A Gentle Detox

					Now we have come through the darkest days of winter you can come out of
hibernation and gently kick start your body to detoxify gently - to get you ready for
a spring clean once the weather warms up.

A gentle detox can help you lose weight or reduce bloating, gain mental clarity,
become more optimistic and give you more energy.

Supporting your body to detoxify is one of the most important things you can do to
not only improve your health but your appearance too. Toxic overload from poor
dietary habits, Alcohol, Smoking, pollution, perfumes and chemicals can be the
cause of: puffy eyes, dark shadows under eyes, poor skin texture, dull eyes, bad breath,
dull skin and hair.

Toxic overload can also be the cause of: fatigue, mental fog, poor immunity, poor wound
healing, sensitivities to foods and poor digestion.
The following is a brief guide on detoxifying gently and safely.

Good Detoxing from Sam Bourne & Lily Soutter

Detoxify your body safely - a 10 step guide

1. Drink plenty of filtered water
The amount required can vary depending on size (i.e.: men
generally require more than women). Body temperature can make a
difference in fluid requirement working up a sweat with exercise or
just being in hot weather means you lose more fluid. Between 1.5
and 2.5 litres is a good guide. This can be via herbal teas too.
Drinks like: coffee, strong tea with milk, fruit juice and sweetened
beverages do not count as water.

2. Reduce sugar intake
Reducing sugar will assist digestion and help balance hormones.
Eat nuts (fresh) and seeds like pumpkin and sunflower seeds to help
balance you blood sugar so helps stop the cravings.

3. Remove caffeine
– coffee, chocolate. This stimulates a stress response, which is highly toxic to the body.

4. Remove dairy for a period of time
2-6 weeks - depending on how much you want to cleanse. Use alternatives:
Oat milk, rice milk and nut milk.

5. Remove wheat based foods from your diet
Replace with rice, corn and spelt wheat.

6. Reduce meat intake
Remove all red meat (includes ham/pork) and eat reduced amounts of lean chicken and fish.
7. Avoid toxic fats
Anything deep fried, hydrogenated or over heated. Reduce fat intake as this oxidises in the body
and causes damage to DNA. Increase Omega3 fats whilst reducing all other fats.

8. Increase oat and oat bran, and brown rice.
These act to ‘Mop up’ released toxins and as vital fibre to keep
bowels moving.

9. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake
Especially: Kale, broccoli, cabbage, spring greens,
spinach, carrots, butternut squash, and sweet potato.
Increase cleansing fruit intake, for example: apples, pears,
berries, mangoes, black grapes, cherries.

10. Use food supplements to support detoxification:
Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, selenium, milkthistle, artichoke,
barely grass – these all help the detoxification process. It is
important to deal with toxins as they get released from the
body’s tissues as the free radicals can cause more damage
to DNA if not neutralized quickly. Also use substances like
psyllium husk powder, which binds to toxins and takes then
out of the colon safely. Consult a nutritional therapist to find
out the right doses for you. The major detoxification organ is
your liver. A healthy full functioning liver means a healthy body.
The liver is often overlooked because of poor understanding
of how it works.

Your Liver
The liver is the most important organ of detoxification
in the body. If you look after your liver you will likely never
experience disease.

The liver has to work hard every single second of the day
detoxifying your metabolic and digestive waste. In
particular energy production in muscle cells, excess
proteins, oxidised fats, over consumption of sugar,
caffeine, alcohol, drugs and the many environmental
toxins, added food toxins,plastics from packaging, certain
everyday foods, and many more.

The liver is a complex organ - but in a nut shell:

There are two phases of detoxification - Phase i and
phase ii.

If the liver is overloaded then phase i can be sending phase ii highly toxic molecules that
it just cannot deal with, so these flow back into the blood stream.

Along with damage to DNA in cells these toxins cause allergies, food sensitivities, cancer,
fatigue, lowered immune function, overactive immune function, infertility amongst many
other conditions.

If you are consuming toxic foods or are exposed to toxic substances on a day to day basis,
your liver efficiency will decline and this will be the cause of many health problems. In fact
cleaning up you liver will have a positive effect on all health problems, and will most likely
make you look healthier.

The above guide is a simplistic but effective guide - however if you would like a more
personally guided detox try coming for a consult, it is always best to know that you are
detoxifying safely.

Liver Enemy foods
Saturated fats, Non organic meats, eggs and poultry, Refined carbohydrate, Sugar,
Alcohol, Dairy, Drugs, Coffee, BBQ’s foods, Burnt foods (or browned), Hydrogenated fats.

Liver Support foods
Artichokes, Watercress, Garlic, Bitter leaves, Rosemary, Walnuts - fresh, Cayenne
pepper, Dark green leaves, Beetroot, Wheat grass, Caraway seeds, Onions, Organic eggs,
Apples, Dandelion, Broccoli, Cabbage, Legumes, Water soluble fibre.

Liver support
Filtered water - 2 litres per day - can be as herbal teas too.
Exercise - vital for aiding elimination.
Deep breathing - and stretching exercises like yoga and tai chi.

The above are vital to keeping bowels moving.
Constipation is a major cause of high toxic load in the liver.
You should move your bowels at least once a day but twice is better.

Talk to a nutritional therapist about what supplements best
support liver detoxification for you personally.

Liver cleansing
There are programs that you can follow that will flush out the liver of
toxic build up. These need to be done with proper guidance,
done correctly can make a person feel ten years younger,
give you mental clarity, lose weight and energise you.

For Nutritional Therapy appointment contact:

Sam Bourne Nutritional Therapist

m: 07780 600 966
tel: 0203 3440468

Nutritional Therapy
Council Registered

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