part of any success is due to the behavioral support and other interventions, and which of those different interventions were most effective?

We don’t have answers, and it is unlikely that any will emerge, as the miscellany of potential non-drug treatments cannot compete with the massive lobbies of the pharmaceutical industry from which NRT products and anti-depressant drugs are supplied.

A variety of behavioral smoking cessation programs are available. Lando et al found that the quit rates with the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society programs were 16 and 22 per cent respectively, at one year. Of course not many smokers are willing to attend classes over a period, which this method involves, so relatively few benefit anyway.

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More importantly for our purposes, the key components to an effective behavioral
program that have been identified are:

In most behavioral programs, ‘barriers to quitting’ do not include the major psychological factors which account for relapses, especially after more than a year (the cut off measurement period for the above claimed success rates).