Foods To Help Your Body Detox

The holidays are here, which means indulgence for many. Parties, socializing, celebrations…they all add up. There are some every day foods you can start incorporating into your diet to help your body get some detox during this busy time. Of course, being sure to drink enough water and get enough sleep is also crucial to feeling your best! I know it’s tempting but staying up all night playing around on your phone is not doing your body any favors! Try adding these foods into your diet as much as possible this holiday season.

Asparagus: Great for the liver, spleen and pancreas. Our livers take a beating with all the holiday celebrations, so asparagus is a great way to help off-set that a bit. Asparagus also has natural pain relieving properties, helping to reduce inflammation in the body.

Berries: Berries are high in anti-oxidants and vitamin C. They are a great way to help your body process toxins and heal itself. Berries are a great way to get the health benefits of fruit with lower sugar content.

Cucumbers: Cucumbers support the adrenal glands, which often take on a lot of stress during the bust holiday season. They also help to strengthen the kidneys while flushing toxins out of the body. My kids especially love baby cucumbers, they make a great snack and are an easy way to add veggies to a lunch!

Garlic: Garlic has natural anti-viral and antibacterial properties that help defend the body and boost immunity and healing. Garlic is also know for killing off strep bacteria, which can run rampant in the colder winter months. Garlic helps to flush toxic viral and bacterial overload out of the lymphatic system.

Lemons & Limes: Lemons & limes help to improve digestion and cleanse the liver. They also help to balance sodium levels and electrolytes. Adding lemon or lime juice to warm water first thing in the morning can help to get your digestion properly moving. This is a great way to combat constipation.

Exercise and sweat is also a great way to help your body naturally release toxins. So be sure to get up and move!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

 

Detoxing Through Your Feet

There’s nothing more relaxing for tired feet than a great foot soak at the end of the day. By adding some simple ingredients to your foot soak, you can increase the healing properties of your foot soak, and boost the overall health benefits.

Bentonite clay is well known for its ability to pull toxin out when it comes into contact with the body. Epsom salts are said to break down into magnesium and sulfate in the water, then your body absorbs the minerals through the skin, and then “draw out” toxins from the body. Lavender oil is well known for its soothing and calming properties.

My favorite add-ins include:

To set up a foot detox bath, start by getting a large tub or bowl. Mix 1/2 cup of epsom salts in to 6 quarts of hot water and let it dissolve. While waiting, mix 2 TBSP of bentonite clay with 1 TBSP of apple cider vinegar and apply to your feet. Leave it on until it dries (about 10-15 minutes). Add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil to the water and place your feet in the tub. Soak for about 15 minutes and you can use a pumice stone or natural bristle brush to help remove the clay and/or dead skin.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

 

Why You Need An Infrared Sauna In Your Life

I’ve recently been working a lot on detoxing myself, which I like to do every once in a while to make sure things keep running smoothly. I have always knows that steam rooms and saunas have great health benefits because they encourage you to sweat and release impurities. One of the hottest trends in health is the infrared sauna. It has some pretty great health benefits and leaves you feeling amazing! So what are some of the benefits, you may ask?

  1. Reduce stress: Part of what makes an infrared sauna relaxing is just the act of getting time to focus on yourself and your health. However, there are actual physical responses your body has to the heat that help to reduce stress. When your body enters the heat, cortisol levels rise, and when you step out of the sauna into the cool, they drop. Your body considers this new lower level the baseline, and helping you to feel relaxed.
  2. Heal sore muscles: Infrared heat penetrates the muscles, causing a flow of healing nutrients to the area and helping to release lactic acid and reduce soreness.
  3. Improve cardiovascular health: Studies have shown that sauna use can help to lower blood pressure. The high heat can cause the body’s reaction to mimic what happens during cardiovascular exercise, boosting heart health.
  4. Improved detox: Sweat is one of the body’s most important means of detoxification. A sauna is helpful is allowing the body to rapidly work up a sweat, and continue to do so with minimal effort required. It can be done daily to help boost detox passively.

Some trusted infrared saunas you can enjoy in the comfort of your home include:

Gizmo Supply Digital Far-Infrared (FIR) Heat Sauna Blanket

JNH Lifestyles 2 Person Far Infrared Sauna

JNH Lifestyles Joyous 3 Person Canadian Hemlock Wood

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Flat Tummy Detox Water

If you’ve been having a little too much fun this summer and are finding yourself bloated and sluggish, you need to show your liver some love! Too many fatty foods, too much alcohol and not enough water can leave the liver feeling overloaded. In addition to taking a break from the indulgence, this detox water is a great way to help de-bloat and flatten out that puffy summer belly. It’s easy to make, tastes good, and is a great way to keep yourself hydrated too.

Recipe:

  • 2 L of Water
  • 1 Orange, sliced
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 10 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Ice

Mix all ingredients, store in refrigerator and drink as needed. The longer it sits, the more flavor will diffuse into the water, so be sure to let it sit AT MINIMUM one hour before you drink it.

Health Benefits of Chlorella

Chlorella is a source of Chlorophyll, Protein, Iron, Magnesium, and amino acids, but it is primarily known as a detoxifying supplement. Its tiny size and unique properties make it able to bind to heavy metals and unwanted chemicals in the body.

