body talk: easy detox

why should we detoxify?

From childhood onward we subject our bodies to substances which they are not designed to cope with. This is bad news for us all, especially our children. 

Hormones, steroids, antibiotics and pesticides are a few of the poisons appearing in our foods in the modern world of intensive farming. Organic foods might appear more costly, but what price can we put on our health?

City water supplies, using recycled water, can contain many different microscopic toxins that cannot be filtered out, from lead to deadly cryptosporidium, pesticides and poisonous algae, even hormones from millions of birth control pills and the dosing of animals to make them grow bigger and faster.

Bottled water is pure, but it is expensive. A good quality filter jug is a good solution, or better still, invest in a water filter with its own tap, that is fitted below your sink.

hormones and the dairy cow

We must remember that cows milk is designed to turn a small calf into almost a ton of beef in under a year. It is full of fatty acids and, if not organic, the animals’ diet is boosted with even more growth hormones. Most humans cannot properly digest the enzymes in milk beyond weaning, and it just get stored as fat.

There used to be strong links between lifestyle and diet from East to West – most notably that the traditional Chinese diet did not include dairy produce. Statistics published in the year 2000 showed that 1 in 10 women in the UK would develop breast cancer whereas the incidence in China was just 1 in 10,000. 

But today American and British women have a 1 in 7 chance of getting breast cancer, a hormone-dependant disease. And sadly, as American fast food restaurants gain popularity in the East, occurrences of breast and prostate cancer are increasing too.

Studies now show that cancer is much lower in developing countries than it is in “Westernised” countries. People in the so-called developing countries eat a low fat, high fibre diet that consists mostly of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Cancer is very rare where the diet consists of fresh food.

start off with “lucky 13”!

That means 8 glasses of water plus 5 portions of fruit and veg every day.

water – the free miracle liquid

Water is the most important nutrient for life! Without water, we will die in less than a week. With water, we get greater benefits from the nutrients we eat, better filtering of the toxins in our body (which must find their way out), fewer aches and pains, better sleeping patterns, fewer infections –  the list is endless.

If you do only one thing for your health, drink a minimum of eight glasses of water daily. The benefits of water could fill a book – and the health costs of not drinking enough water would fill another. Bottled water certainly tastes better than tap water but it is easy to install un under-sink filter nowadays. However, a good quality filter jug makes an inexpensive alternative that everyone can afford.

Drinking eight glasses of water a day may seem like a lot, but if you have a glass of water when you wake up, one before you go to bed, a glass ½ an hour before every meal and three others through the day, you have achieved your target without hardly trying. The water helps flush away toxins and the good news is that you’ll feel the benefits almost immediately.

On your “lucky 13” regime you will find your appetite adjusts so that you don’t need snacks between meals, and you’ll find your desire for sweet things will diminish, naturally. Being properly hydrated not only improves your skin but can boost energy levels, improve mental alertness and help avoid a host of ailments.

fruit -nature’s detox food

Eating at least five portions of fruit and/or vegetables daily will help boost your intake of antioxidant vitamins and “phytochemicals”. They help to combat the damaging effects of toxins, strengthen your immune system and give you more energy.

how big is a  portion?

Of course, a couple of lettuce leaves or a few slices of cucumber don’t count as a portion – but you may be surprised to learn that a portion is not as big as you might have imagined!

  • 1 small glass (150 ml) freshly squeezed fruit juice or
  • 1 slice melon, pineapple or
  • 1 apple, orange, peach, pear or
  • 2 kiwis, plums or apricots or
  • 1 cup berries, grapes or fruit salad or
  • 1 Tbsp dried fruits eg raisins or
  • 3 Tbsp cooked vegetables or
  • 3 Tbsp grated raw carrot, cabbage, beetroot etc or
  • 1 soup bowl heaped with salad leaves

The fruit and water regime will leave you feeling cleansed, energised and ready to face the days ahead with renewed enthusiasm and vitality.

If you are ill it will help you to recover your strength.

Don’t forget that Oxygen is essential to maintain an alkaline body, so plenty of fresh air is really important. Most people do not breathe deeply, so they lose the benefit of much of their lung capacity. Most indoor air is ten times more polluted than outdoor air, but most of us spend up to 90% of our time indoors. And need we mention the importance of non-smoking? You know it makes sense!

Whether we are ill or not , we can all benefit from this easy detox every now and then.

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