Detox 101: Top 5 Ways to Detoxify Your Body for the New Year!

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by Colleen Russell

January is the most popular month of the year for Cleanses and Detox Diets.  It’s no wonder why:  the beginning of a new year has the wonderful feeling of starting fresh, beginning anew, and making changes for the better.  Doesn’t it feel amazing to just let go?

As with anything that reaches the realm of the popular, though, all this talk about Detox can get pretty confusing.  You may be wondering, what exactly should I be detoxifying?  What do I need to cleanse?  What do I have to gain or to lose?  Since we love a good detox, we thought it was important to remove the veil of mystery from this particular topic, and to share some of our favorite natural tools to detoxify the body and clear the mind.

What Is Detox?

Detoxification is a natural process whereby your organs and immune system process and eliminate toxins from your body.  It is the digestive system eliminating waste, the lymphatic system filtering bacteria from lymph fluid, and the kidneys filtering toxins from the blood.  Detox is a part of every living cell in the body.  So, if it is such a natural process, why do we need to help it along?

 Because our bodies were not designed to live like this.

We work too hard, we eat too much, too little, or just the wrong things.  Our world is polluted, from the air we breathe to the water we drink and the soil we use to grow our crops.  This world is just too toxic for the human body to to detoxify on its own.

What Can We Do To Detoxify Our Bodies?

So many things!  Detox is not necessarily about weight loss, energy boost, cleaning the colon, or preventing cancer (although those are some pretty enticing benefits).  Listed below are easy things you can do daily to help your body eliminate toxins naturally. Detox is about the same feeling you are given after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve:  a clean slate, a fresh start, and the opportunity to begin anew.

Top 5 Ways To Detox:

  1. Drink more pure water.  If you do nothing else, this one step can move mountains in terms of boosting your physical health and removing toxins from your body.  The National Institute of Health estimates that 48% of the adult population of the United States is chronically dehydrated.  Water plumps up the body’s tissues, creating an internal space that allows blood platelets to separate and for trapped toxins to wash away.  Filtered water, which is free of bacteria, pesticides, and other contaminants, is best.
  2. Infuse your drinks with chlorophyll!  Adding a 3 gram scoop a day of Chlorella powder to your morning smoothie or juice will infuse your body with 90 mg of bioavailable Chlorophyll.  This all-natural plant-derived greens powder is proven to bind to metals, assisting with heavy-metal detox.  Our favorite is Perfect Chlorella.
  3. Try a fulvic/humic acid mineral cleanse.  Fulvic and humic acid are proven to remove toxic metals from the blood, speeding up biochemical reactions, unblocking lymphatic passageways, and preventing cognitive impairment.  Products such as GHC’s Zeotrex are easy to add to your daily routine without making sweeping dietary changes.
  4. Colloidal Silver is a simple, relatively inexpensive, and perfectly safe method for detox.  It is non-toxic, but an effective method of destroying toxic organisms, bacteria, viruses, and even free radicals.  Sovereign Silver Bioactive Silver Hydrosol is Nourishing World’s recommendation for a safe, effective Colloidal Silver Detox.
  5. Bentonite clay is volcanic ash that binds to toxins in our body so they can be easily eliminated. All over the globe and for centuries, many cultures have been using bentonite clay to promote healing and overall good health. We like Sonne’s #7 Bentonite Clay Detoxificant because it is rich in minerals and free from impurities.

Stay tuned for more information on detox, specific detox diets tailored to your needs, and more information on how to stay healthy and toxin-free.  If you’re ready to get started on a detox plan now, try the 3 Day Detox Jumpstart from Dr. Oz and Dr. Junger, of the Clean Detox Plan.

Making Time to Take Care of You!

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By Lynn Gamwell

During the safety drill on airplanes a flight attendant calmly recites the first rule of tending to your family in an emergency. She (or he) says“Put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others”. This is a perfect metaphor for what we all know instinctually but often forget to do when we are living our busy lives. After all, what good are we going to be to a child, a spouse, an elderly relative, our employer, our friends, or even to ourselves if we are stressed out, tired, and let’s face it; feeling a little grumpy and resentful?

Time for You

The secret to making time to take care of yourself is to realize how essential it is. Your physical and emotional health depends on prioritizing yourself. The fast paced culture we live in can make you feel anxious if you are not being productive at every available minute. But studies show that multi-tasking only makes you feel less productive. You actually loose productivity as your attention gets spread thin. So a valuable paradigm shift is to realize that you are more productive, more loving, more truly yourself when you take time to focus your attention on nourishing your psyche. Taking time to indulge in your favorite, most relaxing and restorative activities can bring you back to yourself, back to your hopes and dreams, back to the essential and precious nature of You!

