Cleansing Juice Recipes

Cleansing Juice Recipes for Blood, Liver and Toxins

Dandelion leaves for cleansing juice recipesDandelion is useful for cleansing the blood, which removes toxins from the tissues and joints. This process will speed healing and reduce pain and inflammation. Be aware that if you drink a fair amount of this juice over a short period of time it can quickly cause a cleansing reaction. This reaction might initially produce symptoms like fatigue or headaches.  These symptoms will pass as your body becomes cleansed.

Ingredients:
3 apples
Handful of fresh dandelion leaves

Directions:  Pass all ingredients through a juicer. Drink immediately.

Note:  If you are digging your own dandelion leaves, be sure to obtain organic dandelion where the land has not been sprayed for several years and is far removed from traffic areas.

Cleansing Juice Recipes: Carrot Cleansing Juice

Ginger increases circulation to the muscles in the body, allowing the extra blood and oxygen to fight toxins. It also helps alleviate pain and inflammation. Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, which is needed for many detoxification processes.

Ingredients:
6 large carrots (remove tops)
1 apple, cored
1 1-inch piece of ginger

Directions:  Pass all ingredients through a juicer. Drink immediately.

Glass of cleansing juice made from cleansing juice recipes
Dandelion Cleansing Juice

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Herbal Acne Remedies

Herb for herbal acne remediesHerbal Acne Remedies: Safe and Effective

One of the more powerful forms of acne remedies is herbal. For people who are adverse to taking strong acne drugs this is a very good option. Herbal remedies cure acne by encouraging the elimination of acne through the lymph nodes.

There is a class of herbs called alternative herbs. These herbs are basically used for the purpose of cleansing body tissues. They are herbs that help the body with the detoxification process. However, they do not remove the toxins from the body through normal elimination pathways like lungs, kidneys, or colon.

While not so popular in western culture, herbal acne remedies have a long history. They have successfully treated acne problems and they are harmless. Moreover, since most herbal acne remedies work inside the body they do not interfere with conventional topical (applied externally) acne medications.

Herbal acne remedies are very mild acting so there is no discomfort in their use. Since they are mild by nature the results can take up to a month to become visible. But the wait is well worthwhile. The results are better and longer lasting. What is more, these herbs usually have a beneficial affect on the rest of the body. They can even be used to treat chronic inflammatory conditions.

Some of the alternative herbs include burdock, cleavers, red clover, figwort, poke root, Echinacea, and blue flag.

Like most herbal remedies these herbal acne cures are also best when a combination of herbs is used. One popular combination is Echinacea, burdock, blue flag, and yellow dock. Just mix and prepare an infusion using hot water. Drink a cup about three times daily. If you wish to improve the flavor, add honey.

A second combination is dandelion, sarsaparilla, and burdock. Mix them up when they are dry. Prepare an infusion as before and have 3 cups a day.

A third decent combination for acne is lavender, yarrow, and elder flowers.

Tea Tree Oil for Acne

Herbal acne remedies are also available for topical use. Take Tea Tree Oil and apply it to the acne affected area. This oil can be a bit strong so if you have sensitive skin just dilute it with water or oil. Fresh cabbage juice makes another great topical herbal cure for acne. This is a good choice for people with extra sensitive skin.

Calendula and chamomile can be used to make a very effective anti-inflammatory skin wash. Just prepare an infusion with these two as before but instead of drinking it let it cool. Store it in the fridge. When required, dab it onto affected areas.

Minerals like potassium phosphate and magnesium phosphate are also good for the skin. Zinc aids in the prevention of scarring. Vitamin C helps in healing acne lesions as well as acting as an antioxidant.

These are but a few ways herbal acne remedies can be of help to acne distress.

Herbs throughout history

A previous Friday Freebie: The Acne Attack eBook

Is Good Green Poisonous?

Is Good Green Poisonous to Us?

Consider that bitterness is often associated in the wild with poisons, something to be avoided. Plants produce a huge range of bitter phytochemicals.

What are phytochemicals?

Phytochemicals are constitutive metabolites that enable plants to overcome temporary or continuous threats integral to their environment, while also controlling essential functions of growth and reproduction. All of these roles are generally advantageous to the producing organisms but the inherent biological activity of such constituents often causes dramatic adverse consequences in other organisms that may be exposed to them. Nevertheless, such effects may be the essential indicator of desirable properties, such as therapeutic potential, especially when the mechanism of bioactivity can be delineated.
-Science Direct, Phytochemicals: The good, the bad and the ugly?

