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Top 5 Reasons Your Body Loves a Detox

 

There are a million reasons to detox – and probably a million different ways to go about it. But, what must one look for, what’s the best way?

I’ve seen from my years in practice that to be completely effective, a detox program needs to contain the following key components:

  • some fiber to scrub the gut, bind toxins and promote their elimination
  • anti-microbial herbs to kill bad bugs in the gut and maintain healthy flora
  • targeted nutrients to boost the liver and prevent the accumulation of toxins
  • digestive enzymes to help the body break down food and assist digestion
  • a balanced blend of vitamins & minerals to safely support you during detox
  • a dietary plan that eliminates problem foods, but doesn’t leave you feeling hungry

An effective detox must not only address the toxins we eat, drink, breath and put on our bodies every day – but just as important – it MUST contain the specific ingredients needed to neutralize or eliminate the internal toxins the body creates as it performs it’s normal everyday functions.

Without these targeted nutrients to clear out the bodies own biochemical and cellular waste, your body won’t be getting the cleanse it really needs.

A safe and effective cleanse won’t:

  • make you feel woozy from lack of nutrients or food.
  • have you praying for the detox to end.
  • make dining with family and friends almost impossible.
  • starve you for weeks.

What it will do is:

  • kill bad bacteria in the belly that are a major source of toxicity and weight gain.
  • clear out accumulated toxins that slow digestion and elimination.
  • drench your body in nutrients leaving you feeling energized and vibrant.

Here are my top five reasons to do a good detox every now and then:

1. A good detox will make your engine purr

Just like your car runs better after a tune-up, our bodies function better when they’re purged of the built-up waste products and toxins that compromise health. A truly effective detox must go beyond fasting or juicing by supplying the specific ingredients needed to boost the body’s own detoxification system. The toxins and chemicals of modern industrial life assault our bodies every day. Our systems are constantly neutralizing and eliminating them, but the problem is, over time, this exposure overwhelms the detox organs, (primarily the liver and the gut). So, instead of getting eliminated, toxins wind up being stored in various tissues, bodily functions start to slow then falter, setting the stage for the development of chronic diseases.

A periodic detox will keep your engine humming and help you to maintain good health in the long-term.

2. A detox has wonderful side effects

Although the primary goal of a good detox is to reset and optimize detox function, the side effects are wonderful too – most people will experience:

  • Weight loss
  • A boost in energy levels
  • Less bloating and puffiness
  • Clearer skin
  • Improved digestion
  • Better sleep
  • Relief from aches and pains

3. A detox program is like a vacation for digestion

A good cleanse resets your body, giving it a fresh start. Your digestve organs will get a vacation from the bad stuff allowing your body’s natural detoxification systems to reboot and return to peak performance.  Herbal anti-microbials diminish the flood of internal toxins from yeast and parasites, lightening the load on the liver so it doesn’t get overwhelmed. Digestive enzymes ensure fewer negative effects from undigested foods. Fiber feeds the cells lining the intestines thereby supporting cellular integrity and decreasing inflammation. Eliminating foods that often cause sensitivities or reactions will give your digestive system a well earned rest.

4. A good detox will create a heightened sense of well-being

A good detox should make you feel buoyant, energetic and vital, not spaced-out, deprived, physically weak or cranky. By not ingesting the toxins and irritants that are a common cause of sensitivities, reactions, irritation and inflammation – and by supplementing with digestive enzymes, fiber and herbal anti-bacterials, the work load on your body is reduced – which leaves your engine with more energy for other things. You should feel lighter and more mentally focused.

5. A good detox could possibly change your life

One of the most powerful things I see in my practice is the life-changing effects of living a healthier lifestyle. Not only is an effective cleanse like giving yourself a good wash and polish on the inside, but it often makes a powerful entry point into living a healthier lifestyle. Many of my patients feel such a big change in such a short time, that they want to remain feeling that way. A good cleanse can kick-start healthy habits and get you started on the path of smarter choices and sustainable health – the cornerstone of long-term wellness.

