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Ten top delicious detox tips

Detox doesn’t have to be about self-denial.

Detoxfruit.jpgA less extreme approach to cleansing your body where you eat fresh, healthy food, rather than cutting food out altogether, means you’re far more likely to integrate healthy eating into your daily life for longer.

Here are femail.co.uk‘s ten top tips to a delicious detox

1. Go for tasty food: When people think of a detox, they think of the denial of good food, or even no food. The result of an extreme detox is a very hungry, deprived person.
There is plenty of tasty food and many delicious recipes packed with herbs and spices that all have healthy detoxifying properties. Garlic, for example, cleanses the liver and drives away infection, while beetroot helps to purify the blood.  That’s why eating a variety of delicious food blended from fresh herbs and spices means you are far more likely to stick to healthy eating.

2. Detox gradually: Slowly integrating detoxifying foods into your life also means you are more likely to integrate these foods into your daily routine for longer, rather than seeing detox as a hardship and therefore more likely to give it up.
A less extreme approach where you eat fresh healthy food, rather than cutting food out altogether, means you suffer fewer side effects such as bad headaches and diarrhoea. It also allows you to carry on with life without feeling ill or tired.

3. Cut down on caffeine, alcohol and nicotine: Cutting down slowly, rather than cutting out stimulants altogether, is a more effective way to maintain a detox regime, claim naturopaths. Cutting down your caffeine intake for example, or making it weaker than normal, will stop you suffering from severe symptoms such as headaches often associated with extreme detoxes.
For alcohol, limit yourself to one glass of wine a night and if you are a smoker, cut down to a few before cutting out nicotine altogether.

4. Choose organic food: According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is able to break down naturally formed food such as organic food more easily than non-organic food that can contain chemicals. Food containing chemicals can cause inflammation in the gut that can lead to infection. Organic products tend to contain better quality vitamins and minerals that are absorbed by the body, helping to fight off disease.

5. Eat plenty of fibre: Fibre found in pulses, grains, cereals, brown bread, brown rice, buckwheat and wholemeal pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables should make up 80 per cent of our food. This is because fibre encourages a muscular action in the intestines and colon which pushes the contents of the gut forward and out of the body. The fibre’s texture helps move food through the digestive system more quickly than some other foods.  A high fibre diet also helps maintain a healthy gut. Soluble fibres create ‘friendly bacteria‘ needed to fight off bad bacteria – meaning that your body is less exposed to harmful toxins that could cause cancer.

6. Avoid refined foods: Refined foods such as white bread and pasta which don’t contain as much fibre as wholegrain foods such as brown rice and bread, tend to sit in the digestive system for longer which can encourage bacteria to form. Wholemeal foods stimulate enzymes in the large intestine to be released which helps break down food and flush it out of the body.

7. Chew thoroughly: Chewing food in your mouth, rather than gulping it down, allows saliva to mix in with your food. Saliva turns food more alkaline which makes it less toxic, preventing a build up of acid which can cause inflammation in the gut. Not chewing your food properly also means that it stays longer in your gut, fermenting in your intestine and producing more bacteria which can also cause inflammation which can lead to swelling and sometimes infection.
Also, try not to overeat. The Chinese say you should eat not until you can barely move, but until you are 70-80 per cent full.

8. Drink plenty of water: Drink at least one big bottle of water a day (correct times for drinking water) Sipping it, rather than gulping it throughout the day, means you can avoid taking in air which can lead to inflammation. Although our bodies are made up of around 75 per cent of water, as we unconsciously perspire all day, the body loses water vital for the function of our organs. Water regulates the temperature of our bodies, it keeps our skin moisturised from within, it helps food move through the gut and flushes out toxic material through urine.

9. Take lots of fresh air: Going for regular brisk walks helps bring fresh oxygen to our lungs and helps our blood to circulate more efficiently. This action helps to move toxins around our body towards our kidneys and liver where it is flushed out of the body.

10. Skin brushing: Skin brushing your body with a hard brittle brush brings blood to the skin capillaries which allows toxins to be transported out of the skin pores. Use a long flat motion starting at the feet and working upwards in circular movements towards the heart.
The action of brushing means that you bend your body which also helps bring oxygen to the brain, slowly waking you up.

by NAOMI COLEMAN, femail.co.uk

Colonic Hydrotherapy – how was it for me?

Well, I can’t say it was painful. I didn’t feel a thing when Roger
Groos, teacher at The National College of Colon Hydrotherapy
www.ncch.co.uk, and member of The Association of Registered
Colonic Hydrotherapists (ARCH), commenced the treatment by
opening the three way tap and allowing filtered, warm water at
38C to flow into my rectum from a tank, positioned no more than
70 cm above the couch. Roger had put some herbs in the water,
liquorice and fennel to relax the colon. I lay on my back while he
gently massaged my abdomen while water continued to flow into
the bowel. Then he turned off the inflow, massaged the abdomen
some more, turned me on m side, and switched the tap to outflow.
I felt a burning sensation just inside the rectum and a strong urge
to push. I relaxed and breathed deeply, then watched aghast as
the contents of my colon raced down the transparent tube like rats
in a burrow. I suppressed a twinge of embarrassment. There was
no hiding place. For about 2 days after my colonic, I was aware of
a bubbling sensation in my gut and my bowels were perhaps a little
looser than usual, but my usual pattern was quickly restored.
My bowels and I usually get on pretty well, so my experience cannot
be taken as a fair test of colonic hydrotherapy. All I can say is that
the procedure was conducted with care and professionalism. I
needed to seek a more expert opinion from somebody who had
IBS. So I contacted Peter. This is what he told me.
‘I am 39 and have suffered with bloating for years. My doctor
diagnosed IBS and has advised dietary treatment. Over the years,
I have restricted so many different foods, but nothing is made any
difference and it’s difficult to know what to eat and the symptoms
made me feel heavy, hard, lacking energy and depressed Then
as a last resort a friend of mine suggested I try colonic irrigation.
To be fair, I was sceptical, but in the event I was so glad I did. The
procedure was very professionally conducted. Linda Booth, my
therapist, spent a lot of time understanding me and my illness,
and she made sure that I understood the procedure. This feeling
lasted, and the second colonic a week later was as good as the first.
People have commented that I look so much better and I certainly
feel more confident’.