A 1-ounce (3 tbsp) serving of chlorella contains:

  • Protein—16g
  • Vitamin A—287% RDA
  • Vitamin B2—71% RDA
  • Vitamin B3—33% RDA
  • Iron—202% RDA
  • Magnesium—22% RDA
  • Zinc—133% RDA

In addition, chlorella contains a good amount of vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and phosphorus. Chlorella is actually more nutrient dense per gram than other greens, including kale, spinach and broccoli. It has many amazing health benefits, but should not be taken if you have certain health conditions, including high levels of heavy metal exposure and thyroid/iodine processing issues.

  • Heavy Metal Detox: It is said that regularly consuming small amounts of chlorella can help heavy metals from accumulating in the body’s soft tissues and organs. Chlorella attaches itself to heavy metals and helps the body to remove them as waste. However, if you have been exposed to high levels of heavy metals, use caution, as taking chlorella may draw the metals out of your organs/tissues and simply cause them to recirculate in your system.
  • Weight Loss: It is said that chlorella helps regulate hormones, boosting metabolism, improving circulation, and promoting higher natural energy. It also helps to reduce weight and body fat by removing stored toxins. As we release stored toxins in our cells, we naturally lose weight as a result.
  • Lower Blood Glucose & Cholesterol Levels: According to Dr. Axe, “In a study published the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that doses of 8,000 mg of chlorella per day (divided into 2 doses), helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Researchers observed first a decline in cholesterol levels, and then the improvement in blood glucose. They believe that chlorella activates a number of genes at the cellular level that improve insulin sensitivity, encouraging a healthy balance.”
  • Immune Boost: WebMD lists that Chlorella is used to boost the immune system, to aid digestive problems, to increase good bacteria in the digestive system, and for ulcers. A double-blind placebo study found that regular use increases natural killer cell activity and early inflammatory response. The study reported: “These results may suggest a beneficial immunostimulatory effect of short-term Chlorella supplementation which enhances the NK cell activity and produces interferon-? and interleukin-12 as well as interleukin-1?, the Th-1 cell-induced cytokines in healthy people.”

As with any natural supplement, it is important to consider your personal health issues and discuss any potential risks with your physician, naturopath or other medical professional.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

 

Avoid Cold & Flu This Winter

‘Tis the season – cold & flu season. It seems the Northeast is getting hit very hard this year with all sorts of illnesses: flu, strep, stomach bug, you name it. As a certified health coach, I believe many illnesses commonly suffered can be avoided by making simple dietary changes and supplementing with natural immune support when needed. Rather than relying on pharmacies and prescriptions, I like to give my body the natural support it needs to fight off illness and feel its best. When your body is functioning optimally, it is much less likely to get sick, and if you do get sick, the duration will be much shorter.

Some of my all time favorite winter supplements include:

  • Organic Elderberry Syrup: A powerful antiviral that tastes great too! Perfect for fighting off the flu.
  • Garlic: Anti-microbial power that is great for boosting the immune system. It’s most powerful when eaten raw, so I like to chop it up and use in in dips like guacamole and hummus.
  • Young Living Thieves Essential Oil: An anti-microbial blend of essential oils that supports the immune system. I like to diffuse it to clear the air of germs, clean with it, apply it to the soles of my feet to prevent illness and it can also be taken internally as well.
  • Epsom Salt Bath: A relaxing way to pull toxins out of the body. I like to mix lavender essential oil to boost relaxation and reduce stress as well.
  • Probiotics: Replenishing your body’s “good” bacteria will help you to fight off the “bad” bacteria that cause illness. Improving the function of your gut is vital, as this is where the majority of your immune system dwells.
  • Alive Organic Vitamin C powder: Vitamin C can help reduce the duration and severity of colds. Unlike many chemically processed vitamins, this food-based supplement is easily assimilated and digested.

Of course, supplements are great to help support your body, but it is also essential that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet to keep your body feeling its best. Reducing or eliminating sugar is essential to good health. One of the reasons so many people get sick during the holidays is because of the high consumption of sugar, which compromises the immune system. I also like to suggest limiting or eliminating dairy products, as these are mucous producing, which is obviously not ideal during cold and flu season. You don’t have to live a life of total deprivation but making sure your diet and supplementation focuses on whole foods, with little processed “junk” food can really work wonders for your health! Here’s to a happy, healthy winter!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Liver & Kidney Detox Support

The holidays are almost officially upon us! ‘Tis the season for overindulgence. With all the high fat foods, sweets, alcohol and overeating in general, our livers are under a lot of stress this time of year.

One of my favorite ways to naturally support the liver & kidneys is by drinking Dandelion Root Tea. After an evening of overdoing it, a cup of this tea is just what the doctor ordered.

Some of the benefits of Dandelion Root Tea include:

  • Reduce the risk of UTI’s (urinary tract infections)
  • Purifies & detoxes bladder and kidneys
  • Reduce congestion of the liver
  • Improve digestion by helping break down fats, which supports weight loss
  • Purify blood, regulate blood sugar and improve circulation
  • Support healthy skin
  • Reduce bloating and aches and pains

One of my favorite brands of tea is traditional medicinals. It’s organic and doesn’t contain any added preservatives. So go – enjoy the holidays – just be sure to support your body in recovery and get yourself back on the path to wellness!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.