10 Tools in Your Self Care Toolbox

The fundamental requirement of personal time is that it brings you pleasure. It should fulfill and relax you on a deep emotional level. As much as possible try to relieve yourself of any guilt or judgment about needing what you need. You are the one and only unique and beautiful you! And to be your best self you must dedicate time to practice pampering and positive self-care!

  1. Take a bath. Luxuriate in the sensuous experience of a hot bath and allow your cares to wash away. Perhaps you could light a candle and play some soothing music. Try adding essential oils such as lavender for an intoxicating, relaxing aroma. Add therapeutic Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes to soothe your aching muscles or Bentonite Clay Powder to detoxify you naturally as you soak.
  2. Let nature nourish you. Go outside and tune into the natural world. Getting in touch with the weather, the season, and the rhythms of nature can calm and center you. You might choose to take a walk, go to a park, or do something more adventurous. As long as you allow your senses to expand into awareness of your surroundings, your mood will be enhanced and your stress levels will drop.
  3. Read a good book. Reading for fun and enjoyment is completely different than reading for work or necessity. It’s a chance for your brain to disengage from your day and be stimulated or entertained by a genre you enjoy. You might consider joining a book group for the added reinforcement of reading to discuss topics of mutual interest. Or read before bed to relax your mind and give yourself the gift of sweet slumber.
  4. Treat yourself to a massage, pedicure, or the pampering spa treatment of your choice. While most of our toolbox suggestions are free and easily accessed, there is something to be said for making an appointment. It is a commitment you make to yourself (as well as to the practitioner) to set aside time to unwind. Feeling gorgeous and special afterwards never hurt either!
  5. Socialize (or not!) Most people enjoy spending time with friends. It can rejuvenate your sense of connection and of being appreciated by people who know you best. Some people are extroverts and some are introverts, however. So this is where it gets tricky. If you generally get energy by being around others you are probably more extroverted. If you loose energy socializing then you will need to carefully gauge exactly how much energy you can afford to loose through human contact. You may find that your best bet for rejuvenation is time alone. Either way works if it is suited to your personality type. Honor yourself without judgment for your natural type and find your happy balance!
  6. Meditate or just breathe consciously. Sometimes people get hung up on a perceived idea of what mediation is and whether they are doing it “right”. But there really is no right or wrong. It is the becoming aware of your wandering mind and bringing it back to stillness through the breath that is the essence of most meditations. So don’t worry or judge yourself. Just sit and follow your breath for whatever time feels good to you. Close your eyes if you feel comfortable and lovingly remind your brain to “let it go”. It will always struggle to be heard, and that’s OK. Even small moments of quiet will bring peace and calming to your day.
  7. Surround yourself with beauty. Whether your idea of beauty is art in the local museum, a theatrical or musical production, or the nature in your backyard, make a point to engage with it. The more you consciously choose to experience beauty in your world the more it will reflect back in your positive mind-set. Even decorating your living or workspace so that it pleases your senses will support your sunny outlook.
  8. Move your body with appreciation and acceptance. Your body is the vessel that carries you through life. Many people will tell you that exercise is good for mood and is essential for taking care of your body. But it’s not good if you push yourself beyond your ability or become self-critical. The best intentions can backfire unless you are kind to your body and appreciate all it is doing for you regardless of its short falls. Consider doing some form of restorative yoga or even yoga nidra facilitated by a live or taped person. This deeply restful and calming practice can rival sleep for its tension relieving support.
  9. Laugh like you mean it. Humor has long been acknowledged as the outlet for all emotions; capable of diffusing tension and pain through it’s cathartic release. It has even been studied for it’s healing qualities to the body and the mind. So tickle your funny bone with a delightful comedic movie or book. And make a point to look for the funny side of life. Your inner comedian will be delighted!
  10. Never underestimate the power of chocolate! We’re not talking about your run of the mill candy bar here. That would be hard to justify as a legitimate way to take care of yourself. But dark chocolate with as high a cacao percentage as you can find is another food group altogether! In fact, dark chocolate is rich in anti-oxidants and nutrients. It contains flavanols that can reduce blood pressure. It may also reduce insulin resistance and protect against heart disease. (1)  Or do yourself a double favor by adding protein to your chocolate with great tasting Tony’s Double Dutch Chocolate Whey Protein.  Chocolate just makes the world seem like a nicer place to be. So indulge your sweet tooth and consider allowing yourself a bit of healthy dark chocolate a day. What a sweet idea!

Find Your Bliss

It can be tough to resist negative self-talk and the push to always do more. But constantly deferring gratification is not necessarily noble in the long run. Knowing that you will reward yourself allows you to anticipate pleasure and enjoy your life. The more uplifting moments you can build into your day, the happier you will be. For a little extra help check out Nourishing World supplements for stress and mood such as Perfect Rhodiola Rosea.   It can ease fatigue and alleviate your anxiety and depression. Supplements can go a long way toward improving your attitude. Add some pleasurable activities and it may be just what the doctor ordered!

