Cleansing Juice Recipes for Blood, Liver and Toxins
Dandelion 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.Â These symptoms will pass as your body becomes cleansed.
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.
6 large carrots (remove tops)
1 apple, cored
1 1-inch piece of ginger
Directions: Pass all ingredients through a juicer. Drink immediately.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
The human body is created with a wisdom that is difficult to grasp; that being that it miraculously is able to heal itself from injuries, illness, and trauma.
When toxins build up in our bodies, under normal, healthy circumstances the body can usually repair and restore. However, when overburdened with toxins, we can develop any number of unpleasant symptoms that leave us feeling tired, achy, heavy and out of shape.
Most Common Symptoms of Toxicity
Tired in the morning even after a good night’s sleep.
Feeling exhausted doing everyday things.
Confused, agitated, nervous, anxious or sad.
Anger or irritability, mood swings.
Lapses in memory.
Difficulty in making decisions.
Sensitivity to noise.
Dark circles or bags below eyes.
Swollen or inflamed eyelids.
Sensitivity to light.
Intense cravings for “junk” foods.
Coating on tongue.
Acne, bruising, blemishes.
Eczema or psoriasis.
Diarrhea or “pasty” stools.
Belching or gas, especially after eating.
Foul-smelling bowel movements.
Bloating or abdominal discomfort.
Heartburn or indigestion.
Water retention or bloating.
Headaches or migraines.
Of course, if temporary or short-lived, chances are many of the above symptoms are merely caused by stressful times in your life, etc. However, if they are problematic and don’t go away, toxins could be part of the problem. Consider your eating habits and be honest with yourself.
Are you eating too much junk food? Refined carbohydrates such as donuts, cake? Too many fried foods lately?
If you’re feeling out of sorts, there is a chance you’ve overly exposed your body to toxins and your cells just need time and opportunity to be properly rebuilt.
Remember, the human body truly is incredible. It is created to heal. Trillions of cells work at sonic speeds removing barriers to health, overcoming infections, and healing whatever is affecting your body. The human body is always working to heal itself. It will fight the symptoms of toxicity.
In fact, when given the chance, the human body will work hard to overcome even the most serious ailments and trauma.
Trust the healing intelligence your body was born with – and treat it well so it takes good care of you.