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8 simple ways to improve digestion and absorption

Written by lee on . Posted in Detox, Learn, News

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I have a new theory.  You are NOT what you eat.  I know that sounds a bit random, but essentially, you are NOT what you eat, you are what you digest and absorb.

Have you ever eaten food which is perfectly healthy and nutrient rich only to discover the after affects of pain and bloating and wishing that particular food had never been on the guest list?

If you suffer from any kind of digestion stress and feel sleepy and sluggish after meals, you may need a digestive tune-up.

Follow these tips to get yourself on the right road to maintaining a healthy digestion. 

Use more coconut products

Coconut oil contains lauric acid - a proven antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent that is easily digested and absorbed.  The anti-fungal aspect helps kill candida in the gut, which is a common problem for people with digestive stress. Plus, coconut  helps absorb beneficial nutrients from our food.

Take probiotics

Probiotics are a live microorganism that improve the balance of flora in the digestive system. For a healthy digestion these friendly bacteria are essential. They help prevent the overgrowth of bad bacteria and are often depleted if you've been taking antibiotics or if you've had gastro. Probiotics can be found in some yogurts or taken as supplements.

Soak your nuts and grains

When you soak your nuts and grains you are reducing toxic substances and inhibitors that occur naturally within the grain.  For example, phytic acid which is found in most nuts, seeds and grains, will combine with minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium and prevent them from being absorbed during digestion. Soaking neutralises this natural inhibitor.

Do an elimination diet

If you find you experience adverse affects after eating a particular food, it might be worthwhile trying an elimination diet. Remove the suspected food or food group from your diet for anywhere between two weeks and a month and see if symptoms resolve.

Try bone broth

Your digestive lining is supposed to be permeable to absorb nutrients. But for some people it can become too porous and let too much "leak" through without absorbing it properly. When this happens, your body can react, attacking the foods you eat. This can create IBS and other gut problems, even some autoimmune disorders. Bone broth contains gelatin which helps reinforce the lining of the gut and soothe digestive distress.

Drink less with meals

Drinking a lot of fluid (even water) while you eat can dilute the level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach. This acid is needed to help kill bacteria and digest your foods. It's best to minimise the fluid you drink while eat and for at least an hour after you finish your meal.

Drink warm water and lemon

Along with a delicious breakfast, it's a good idea to get into the habit of starting the day with a cup of warm water with lemon. This alkaline drink will help jump start your metabolism and get your digestion moving.

Chew your food

If you're a mum, you probably tell your kids this all the time: chew your food! Chewing is the first step in food digestion. Try not to rush through your meal, but allow yourself plenty of time to chew, chew, chew before you swallow. 

Let me know how you go with these tips.

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Detoxing Enemas & Royal Flush

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The use of enemas and flushes for detoxification purposes is well known. It is a common remedy that has been suggested by holistic and alternative medicine professionals for many years. The benefits of coffee enemas for detoxification are great. Coffee enemas decongest and flush the liver and the adrenals and help the entire body detoxify.

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Dry Skin Brushing

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The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the bodys detoxification each day.  Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, liver and adrenal glands, and assists these organs in decongesting and dumping out their toxins as well as giving the body a gentle internal massage. 

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Detox Baths

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When you have a bath with Epsom salts, the magnesium sulphate is absorbed through the skin, and draws toxins from the body.  It also sedates the nervous system to relax you completely, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, relieves muscular aches and pains and is also a natural emollient and exfoliator.

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Natural Lemon Detox

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Lemons are a fantastic detoxifier and have amazing digestive qualities. Drinking lemon juice in water daily is not only a good detoxifier but also alleviates symptoms of indigestion stomach pain and bloating. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently thus controlling constipation and diarrhoea. Lemon also helps the body to obtain the energy from the nutrients in food.

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Detox

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The most important step to detoxifying your body is to eat a nutrient-dense diet along with the supplements I have recommended. The diet not only detoxifies but also heals the body from any health issues. A beneficial detox diet consists of eating healthy protein sources from meat, eggs and fish along with fats which are beneficial such as extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil as well natural animal fats and fish oils which contain omega-3 essential fatty acids. 

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How to handle detoxing like a pro…

Written by lee on . Posted in Detox

Have you ever commenced a detox after going through a phase of partying like it’s 1999, only to find that within the first few days your symptoms seem to have actually increased and you’re feeling worse than ever?!  Trying to reverse the damage of an excessive lifestyle can be daunting but it’s comforting to know that this is a fairly common reaction to the detoxification process and one that is only transitory, like that caftan that seemed like such a good idea at the time or the marble wash jeans and hyper-coloured tee that once hung proudly in your wardrobe.  So yesterday.

The increase of symptoms we feel when embarking on a detox is often known as a Detox Reaction or a Herxheimer Reaction.  These reactions occur when the body tries to eliminate toxins at a faster rate than they can be properly disposed of.  Often times, you may feel worse, like you are majorly hung-over with additional flu-like symptoms and headaches, and conclude that the treatment is not working. However, these reactions are in fact signs that your body is beginning the process of cleansing itself of impurities, toxins and imbalances. The increased reactions are temporary and can occur immediately or within several days or weeks. In some cases, the symptoms can be identical to the health issues you may be experiencing at the time so it can be really confusing.