You simply feel so good and you don’t want it to stop.

OK, so what’s the best way?

No matter which detox you choose, be sure that it supplies all of the critical components needed for an effective detox. Remember that a good cleanse is not about deprivation or starvation, it’s an active process. It’s not just about juices or powders or pills, but equally about supporting yourself with fresh nourishing food to replenish your system.

With your detox systems running smoothly your body will perform more efficiently (just like it should), leaving you looking and feeling better than ever.

Dr. Frank Lipman/ Total Body Tune Up 5.21
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?? Zimmerman African Peanut Stew ??

 

 ?? Zimmerman African Peanut Stew

 

This is a hearty and DELICIOUS fall/winter stew that is SUPER easy, even a hard charging military warrior can make it?

Those of you that know Elijah  and I personally or follow our work know we spend a lot of time working with our nations’ heroes. This stew is dedicated to one of the warriors I am privileged and honored to work with. He makes my heath journey look weak compared to the road he is on in keeping his body in optimal condition.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 handfuls of fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 4 rough chopped organic carrots
  • Index-finger-sized chunk of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 2 HEAPING tablespoons creamy peanut butter (I prefer the natural kind)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and pith removed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 (15 ounces) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can organic diced tomatoes {use the juices}
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice to serve the stew over
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts (optional garnish)

Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine garlic cloves, jalepeno, cilantro, ginger, tomatoes, peanut butter, cumin, cinnamon, ground red pepper and curry powder. Blend into a thick sauce.
  2. In the slow cooker, add the garbanzo beans, chopped onions, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper to taste. Add the sauce mixture. Stir to combine ingredients. {Or, if you are making it the night before, you can just put all the ingredients together in a ziplock bag and stick it in the fridge, then dump the whole thing in the crock pot the next morning OR FREEZE IT and use on a hectic week- MEAL PREP IS EVERYTHING PEOPLE!!!!}.
  3. Cook in crock pot on low for six to eight hours. Serve over cooked  brown rice and top with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts and drizzle the coconut milk in. OR EAT alone with an simple green salad.

 

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LOVE YOUR LIVER

Take care of your liver, nurture your liver, love your liver and it will LOVE you back for a long time.

 

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The liver filters and processes blood as it circulates through the body. It metabolizes nutrients, detoxifies harmful substances, makes blood clotting proteins, and performs many other vital functions. The cells in the liver contain proteins called enzymes that drive these chemical reactions.

The liver also stores some nutrients, such as vitamin A, iron, and other minerals. It produces cholesterol and certain important proteins, such as albumin. It produces clotting factors, chemicals needed to help blood clot. It breaks down (metabolizes) alcohol and many drugs.

We live in a world bombarded by toxins everywhere we turn, we all could use some daily detoxification tools.  In order to truly heal my gut, I MUST be detoxing well every day.  The lymph and liver need our daily attention to succeed with overall health and that includes OUR gut.

Did YOU know:

✔︎The average American consumes 10 pounds of chemical food additives each year.
✔︎The amounts of chemicals we are exposed to are unprecedented in history.
✔︎The average American consumes 10 pounds of chemical food additives each year.
✔︎ Food sprayed with pesticides and from air and water pollution are a chemical burden causing a chemical shit storm.

YOUR body has systems designed to eliminate waste and to detoxify poisons.

The liver chemically converts toxins to be easily eliminated by the kidneys.

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Top #2 Reasons for negative health  

1. Volume of chemicals in the environment

2.  diet

HELP YOUR BODY! When YOUR body is more burdened with more chemicals that it can efficiently detoxify, chronic health problems can occur.

Liver-protection

These problems manifest in many ways… 

allergies * skin problems * digestive problems * headaches * fatigue * joint pain

PLUS a variety of ailments can be caused by chemical exposure.

What Can I Do?