Some of the phytochemicals act as natural pesticides to keep us from eating them. The fact that they taste bitter is a clear warning signal: keep away.

So there is good reason to dislike and avoid bitter tasting foods. What does this mean for the bitter tasting vegetables proclaimed as healthful? Those from the brassica family are so bitter that even as adults we struggle to ingest them!  Is this good green poisonous?

The brassica family vegetables include:Are Broccoli and cabbage good green poisonous?

  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli

These vegetables taste bitter because they contain chemicals that are potentially good green poisonous.

But they won’t harm us because the chemicals present in them are at low doses that are not toxic. In fact, they will activate stress responses in our bodies to switch on genes that protect and repair.

Phytochemicals investigated for their bad properties in poisoning animals may eventually prove to have good  qualities of benefit to humans as therapeutic drugs.

For a very in-depth report, download the above cited Phytochemicals: The good, the bad and the ugly?

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Importance of Water in Our Bodies

The Importance of Water in Our Bodies

We have all heard it over and over. Drink your H2O! Since our body is made up with more H2O than anything else, it makes perfect sense that this is important.

  • 85 percent of your brain is water.
  • The human body is nearly 70 percent water.
  • Waste filtered through our kidneys is dissolved in water.
  • If we cannot have water, we will be poisoned.
  • Each muscle in our body is nearly 80 percent water.
  • Including your heart muscle.

DRINK WATER.

Tip for Weight Loss

Remember that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register fullness. While you are eating, focus on eating slowly to give your body the time it needs. Put down your fork after a bite or two and drink some water. This will not only help you get your daily quota, but will help you feel satisfied with less food intake.

Hydrate with Fruit

Many fruits contain a lot of water. Take the obvious one, for example – watermelon. Watermelon is a sweet and healthy way to hydrate. It is a terrific source of the antioxidant, lycopene and vitamins C, A, and B6. It also contains a lot of water — a great way to keep hydrated in the hot sun! One cup of watermelon contains about 60 calories, zero fat, and counts as one fruit serving.

Slice of Watermelon

Food for Thought

Check out the calorie content in the following beverages. Couldn’t you replace one of these with a tall, cool glass of H2O?

  • Starbucks Venti Cappuccino. A 20 ounce serving equals 200 calories.
  • Burger King large Coke. A 32 ounce serving equals 310 calories.
  • 7-Eleven Double Gulp Coke. A 64 ounce serving equals 600 calories.

You see how those Calories in Beverages Sneak Up on Us?

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Body Detox for Good Health

The Body Detox

Bowl of Fruit for Body Detox
Bowl of Fruit for Body Detox

Today we encounter pollution every single day. At work, you cannot be sure of the cleanliness of the water you drink or the food you eat. You can’t get away from air pollution because we all must breath. This can greatly affect our health in one way or another.

For these reasons, body detox is helpful in keeping a healthy body. This also results in a healthy mind and healthy relationships.

Our body has its own means of healing and detoxifying. Pollutants enter our body at a rate more than its capacity of self cleansing. This gives our inside mechanisms a difficult task to accomplish. The tissues become stressed and this can lead to malfunction.

We definitely want a clean body. To accomplish this goal, we need to help our system regulate the healing and body detox process. However, you should not wait for your body organs to be stressed out and overworked before doing the body detox. In times when the body lacks the command to keep the systems working, the person must supplement.

During a period of body detox, certain foods are avoided. Your meals consist mostly of fresh fruits and green, leafy vegetables. Fats, oil, preservatives and food additives are a big no-no when undergoing the process of body detox. Also, meat should be kept off the list because it is hard to digest.

Ideal foods that can be part of your body detox diet are as follow: Garlic, broccoli, beets, beans and nuts. Only fresh fruit extracts can be taken as beverages except for grapefruit. Water, a universal solvent, is also a major factor in the detoxification process. Strive to drink six to eight glasses of water daily. It flushes out the toxins in the forms of perspiration, urine, or your stools.

Although you seem to eat less when under going body detox, you will not starve. Ironically, many claim a boost in stamina when they detox.

How Often Should I Do a Body Detox?

Body detox should be done at least quarterly. To ensure that you detox effectively and safely, consult with a nutritionist or a professional. Through the process of detoxification, toxins are flushed out of your body and a new set of energy is supplied providing you both physical and mental alertness.

Maintain cleanliness on the inside, just as you do on the outside!

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Emotional Detoxification

Emotional Detoxification

Need Emotional Detoxification?
Need Emotional Detoxification?

