Five Habits to Make
1. Drink 8 Glasses of Water Each Day
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day makes an enormous difference in how you feel, especially your energy and mental clarity. Water helps to dilute toxins in the blood, for elimination via the kidneys, so drinking water helps your kidneys to function better. Adding a slice of ginger is another good option as is adding half a lemon squeezed into a glass of water, as lemon is a great antioxidant detoxifier and helps the liver flush away its toxins into the bowel.
2. Eat the 5 Big Superfoods Every Day
Superfoods simply are foods that press all the right health buttons: they are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and free from anything bad for you, including too much natural sugar.
Seeds of Life
Everything grows from a seed. For this simple reason, seeds are jam-packed full of energy, protein and the nutrients necessary for plants to grow; and we grow from eating plants. Using a combination of seeds provides the best all-around superfood, but don't buy roasted seeds or you will lose much of their benefit. You need a mixture of half flax seeds, and half sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. This gives the correct balance of minerals and omega-3 and essential fats, and it tastes great. Have a tablespoon of these ground seeds each day, as grinding allows you to get the most nutrients out of the seeds.
Go for Greens
Darker green vegetables are packed with vitamin C, folate, and chlorophyll, all of which are exceedingly good for you. Have a serving every day of the "Super Greens Mix,” a pesto-style blend of dark green leaves and herbs, is a brilliant way to increase your intake dramatically of these flavanoids and vitamin C-rich ingredients. Have a serving of this on at least one of your meals each day (two servings is ideal).
Super Greens Mix
A good handful of watercress, rinsed and dried
A good handful of baby leaf spinach, rinsed and dried
A good handful of basil leaves
A good handful of parsley leaves
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil or an omega-rich seed oil such as hemp or flax seed oil
Squeeze of lemon juice, to taste
Blend ingredients together in a blender or food processor. Mixture should hold together like a pesto. Add avocado (rich in vitamin E and protein) for a thicker consistency or cucumber (a very cleansing vegetable) for a thinner texture. You may also add sun-blush tomatoes or roasted peppers, olives, marinated artichoke hearts, pumpkin seeds, or pine nuts.
Cruciferous Vegetables Rule
Have a serving of broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, or kale every day. Vegetables whose leaves grow as a cross-cruciferous are all part of a special food family that enhances the liver's capacity to detoxify. This includes cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and kale.
Sulfur So Good
Have a garlic clove, a small onion, shallot, or four springs onions every day for sulfur-containing amino acids.
Sulfur drives a critical liver detox pathway, called sulfation. The amino acids in these foods also give the body the raw ingredients to make gluthathione, which drives another critical detox pathway. Red onions are especially good because they are high in quercetin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, curbing allergic reactions and pain. Garlic has many other benefits, a key one being as a gut protector. It's a natural antifungal agent, thereby helping to keep your digestive tract free of unwanted fungi and yeast. Also, check out ProNutrition’s ProCell Repair with MSM, an organic sulfur-containing ingredient.
Drink a superfood juice or smoothie every day. Super-fruits are high in antioxidants to support your liver, high in folic acid, high in zinc and low in sugar. Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are the best all-around foods for anti-aging oxidants compared to other fruit. A serving of strawberries contains more antioxidant power than three apples or four bananas. Best of all are blueberries, which are especially rich in a type of flavanoid called anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins. Other good fruits include oranges, grapes, and watermelon.
Although not a fruit, carrots are good combined with fruits for juices and smoothies. Carrots are great for you, and delicious with some apple or pear, and with ginger. Ginger is good for the digestion and a natural anti-inflammatory. You can also make vegetable juices if you prefer, but ideally have a juice containing carrot, and a juice containing berries or watermelon every other day if you haven't already eaten these foods during the day. Switch your juice up with ProNutrition’s ProActive Reds [link to product] or ProActive Greens [link to product] and fresh, low-glycemic fruit and almond or coconut milk.
3. Maximize Your Intake of Anti-Aging Antioxidants
Neutralize your damaging oxidants (free radicals) with antioxidants.
