Living a life less toxic…

by Faith Canter


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My Top Tips for Healing the Digestive System

Traditional medicine often looks at the symptoms rather than the cause when addressing health concerns.  As such, underlying health issues are often not dealt with, but instead rear their ugly heads either with the same symptoms later on down the line or through new symptoms instead.

It is believed that illnesses like Crohn’s disease, food intolerance’s, Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), leaky gut and coeliac disease can all be repaired through good gut health.  As these health concerns are all gut based, it is not surprising that maintaining a healthy gut can aid recovery.  But what if I also told you that autoimmune diseases like lupus, MS, diabetes, some forms of thyroid disease and many more autoimmune issues, skin conditions, mental health concerns, weight gain, fatigue, brain fog and some learning difficulties are also thought to be curable or least made substantially better by addressing gut health?

When you maintain good gut health, it has a huge, positive impact on general health.  Here are the reasons why:

  1. The toxicity of the body will be greatly reduced when addressing gut health. The digestive system will be able to eliminate more of the toxins from food and drink consumed.  Not only this but when addressing gut health, you will as part of the process be addressing the balance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive system.  When the bad bacteria get out of hand they create more and more toxins as they grow, raising the bodies toxicity levels and putting additional strain on the lymphatic’s, as well as many other parts of the body.  When you bring these into balance you will find that the body eliminates these toxins easily and you feel better not only in the gut, but throughout the body.
  2. With poor gut health you will have depleted digestive enzymes, these are needed to absorb the essential nutrients from your food and drink for your body to use in its day to day functions. With better gut health you have more of these enzymes and thus absorb more goodness from your food.
  3. Your gut is the core of the body’s immune system. With better gut health, you have better health in general, along with fewer illnesses.
  4. We produce around 95% of our serotonin in the gut (and the rest in the brain), so good gut health, means a happier you.
  5. Poor gut health often means increased inflammation in the body, which leads to a whole host of other health complaints, including arthritis, joint and muscular inflammation and pain. This can be greatly reduced when addressing gut health.
  6. You’ll have more energy, as the body uses up a lot of energy trying to process foods and drinks that upset the digestive system when it is not at its best.
  7. All gut based illnesses, such as things IBS, leaky gut and many more should improve when addressing the health of the gut.
  8. Brian fog, mental clarity, memory issues and mood issues can all be minimized when addressing gut health, as many of these essential enzymes, vitamins and minerals needed for these functions of the body will be absorbed and utilized more easily within the body.

As you can see there are many benefits to good gut health and you’ll be pleased to know it’s fairly easy to start achieving this.  There are many pills, potions and programs that claim to do this, but in my personal opinion getting back to basics is the easiest and most effective way to do this.

You do this by:

  1. Ditching processed foods and drinks.
  2. Stop microwaving your food, this destroys most of it’s nutrient content.
  3. Introducing more raw, enzyme rich foods and drinks into your diet (you want to be aiming for around 50% raw).
  4. Introducing fermented / cultured / probiotic rich foods and drinks.  I do not mean pickled foods and drinks, I mean, unpasterised sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and kombucha (to name just a few). *If you have a histamine intolerance you would want to follow a histamine healing protocol first before starting on fermented foods and drinks.
  5. Reduce the amount of sugar, gluten, MSG and white carbohydrates in your diet.
  6. Look to get tested for food intolerance’s and remove these items from your diet until your digestive system has had time to heal.
  7. Is it possible you have a fungal and /or parasite issue?  If so, then follow one of my protocols for addressing this, here.
  8. Detox the body.  Because if the body is full of toxins it’s not able to take on-board the nutrients it requires for good health.  Every single natural process of the body works better with less toxins in it!
  9. You may want to consider enemas or colonic hydrotherapy.
  10. Try wearing a Zapper, which will help remove fungus, parasites, viruses and bad bacteria and toxins from the body.
  11. Drink plenty of fresh water every day.  Herbal teas or freshly pressed juices (especially one’s with cabbage in) also count towards your overall intake.
  12. Reduce your stress levels, either through meditation, yoga (or some other similar exercise), EFT/Tapping, Flower Remedies or any similar therapies.
  13. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of reducing the amount of medication you are taking. Antibiotics, steroids, oral contraceptives and many more medications upset the balance of the gut.  If you are taking any of these regularly then a really good probiotic is recommended (unless you are partaking in the daily consumption of fermented foods and drinks, in which case you should be getting enough probiotics this way).
  14. The supplement Glutamine is a wonderful short terms supplement for helping to heal the gut.

