Cleanse Hugh | 12 Mar 2007
How can you do this detox thing without it being such a drama all the time – emotionally and physically? Get support! That can take the form of a wonderful massage, a walk on the beach with a friend. Says she….
Just had one of those irrational battles with a 5 year old that are so unwinnable. So decided to take some time out – & just dropped into Vitality4Life to take a moment in their Far Infrared sauna. What a treat! You don’t feel quite as though you are suffocating as you do in the normal saunas, its a gentler style, but they say that you sweat toxins out at a rate of 20% compared with 3% for a standard steam sauna….you can’t complain about that.
Plenty of water, a laugh and play with Kira and it is time to crash.
Cleanse Hugh | 11 Mar 2007
Here’s an article about the cleanse response when going through a detox program, or increasing raw foods in your diet or supplementation. Some people get alarmed by the cleanse response and stop their program – which means they never get through to the other side to the health benefits and increased energy you experience when you have been through a cleanse.
THE CLEANSING PROCESS -
HOW YOUR BODY MAKES USE OF IMPROVED NUTRITION
By Jerry Freeman, Certified Nutritional Consultant
When you begin to use nutritional supplements that support the
endocrine and immune systems and cell-to-cell communication, and
when you adjust your diet according to your individual metabolic
type, your body will begin to make positive changes.
For most people, these changes will be comfortable and benefits
will be noticeable from the start. Common effects include more
energy, greater well-being, reduced discomfort, relief from acute
and chronic problems, more mental clarity, improved performance,
etc. Because everyone’s body is unique in the way it uses
nutrients, the timing and nature of the changes that occur will be
different for different people.
Over time our bodies accumulate toxins-from pesticides and other
chemicals in processed foods, from impure air and water, from
medications, from poor digestion and elimination, etc. Whenever the
metabolism isn’t able to remove a toxic molecule, it must store it
in the body, typically in the liver or fatty tissues. Later, when
the metabolism is stronger because of better nutrition, exercise,
improved hormone balance, reduced stress, etc., it will start to
flush out the stored toxins.
This cleansing response is part of the body’s natural health
building process. For most people, this process presents no problem.
They notice only positive benefits or slight temporary discomfort
and then positive benefits predominate….
The initial cleansing response explains how this can happen.
For some people, however, the process of eliminating the stored
toxins is uncomfortable enough to warrant attention. These are
often the people who can gain the most from taking steps to rebuild
their health. It often happens that someone who feels worse after
starting a nutritional program eventually feels much better after
the initial cleansing reaction is completed.
Fatigue, headache,flu-like symptoms, skin reactions, mood changes,
changing sleep patterns, digestive reactions, aches and pains,
allergic symptoms, etc. may occur or increase during the cleansing
process. What type of reaction occurs depends on the unique body
chemistry and state of health of each individual. While most people
notice no reaction at all, some do experience one or more of those
listed-or some other reaction, according to their body’s own
WHAT TO DO
These suggestions are good for everyone, regardless of whether or
not you’re experiencing any discomfort.
Drink plenty of water (purified, if possible) every day. 1 litre
per 50 kg of body weight is a good rule of thumb. This helps flush
the toxins from the cells, and it helps the kidneys with their
natural cleansing function.
Include fibre-containing foods in your diet, especially fresh
vegetables and whole fresh fruits. You may choose to use a dietary
fibre product containing psyllium or other bulk-forming fibre
source. The fibre helps to absorb toxins and “sweep out” the
Try to eat mainly fresh, whole foods. Avoid processed foods,
refined foods and foods containing toxins and “anti-nutrients”
(sugars, caffeine, alcohol, artificial flavours and colours,
chemicals, etc.). This will reduce the work of processing unhealthy
foods, and it will increase the available nutrition for your body
to rebuild itself.
Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants. Allow
plenty of fresh air in your living and work places, avoid fumes
from strong-smelling products, reduce your exposure to cigarette
smoke, etc. Reducing your daily load makes it easier for your body
to get rid of old toxins.