Top 20 Antioxidant Power Foods
- • Pomegranate
• Baby spinach, raw
• Alfalfa sprouts
• Spinach, steamed
• Grapes, red
• Peppers, red
• Kiwi fruit
• Beans, baked
• Grapefruit, pink
4. Take Detoxifying Supplements
You can further improve and support your liver's ability to detoxify by supplementing the right combination of nutrients.
First, supplement a combination of digestive enzymes (ProZymes), [link to product] probiotics (ProBiotic Synergy), [link to product] and glutamine (ProGI Health). [link to product] Digestive enzymes digest your food, minimizing the chances of whole food proteins getting into the blood. Probiotics are essential beneficial bacteria, which also play a part in the digestive process. The strains Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria are recommended.
Second, take a teaspoon of glutamine powder (ProGI Health) [link to product] last thing at night to help maintain the integrity of the gut wall, your first line of defense from toxins.
The third recommendation is an all-around antioxidant or liver-support formula. ProCleance Picks are formula that has as many of the key liver support nutrients shown below:
- • Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Coenzyme Q 10
• N-Acetyl Cysteine
• Alpha Lipoic Acid
• Milk thistle (silymarin)
• DIM (broccoli extract)
• MSM (a form of sulfur)
• Trimethyl Glycine (TMG)
5. Do Detoxifying Exercises Every Day
Detoxification is about eliminating what is unnecessary. This is not only a process that happens in your body but is also a process for your mind and the environment you live in. Breathing and physical exercise that stimulates lymphatic drainage helps detoxification. Exercise has another important role to play—it is the generator of vital energy, called chi in Chinese medicine and ki in Japan. Any whole-body exercise is good for detoxification-brisk walking, jogging, swimming, ProPilates, [ProPilates main page] and ProYoga. [GroupFit: ProYoga]
Detoxifying Breathing and Meditation
Another way to generate vital energy is with meditation. It also helps to clear and detoxify the mind of endless thoughts.
Have a Detoxifying Massage
The body stores chemical toxins, physical tension, and negative emotions. A good massage helps to detoxify at every level by stimulating the circulation and lymphatic system, and mobilizing toxins. Regular massage is part of an ongoing strategy for detoxifying your life.
Detoxify your Life
Detoxify your mind by making a commitment to resolve an issue you have with someone. Detoxify your physical environment with a good spring-cleaning, incense, or aromatherapy oil.
Five Habits to Brake
1. Wheat: Our Deadly Bread
Bread may be a staple food for you, but for many it's toxic. The reason is that wheat contains a protein called gluten, and specifically a type of gluten called gliadin, which is exceedingly unfriendly to your digestive tract. Foods that the body cannot digest can pass through the gut wall and are recognized as toxins in the bloodstream. In addition to wheat, gluten can also found in rye and barley.
The common symptoms of gluten consumption:
- • Sniffling and sinus problems
• Fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome
• Mouth ulcers
• Abdominal bloating
• Crohn's Disease or diverticulitis
• Poor concentration and brain "fog"
Gliadin Grains to Avoid
Avoid bread, cakes, biscuits, cereals, or pasta made from any of these gluten grains:
- • Wheat
• Triticale (a man-made hybrid of rye and wheat)
Non-Gliadin Grains That You Can Enjoy
- • Oats
• Corn (organic, non-GMO)
• Gram (ground chickpea flour)
2. Milk: It's a Four-Letter Word
If someone was still breastfeeding at the age of 30-from another species of animal-wouldn't you consider that rather strange? That is actually what we all do by drinking milk. Looking at it that way, it may not be so surprising that our immune systems often react against milk, as if it were an alien substance not on the body's "guest list," and have difficulty digesting it.