Eat my BEETS!!! Beets are a great liver-cleansing food. They also help our liver function properly. Our liver is our main organ in charge of detoxification. Supporting our liver is absolutely essential for ridding our body of toxins on a daily basis.

beet salad

Beets

Olive oil or coconut oil

Balsamic vinegar

Garlic

Salt

Pepper

1 lemon

1 orange

choice of nuts or seeds

choice of sprouts

Directions

Bake the beets at 350-400 until they become tender. I simply rough chop and add some water on the bottom of a roasting pan. Let them cool. Chop them and toss lightly with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Place on top of seasonal salad greens of your choice { toss greens with 1/2 fresh lemon and orange}. Sprinkle with nuts or seeds. Top with sprouts {I love sunflower}

beet juice

Love my Liver

Ingredients:
3 Organic Carrots (peeled and washed)
1 Organic Beet (peeled and washed)
2 Organic Apples (washed and cut)
6 Organic Kale Leaves
½ inch of ginger root
½ organic lemon, peeled
Serving: 2-4 servings.

Directions:

If you don’t have a juicer, just use a blender filled with with one to two cups of water or FRESH coconut water. Place all of the ingredients in a juicer and juice or in a blender and blend. If you used a juicer, make sure to stir with a spoon. If you used a blender, make sure to strain everything using a colander and then mix with a spoon. You can use mason jars to store it for later.

 

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?Clarissa's Split Pea Soup?

Clarissa’s Split Pea Soup

 Split Pea Soup

What Ya’ Need

  • 1 cup organic split peas
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 onion, rough chop
  • 3 stalks organic celery, rough chop
  • 2 organic carrots, rough chop
  • 1 clove garlic, slice
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, buy pre sliced
  • 1 quart organic low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 cup kale, rough chop
  • pinch Himalayan sea salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper

What Ya’ Do:

  1. In a medium sauce pan heat oil and sauté onion, garlic , carrots, celery, kale, and mushrooms over medium low until translucent, 10-15
  2. Add  split peas, water, bay leaves and paprika to a boil
  3. Reduce and simmer for about 40 minutes to 1 hour, until peas break apart
  4. Remove all from heat, discard bay leaves and place all in Vitamix
  5. Puree  on high speed, until smooth
  6. Warm and serve

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Want to lose as much body fat as possible? Eat spinach.

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Want to lose as much body fat as possible?  Eat spinach.

A recent study from Sweden’s Lund University found that incorporating more spinach in your diet helps in losing body fat.

The study covered 38 overweight women who either consumed a beverage containing 5g of spinach extract (made up mostly of the cell membranes from spinach stems) or a placebo prior to breakfast each day.  At the end of the 3 month study, the spinach group lost 50% more weight!

A compound in the spinach stems known as thylakoids has been shown to reduce hunger and cravings for sweets and fast food by 95%.  Researchers determined that the increased weightloss in those who consumed the spinach drink was due to an overall decrease in calories as the thylakoids worked to slow down digestion, giving intestinal hormones time to communicate to the brain that hunger was satisfied.

If you’re feeling more satisfied you are less likely to snack on all the wrong foods.  Spinach can be your “golden ticket” to increased weightloss and a flatter stomach.

Here are some easy ways to get more spinach in your diet (be sure to include the stems):

1. Throw a couple handfuls of spinach in the blender along with your next protein shake.  While it may

change the color, it has virtually no taste.

2. If you’re into juicing, add spinach to your next juicing recipe.

3. Enjoy a spinach salad or sauteed spinach as part of any meal.
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? Why are Smoothies Important for Breakfast? ?

Why are smoothies important for breakfast?