Emotions play a huge role in your physical health. Sometimes it isn’t just our bodies that need a detox. We could do well with some emotional detoxification, too!

Stressful emotions create damaging hormones and toxins in the body. The adrenal glands, the body’s main “stress” glands, secrete hormones to help us deal with short-term stresses. However, in our modern times, many people live under constant stress. The body does not differentiate between life-threatening stresses, such as being chased by a bear, and our current stresses, such as job stress, relationship difficulties, or money worries. It is important that we learn mechanisms to release stress buildup and improve our abilities to cope with stress.

Research in a field of study known as psychoneuroimmunology found that every part of our immune system is linked to the brain. Researchers discovered that every thought, experience, and emotion sends messages to the immune system, either strengthening or impairing its functioning.

Emotional boosters that  boost the immune system:

  • happiness
  • optimism
  • joy

Pessimism and depression are linked to an increased risk of disease. Emotional or mental stress impairs the function of the digestive system, as well. That is why it is best not to eat when you are upset. Avoid eating while you are very stressed.

Research has proven that stress affects our hormones, which can be damaging to our health over the long term. Research also suggests that emotions can become stored at the cellular level. This could be part of the reason why we can become stuck in the traumas we endure. Other studies demonstrate that stress can cause blockages in our energy systems. All of these leads to a need for emotional detoxification.

When all is said and done, stress is really a figment of our imaginations. Life is only as stressful as we choose to let it be.

What to do for Emotional Detoxification?

Skipping or Dancing During Cardio ExerciseShift your view to be one that is positive, and you’ll be amazed at the discoveries you make along the way. A positive outlook makes a tremendous difference and can help you to totally transform your existing life into the life of your dreams.

If you don’t like something in your life, have the courage to be honest with yourself. This is more difficult than it seems sometimes. We often delude ourselves into accepting aspects of our life so we will not have to put in the effort to make changes. Honesty is an integral part of remaking your life into the life you would like to have. Honesty to yourself and others plays a huge role in good emotional detoxification.

While there may be plenty of social conditioning that affects us, we are the only ones who can choose to accept thoughts and ideas as part of our reality. You are the only thinker of your thoughts. Those thoughts will create your reality. If you don’t like the reality your thoughts are creating, change your thoughts.

You become what you think and feel.

“The people who make significant life improvements are those who refuse to fall prey to self-pity.” – Unknown

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Breathing Technique for Emotional Detox

Breathing Technique for Emotional Detox

Qigong is an ancient breathing technique used for emotional detox. This emotional detox technique is a powerful ancient breathing exercise. It is found in ancient Chinese teachings called qigong (pronounced “chee-gung”).

Qigong will help improve your energy, increase your concentration, and release stress. Decreasing stress helps your body focus on existing toxins, instead of overburdening it with stress hormones.

Qigong for Emotional Detox
Qigong for Emotional Detox

Qigong Posture

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees slightly.
  • Let your arms fall limp at your sides. Lower your shoulders to relax any tension.
  • Tuck in your chin and pull your head back, keeping it in alignment with your spine.
  • Close your eyes, rest your tongue on the roof of your mouth, and take a deep breath through your nose, expanding your belly as you inhale. When you inhale, do not force the breath – just let it gradually become deeper and deeper.
  • With every inhalation, imagine energy from the earth rising up from the soles of your feet and up the front of your body, purifying your body as it moves.
  • Exhaling: With every exhalation through your nose, visualize the energy flowing down the back of your body, still purifying your  whole body as it traverses. Visualize the stale energy full of toxins returning to the earth to be purified. Breathe in fresh energy from the earth and continue as before for at least 5 minutes.

Woman Practicing Qigong
Perform this simple breathing exercise throughout your day whenever you need energy, or to relax, or just to feel greater peace in your life. It may all sound a bit unusual – or even odd to some – but if you give it a try, you may be very surprised! It’s truly a very helpful breathing exercise for many people under a lot of stress. Today, that’s most of us!

There are many forms of qigong that include diverse postures and movements. This simple exercise is a good point of departure should you wish to delve further into this ancient practice.

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Plastics in Food? Yuck.

Plastics in Food? Yuck.

Plastics are the most widely used packaging material in North America.

You know those plastic wraps and plastic containers we use to wrap and store our food? Well, unfortunately they contain toxins that often find their way into our food. Evidence now tells us that chemicals used in making and treating plastics we wrap and bottle our foods in could be carcinogenic, hormone altering and possibly, for some, a cause of allergic reactions. Allergic reactions can range from skin irritation to breathing problems.