Classic Signs of Milk Allergy or Lactose Intolerance
- • Poor sleep
• Chronic fatigue
• Frequent infections
- • Indigestion
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Rhinitis and sinus problems
Milk Products to Avoid
- Milk (including goat's or sheep's milk)
Anything with milk solids
Whey (listed as casein on the label)
Milk Alternatives You Can Enjoy
- • Rice, almond, quinoa milk
• Coconut milk, butter, or cream
• Pumpkinseed butter
• Non-hydrogenated vegetable oil spreads
• Cashew cream (made by blending cashews with rice milk)
- • Eggs
3. Caffeine: Kick the Habit
If the thought of giving up caffeine causes a burst of hostility, then the chances are you are currently addicted to caffeine. Of course, you will probably tell yourself that one cup of coffee can't harm you, that you've read all sorts of reports in the newspapers about coffee being high in antioxidants, that you don't even believe you could stop drinking it—or even want to. All of this is simply denial that you've become somewhat dependent on your caffeine fix and can't imagine functioning without it.
Caffeine is also found in tea and drinks such as Diet Coke and Red Bull, and the body treats caffeine as a toxin. Many people have experienced a tremendous gain in energy, mental clarity, and improved mood just by stopping caffeine. Blood-sugar balance is the long-term key to both energy and weight control, but you'll never achieve good blood-sugar stability if you consume a lot of caffeine.
In addition, caffeine is dehydrating and addictive and can make you more stressed and tired in the end as it disrupts normal sleeping.
- • Green tea (no more than two weak cups)
• Rooibos (red bush) tea
• Red Berry or rosehip tea
• Lemon and ginger tea
• Juice (not from concentrate)
4. Alcohol: Give it a Break
Putting aside any benefits a glass of red wine may have for heart health, there is no question that alcohol taxes both your liver and gut. The more alcohol you consume, the more antioxidants you need. This is because alcohol is detoxified by the liver using a liver enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, but when you consume more alcohol than this enzyme can handle the liver will instead metabolize the alcohol to chloral hydrate, which knocks you out.
Even before alcohol gets to the liver it has negative effects in the gut where it acts as an intestinal irritant. This then increases the risk of allergic reactions to absorbed particles of incompletely digested food and to the ingredients within the alcoholic drink itself. For this reason, many beer and wine drinkers become allergic to yeast. In addition, wine drinkers may become sensitive to sulphites, which are added to grapes during the winemaking process to control their fermentation.
Alcohol can also cause cancer. Alcohol wreaks havoc on intestinal bacteria and has been reported to convert gut bacteria into secondary metabolites, which increase the proliferation of cells in the colon, initiating cancer. There is also evidence that alcohol increases the risk of mouth, pharyngeal, laryngeal, and esophageal cancers, and primary liver cancer.
Alcohol destroys nutrients. Chronic alcohol consumption leads to multiple nutrient deficiencies, due to the alcohol destroying nutrients, as well as disturbing digestion and absorption. The B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc are knocked out by alcohol. Drinking alcohol with a meal also reduces the amount of zinc and iron the body can absorb from the food.
Alcohol is dehydrating. In the same way as caffeine, alcohol is a diuretic, encouraging your body to get rid of its fluids. Without sufficient fluids, your toxins will be reabsorbed into the body.
• Diluted fruit juice
• Mineral water
• Tomato juice
• Fruit smoothies
5. Bad Fats: Stay Away from Bad Trans- and Hydrogenated Fats
There was a time when fats were just thought of as fuel for the body, but now we know that there are good fats and bad fats. The good fats are called omega-3 and 6-essential fats, and we need to get them from our diet. The richest sources of essential fats are raw nuts, seeds, and their oils; and oily, or carnivorous, fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and tuna. Sardines are also good.
The "bad" fats are damaged fats, called trans-fats. These damaged fats are found in deep-fried foods and some foods containing hydrogenated vegetable oils. To minimize your exposure to trans-fats, limit your intake of fried, and especially deep-fried food, and don't buy foods containing hydrogenated fats. Check the list of ingredients in processed foods: if a food has the "H" word in the ingredients, don't buy it!
Fats to Avoid
- • Fried fish and eggs
• Processed foods with hydrogenated fats
• Processed fat spreads
• French fries and other fried vegetables,
Alternative Foods You Can Enjoy
- • Baked, poached or steamed oily fish
• Poached, boiled or lightly scrambled eggs
• Raw nuts and seed spreads, such as tahini or pumpkin-seed butter
• Raw nuts and seeds