 

Here’s some other relevant articles for you:

9 Steps for Perfect Health, click here.

Is You Digestive System Making You Sick, click here.

19 Natural Ways to Cure Your Digestive Issues and Heal Your Belly, click here. 

The Root of Heal & Healing, click here.

What have you found helpful for healing the digestive system?


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Top Tips for Detoxing the Body

It’s really important when detoxing in any way to support the body as much as possible.  Failure to do this could mean you absorbing many of the toxins you have released during a detox back into the body again.  Quick-fix detoxes generally allow this to happen.  If your body couldn’t process these toxins the first time round, what makes you think that it will be able to the second time round when you release these along with  many other additional toxins whilst doing a detox?  As such supporting the body in anyway possible is essential.  This is especially so for the liver, lymphatic and digestive systems as these are fundamental to the permanent removal of toxins from you body.

Below is a list of my top 21 tips for doing so:

  1. Reduce the toxic load of your food.  Replace processed sugars and white foods (like bread, flour and rice) with wholemeal versions and stay clear of sweeteners, diet foods and drinks, as well as caffeine and alcohol.
  2. Reduce the use of toxins in your home and on your body.  Your body absorbs a lot of the toxins from its environment, so replace these with natural alternatives or make your own.
  3. Drink plenty of water (at least 2 – 3 litres every day and more if exercising).  Make sure you drink from a non-plastic, or at least BPA free plastic container.  This will help your lymphatic system eliminate toxins.  Preferably drink at least a litre of this as soon as you wake up and before doing anything else with you day.
  4. Exercise regularly.  This doesn’t need to be high impact – just a minimum of 20 minutes four times a week.  This helps the body sweat out toxins.
  5. Increase your intake of probiotic foods and drinks.  By this I mean fermented (not pickled) vegetables and drinks like kefir and kombucha as these are an amazing sources of many billions of different probiotics bacteria.  These will help the body eliminate toxins and balance good and bad bacteria and yeasts within the gut.  Failing this, then take a really good quality, multi-strain probiotic supplement instead (one with many billions of multi strain good bacteria in).
  6. Drinking herbal teas and using herbal remedies such as burdock, parsley, peppermint, turmeric, black walnut, elderberry, dandelion, nettle, liverwort, wormwood, charcoal and milk thistle all help the body to detox and support the liver through the detoxification process.  The more bitter, the better.
  7. Increase your consumption of magnesium rich foods (leafy greens, nut, seeds, beans, lentils, fish, avocados, figs, bananas and whole grains).  Try to also have as many Epsom salt baths as possible.  Epsom salts are high in magnesium and help to draw out toxins (as well as general aches and pains, so they are great after exercising etc) from the body.  Try to relax in the bath for a minimum of 20 minutes if you can as this will have an optimum affect.
  8. Consider regular massage, reflexology, saunas, steam rooms or any other detoxifying therapies. These therapies stimulate the lymphatic’s, helping them to eliminate toxins through sweating and other means.
  9. Take up body brushing.  You can either use a long handled brush or just your own hands and general brush your body in the direction of the chest.  Make sure, especially with women you brush up the sides of the breasts, where we store a lot of toxins (these may become tender once you start shifting toxins but keep going as that’s a good sign and they will clear up). This will also stimulate the lymphatics and remove blockages, helping them to work more effectively at removing toxins from the body.
  10. Don’t skip meals.  Eating regularly means the body works more effectively and when this happens you eliminate toxins better.  It also means that your blood sugar levels shouldn’t get so low that you feel the need to snack on something naughty!  And remember to include plenty colourful fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts into your regular meals.
  11. Make sure you are having your having at least one bowel movement a day.  Bowel movements are one of the body’s main ways to remove toxins from it.  If you’re not having at least one bowel movement a day then you are likely holding on to a lot of the toxins from your food.  This will be mean you will be absorbing these toxins back into the body instead of them being removed from the body during normal bodily functions like this.  If your not having regular bowel movements then try eating more fibre, drinking more water and take up body brushing and rebounding.
  12. Daily rebounding (jumping on a mini trampoline), as this helps stimulate the lymphatic’s, which will help remove toxins from your system.
  13. Try not using antiperspirants.  These products impair the body’s ability to eliminate toxins in the normal way, through sweat. I know some people worry about body odour, so they still use antiperspirant products. If nothing else, try to cut them out at home to allow your body to sweat normally.  If the toxins can’t get out they will end up stored in the body.  There are a lot of great natural products on the market (my favourite is PitRock, a salt stone deodorant).  Once your body has eliminated the build-up of toxins and you have lowered your toxic intake you won’t need a deodorant as you won’t smell when you sweat, as the smell is toxins leaving the body.  That’s why people smell worse after a drinking session, a takeaway or when on medication.
  14. Get a minimum of eight hours sleep a night, out body’s do a lot of their detoxing work during our sleeping hours, so it’s important to give it the time to do this.
  15. When eating meat and dairy always try to opt for the organic versions of these so you will be absorbing less toxins through your food then.
  16. If you don’t understand the label then don’t eat it, strange words etc on labels more often than not means chemicals, so avoid eating these sorts of foods where possible as they will only add to your toxic load.
  17. Look into the symptoms of a yeast imbalance within the gut. It’s believed with the way we live our lives these days that up to 70% of us have this issue.  Whilst the bad yeasts grow and get out of balance within the body they produce toxins that the body has to try to eliminate (on top of all the other stuff).  This can make us feel pretty lousy.  It’s fairly simple to bring the good and bad yeasts back into balance with a change of diet, an introduction of some natural anti-fungal foods and increasing our consumption of fermented/probiotic foods and drinks (mentioned within a later chapter of this book).
  18. Breathe deeply, fully into the lungs, stomach and back and with purpose, as many times in the day as you remember. As mentioned in one of the previous chapters this will help the body remove toxins from the respiratory system and allow the rest of the body to get the energy and oxygen it requires to do its job effectively.
  19. Try to incorporate yoga, pilates, tai chi, qi-gong or meditation to your daily life.  These will help support and strengthen body and mind for detoxing and much more.
  20. Swap your normal fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes for more natural non fluoride versions.  And consider having mercury filling removed by someone who specialises in this process.
  21. And last but by no means least, reduce your stress levels!  This leads to an over production of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.  When this happens many of the normal functions of the body become impaired and this can mean that not only are you not eliminating toxins, but your also then storing these additional hormones.  Also when you’re stressed you tend not to eat well, exercise and generally look after yourself as you should.