Exercise. Pick an amount and type of exercise that’s appropriate
for your state of health (check with your doctor if you have any
doubts). For most people, walking at least 15 minutes a day is a
good way to start. Exercise increases circulation, respiration and
cellular metabolism. It helps the body burn off toxins and wastes
and/or pumps them out of the system.
Listen to your body and do whatever you need to do to stay within a
manageable comfort zone. You may find that a smaller helping of a
particular nutritional product is better for you, either
temporarily while there’s a strong cleansing response, or long-term
due to your individual body chemistry. You may even decide that a
particular supplement simply isn’t right for you.
If a cleansing reaction is too strong, you can reduce or even stop
taking the supplements for a few days until you feel better, and
then gradually build back up to a regular daily amount. (Some
people need to go very slowly, using very small amounts for a
while. These are often the people who eventually have the most
dramatic transformation in well-being if they follow through.) You
may need to repeat this cycle more than once.
If a symptom causes concern check with a health professional. Some symptoms may be unrelated to the body’s healing response, or the healing response itself may draw attention to an underlying problem.
That’s it for this week – to your good health!
Recipes Hugh | 11 Mar 2007
Came across this guide in our resources which was prepared by a local Naturopath in relation to detoxing and arthritis. Note this information does not replace the care of your doctor.
Basic Cleanse followed by allergy testing and predominantly raw-food diet. Minimize sweet and acid food, wheat products, gluten, milk, and cheese.
DIET: Basic Cleanse followed by allergy testing and predominantly raw-food diet. Minimize sweet and acid food, wheat products, gluten, milk, and cheese. If fingernails are soft take hydrochloric acid with meals, sodium bicarbonate 3 hours after hydrochloric acid. Use ground linseed, fish oils, cold-pressed peanut oil and olive oil. Avoid other commercial cooking oils, citrus fruit, foods of the nightshade family and processed food.
SUPPLEMENTS: Vitamin B6 (especially with problems of the hands) and nicotinamide in addition to multi-vitamins. 500 mg or more of magnesium, boron (as from 50 – 100 mg of borax or a small pinch), zinc, MSM, try copper salicylate for pain and inflammation, alternatively chelated copper or copper bracelet. Acidophilus, digestive enzymes, celery seeds, yucca. Most helpful: glucosamine, in addition mussel extract or liquid bovine cartilage or shark cartilage, also broth of fish heads.
ADDITIONAL THERAPY: Warm peanut oil rubs of affected joints, hot Epsom salts pack and hot Epsom salts bath, sweating, kerosene pack around affected joints, also other blistering agents. Dissolve MSM and glucosamine in a solution of copper salicylate and rub it into affected joints. Blue light therapy over painful areas, orange light on stiff, calcified joints. Deep muscle massage, remove dead teeth and amalgam fillings.
One of the things that is not noted here but is essential with any cleanse – is to drink plenty of pure, filtered water.
Juicing Hugh | 11 Mar 2007
Here’s a great article by Sara Schelle which outlines a juicing program for weightloss.
Juice Fasting: Clean Your Insides
A wise man once said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets.”
What a fit description of the seemingly endless battles that we fight to lose weight and to stay healthy and vital for as long as humanly possible!
Up and down, up and down, your metabolism bounces between walking pace and light speed; you have nightmares about celery sticks; you can work out the exact calorie count of every meal in 2.5 seconds; and the wheels on your exercise bike spontaneously combusted months ago.
In short, you wear yourself out and end up landing on a bottom that, despite all your best efforts, still looks like a pair of bowling balls.
Juice fasting is a great way to get off the dieting rollercoaster and see real results quickly. Safe and effective when carried out correctly, juice fasting benefits your entire being:
Your physical wellbeing increases as the body is rid of toxins and excess fat.
Your mind benefits because fasting creates a stillness that brings mental clarity and helps you to develop will power and to better control your senses.
