Easy Ways to Detox Everyday

Detoxing your body is the best way to feel and look healthier, loose weight and have glowing skin and hair! A detox program can help the body's natural cleaning process by resting the organs through fasting, stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body, promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin, improving circulation of the blood and refueling the body with healthy nutrients.  Detoxing also helps your skin clear up, enhances skin tone and clarity, improves digestion, balances hormones and gives you more energy.

The first thing you want to do is cut back on toxins. That means minimizing and eventually eliminating alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process.  Also, it's a good idea to minimize chemical laden household cleaners and personal health care products like (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpaste), and substitute with safer, natural alternatives.

"The body has its own natural healing system," says Peter Bennett, N.D., medical director of Helios Clinic in Victoria, B.C., and co-author with Stephen Barrie, N.D. and Sara Faye, of 7-Day Detox Miracle (Prima Health). "Detoxification enhances this system," he explains. Basically, detoxification means cleaning the blood.  It does this mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren't properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected.

Here are some easy ways you can detoxify your body everyday.

Start the day with a glass of spring water and the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon
This helps flush out the toxins and alkalizes the body.  You can also add a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of spring water.  Hippocrates treated his patients with apple cider vinegar. He found it was a powerful cleansing and healing elixir, a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria, for a healthier, stronger, and longer life.  Don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day to continue flushing out the toxins.  Aim for 2 liters per day.

Drink a fresh green juice daily
Include greens such as kale, spinach and cilantro.  These are nature's superfoods that pull the heavy metals and toxins out of your system so your body can begin to heal and reset itself.  When this happens, all the healing of the body begins and weight loss is effortless.  An easy juice drink is one cup of water, two cups romaine lettuce or kale, a pinch of cilantro, half a lemon, and three cups of fruit of your choice which can include an apple, , pear, banana or strawberries.  Just add any fruit you like.  Try the Glowing Green Smoothie by Kimberly Synder.

Eliminate toxic oils from your diet
Toxic oils can include vegetable oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, cotton seed oil and canola oil. Substitute with good oils with healthy fats and omega 3s for brain function and health, such as extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, hemp oil and flaxseed oil.

Drink green tea and herbal teas such as dandelion, nettles etc.
These teas help the body detoxify and clear out toxins.

Eat more raw fruits, herbs and vegetables
Fruit, vegetables and herbs contain enzymes that aid digestion and improve nutrient absorption.

Minimize or eliminate white sugar intake
Also avoid substitutes that contain toxic artificial sweeteners, and opt for natural versions such as sweet leaf raw stevia, organic raw honey, raw organic coconut sugar, organic molasses, or organic maple syrup.

Minimize or eliminate white flour and white breads
White flour is like adding glue in the body, and it overworks the digestive system. It can cause digestive disorders, and it can make it difficult to have normal bowel movements.  Keep in mind bread is a refined carbohydrate and converts to all sugar in the body.  So even healthier breads should be eaten at a minimum.  You can substitute white flour for other flours such as organic spelt flour, kamut flour, quinoa flour, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour or cornmeal.  Switch from white bread to organic whole grain bread.

Take probiotics
Probiotics are more helpful then you may realize. They clear all the bad bacteria out of the cells and the body.  Their little miracle workers because they leave the good bacteria and get rid of the bad. These bad bacteria can lead to a lifetime of health problems including weight gain, intestinal issues and the list goes on.  Look for the purest form of probiotics which would be in a liquid or powder form.

Breath, walk, smile, laugh, be happy and remove toxic people out of your life
This is my favorite advice.  Find the positive in every day and move your body. This will all help to reduce stress and the stress chemicals in your body. Walk or exercise as much as possible, hopefully everyday.  Sometimes it's hard to get started but you'll feel better once you do.  Grab a friend to walk or exercise with you or take the kids.  Either way, get out there and do it.  You'll be glad you did.

For more on detoxification, check out best selling author Kimberly Snyder's "The Beauty Detox Solution".


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Skinny & Co. Raw Coconut Oil Review

I'm a huge fan of coconut oil and I've written a few articles discussing the beauty and health benefits here on the blog.  I personally love it and added it to my daily beauty and health routine years ago once I found out how amazing it is.  So when Skinny & Co. Coconut oil  asked me to review their raw coconut oil I couldn't wait to try it.