 

Watch this space for: Top Tips for detoxing the Mind and Top Tips for Detoxing your Home.

Here’s some other detoxing pages you might be interested in:

25 Ways to Detox From Heavy Metals etc, click here.

10 Ways to Detoxifying the Body, click here.

28 Simple & Natural Ways to Detox your Body, click here.

Foods that will Naturally Detox you, click here.

How do you detox?


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Top Tips for Living a Less Toxic Life

I’ve had many requests for my top tips for living a less toxic life.

So there they are:

1. Meditate daily.  Even if you feel you haven’t got the time to meditate regularly try a short three minute guided meditation instead (you can find loads of these on YouTube and such like).  When we bring ourselves into the ‘now’ through meditation we stop the toxic thought processes of running over the past or thinking about what will often never happen in the future.  Here’s a blog post of mine about meditation for more information, click here.

2. Learn to belly breathe.  When we breathe in our normal way, we often don’t expel all the toxins we need to.  Normal breathing is shallow, and we need to breathe into the bottom of our lungs to breathe more effectively.  Belly breathing is when you push your belly out when you breathe in and bring your belly in when you breathe out.  It can take some getting used to.   Also try a few deep belly breaths if you feel stressed or anxious as this will help calm you down and also helps with fatigue, as more oxygen in the body means a healthier and more energised body.

3. Adopt a good posture.  By doing this you lessen the levels of toxicity in the body, as all your organs, including the lungs work more effectively because they are not squashed up.  This helps you expel more toxins.  Sit or stand with your weight evenly over your hips and when carrying things carrying them evenly over both sides of the body.

4. Gratitude is the best attitude!  Looking for things to be grateful for in your day helps form new habits of positivity instead of negativity.  This reduces our toxic thoughts about ourselves and our lives and when we do this it not only makes us happier, but these sorts of thoughts have chemical reactions within the brain, creating new positive and less toxic pathways rather than reinforcing old negative pathways and thoughts.  Try listing 21 things in each of your days that you are grateful for (anything from your hair or health to family and pets), do this every day and see what a difference it makes to our life and those toxic thoughts.