The type of detox reaction you’ll experience will depend on your level of health or the severity of your present health condition. As old bacteria die off and are replaced with new tissues, the toxins within the bacteria (endotoxins) are released into the body. The more severe the initial state of the body, the more bacteria present. With larger quantities of bacteria come an increased number of endotoxins and hence a stronger cleansing reaction.  This is when it’s really important to rest and try and help the detox process along.

A very simple method for avoiding or decreasing detox reactions is to ensure adequate hydration and mineral consumption. It’s important to drink as much water as possible to flush the toxins from your body.  The addition of a green juice will provide needed nutrients which can be absorbed easily by the body.  Commencing the day with a hot water and lemon will kick-start your metabolism, alkalise the body and help with water retention.

The body uses alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium to process cellular debris and counter increased uric acid production when fighting a detox reaction. It is important to ensure that you are consuming adequate amounts of these minerals when detoxing. If not, the body will remove calcium and magnesium from the bones and teeth to combat the lost minerals. Try and get all of your vitamins and minerals from your food but if you have mal-absorption issues then it is a good idea to speak to your local naturopath or nutritionist to give you a non-synthetic magnesium and calcium supplement and ensure that the amounts you are taking are balanced. If you’re planning on buying a detox kit, many of these contain synthetic ingredients, additives and laxatives that will do you more harm than good and burn a whole in your back pocket.  Remember that the best way to approach things is naturally.

One of the most important vitamins to include when detoxing is Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body break down toxins, allowing them to be flushed out of the body. A diet high in Vitamin C rich foods also works to stabilise free radicals, lowering the risk of chronic diseases. You can enjoy delicious foods on your detox and foods which are rich in Vitamin C include:

  • Red and Green Chilli Peppers
  • Capsicums
  • Dark leafy Greens
  • Kale
  • Mustard Greens
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Papaya
  • Berries
  • Tomatoes

If you are embarking on a detox, and wondering what to eat, then the golden rule is to enjoy a simple whole-foods diet which eliminates processed foods, gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast, sugar and caffeine. Consuming easily digestible foods along with good fats such as extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil and fish oils which contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, will help to eliminate toxins and heavy metals from your body and assist you by drawing out nutrients from food, enabling the healing process. 

 After the initial detox reaction you should be feeling lighter and have more energy.  This is when you may feel like jumping off the wagon, and leaping headlong into your old eating and drinking habits, but once you have detoxed, it’s important to continue to make changes to your diet every day, however small and these will help you to achieve optimum long term health and heal your body at cellular level to prevent disease.

 

 

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Detox Your Makeup Bag

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What's in your makeup bag?

It seems that the world’s obsession with beauty is screaming louder and louder everyday. Take a look at your local supermarket and there’s an entire aisle lined with a vast array of lotions and potions to up your beauty factor. I remember a time when I used to cover myself with commercial moisturisers, spritz myself with perfume, lather up with quick foaming body washes, and continue with layer upon layer of makeup. Because I was so focused on the goal of beautification, I was oblivious to the ugly truth behind my lengthy list of products. As you probably all know, I’m a loud advocate for wholesome food, free from harmful additives and artificial ingredients. However, food is just one area that you need to clean up in order to ensure you’re avoiding the consumption of disease breeding toxins.

Did you know that our skin absorbs a whopping 60 percent of any topical product we use? Have a think about it; nicotine patches are designed to be placed on the skin and absorbed into the body, so why wouldn’t the ingredients you layer on your skin everyday be leeched into your system? Take this into consideration with the fact that the average woman also wears nearly five hundred and fifteen chemicals a day!

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Five Reasons to Kick the Sugar Habit

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The message to eat less sugar is well and truly drummed into us from all angles. However, what often misleads people is the lack of understanding of what constitutes ‘sugar’. Sugar includes glucose, fructose (as in fruit sugar), lactose (as in milk), sucrose (table sugar), maltose or malts (rice malt and honey), jam (made from highly concentrated juice, high in fruit sugar), maple syrup, corn syrup, palm sugar (traditionally used in macrobiotic cooking), organic brown sugar and agave. Even alcohol contains sugar!

Once you start looking you’ll notice that sugar in different forms is added to countless products, canned foods, baked goods, desserts, salad dressings, sauces, meat products, breads, cereals, soft drinks, and disguised under assorted names depending upon the processing method it has gone through.  If you want to shelve sugar, the following list will help you to identify it and its many secret disguises. If you’re following a completely sugar free diet remember ingredient such as agave are still sugars and stevia is a better option.

30 Uncovered Sugars

  • Brown Sugar
  • White Sugar
  • Demerera Sugar
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Cane Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Grape Sugar
  • Table Sugar
  • Refined Sugar
  • Muscavado Sugar
  • Invert Sugar
  • Fructose
  • Glactose
  • Lactose
  • Sucrose
  • Molasses
  • Agave
  • Panocha
  • Rice Syrup
  • Corn Syrup
  • High Maltose Corn Syrup
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Malt
  • Maltose- obtained from starch
  • Maltodextrin
  • Turbindo Sugar
  • Palm Sugar
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Treacle

We all know that sugar is bad for us…but to what extent? Kicking the sugar habit will have you and your whole family reaping the rewards. It’s clear to see that as the array of processed foods available has expanded over time, so too has the obesity epidemic. Although not always linked to sugar consumption, it does seem somewhat coincidental that along with this increase in obesity an increase in food intolerances and diseases.

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