You may have not heard of Skinny & Co. yet, but their growing, and fast!  Skinny Coconut oil is an all-natural, pesticide-free, and 100% pure, made in small batches to ensure the highest quality standards.  They also promote fair trade with their suppliers and use ethical business practices within their community.

Due to the high quality coconut oil, Skinny & Co. provides the ultimate health and beauty benefits because it's in the rawest form and the highest quality on the market.  Unlike most coconut oils available on the market, Skinny Coconut oil is never heated above room temperature and goes through a slow manufacturing process to ensure their quality remains the best on the market. This process Skinny Coconut oil takes about three times longer as other processes used and requires about double the coconuts needed to fill their 16.9 oz jars.  

Skinny Coconut oil comes from mature pesticide-free coconuts from the jungles of Vietnam.  They are one of the only coconut oil companies who harvest their coconuts from a wild untouched environment instead of a plantation.  In an area known as Ben Tre, the palm trees and coconuts grown here have been awarded the “Tree of Life” award by the Asia-Pacific Coconut Community recognizing the pristine environment and superior quality of Ben Tre coconuts.  Their coconuts are processed in the same jungle within 5 hours of being picked, which makes our coconut oil extra virgin.  Now what other coconut oil company can say that?

  
Unlike most coconut oils that have a rough texture, cracks within the jar, bleached white color, and an overpowering smell, Skinny Coconut oil has a light fragrance, a smooth texture, and a creamy white color just like the meat within the mature coconuts they use.  Their coconut oil has a very neutral taste so I could eat it right out of the spoon.  What I do to get my daily coconut oil is put it in the refrigerator and then spoon it out.  I'm not a huge fan of the coconut oil taste so I prefer it cold.  Click here to get more ideas on how to incorporate coconut oil in your daily routine.

Coconut oil is Here are some of the beauty and health Benefits of using Skinny Coconut oil:

Metabolism
Due to its high concentration of MCFAs, Skinny speeds up metabolism. Because they are so easily digested, MCFAs are immediately converted to energy, helping maintain a healthy weight. When looking at cultures that eat a coconut-rich diet, we find they are lean and obesity is rare. Even using coconut oil instead of unsaturated oils, such as corn, soy, bean, and canola can help aid in weight loss.

Brain Clarity
Coconut oil provides an alternative fuel to glucose for the brain. This fuel, known as ketones, encourages the healthy execution of important cerebral tasks. Ketones are highly neuro-protective, which leads to improved memory, cognition and attention. Ketones may also help curb cognitive decline in old age.

Heart Health 
Containing greater than 50% lauric acid, Skinny promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. The healthy saturated fat content has shown to protect heart cells, improve the function of the thyroid and help normalize cholesterol levels.

Immune System
Skinny is the earth’s richest source of a special fat called lauric acid. Also found in a mother’s milk, lauric acid helps form the immune system and protects the health of newborns. Replacing processed vegetable oils with MCFA-rich coconut oil promotes lifelong healthy immune function. This nutritious MCFA is found in infant formulas, tube feedings, and is commonly used by physicians to help patients obtain optimal health.

Blood Sugar
MCFAs in Skinny help maintain healthy insulin and blood sugar levels. Processed quickly by the liver, Skinny provides natural, long lasting energy and is much more effective than sugars, grains, and carbohydrates.

Moisturizer
Coconut oil is a fantastic face and body moisturizer.  Just apply as you would a lotion or facial moisturizer.  To moisturize your face, apply just a smudge the size of a grain of rice or smaller.  To moisturize the body, apply liberally anywhere you need moisture.  Coconut is high in essential fatty acids which you can only get from an outside source and give your skin an amazing glow :)

Hair Serum
Coconut oil makes the BEST hair serum.  For hair, you only need the smallest amount.  It will seal the cuticle and add amazing shine instantly.  Coconut oil is potent so you only need the smallest amount.  It will seal the cuticle and add amazing elasticity and shine instantly.  You can also use as a pre-conditioning treatment and shampoo out.