5. Drink plenty of fresh clean water and get plenty of fibre in your diet.  Water includes herbal teas and vegetable juices and should ideally add up to 2 – 3 litres a day, more if you are exercising.  This will help you flush toxins from your body.  In the same respect making sure you have plenty of fibre in your diet will help you maintain regular bowel movements, which is one of the body’s main ways of eliminating a lot of toxins.  If you do not have regular bowel movements you will be holding onto a lot of additional toxins, so this is a must to address for detoxification.

6. Swap the white foods for brown. White rice, flours, breads, pastas, potatoes and sugars should ideally be swapped for wholemeal and brown versions, and sweet potatoes eaten instead of white potatoes.

7. Go organic. I know going organic can be expensive, so if you can’t afford it fully then go organic with the dirty dozen (the fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of toxins on and in them).

THE DIRTY DOZEN (try and eat organic versions if you can):

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines (imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

8. Eat plenty of colourful vegetables every day.  Colourful vegetables like peppers and beetroot are packed full of antioxidants as well as being highly nutritious.

9. Introduce some fermented foods into your diet.  Fermented foods and drinks like kefir, kombucha, unpasteurised sauerkraut and other fermented fruits and vegetables are packed full of healthy yeasts and probiotics, they help balance the gut flora and eliminate the toxic yeasts and bacteria from the digestive system.  They are highly beneficial for digestive disorders and for overall health and well-being.  Here’s a recent blog post of mine about one of the fermented drinks I favour the most, kefir, click here.

10. Lose sugar, sweeteners, processed foods, gluten and MSG from your diet.  In my opinion not only are these full of empty calories (meaning they are high in calories with little benefits), but they are all also toxic to the body and affect the development of our brain and body in a negative way, as well as our body struggling to eliminate them and often storing them in body fat.

11. Replace toxic beauty products with natural ones.  Due to the fact we absorb up to 60% of what we put onto our skin, it stands to reason that beauty products should be as natural as possible otherwise we are taking on board lots of additional chemicals every day.  You can buy a natural alternative to all beauty products these days or you can make you own, very simply and cheaply.  Coconut oil is a great replacement for many beauty products.  To check out my blog about coconut oil for me info, click here.

12. Replace toxic household cleaners with natural ones.  In the same way we absorb beauty products, we can also absorb household cleaners that touch our skin.  Not only that, but we also breathe in the toxic chemicals from the fumes they produce.  Again it is really easy and cheap to make your own natural cleaners.  Check out my blog about making your own natural cleaners by click here.

13. Replace toxic air-fresheners, candles and other home and car smellies with natural ones.  Toxic air-fresheners are some of the worst chemical products within our homes because we absorb all these nasty toxins through our respitory system.  Watch out for future blogs about how to make your own air-fresheners and in the mean time here is one about making your own natural eco tea-cup candles, click here.

14. De-clutter your home.  One of the items greatly overlooked when living a less toxic life is clutter.  Not only does clutter create mess and dust, but is also often prevents us from moving on with our life as it allows us to dwell in the memories of the past that the clutter reminds us of.  When we live in clutter we don’t make room for new things both physically and mentally in our lives.  By letting go of clutter we generally feel less suffocated,  more energised, less stressed and we become open to new things happening in our lives.

15. Return to Nature.  Electromagnetic stress effects us all, but even more so with people who already have existing health conditions.  This is when the electromagnetic field of electrical appliances interferes with our own electromagnetic field.  This causes a whole host of health issues, but can easily be addressed by spending as much time as possible in nature.  Not only does nature ground us, it makes our normal body rhythms work correctly, it helps the body develop and helps with sleep.  Because of all this, it also helps us eliminate toxins and by being out in nature you’re hopefully also breathing better quality air and getting some much needed vitamin D as well.

So as you can see, living a life less toxic, includes mind, body, home and environment and helps our own health and wellbeing and that of our beautiful planet too!

 

Here’s some more reading for you about reducing toxins in your life:

MindBodyGreen: Four Toxic Triggers That Drain, click here.

Dr Mark Hyman: How to Detox from Sugar, click here.

Lauren Conrad: Fit Tips How to Detox from Head to Toe, click here.

Miss Nutritionist: Top 10 Detox Tips, click here.

The Healthy House: Detoxing Tips for General Good Health, click here.

 

Do you have any tips you want to share about living a life less toxic? 