Plastics in Food? Yuck.
Plastics in Food? Yuck.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are closely watch these items for some of these chemicals. In animal studies, results demonstrate plasticizers are harmful to pregnant mice and the babies. However, there are no conclusive long-term studies on the effects of plastics in food on humans.

The plastics in foods are plasticizers, which soften hard plastic. PVC (polyvinyl chloride), is one. It is a hard plastic. Plus there are others. One plasticizer, bisphenol-A (BPA), linked to genetic abnormalities in mice. Exposure created hormonal imbalances which resulted in spontaneous abortion in female mice and decreased sperm counts in males.

Since evidence of damage to humans is still under scrutiny, it doesn’t hurt to practice caution with your plastic usage. For example, plastics in food are degraded a plastics. The more degraded, the higher the chance it will make its way into our foods. Degrading occurs when plastic is exposed to high heat or harsh soaps or is used repeatedly. In other words, don’t wash and re-use.

Plastic in Foods: Pointers

Be wary of:

  • Vinyl or PVC.
  • Polystyrene (PS).
  • Polycarbonate (PC).

These plastics are most frequently found in cling wraps, bottles that store cooking oils and some water bottles. Plastic cups and bowls and opaque plastic cutlery contain polystyrene. Polycarbonate is found in clear plastic baby bottles, 5-gallon water jugs, clear plastic “sippy” cups for babies and clear plastic cutlery.

There may also be unknown plastic ingredients in all of the above products.

Some experts who believe plastic contain toxins say “beware“, because all studies that tell us plastics are perfectly safe have been conveniently conducted by the plastic industry, thereby skewed. Is this true? We hope not, but the sad truth is, deception is happening in just about every industry imaginable these days.

Suggestions

  • Use your plastics with care and don’t re-use any of them.
  • Don’t believe every “study” that comes out – one could cause you to panic while one will mislead you into a false sense of security. Trust your own instincts, logic and reason.
  • Alleviate concern and use glass containers for food storage.

See also: Eye on Home Food Safety

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Tackling Toxins Household and Hygiene

Tackling Toxins: Household and Hygiene

It is important to reduce the toxins you eat, drink, inhale, or absorb by tackling the toxins in your foods and beverages. It is also important in your home. Cleaning products contain toxins you apply on furnishings. Personal hygiene products and cosmetics also can contain toxins. How to keep up with it all? We’ll try to help.

Cleaning Products

Cleaning products are one of the most common ways we expose our bodies to toxins. They are in the air we breathe attack us through skin contact. Changing your household cleaning products is one of the simplest ways to decrease your exposure to harmful toxins immediately.

Choose “clean” cleaning and personal-care products. “Clean” refers to products that contain no synthetic chemicals or unnatural ingredients. Basically, all you need to is start purchasing natural brands of cleaning products, which can be found in most health food stores and some grocers. If your grocery store carries them, they will most likely be found in the natural foods section of the store, not with the other cleaning products.

Brand Name Natural Cleaning Products

Tackling Toxins with a Natural Cleaning Product
Tackling Toxins with a Natural Cleaning Product

Here is a list of some of the more known and popular natural cleaning products. These kill bacteria without exposing you or your loved ones to toxins. You’ll be tackling toxins in your home in no time if you use these products.

  • Seventh Generation.
  • Nature Clean.
  • Orange TKO.
  • Citrisolve.

These products are available in most health food stores and many grocery stores. If you prefer, you can make your own cleaning products out of white vinegar, baking soda and club soda. Baking soda works as a scouring powder, polish and cleaner. It absorbs odors and is a fungicide.

For more antifungal and antibacterial properties, use aromatherapy oils such as citrus and tea tree. These also make great deodorizers for your home. Air fresheners and potpourri mixes are loaded with toxic chemicals. If you have a potpourri burner, burn natural oils in it, instead of potpourri. Always freshen the air with pure essential oils.

Vinegar will remove calcium deposits and lemon juice removes ink stains on clothing.

Personal Hygiene Products

Many personal hygiene products contain harsh, synthetic ingredients. They prevent your skin from eliminating toxins. Furthermore, when you slather on creams, oils, lotions, cosmetics or other personal care products you can clog up your skin. The skin is one means our body uses to release toxins. When you clog it up, you prevent this natural process from taking place. In fact, you could increase the absorption of toxins!

Now we all have to wash, but we can do so with unscented, gentle soap and natural hair, cosmetics, and body-care products.