So get your Skinny Coconut oil today and reap the benefits of glowing skin, hair, weight loss and amazing health!  You can learn more and order via their website at: www.skinnyandcompany.com, and Amazon.com.  You can also connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.


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Five Amazing Liquid Antioxidants for a Healthy Life

Antioxidants are important for our bodies because they stop free radicals and prevent accelerated aging. The major sources of free radicals include: X-rays, pesticides and herbicides from non organic foods,  food processing chemicals, environmental contaminants, UV rays, cigarette smoke, alcohol consumption, etc. Unstable molecules in free radicals seek to become stable by attacking our bodies’ DNA and destroying cells.

The result includes health risks like cancers and degenerative diseases. To counter all the pollutants in the air, it is simply not enough to eat a balanced diet full of antioxidants. For a healthy life we need antioxidants. Antioxidants in capsule form are also effective but should you have a problem swallowing capsules, liquid antioxidants are the best next solution.  Antioxidants fight inflammation and oxidation, the two factors that cause diseases and aging. The best antioxidants should make you look more beautiful and protect you from diseases. Try these five amazing liquid antioxidants to help prevent disease and aging.

Krill oil
This is water based krill oil which has an orange taste. Unlike liquid fish oils it can dissolve in water and has no fishy taste. It can be blended with fruit juices or vitamin waters. Apart from being a source of omega three krill oil has a very powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin. Being a fat soluble supplement It Is easily absorbed with krill oil.  Its antioxidant potency is 6000 times stronger than vitamin C and 550 times stronger than vitamin E. As a carotenoid, it has anti- inflammatory benefits as well as protecting your skin from UV radiation.

Natural astaxanthin is the most potent antioxidant because it stays active eve after releasing its free electrons. Unlike most antioxidants which are depleted after transferring their free electrons.  Try Viva Labs 100% Pure Cold Pressed Antartica Krill oil.  Viva Labs Krill Oil is harvested from the fresh and toxin-free waters of the Antarctic, we can guarantee that our krill oil is free of metals, toxins and other contaminants. Moreover, our manufacturing facilities are FDA-approved and adhere to strict GMP standards.

GNLD’s Tre’
While other liquid antioxidants are just expensive fruit juices, Tre’ is a super juice with a lot of nutritional benefits. Its proprietary blend of dark berries such as bilberry, cranberry, blackcurrants, blue berry and elder berry, help the body to fight oxidation and inflammation. It also contains a mixture of Acai berry and green tea. This great tasting combination has 20mg of alpha-lipoid acid which is an equivalent of 5 cups of spinach. It helps the body fight disease and prevents aging.

Tea
Tea is the most popular beverage drunk around the world. Whether it’s taken black or green, they both contain almost the same amount of antioxidants. Flavonoids, the antioxidants found in tea, make tea a very healthy drink. Taking four cups of tea in a day, is rehydrating not dehydrating, unless they are all consumed in one sitting. Freshly brewed tea, which has steeped for four to five minutes produces the most amount of Flavonoids. Tea can impede absorption of iron it should therefore be taken between meals with lemon or milk.

Acai Berry oil 
Acai berries are high in antioxidants. They are therefore included in beauty products and cosmetics as Acai oil. Acai oils when processed and stored well retain its high anti oxidative properties. It is the safest topical oil used in anti-aging therapies.  Try Botanical Beauty Acai Berry oil for face body and hair.

Acia Berry oil is rich in essential fatty acids such as Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9. There are also many other vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, E, and C, minerals such as Phosphorus, Calcium, and Potassium, as well as polyphenols, anthocyanins, and phytosterols. Acai Berry oil helps to heal dry, chapped and cracked skin, balances the moisture in skin, and conditions hair well.

Liquid Dark chocolate 
Chocolate with a high cocoa content of 60 % has antioxidants that lower blood pressure. The darker the chocolate, the lower the sugar content.  Love the taste of chocolate?  Try Stevia Sweetleaf liquid dark chocolate drops.  You can add them to your coffee, tea, smoothies, yogurt,and more.  Add to cold or hot beverages.  Traditional chocolate is loaded with carbs, fat, & calories but stevia chocolate has 0!


Guest post by Daisy Rachel for EHIC Health Insurance.

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