1) authoritynutrition.com

 

 

 

Spring Detox

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Spring has sprung! The birds are chirping, the trees are budding, and the first early flowers are beginning to poke out from the dirt. Spring is a beautiful time of rebirth and renewal, and just as the world around us is waking up, cleansing, and renewing itself, our bodies, too, could use a little Spring cleaning. Many of us get into a rut during the winter. We probably aren’t always making the best food choices, and the bountiful availability of fresh foods is still months away. Perhaps we’ve become more sedentary this winter due to shorter, colder days, or maybe we still have a touch of the winter blues. The beginning of Spring marks a perfect time to embark on a detox program and leave winter — with all its dark, cold moods and unhealthy habits — far behind.

The benefits of a detox program are many: more energy, improved digestion, decreased inflammation, clearer thinking, better sleep, fewer cravings, and more. Detoxing can also help jumpstart weight loss. A detox plan usually includes detoxifying supplements, but may also include dietary changes as well. Some plans last just a couple of days, while others are intended to be followed for weeks or even longer. Since all of us are exposed to toxins on a daily basis no matter how “clean” we try to eat and live, we can all benefit from most any cleanse or detox plan. However, certain health and lifestyle factors may affect which detox program is best for you at this moment. Below, I’ve outlined a few of our favorite detox plans to help you choose which one to try.

The 21 Day Detox Program

Best if: You suspect food allergies or intolerances, or you have gotten into a rut of unhealthy eating

The 21 Day Detox Program would be my top choice after a long, lazy winter. This plan not only provides supplements to encourage the cleansing process, but also helps you completely revamp your diet and get back on track. Three weeks (plus a couple more weeks to slowly reintroduce foods) might feel like a big commitment, but your health is worth it! Developed by Dr. Erica LePore, ND, this is a comprehensive detox program that includes dietary changes as well as supplements to target inflammation, digestive health, liver support, and heavy metal and toxin removal. This plan also helps you pinpoint which foods you may be reacting poorly to. The 21 Day Detox Program includes all the supplements you’ll need, plus a full guide written by Dr. LePore so you know exactly how to carry out the plan. Ready to get started? The 21 Day Detox Program is available here. If you want to hear a first-hand account of this program first, you can read more here.

Oxy-Clean 6 Day Colon Cleanse

Best if: You’re feeling backed up, foggy, and sluggish

Compacted fecal matter lodged in the colon can really weigh you down! If you feel like your digestive system isn’t functioning optimally — you’re often constipated, have diarrhea, or are always bloated and gassy — or you just feel dragged down by a heavy gut, you may need a colon cleanse. The Oxy-Powder Colon Cleanse takes less than a week to flush everything out. You don’t necessarily need to follow a special diet; you’ll take Oxy-Powder, Latero-Flora (a probiotic supplement), and a colon cleansing cocktail made from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. The concoction will clean out your digestive tract while you sleep. You’ll likely experience watery stools as everything is liquified and passes out, which is a sign that the cleanse is working. Within a few days you’ll be feeling lighter and cleaner! Oxy-Powder can also be taken long term to keep the colon clean, and on an as-needed basis to detox after a day or two of overindulging.

Harmful Organism Cleanse

Best if: You suspect you may have parasites

You might have a problem with parasites if you feel like something is sucking the life out of you. You may feel tired, weak, and mentally foggy. You may struggle to fight off colds and viruses, and be unable to maintain a healthy weight. Parasites can literally steal nutrients from the food you eat, leaving your body chronically deprived. The Harmful Organism Cleanse Kit contains a natural supplement to cleanse your body of these harmful parasites and ward off invaders, as well as a probiotic designed to fight off bad bacteria and yeast. You can do the parasite cleanse alongside the Oxy-Powder colon cleanse detailed above.

Liver Detox

Best if: You’re exposed to lots of toxins via food, medicine, workplace, or environment

Toxins surround us all, but some of us get more exposure than others. A liver detox is particularly important for those that drink a lot of coffee or alcohol, take daily medications, eat foods containing hormones or chemical additives, or have work exposure to toxins such as chemicals, smoke, cleaning solutions, radiation, or fumes from paint or plastics. Unfortunately, while many of these toxins might be hard to avoid, they can really tax the liver, leaving you feeling sick or just not quite yourself. A clean, unstressed liver is so important to maintaining a clean, toxin-free body, so it’s critical to keep this organ functioning optimally.

