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.

 

Why Am I So Tired?

One of the many reasons people reach out to me is that they are feeling low on energy. It’s very challenging to keep up with our busy lifestyles when we are feeling sluggish and unmotivated. I have put together ten simple tips to help you boost your energy naturally. Making small changes over time can lead to big results!

  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine.
  • The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar ups and downs, making mood swings more frequent.
  • Drink water.
  • Most Americans are chronically dehydrated. Before you go to sugar or caffeine, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see what happens.
  • Caution: Soft drinks are now America’s number one source of added sugar.
  • Eat dark leafy green vegetables.
  • Green is associated with spring, the time of renewal and refreshing, and vital energy.
  • Greens are full of vitamins and nutrients and great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood, and strengthening the immune system.
  • Broccoli, collards, bok choy, kale, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, arugula, and dandelion greens are some of the many greens to choose from.
  • Use gentle sweets.
  • Avoid sugar and chemical artificial sweeteners.
  • Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, and stevia.
  • Eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots, and beets.
  • Get physical activity.
  • Start with simple activities, like walking or yoga – start with 10 minutes a day and increase.
  • Get more sleep and rest and relaxation.
  • When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy.
  • These cravings are often a result of being sleep-deprived, going to bed late, and waking up early for months and years on end.
  • Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat.
  • Eating too much meat, dairy, chicken, and eggs can lead to low energy. So can eating too little! Experiment. Respect your body’s individuality.
  • Take time for yourself.
  • Find activities that restore your energy, such as a walk, a bath, a museum, a movie, or whatever you enjoy and schedule a weekly date with yourself to do these things!
  • Get in touch with your spirituality.
  • We are spiritual beings in a physical world.
  • Find ways to get in touch with your spiritual side, be it meditating, dancing, drawing, going to church or temple, or being in nature.
  • Get rid of relationships that drain you.
  • People can drain you of your energy. It doesn’t mean that they are bad, but it is good to notice who drains you and why.
  • See if you can transform those relationships by communicating and setting boundaries or end the relationship.

Treat your body, mind and soul right, listen to your body’s cues and you will see a big difference in your energy levels!

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.

Could It Be Adrenal Fatigue?

Daily living causes much stress, which is not easy on the adrenal glands. Because of the high-stress society we live in, many of us are unknowingly suffering from adrenal fatigue. As we approach the holiday season, stress increases significantly for many of us.

The adrenal glands (also known as suprarenal glands) are the triangle-shaped endocrine glands that sit atop the kidneys. They are chiefly responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of corticosteroids and catecholamine, including cortisol and adrenaline.

When the adrenals are tired, the body may experience a number of different symptoms.

The most common symptoms caused by tired or worn-out adrenal glands are:

  • Excessive sweating or perspiration from little activity
  • Excessive sweating or perspiration from little activity
  • Lower back pain and/or knee weakness or pain, especially on the side
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle twitches
  • Low blood sugar
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sensitivity to light, or difficulty seeing at night
  • Cravings for salt
  • Low stamina for stress, and easily irritated
  • Excessive mood responses after eating carbohydrates such as pasta, breads and sugar
  • Chronic infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Light-headedness upon standing up
  • Tired but wired feeling, poor sleep
  • Cravings for sweets and carbs, intolerance to alcohol
  • Premature aging
  • Dry, unhealthy skin with excess pigmentation
  • Lack of libido
  • Cystic breasts
  • Tendency to startle easily
  • Negative response to thyroid hormone

If you suspect you might have tired adrenals, address it right away. Adrenal glands are extremely important to a healthy immune system. They are necessary for proper thyroid function.

Natural Ways to Support Your Adrenals

  • Get some sleep. You must rest if you are going to help your adrenals get stronger. That means going to bed every night by 10 p.m. Make this a priority and stick with it. Your adrenals need their beauty sleep!
  • Eliminate sugar and processed carbs. Sugar and simple carbs (junk!) put stress on the adrenals. Adrenal glands help to regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Eat clean animal protein foods, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, beans and grains.
  • Quit the coffee habit and drink plenty of fresh filtered water every day.

“What is Adrenal Fatigue?” www.adrenalfatigue.org

“Are You Tired and Wired?: Your Proven 30 Day Plan for Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue and Feeling Fantastic Again.” Marcelle Pick. 2011

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.

Yoga For Tired/Achy Feet

Many of us spend a lot of our day on our feet. Often in shoes that are not as supportive as they should be. At the end of the day, we find ourselves with tired, achy feet. I came across some great yoga poses that help relieve tired/achy feet and give your lower body a great stretch. These are the perfect way to end the day and give your feet some much needed TLC!

Downward Dog

Downward dog works wonders for stretching out the back of our body. This pose stretches our hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendons. Once you are comfortably in the pose, try alternating heel raises and bicycling your feet to get some movement into the pose. Be sure to press down firmly into the foot on the floor to increase the stretch in the back of that leg. If your heels don’t yet touch the ground, place a rolled up blanket or yoga mat under the heels for modification.

Tree Pose

Tree pose is great for improving balance and strengthening feet. For added stretching, try doing this pose on top of a yoga block. Standing on a block in tree pose will destabilize the standing foot and help to build strength in the foot.

Hero’s Pose

With proper alignment, this pose stretches the tops of the feet and ankles, helping to counteract the damage of daily activities such as walking, running, or bicycling. It also encourages strong, properly developed arches in the feet; lengthens the quadriceps; and broadens the sacrum area, which is often congested from long days spent sitting in a chair.

Bound Angle Pose

With your feet placed together and in your view, you’ll really be able to see if you have flat feet or high arches that need to be stretched. You can place a tennis ball between your feet to gently roll back and forth while helping to stretch fascia.

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