Colonic irrigation has got a bad name among some doctors and
nurses, but it is not entirely clear why. Roger estimated that members
of ARCH carry out in excess of 200,000 colonic hydrotherapy
treatments every year, many on people who have bowel dysfunction
associated with IBS. Colonic hydrotherapy is a relatively benign
treatment for bloating and constipation associated with IBS. Pain
is less common than with the administration of laxatives and
purgatives and more serious consequences are vanishingly rare.
There has only been one report of colonic perforation ever reported
by ARCH members and that occurred is somebody with undisclosed
diverticulitis’.
We hear a lot about beneficial bacteria these days, but does flushing
these out with water, cause harm? Again, Roger was reassuring.
‘The bacteria are not completely flushed out. There is often some
faecal material left as well as the biofilm of bacteria clinging to
the mucus layer adjacent to the colonic lining. Within 36 hours, a
healthy population of bacteria will be re-established, Roger said. So
as long as colonics are not carried out too frequently, the bacterial
populations will not suffer; certainly not as much as following
medical treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics’.
Hydrotherapy, the water cure, comes from a tradition of naturopathy,
which includes the use of herbs to regulate bodily functions and
get rid of toxins. The herbs include fennel, chamomile, liquorice,
raspberry leaf, dandelion root and peppermint. They are derived
from folk remedies and while the efficacy of all of these is not
scientifically proven, they are not dangerous, their usage is tightly
regulated and their pharmacological action is less potent and
therefore less prone to side effects than many medical drugs.
The issue of toxins is perhaps more vexed. Much colonic
hydrotherapy is conducted, not to treat constipation of IBS, but as a
life style choice as part of a detox regime. While it is true that toxic
substances may be produced as a result of bacterial degradation of
food residues in the colon, these are largely detoxified by the liver
and excreted by the kidneys. The body is very effective at looking
after itself.
The fear that colonic hydrotherapists are conducting invasive
procedures without a medical or nursing training may concern
some nurses and doctors, but the reality is that many colonic
hydrotherapists are nurses and the training and practice conducted
by ARCH are independently regulated by The Complementary
and Natural Healthcare Council, www.cnhc.org. So is it time for
reappraisal or at least proper research to test the efficacy of colonic
hydrotherapy compared with other options. Could it be seen as a
useful and comfortable treatment for more resistant symptoms of
IBS and not relegated to the dubious backwaters of detox retreats?
Have you had colonic hydrotherapy? What was your experience?
Do let us know by writing to nick@theibsnetwork.org. We would be
very interested.

 

The credit of this article is to ARCH – http://www.colonic-association.org/

Read the full article as an extract of the IBS Network Newsletter

 

Tap Away The Fear – by Marc Lemezma

Marc Lemezma – Hypnotherapist at Tranquil Hypnotherapy Maidstone

Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944)

I’ve always loved that quote and it is one I often share with hypnotherapy clients who approach me to help with anxiety and phobia.

Colonic hydrotherapy is an amazing treatment. Now you don’t need me to tell you that as Talita is so incredibly passionate about the incredible health benefits it can bring. It is clean, safe, odour free and leaves you feeling better in so many ways… yet some people are still a too little anxious or perhaps even embarrassed to consider it – even though they are keen to try.

So if you are among those who are keen and yet a little wary, I have a small “gift” for you to try in the privacy of your own home. It is a quick technique to help you overcome anxiety in just a few moments. This is part of a therapeutic discipline called Thought Field Therapy. I practice it alongside hypnosis to help my clients with all manner of issues, including:-

  • Anxiety
  • Traumas
  • PTSD
  • Phobias
  • Addictions
  • Uncontrolled Habits
  • OCD
  • And many more!

The basic idea is to tap the body in different places using the tips of your fingers. This stimulates energy points in the same way a acupuncture but without the needles!

There are many sequences available to use, one for almost any psychological issue you copuld imagine from anxiety to OCD. The short video below gives a basic introduction to the simplest technique in TFT – yet it is one that can bring about a reduction in anxiety in a few seconds to around 70% of people.

Try it. First bring to mind the anxiety you wish to control – that might be having a colonic or any other typical situation such as heights or spiders.Now evaluate the distress that though causes from 0 to 10. Now follow the taps shown on the video.

Re-evaluate your anxiety. Most people will see their levels drop by several points which is often enough to help them face up to the situation they have been worried about. Other people take a little more help – so if your anxiety has only dropped a point or two, get in touch with me and I’ll arrange a session to help you get your anxiety down to a manageable level.

If you do feel slight embarrassment when thinking about the treatment, try tapping below your nose on your upper lip about 15 times. Once again that should help reduce that feeling for most people.

You’ll feel a lot better after your colonic, I know I did, and the more relaxed you are during the treatment , the more effective it can be!

I hope you’ve found that useful. If you would like to know more about the many ways hypnotherapy and TFT can help you simply get in touch.

Marc Lemezma is a clinical hypnotherapist and TFT practitioner based in Maidstone. He specialises in working with clients looking to overcome anxiety, phobias and build confidence.