Dr. Junger’s 3-Day Liquid Cleanse

Best if: You’ve been gaining weight or relying on packaged foods

It happens to the best of us, especially when we’re stressed or overworked — sometimes you can’t help but turn to packaged, processed foods. The problem is, what started as a reaction to a rough day or a quick lapse for the sake of convenience, can quickly become an addiction, and the cravings for junk food escalate. The first of Dr. Oz’s “Detox for Your Body Type,” the 3-Day Liquid Cleanse developed by Dr. Junger recommends eating all-liquid meals for 3 days, in the form of smoothies or soups, to reset your system. You’ll also take a supplement with milk thistle to support the liver. The goal of this detox plan is to aid the liver in eliminating fat, and it is ideal for those who are “fat all over.”

Dr. Junger’s 5-Day Gut Flush Cleanse

Best if: You’re so bloated that you’re worried friends will start asking if you’re pregnant

Bloating may not only leave you feeling self-conscious, but it can also be extremely uncomfortable, even painful. Dr. Junger’s 5-Day Gut Flush, also featured on Dr. Oz’s “Detox for Your Body Type” episode, is targeted at those who crave fatty or salty foods. Instead of opting for an order of French fries, you’re encouraged to eat whole, unprocessed foods. While lunch is a solid meal, breakfast and dinner primarily consist of smoothies or soups. Probiotics are the focus as far as supplements are concerned, as they help alleviate the digestive problems caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria.

Dr. Junger’s 7-Day Vegan Cleanse

Best if: You have lots of signs of inflammation, including aches and pains or itchy skin

Think you can handle going vegan? Don’t worry, it’s only for a week! The 7-Day Vegan Cleanse from Dr. Junger encourages you to temporarily eliminate meat and dairy products, and instead focus on healing superfoods. This detox diet counteracts the inflammation that can lead you to have aches and pains, sore joints, and dry, itchy skin or scalp. Hallmarks of this body type are intense sugar cravings and being over-stressed. Unlike some of the other detox plans, the 7-Day Vegan Cleanse allows you to eat full, satisfying meals of solid foods, so it may be easier for those who struggle with more restrictive plans that can leave you feeling deprived.

Chlorella Cleanse

Best if: All these other plans scare you, but you still want to detox

If you’re not looking for an intensive detox, but just a real food to gently encourage toxin elimination, chlorella is just what you need! All you have to do is take a couple chlorella capsules or add a scoop of chlorella powder to your morning smoothie — it doesn’t get much simpler than that! Chlorella draws out toxins and heavy metals while improving the bacterial balance in your gut, plus provides lots of protein, vitamins, and minerals. This is also a great way to start for those new to detoxing or reluctant to get started.

 

By Ali Wetherbee

Post-Holiday Slim Down

Helpful hints to lose the holiday weight gain.

The holidays have come and gone but that excess weight may be here to stay! Whether you gained a few pounds over the holiday season or simply want to get in shape and feel better in 2016, these slim-down tips will get you started on the right track.

Start by Detoxing

Especially if your diet has been less than stellar or you’ve picked up a few bad habits over the past year, a good detox can flush out all those accumulated toxins (not to mention several pounds or more of compacted fecal matter!) and jumpstart weight loss. Choose one of these detox programs:

Global Healing Center’s Oxy Powder 6-day Complete Colon Cleanse requires only a healthy diet, a detox drink made with common ingredients in your kitchen, a bottle of Oxy-Powder capsules, and a good probiotic. Oxy-Powder gently yet effectively oxygenates the digestive system to clean it out while you sleep, so this is a really easy detox plan.

The 21 Day Detox Plan, by Erica Lepore, ND, is an excellent choice for those looking not only to eliminate toxins but also needing some help sorting out which foods leave you feeling your best. You’ll follow a clean and healthy diet for 3 weeks, followed by a period of reintroducing foods to see how your body responds. During the 21 Day Detox, you’ll also take several detox supplements to encourage toxins to be expelled and to support the liver and the digestive tract.

Choose a Diet Plan

This is where it’s easy to get stuck! There are just so many diets out there that it’s hard to know which diet is best. I strongly believe that the best diet plan is the one you feel you can actually stick to, yet still challenges you to change your eating. If you look at a long list of food restrictions and supplements and think, “I can never stick to this!” then chances are, you won’t. If you come across a diet that seems super easy, it’s probably too good to be true and won’t lead to lasting weight loss results. Aim for a middle ground. Many of our blog readers LOVE the Dr. Oz diets. The Dr. Oz Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet and Dr. Oz’s Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Diet won’t leave you feeling hungry and deprived. Plus, the entire plans are mapped out for you, so you know exactly what you can and can’t eat and which supplements to take. Recipes and sample meal plans are included to make it even easier to know what to eat to shed pounds. Dr. Oz developed the Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet first, and it is ultimately nearly identical to the revamped Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Diet, so you can use the weight loss recipes and tips interchangeably.