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and sometimes it just doesn’t fit into our schedule the way it should. How we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes. It will determine if we feel energized or if we feel dragging with a lack of energy. What we put in our bellies is directly related to how we physically feel. So if you are a skip breakfast and grab the coffee mug morning person then this blog is totally for you. We all need and crave energy. I know I do! Sometimes it is so easy to want to grab a quick bowl of cereal or even forget breakfast and just get through the morning on 1-2 cups of coffee for the energy needed to survive the day. I don’t want you to just survive through the day though; I want you to thrive through the day. I also don’t want you to go on the “crash and crave” roller coaster for the entire day. If you begin your morning with caffeinated coffee and sugar, you will crash, and you will be either too tired to make it through your responsibilities or you will be reaching for another cup of coffee to get through a few more hours.

Smoothies are another quick alternative to a fast breakfast that can help energize us throughout the entire day. When you toss in some greens, a little fruit, and a healthy liquid like coconut water you are bound to feel energetic and ready to take on the day. Starting the day with a smoothie also gives you well needed antioxidants which help protect our bodies from free radicals, and it is a great low glycemic start. Eating a low glycemic breakfast will help curb your sugar cravings for the entire day and it will also help with not crashing. Next time you want a quick breakfast, try a delicious smoothie that will leave you feeling energized and motivated. A morning smoothie will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to produce natural energy and naturally boost your metabolism. So, what are you reaching for tomorrow morning? I know I will be pulling out my blender and getting ready for some long lasting energy.

Digestion Smoothie ?

Serves 1-2

✔️½ cup dairy-free milk½ cup coconut milk kefir/yogurt (homemade or store-bought)

✔️1 cup kale

✔️½ avocado

✔️1 teaspoon cinnamon

✔️½ teaspoon turmeric

✔️1 ounce aloe vera juice

✔️Stevia to taste (optional)

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?Can Diabetics Eat Fruit ? – Interview With Tasha Lee

 

Learn the truth about nutrition, not what we’ve been lead to believe…

One of my teachers and mentors from The International School of Detoxification, Marcie  shares “I’m a type 1 diabetic and I’ve cut out two shots a day and over 50 units by adopting a high fruit diet.” She and countless others are here to spread their success with a high fruit diet and how that is elevating their health and mitigating the symptoms of DisEASES. Tasha Lee another Type 1 Diabetic shares her story in the video below. If you are or know someone that is also diabetic PLEASE watch and share this. Learn the facts and truth about your body and it’s ability to transform itself on a high fruit and raw diet.

Have you ever heard that diabetics can’t eat fruit? How about that fruit has too much sugar? What would you say if I told you that animal protein and animal fats have been shown to cause larger and more extended blood sugar spikes than fruit? What if I also told you that many diabetics have found relief from unpredictable blood sugar levels by adopting a low fat, whole food vegan diet and lifestyle containing plenty of fruit? Is it possible that animal products are the main contributors to out of control blood sugar levels? It appears so!

In this video you will hear Tasha Lee share here story. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old. After spending most of her life trying a variety of diets and health plans, a low fat raw food lifestyle has given her back control of her life and her condition.

You can find out more about Tasha at:

Website: http://www.fruitariandiabetic.com/

Health Disclaimer: The information provided in this video
is not intended as personal medical advice or instructions.
You should not take any action affecting your health
without consulting a qualified health professional.
I am not a doctor or health-caregiver.
I believe the information to be accurate but
the information’s accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
This information is for educational purposes only.

-Raw Intuition

 

 

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?Coconut Water?

Fresh Coconut Water

Coconut Water

DID YOU KNOW?

