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1. Start the day with a glass of purified water and fresh organic lemon juice.
As mentioned in my blog about creating a nourishing morning this simple yet powerful step is so profound in creating a healthy and strong environment for the body. This helps flush toxins and alkalizes the body. Want to take your lemon water to the next level? Add a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar to the mix. Once noted as a healing elixir, ACV is a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that helps fight germs and bacteria. Continue drinking filtered/purified water throughout the day to keep the momentum of flushing toxins.
2. Drink organic green tea or organic herbal teas.
Choosing organic tea is a vital step towards reducing pesticide consumption. The tea industry is famous (and hush hush) about their high exposure to pesticide use. My preferred choices for detox tea is anything with dandelion, nettle, burdock root, ginger or neem.
3. Fresh pressed vegetable juice once/day.
My love for juicing continues. Include lots of greens like kale, celery and cilantro. My favorite juice of the moment is kale, celery, parsley, lemon, ginger, turmeric, apple and carrots. When you juice vegetables you breakdown the hard to digest fiber giving your digestive tract a break. Additionally the liquid that you’ve just created is full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are easily absorbed into the blood stream giving you a boost of the purest energy mother nature has.
Coming up on the blog soon – I explain the importance of seasonal eating, the same goes for the ingredients in my juices.
4. Eliminate toxic oils from your diet.
Toxic oils can can include vegetable oil, peanut, safflower, sunflower, cotton seed and canola. Change it up and substitute with good oils such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil hemp oil and flax seed. Quick tip: use olive oil for low-medium heat vs. coconut oil and avocado oil for medium-high heat.
5. Eat more raw fruits, herbs and vegetables.
Raw fruits and veggies contain potent enzymes that help aid in digestion and increase nutrient absorption. They are an excellent source of insoluble fiber which helps build bulk in your stool and eliminate built up toxins in the colon. Herb act as powerhouses in so many ways, they are: cleansing, antiseptic, aid in digestion, packed of minerals and contain anti-inflammatory properties. Juice your herbs, sprinkle on salad, add it to a power bowl or roll it up in your wrap!
6. Eliminate white sugar intake.
Alongside eliminating this deadly ingredient, avoid substitutes that contain artificial sweeteners and opt for natural versions such as local honey, coconut sugar, date sugar or molasses.
7. Take a probiotic supplment.
Probiotics are my number 1 recommendation for a healthy gut environment, which is essential for your entire immune system. They also kill harmful bacteria and yeasts and help to heal the lining of the intestines, our home of nutrient and water absorption.
You can also eat foods that contain live cultures, such as sauerkraut, Kim Chi, Kombucha, Greek yogurt or kefir.
8. Reduce consumption or eliminate white flour and white breads.
White flour is like adding glue into the body, and overworks/stresses out the digestive tract. It causes digestive disorders and can make it difficult to have normal bowel movements.
Look for flours such as spelt, kamut, quinoa, brown rice or buckwheat. Switch from white bread to whole grain, sourdough or rye.
9. Eat more beans and legumes and less meat, poultry and fish.
Legumes are a great source of protein and the fiber in the beans helps keeps the bowels eliminating swimmingly ?
10. Breath deeply, practice yoga, laugh out loud, smile extra big, be happy and remove toxic people from your life.
Find the positive and beauty in every day and listen to your body. Move your body for at least 30 minutes a day. All this will help reduce stress and the harmful chemicals in your body.
“Some nights you will feel like there are a thousand galaxies exploding in every inch of you and you are burning too bright to ever be directly looked at.
And some nights you will feel infinitely small, like your whole body could slip through the spaces in between atoms and never reappear in this world again.
And some nights you will feel like each cell in your body is made of the strength that holds the whole planet together, and that is okay, because you are made of stardust and tiny atoms and breakable bones and the building blocks of everything in the universe, and you are too alive to never feel anything more than human.”
Wednesday Wellness wisdom from Meghan Trompetter, Nutritionist & Guide for Breathe in Life