As you lose weight and feel much better about yourself, self-esteem improves and sets you on the road to what could be a life changing experience, connecting you to your spirit and helping you to achieve balance in your life.
Juice Fasting and Weight Loss
A juice fast is a great way to shed some extra pounds, especially when you’re in a hurry. During the fast the body uses its own stored substances and, at the same time, detoxifies. A healthy combination of juices squeezed from fresh fruits and vegetables add vitamins, minerals and trace elements to the body.
Because your only source of nourishment during the fast is water and the juices that you drink, it’s imperative that the juices you drink contain the maximum possible amounts of enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients in the fresh produce.
Many of the juicers on the market process the fresh fruits and veggies in a way that destroys many of the nutrients in the food. The Oscar VitalMax juicer is an excellent tool for the job because it serves up living juices. The food is processed in such a way that it retains as many nutrients and essential enzymes as possible.
Juice fasting is a much better diet option than fad diets. Fad diets literally starve the body of nutrients. On the other hand, juice fasting provides the body with the nutrients it needs for vibrant health, helping to fix any chemical imbalances in the body – even those created by fad diets.
Juice Fasting and Detoxification
Juice fasting for detoxification is probably the most well-known usage of this particular type of fast. Juice fasting allows the organs of the body to rest, cleansing and revitalising them. The organs functioning is much better, which in turn aids in the digestion of food and production of energy for day to day life.
Juice fasting may also be helpful for the treatment and prevention of fluid retention.
Juice Fasting: How To
Before launching into a fast, it’s a good idea to begin preparing the body a week ahead. Cut out or reduce nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and wheat. Ideally the diet prior to fasting should consist mainly of fruits, vegetables and beans.
If you’ve never fasted before it might be a good idea to limit your first fast to three or four days. Sometimes abstaining from food entirely is a bit much, so it’s ok to eat fresh fruit or veggies if your stomach is complaining.
Now its time to get juicing! If you can’t make your own juices buy them from a health food shop – the fresher, the better. The Oscar Vital Max and Oscar Vital Max or the Hippocrates Twin Gear juicer by Green Power that even juices wheatgrass give yourself a power up and try a juice fast. Better than any fad diet, you can stop running yourself ragged. It’s a great way to remove toxins from the body, to lose weight, and to improve your health and wellbeing.
Look better, feel better ,be healthier than ever before!
Please note: It always safest to get the advice of a health care professional before making drastic changes to your diet, particularly if aren’t well to start with. Even natural juices can interfere with medication and you should consult your doctor before fasting.
Recipes Hugh | 11 Mar 2007
Crazy Carrot Juice
4 medium carrots
2 stalks celery
1 clove garlic
small bunch of parsley or some fresh basil leaves
Carrots have carotene, which is a natural protection against sunburns. Celery is rich in vitamin C. Garlic defeats high blood pressure and cholesterol, to name but a few of its many benefits. Basil is rich in calcium and has a delicious flavour. Parsley is packed with iron.
Cupids Capsicum Shot
1 dark red fresh capsicum
4 medium carrots
1/4 of a fresh chilli husk or a pinch of chilli powder
Pinch of black pepper powder
Red capsicum is rich in vitamin A, C, potassium and silicon. It reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases by assisting in the prevention of blood clot formations. Chilli is a stimulant for the whole system and is said to increase passion!
Grape Watermelon Drink
Bunch of grapes without the stems
Juice alternatively. Watermelon assists in flushing the kidneys and bladder, assists in digestions and the eliminations of uric acid that may cause gout.
1 cup of raspberries
2 cups of black grapes
Apples are known to assist the body in building resistance to infection as they stimulate the digestion. They are also known to help with weight loss. Berries help to keep the blood alkaline.
Apple and Celery Juice
3-4 celery stalks
Juice alternatively. Apples build resistance to infection, have anti- cancer benefits and are great for healthy hair, skin and fingernails. Celery assists in the elimination of carcinogens and has a calming effect on the nervous system.