Give Your Metabolism a Boost

Diet and exercise simply aren’t enough for many of us to lose weight. An all-natural weight loss supplement can rev up your metabolism and help the pounds come off more quickly. As you start to notice the number on the scale drop, you’ll be more motivated to stick to your healthy weight loss plan. A few of our favorite, Dr. Oz-recommended diet supplements include:

Perfect Green Coffee is an extract made from green coffee beans with 50% chlorogenic acid. Green coffee has been found to lower blood pressure and blood glucose levels while promoting fat burning and boosting metabolism.

Perfect African Mango helps suppress appetite and leave you feeling full, so you’re less likely to overeat. Plus, African mango (or Irvingia Gabonensis) amps up the metabolism and improves digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Get Moving

Go for a walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Start your morning with some pushups and jumping jacks. Bike to work. Hit the gym. The options are endless but getting started may feel daunting. If you’re really crunched for time or struggling to balance exercise with other commitments, try some of these free workout videos that you can do at home, with no equipment. Try not to give in to the “all or nothing” mentality. Ten minutes of exercise is still better than nothing, and skipping a day doesn’t mean you should give up on your exercise routine completely. This is how so many New Year’s resolutions fade away; most of us feel like we’ve already failed when we miss a workout or indulge in a couple cookies. Instead of giving up, remind yourself of all the successes, both big and small, that you’ve already experienced this year, and focus on how great you feel when you are sticking to your plan.

Don’t Overeat

It sounds so much simpler than it is, but with good planning, you really can avoid eating to excess! The trick is to figure out ahead of time what pitfalls you’ll face, and be prepared with a solution. Examples:

If you often get the munchies… Keep cut up carrot and celery sticks ready in the fridge. Have sugar-free xylitol gum on hand. Brush your teeth as soon as you finish a meal, which signals your body that you’re done eating. Since mindless eating often accompanies boredom, write a list of activities you would enjoy doing when you’re at loose ends.

If you’re prone to emotional overeating… Have a plan for what you’ll do instead of grabbing a pint of ice cream. You might call a friend, or watch a feel-good movie, or take a hot bath, or go for a walk in the woods. Try adaptogenic herbs like rhodiola rosea or cordyceps to help you manage stress, anxiety, or depression. Avoid keeping your favorite junk foods in the house, since the temptation might prove to be too much.

If you tend to stick to your diet all day and eat everything in sight at night… You might need to eat more throughout the day. If you aren’t consuming enough calories and a good balance of nutrients, you’ll wind up craving junk food to quickly restore your energy and satisfy your hunger. Or, you may need to replace certain habits with healthier ones. If you’ve always come home from work and plopped on the couch with a bag of chips and the TV remote, it will be really hard to watch TV without your chips. Instead, you’ll need to plan something else to do to unwind when you walk in the door.

If you end up eating large portions at meals… Start each meal with a salad or a cup of bone broth to fill you up a bit without adding lots of calories. Serve everyone’s dinner in the kitchen and bring it to the table, rather than keeping bowls of extra helpings right in front of you on the table. You’ll be less likely to pile on second and third helpings if you have to get up and walk to the kitchen to get more, or if the leftovers are already stashed in the fridge.

Strengthen Your Resolve

Why do you want to lose weight? What will change in your life once you’ve reached your goal? Perhaps you’ll finally fit into your favorite dress or build up the stamina to hike a mountain known for its amazing views. Maybe losing weight will improve your health and allow you to wean off medications. You might have more energy to run around with the kids, or more confidence at work. Whatever reasons you have for slimming down, keep them front and center in your mind. Spend a minute or two each morning, noon, and night quietly envisioning your success. Create a vision board, or spend some time journaling about what losing weight means to you. Keep visible reminders around the house: post-its on the bathroom mirror, a photo of your goal weight outfit on the fridge, a family snapshot on the treadmill. Really spend time developing your goal and your vision of the future, so you can stay motivated during weak moments.

Best of luck in your weight loss pursuits!

 

By Ali Wetherbee

Protect Yourself From Radiation

Radiation is cumulative & harmful. Check out these tips to detox after exposure.

I recently spent a long morning at the hospital for some medical tests (everything came back fine this time, if you’re wondering!) As part of this testing I had to have about 20 x-rays. I also had a nuclear medicine procedure that involved receiving an injection of a radioactive agent. Of course, the doctors and techs assure you that the amount of radiation is very low. However, they also give you a little card to carry around for 24 hours. The card explains that you are radioactive and may set off radiation detectors in hospitals and airports. Great. Plus, I was told I should not hug or cuddle my son until the next day. For anyone who knows my son, you know how hard this is — he is almost always cozied up on my lap! Given these warnings, I felt skeptical that even this “very low” dose of radiation could be truly safe.