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Detoxing through TRE – Tension and Trauma Release Exercises

Guest Blog by Vicki Cook – Detoxing through TRE – Tension and Trauma Release Exercises

TRETM is a self-help therapy that I am passionate about because it has helped me to return to full health and energy.  I had many debilitating symptoms that are grouped under the condition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  These physical and mental problems were caused by the stress I was under as a child in a highly dysfunctional, emotionally abusive family and I continued to perpetuate in the way I handled my life after leaving home.  I have used many therapies over 20 years and they helped me to heal and be able to function and get on with my life but nothing has gone so quickly to the deepest held roots of my problems.  So now I want others to use this same natural and instinctual way of healing too.

TRETM is a series of exercises that can activate a predictable and easily regulated neurogenic tremoring response which usually begins in the hip flexor muscles.  The neurogenic tremoring will successfully reduce the challenging symptoms caused by trauma or the stress and overwhelm of daily life.

This revolutionary technique developed by Dr David Berceli supports healing at the deepest levels of the body where traumatic responses are held in the muscles and myofascia.  The beauty of neurogenic tremoring experienced in TRETM is that it enlists the body’s own natural recovery process which then works to release the tension in the body and to calm the stress response in the brain.

It will enable you to relieve chronic patterns of tension held in the body. These patterns are created when we need to protect and defend ourselves and the fight, flight, freeze responses are activated, but they are not released after the emergency or perceived emergency is over.  When these patterns of fight, flight, freeze are switched on all the time they cause PTSD, depression, bad backs, IBS, fatigue, anxiety disorders and other similar symptoms.

TRETM can be learnt quickly and adapted to fit any level of physical ability.  Once you have learned to activate the tremoring you have a self-help tool which you can use whenever needed and to heal past stress and trauma.  Some people choose to have sessions with a Practitioner or be part of a TRETM Group as they experience challenges with allowing the body to tremor and need support to overcome these.  TRETM can be used on its own or to enhance other therapies.  TRETM can be used on its own or to enhance other therapies.

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Visit www.trescotland.co.uk  for further information about Individual or group sessions and Scotland’s first 3 Day TRETM training to be held in Edinburgh in July 2014

Our facebook link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/TREinUK/


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Energy Healing Detox

Energy Healing Detox – Guest Blog by Rachel Medhurst 

Do you ever feel drained? Does your body feel tired and exhausted?

Our bodies run on energy. We have energy centres in our bodies that control how we feel in general.

When I decided to try my hand at energy healing, I was amazed at how quickly I could ‘feel’ energy. I could physically feel it spinning when I put my hands in front and behind a person’s chakra. Our emotions usually affect that energy. Our energy centres are at seven points in our body, starting from the base of the spine and working up to the top of your head.

When learning about energy healing, I realised that each chakra is related to a different part of our lives. For instance, your base chakra is related to security, the material world and reproduction. Your throat chakra is related to your truth, voicing concerns and expression.

When we are unbalanced in our lives, it’s usually because we are unbalanced in these emotional areas. The chakras will become clogged if we are avoiding how we feel about a certain situation. These emotions then become trapped in the chakras, causing outside difficulties and physical problems too.

Most of the time, the emotions that are blocked, stem from our childhood. We find it hard to process anything when we are young, either because our parents or guardians don’t let us, or because we’re too scared to allow the feelings to come up. When we start to heal and cleanse ourselves, we can release these blocked emotions forever.

When energy healing, I start by moving my hands up the chakras. The energy comes through me and starts to clear away the blocked emotions. These slowly come up to the surface to be felt. This rising feeling usually continues for a few days. I personally felt a lot more refreshed after having energy healing. This was because the emotions were able to come up to be felt, rather than me sinking down to meet them. This rising feeling is like a cleansing of emotional toxins. I then proceed around the body at different points to allow energy to flow to every part of the body. This should help any physical ailments.

It’s important to understand that when any type of cleansing is going on, it’s the thoughts and emotions that you believe and hold onto, that needs to be cleansed. The unblocking of the emotions through energy healing allows this to happen naturally. If we did not feel this, we would not be able to let it go. Therefore the physical ailments and issues in your life could not be healed. Everything is connected, including the mind, body and spirit. When you take the time to heal all three, you truly start to see some beautiful results.

NB: As an Energy Healer I do not claim to cure illness or disease.

Rachel Medhurst is an inspirational writer and energy healer.

For more information visit her website at www.rachelmedhurst.com and www.loveyourselfhealing.com

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