A Healthy Start: Detox the Right Way

It’s two weeks into 2012 and you may have already tried and failed a new diet plan.  While you may want to give up, don’t just yet!  Starting a diet plan after indulging for the past 6 weeks on pumpkin pie, ham, and champagne is not easy even for a person with the highest will-power.  The bad news is your liver has taken the brunt of the holiday binge.  The good news is that it’s also the detox powerhouse of your body.  Detoxifying your liver before a new diet and exercise plan is going to start you off on the right foot.

There are several ways to detoxify your liver.  The first is to eat lower on the food chain.  Avoid meat and carbohydrates and add more fruits and vegetables.  Here’s a few of the top:

  • Kale-Out of all the greens, kale is king.  It’s anti-inflammatory, low in calories, high in fiber, and naturally cleanses the digestive system.  Sauté with fresh garlic (also a great detoxifier), add lemon juice and olive oil.
  • Lemon-Lemon dissolves uric acid which breaks up bile in the liver and strengthens liver enzymes.  Its digestive qualities soothe bloating and heartburn.  Try adding lemon juice to a glass of hot water before breakfast (those with ulcers should not use lemon juice).
  • Turmeric-Turmeric is a peppery spice with a slight warm, bitter flavor.  It increases the production of bile which in turn, eliminates toxins.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties.  Mix lentils with dried raisins or cranberries, walnuts, add a sprinkle of turmeric for a healthy, filling meal.

In addition to stepping up the fruits and vegetables, there are a few Nature’s Sunshine products that can assist in your cleanse:

  • Chlorophyll– Chlorophyll supports the natural blood-cleansing process. It helps protect and support healthy cells and promotes the elimination of toxins from the body. In addition, chlorophyll helps neutralize normal body odors and acts as a natural, “internal” deodorant. It can also be useful in external applications and as a freshening gargle.
  • CleanStart-A 2 week program that supports natural waste elimination.  It delivers 10 grams of fiber plus has additional cleansing benefits of bentonite, aloe vera, and chlorophyll.  Drink one packet 15-30 minutes before breakfast and another 15-30 minutes before dinner.
  • Liver Cleanse Formula-Liver Cleanse Formula capsules are a blend of herbs and nutrients formulated to provide nutritional support to the liver and gallbladder.  These capsules promote cleansing and detoxifying of the liver and also supports healthy digestive function.

Finally, treat yourself to an Herbal Detox Wrap from Vitality Unlimited Spa!  A detox wrap allows your body to absorb essential vitamins and minerals through your skin.  This will help the body naturally release toxins through metabolic stimulation and absorption.  The wrap includes a light massage performed with invigorating oils to stimulate, purify and nourish the client’s body.

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