So as soon as I returned home from the hospital, I made myself a cup of detox tea and started researching ways to quickly eliminate radiation from the body. These natural remedies for radiation exposure can be used by anyone who has been subjected to radiation, whether it is from dental x-rays and other medical x-rays, CT scans, a nuclear medicine procedure, mammograms, tumor radiation and cancer treatment, exposure to radon in the home, or work exposure to radioactive materials. If you are looking for ways to quickly eliminate radiation from the body or ways to minimize radiation’s effects on your body, read on.

Effects of Radiation

Depending on the type of radiation exposure, you may experience a variety of symptoms or none at all. Small, short doses of radiation — under 10 rem — have not been linked to observable health effects; however, even at this level, laboratory tests on cells outside the human body have demonstrated biological changes to these cells. Once the radiation exposure begins to exceed 10 rem, the risk of cancer starts to increase. As the dose climbs to 50-200 rem, recoverable effects begin to appear: changes in blood cells, nausea, and fatigue, plus a greater risk of cancer. Beyond this range, the cancer risk continues to increase, and effects such as vomiting and diarrhea will soon occur. Doses of radiation concentrated to specific body parts may lead to hair loss, cataracts, radiation burns, and internal bleeding. Half of people exposed to 300-500 rem will die without medical attention, and 500-1000 rem is usually fatal.

To put this in perspective, the average American is exposed to radiation in the amount of 0.62 rem each year. About half of this is from natural sources of radiation, while the rest is generally from medical procedures. A full-body CT scan exposes you to about 1 rem of radiation in a single day. A single chest x-ray exposes you to about 0.01 rem, while a mammogram gives a dose of 0.07 rem. While these might seem like small numbers, radiation is cumulative — it all adds up over the course of a year or the span of a lifetime, and that cumulative amount is thought to be potentially hazardous to your health. Even foods we eat and the air we breathe contain radioactive particles, so it makes sense to try to minimize “elective” radiation — ask for lower radiation medical tests when possible, for example — to mitigate the long-term effects of accumulated radiation, such as increased cancer risk. Here are some simple ways to quickly eliminate radiation from your body.

#1 Water

It sounds so simple and basic, but water flushes unabsorbed radiation out of your body quickly, so drink more than usual. You’ll be running to the bathroom all day, but it’s worth it to get all that radiation out of your body as quickly as possible. This is the one bit of advice that even the hospital recommends.

#2 Calcium and Magnesium

These two minerals can prevent more than 90% of strontium from being absorbed, so it may help to supplement with these before and after radiation exposure. GHC Intracal provides calcium orotate and magnesium orotate, and Natural Vitality Balanced CalMag provides calcium gluconate and magnesium citrate.

#3 Zeolites

Zeolite clay has been studied and shown to be effective in decontaminating animals exposed to nuclear waste in Chemobyl. Global Healing Center makes an organic supplement called Zeotrex that is rich in volcanic zeolites as well as other detoxifying compounds.

#4 Bentonite clay

Dissolve a teaspoon of bentonite clay in a small glass of water, and drink. The bentonite clay binds to toxins so that they can be safely eliminated from the body. Bentonite clay also provides minerals including calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which may be integral in limiting radiation effects.

#5 Iodine

Iodine protects the thyroid, which is one gland particularly affected by cumulative radiation exposure. Radioactive iodine prevents the thyroid from producing thyroid hormones, while a non-radioactive iodine supplement such as GHC Detoxadine nascent iodine supplement or Mercola Iodine from potassium iodide can aid in the elimination of radioactive substances stored in the thyroid gland.

#6 Coconut Oil

Take several spoonfuls of coconut oil throughout the day (or opt for coconut oil softgels if the idea of eating straight coconut oil is unpalatable!) when you have been exposed to radiation. One study on mice found that administering a vegetable oil to the mice allowed them to survive otherwise lethal x-ray exposure.

#7 Chlorophyll

Research has found that high-chlorophyll foods can decrease the effects of radiation by 50%. Get your dose of chlorophyll from Perfect Aquatic Greens, a blend of organically-grown chlorella and spirulina, two forms of algae that are quite high in chlorophyll and both effective detoxifying agents.

Radiation Detox

These supplements are safe, all natural, and most are from whole foods. I keep most of them on hand for general detox purposes, so once my medical tests were complete, I used them in combination to eliminate as much radiation as quickly as possible. After being exposed to at least 1 rem in a single day, I was so glad to be able to immediately counteract it with some healthful detox supplements and hopefully avoid some of the damaging effects of accumulative radiation!

 

By Ali Wetherbee

Enjoy Holiday Indulgences Without Sacrificing Your Health

Share the magic of the season with the ones you love!