  1. “It’s a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It’s the fluid of life, so to speak.” In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water – siphoned directly from the nut – to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers.
  2. Most coconut water is still consumed fresh in tropical coastal areas – once exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its organoleptic and nutritional characteristics, and begins to ferment.
  3. Coconut Water is More Nutritious than whole milk – Less fat and NO cholesterol!
  4. Coconut Water is More Healthy than Orange Juice – Much lower calories
  5. Coconut Water is Better than processed baby milk- It contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother’s milk
  6. Coconut water is naturally sterile — Water permeates though the filtering husk!
  7. Coconut water is a universal donor– Its identical to human blook plasma
  8. Coconut Water is a Natural Isotonic Beverage – The same level we have in our blood.
  9. Coconut water has saved lives in 3rd world countries thru Coconut IV.
  10. “Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue… and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural!”, according to Mortin Satin, Chielf of the United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organization.
  11. Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks.
  12. Coconut water has less sodium (25mg) where sports drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200 mg!
  13. Coconut water has 5mg of Natural Sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10-25mg of Altered Sugars.
  14. Coconut water is very high in Chloride at 118mg, compared to sports drinks at about 39mg. {Data based on a 100ml drink.}
  15. Drink it raw as often as you can, packaged is okay in a pinch BUT RAW is BEST and most EFFECTIVE

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? Bananas ?

DID YOU KNOW:

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? Bananas are one of the most nutritional and healing fruits readily available today.

? They are 76% water and are packed with vitamins such as vitamins C and B6 and minerals such as potassium, copper, and manganese.

? This high water/nutrient ratio makes them a great electrolyte food perfect for busy moms, workout enthusiasts, and people on the go.

 ? Bananas are also an excellent “brain food” great for heavy thinkers and are known to help build strong muscles as well as strengthen the nervous system.

 ? Bananas contain powerful anti-fungal and antibiotic compounds as well as protease inhibitors which can help stop viruses in their tracts.

? This makes them highly beneficial for chronic illnesses such as shingles, epstein barr, parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and lupus. Bananas are also particularly good for lowering blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, neurological disorders, diarrhea, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, chron’s disease, stroke, and kidney, colon, and lung cancers.

 ? Bananas contain high levels of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which along with insulin helps to promote nutrient absorption and assimilation. Bananas support the natural acidophilus bacteria in the bowel which helps promote a healthy and functional digestive tract as well as keep the immune system healthy and strong.

? Bananas can prevent ulcers by strengthening the surface cells of the stomach lining which helps to create a thicker barrier against digestive acid and pepsin-the two main causes of ulcers.

 ? Bananas are also an excellent food for athletes as they can help replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly.

 ? Bananas are rich in the amino acid tryptophan which can help to promote sleep and regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

WHAT IN THE HELL  DO YOU DO WITH THEM?

  • Bananas can be blended with a little water to make a sweet and creamy “milk” that is both dairy-free and hypo-allergenic.

  • Banana “milk” is a great alternative for children and infants who are allergic to dairy and soy proteins. Bananas can also be cut into pieces, frozen and placed into a blender or food processor for amazing dairy-free and fat-free ice creams and “milk”shakes.

EAT THEM RIPE!!!

?Bananas should be ripe when eaten which means the peel should be lightly speckled and the fruit has a sweet, creamy taste.

? Unripe bananas can cause constipation and other adverse reactions.

?Bananas are a fantastic healing and nourishing food that is a great addition to a healthy diet.

☑️ They can be readily found at your local grocery and health food store

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Smoothie Revolution

Smoothie Revolution

If you’ve been on Pinterest or Instagram for any amount of time, you’ve probably seen a decent number of green smoothie pictures floating around.

Why is that?

Because they’re so darn good for you!

Green smoothies are a great way to get fiber, vitamins, and minerals – all served up in one glass that you can take on the go!

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Chock full of vitamins, enzymes, and minerals

Easy to digest, which means optimal assimilation of the nutrients you need

Great for stabilizing blood sugar (you will see each smoothie here has a healthy fat, and fat is key for blood sugar stabilization)

A fabulous way to consume a variety of different fruits or vegetables at one time

Terrific for cleansing the body of toxicity

An easy way to add more fiber to your diet for optimal bowel function

When you add in a handful of greens to your smoothie, you can an extra dose of awesomeness in every serving!

Here are some of my favorite greens to add to smoothies:

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Wanna jump on the bandwagon and get your smoothie on?  

Try this Green Thunder Smoothie with a Dash of Sunshine!

 

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