For perfumes and colognes, choose a natural, high-quality product made with pure essential oils. Avoid deodorants that contain aluminum. It is a heavy metal that has been linked with central nervous system disorders and other illnesses. Make sure the natural one you select say aluminum-free.

Become aware of the cleaning, beauty, and hygiene products you use on a regular basis. This will prevent the addition of new toxins to your body.

On our sister site, Belly Bytes, we have a wonderful herb section. Check out the Herbal House Cleaning suggestions. Find something you would like to try and get started tackling toxins at your home.

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What Does Detox Do?
Doing the Detox
Tackling Toxins

Tackling Toxins

Tackling Toxins

In harmony with mother nature, your body strives to restore health every millisecond you are alive; however, this can happen only when the specific needs of the body are met. When these needs are not met, unpleasant symptoms can develop, some a nuisance, others very serious. Toxins build up, stress takes its toll and signs of aging become more pronounced.

Toxins also challenge the continual restoration process, making your body work a bit harder to achieve its goals. When its over-taxed, we become fatigued, stressed, or worst of all, ill. It all begins with various symptoms.

Symptoms are signals from your body that something is wrong and ignoring them can be risky. The human body needs many elements on a regular basis to thrive and be as healthy as possible. Those needs include:
Mr Happy

  • Enzymes
  • Oxygen
  • Clean water
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Proper pH balance
  • Healthy digestion & elimination
  • Healthy emotions
  • Love
  • Sense of purpose

Looking at that list, do you really think being angered by and condemning that smoker down the street – who, by the way, is just another human being like yourself, just as in need of human elements as you are – is a healthful and positive approach in life or, do you get back to reality and attempt to understand the vast multitude of factors in EVERY ONE’S daily life that expose us to toxins?

The choice is yours, but make that choice with the knowledge that the one thing anyone can do is strive for better overall fitness. Exercise helps – any kind at any duration you are comfortable with. Practicing positive thoughts and kindness and understanding toward others is a tremendous boost both psychologically and physically. Attempts to avoid toxins or embark upon a detoxification program can help tremendously.

We’ve all accumulated many years of toxins – just by be being alive. Vilifying that smoker isn’t going to do a darned thing to help you or anyone else. You most likely need some detoxification in your own life just as much as that person probably does. In fact, the act of getting angry in itself sets off a negative reaction that is toxic to your body.

Example: You just walked in your door, angered from seeing a cluster of people smoking cigarettes outside your workplace.  You coughed and waved your hand so they would KNOW THEY ANGERED YOU! You’ve just started a toxic effect in your own body with your anger. Then you go start a load of laundry with chemical laden laundry soap. Next, you head into the bathroom and use chemically laden bathroom cleaner to clean the tub, sink and toilet. Then, pressed for time, you run to the nearest fast food joint for supper, loading yourself up with preservatives, processed foods and bad fats.

  • You exposed yourself and every family member to chemicals in laundry products.
  • You exposed every person that enters your home to the chemicals in your cleaning products.
  • You exposed yourself and your family to preservatives, bad fats, etc.

Are you REALLY any better?

Detoxing Daily Toxins

There is a myriad of little things you can do to reduce exposure to toxins. But there are also many toxins none of us can avoid. Many in the very air we breathe daily. This is why assisting the body in ridding itself of toxins has become so popular. We’re on overload and in many ways at no fault (or control) of our own.

In the beginning of any kind of detox attempt your body goes through a process of eliminating the toxins, whereby it has to “dump” them into your bloodstream in order to find the most suitable “exit”. This “exit” could be the liver, kidneys, skin or other detox mechanism in your body. In some, this can cause uncomfortable symptoms. If you develop some unpleasant symptoms from detox, take comfort that they are temporary. Minor discomfort can include symptoms such as fatigue and/or mild headache. Overall, most people don’t experience any negative symptoms.

We’re not talking about any long, drawn out detox program here; frankly, we don’t believe in those. What we’re talking about here is everyday changes you can make in every day things you do and/or consume that will reduce your body’s exposure to toxins that will, hopefully, become permanent changes in your life.

The use of natural products for body care and cleansing, along with the consumption of more natural foods with limited preparation is highly recommended.  Whatever choice – or choices – you make, do so with the fact in mind that this is one of the most natural, healthful ways to overall physical fitness. Getting angry with everything and everyone you don’t like only adds to toxic misery.

The best health care starts with and within you.

See also:

What Does Detox Do?
Doing the Detox