Let’s face it: between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the opportunities for indulgence abound, and even the most committed of us sometimes stray from our normally healthy diets. I’m not going to be the one to tell you to give up your grandma’s special glazed ham or the amazing chocolate dessert party-goers are saying you just have to try. Of course it’s ideal to adhere closely to a healthy, minimally-processed diet, but the holidays are full of traditions and temptations, and making a gluten-free, sugar-free version of your family’s favorite dessert isn’t always feasible or even desirable. Go ahead, enjoy a bite — or two! But follow these tips to minimize the impact of a month or two of indulgences.

Prepare for Parties & Avoid Overeating

If you’re headed out to a holiday party, don’t skip meals all day so you can binge all night! That’s a surefire way to ensure you’ll end up eating too much of all the wrong foods. Instead, keep your pre-party diet as healthy as possible. Eat a healthy, protein rich breakfast, like a quick smoothie or an omelet. Have a hearty salad topped with meat or nuts for lunch, drink plenty of water, and snack on fruits and veggies all day. When you arrive at the party, you won’t be starving or delirious from low blood sugar. You’ll be able to pick and choose the foods that you’ll truly enjoy and pass on the rest of the artificial-ingredient-laden fare.

When dinner is finally served, pause. Check in with yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Do you need a few moments of calm and quiet before joining the busy dinner? Are you angry about a cousin’s remark, and craving fried food to stuff down the anger? Pause. Halfway through the meal, as you’re shoveling in the mashed potatoes, pause. Are you really still hungry? Are you enjoying these potatoes, or just eating them because they’re on your plate? Are you worried about wasting food or offending the host? Pause. Make a deliberate decision to stop or continue eating. One of the truest maxims I’ve ever read is this: “Your body is not a trash can.”. If you’re hoping to avoid the average 5 pounds of holiday weight gain, check out some more tips from Dr. Oz for preventing weight gain over the holidays.

Weigh the Consequences; Then, Savor the Moment!

Try not to just mindlessly fill your plate with a bit of each option. Instead, think about how these foods will make you feel, which is different for everyone. Maybe enjoying fresh bread outweighs the slight chance of a stomach ache, while a meal containing dairy just isn’t worth the consequences. I myself need to be extra conscious of sugar, since too much refined sugar can make me feel sick both immediately and for days afterward. Indulging in a few unhealthy foods doesn’t mean you need to give up on all your ideals. Take some time now to plan out which dietary ideals are worth sticking to and which leave you with more wiggle room.

If you do decide to break your personal top diet rules, make it completely worth it! Take time to really chew and taste each bite. Focus on the food’s appearance, smell, texture, and flavor. Eat it slowly and mindfully. Ask your aunt how she made this delicious dish. Revel in the memories it brings back or the images it conjures up. And let go of the guilt; you can get back to your normal diet as soon as the holidays are over. Give yourself permission to just savor each moment and every bite.

Detox, Detox, Detox

No one’s likely to embark on an intense detox program a week before Christmas. But when your best intentions go awry and you wind up eating too much processed food, too much sugar, too much poison… support your body in processing and eliminating those toxins as quickly as possible. Taking probiotics is a simple way to alleviate some of the digestive distress that can accompany a sudden change in dietary habits. Drink a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon each morning to flush out toxins. In addition, these supplements gently draw toxins out without the time commitment or emotional investment of a full detox plan:

Perfect Liver Detox Support is a doctor-developed supplement designed to keep your liver performing its best. After all, the liver is the body’s filter for all those toxins coursing through your body. If it becomes overloaded, it can become sluggish and ineffective. Use Perfect Liver Detox Support, which comes in convenient capsules loaded with milk thistle and other organic, detoxifying herbs, each day to help your body better process the chemicals, pesticides, sugars, and artificial ingredients in your holiday diet.

Perfect Chlorella is a powerful detoxificant and also provides essential nutrients that your body may be lacking if you’re not prioritizing a healthy diet. High in chlorophyll and numerous vitamins and minerals, chlorella binds to toxins so that they can be safely eliminated. I recommend capsules for this busy time of year, but you can also opt for powder if you’re whipping up daily smoothies anyway. Get your chlorella along with spirulina in Perfect Aquatic Greens, for even more abundant and diverse nutrients.

Like chlorella, bentonite clay, too, binds to and draws out toxins as it passes through the digestive system. Start with a small amount — about a teaspoon — mixed into a glass of water. Make sure to eat plenty of fiber and drink lots of water to avoid constipation. You may need to add a bit of extra magnesium while taking bentonite clay if you find constipation is a problem for you. Bentonite clay also provides trace minerals that your diet may not provide during this busy holiday season.


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Reduce Stress

Stress is good for no one, and a stressed body is much more vulnerable to toxins as well as illness. Fortunately, we have a great holiday stress guide featuring supplements and daily practices to help minimize the effects of stress on your body and mind. Simply getting outside for a short walk or taking a few moments to breathe or meditate can make a huge impact on your stress level, leaving you feeling healthier in both mind and body.

By Ali Wetherbee

Everyday Uses for Bentonite Clay

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Bentonite clay is a volcanic ash clay that has been used for centuries for a wide range of healing purposes. Bentonite clay can be used both internally and externally for a variety of uses. It’s rich in minerals, has a soft, fine texture, has no odor, and will not stain clothes or objects. What’s really interesting about bentonite clay is, when you add it to water, the clay becomes activated, producing an electrical charge that attracts toxins and heavy metals. Once the toxins are drawn into the clay, they are bound to it, and can be safely eliminated from the body. When choosing a brand of bentonite clay, be sure to use a high-quality, pure clay, especially for internal use, to avoid contamination or high acidity. Genuine bentonite clay should be gray or tan, not white. We recommend Sonne’s bentonite clay.

How to Use Bentonite Clay

Although we sell Sonne’s #7 Bentonite Clay Detoxificant, which is already in water, many bentonite clays on the market are a dry powder.  For most external uses and all internal uses, you need to hydrate dry clay powder first. Mix the dry bentonite clay with water and give it some time to absorb the water. The fully hydrated clay will have a smooth consistency. Remove the stirring spoon while you let it sit (or use a wooden spoon), as contact with metal can negate the clay’s electric charge. Once hydrated, the bentonite clay acts like a sponge to toxins, quickly absorbing them. For this reason, the best way to mix and store hydrated clay is in glass or wood, not plastic, to avoid absorbing toxins from plastics.

Bentonite Clay for General Health

When taken as a daily supplement, bentonite clay offers numerous benefits.

  • Provides trace minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium
  • Alkalizes the body
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Oxygenates cells
  • Promotes beneficial bacteria in the digestive system

With the Sonne’s bentonite clay, shke well then add a tablespoon of bentonite clay to a full glass of water. Take the bentonite clay on an empty stomach or separate from a meal (i.e. an hour before eating). Consuming bentonite clay at the same time as other supplements or medications could reduce their effectiveness, so take it at least two hours before or after any medications or supplements.

Detox with Bentonite Clay

Sonne’s #7 Bentonite Clay is a key component of the 21 Day Detox. The bentonite clay detoxes the body of heavy metals and other toxins. The 21 Day Detox plan explains how to use the clay internally for detoxification. Bentonite clay also works externally at pulling out toxins. Soak in a warm bentonite clay detox bath, or spread some hydrated clay on your feet to detox those hard-working tootsies.

Treating Common Ailments Naturally with Bentonite Clay

Use internally for a variety of conditions including:

  • Acid reflux, gas, and bloating
  • Nausea, morning sickness, or vomiting
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Parasites
  • Food poisoning (including E. coli)
  • Infections such as mastitis and even MRSA

Bentonite clay is a natural laxative and thus can remedy constipation, but too much or improper use can also cause constipation. Make sure to use only fully hydrated clay, drink plenty of water, and consider using a magnesium supplement to keep things moving while toxins and hardened colon buildup are being eliminated from the body.

Externally, bentonite clay is a perfect natural remedy for common injuries and conditions. My favorite use for bentonite clay is for treating mosquito bites. Make a little paste with bentonite clay powder and water, and spread it on the bite. The itch is relieved almost instantly, and redness and swelling quickly disappear as well. Alternatively, you can mix the bentonite clay with witch hazel instead of water, since witch hazel also helps to soothe and draw out toxins. Keep a small glass jar or dish of hydrated clay in your natural first aid kit. This paste is also excellent for:

  • Soothing other insect bites and stings, rashes, itchy skin, poison ivy, or chicken pox
  • Relieving skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis
  • Healing wounds or burns and preventing infection

The clay paste makes a great diaper cream, as well, or the dry clay may be used in place of baby powder for redness and diaper rashes.

Using Bentonite Clay Around the House

The uses for bentonite clay are endless! Use it to purify tap water for drinking and bathing; the clay removes some of the fluoride and chlorine. Make your own clay fruit and veggie wash. Since bentonite clay is so absorbent, it can be used to clean up oil spills in the garage or grease spots on the stove. And for your furry friends, bentonite clay can eliminate pet parasites. Sprinkle some in your cat’s litterbox to absorb moisture and reduce odor. Spread a light layer on pet bedding or carpets (and later vacuum it up) to deodorize, or put a small cloth bag of clay in your refrigerator or behind your trash can to draw out offensive odors. Add some to your homemade laundry detergent. Put a pouch of bentonite clay in storage boxes to ensure your scrapbooks and filed documents aren’t damaged by high humidity. You can even use bentonite clay in your garden to enrich the soil. So many possibilities in one little jar of bentonite clay!

By Ali Wetherbee