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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

UK laxative facts

laxative factsConsider that 500 to 600 million pounds are spent annually on laxatives in the UK. Laxatives are the method of colon cleansing that is most popularly used today. They are considered to be an irritant and stimulant to the body. They simply draw water from the body and produce a thin, watery substance that clears only the most recently digested waste from the colon, leaving behind bad eating habits and accumulated toxins and mucus in the stomach, small intestines and colon. They certainly don’t promote bowel health.

Every year 126,000 British are diagnosed as having colorectal cancer. Of this population, 44% will die as a result of the disease. At least two million Britons  suffer from colitis, ileitis, or diverticulitis, and 100,000 Britons have a colostomy fitted each year. Periodic cleansing of the colon could prevent stagnation and minimise the exposure to potential cancer-causing agents to the colon wall.

According to research, Colon Cancer is now the #2 cause of cancer-induced deaths in the UK. Many therapists, myself included, believe that sickness and health begin in the colon. A healthy Colon is fundamental to overall well-being. The digestive system is designed to process and absorb nutrients and dispose of the non-nutrition residue. When the colon works properly, the body’s systems tend to work properly. A diet of over-refined foods, additives, sugar and alcohol are just some of the substances that may result in an accumulation of faecal matter and may clog the colon.

If any of the facts shared in this blog created an interest in knowing more about colonic cleansing / colonic irrigation then please get in touch with our therapist on 07515 429008.

6 Reasons why you’ll need a post Easter detox

6 Reasons you will need a post EasterThe supermarket shelves are lined with chocolate eggs and hot-cross buns – and then there are the Easter specials on alcohol. Nobody wants to hold back on Easter celebrations, but we all feel the familiar slump by the time the sun is setting. We have 6 reasons you should consider a detox so you can bounce back in no time.

Blood-sugar levels

Your blood-sugar levels are the first to suffer from too many chocolates and hot-cross buns. Sugary junk food will give you a sharp spike in energy, but it won’t last long. Ever wondered why you’re so lethargic by the end of Easter Sunday? It’s because these sharp spikes are quickly followed by sharp dips. These dips also result in more hunger pangs; just a short time after you gorged yourself on yet another chocolate bunny.

Liver

This is the first line in our body’s natural detoxification process. It has a direct impact on fat regulation, hormone balance, digestion and circulation by filtering nutrients from your food and rejecting the junk. During Easter this ratio heavily favors the junk, meaning your poor liver is working extra hard. A build up of too many toxins from alcohol and junk food means your liver could become blocked, fatty or bloated. The result? A wide range of health issues, including high cholesterol.

A healthy detox can help restore your liver to its best and let your natural detoxification process get back on top.  Most of our clients combine their colonic treatments this time of year with the 9 day cleanse to get ready for summer.

Skin

Find yourself developing extra zits or bad skin after Easter? Your body sweats as a way to get rid of toxins, so the more chocolate you’re eating the more toxins make their way to your skin. But you can reverse these effects by cutting out the bad stuff. Even a short detox can help clear up skin concerns and that’s exactly what members who have completed the 9 day cleanse discovered.

“I agree that there are some dodgy detoxes out there but I found the 9 day cleanse offered at Kent Detox absolutely amazing! My eczema cleared right up, now my skin looks healthier and so do I!”  – happy client from Medway

Bloating

While wholegrain carbs are actually an important part of a healthy diet, the highly refined carbs in hot-cross buns are not. Don’t forget to think about all the added sugar that make them taste so sweet and you’re doing your intestines a serious disservice.

There’s a reason you feel bloated after indulging your sweet tooth. Our bodies produce gases when eating and drinking, and even more so when you make unhealthy choices, plus they can start smelling particularly foul! These gases start in the colon and move around the body until they find an escape or are absorbed, leaving you feeling bloated.

Swapping junk for nourishing whole foods will help give your body’s good bacteria a chance to do their job and stop the bad bacteria from taking over and take the edge off bad smells!

For an instant bloating solution consider having a colonic.  Even the NHS compliments it as a suitable alternative treatment to help with IBS and bloating

Bad breath

Some sugars found in junk foods are fuel for the bacteria in your mouth. This not only results in bad breath, but it can end up building thick layers of plaque on your teeth and gums which means even worse breath and a range of oral diseases. Do yourself and those around you a favour by following your Easter chocolate binge with a few weeks of completely healthy eating to get your breath fresh again.

Kidneys

Alcohol might not be a traditional part of Easter indulgences, but they’re a common part of English celebrations. This, along with extra sugar and refined carbs, puts enormous pressure on your kidneys making it much harder for them to do their job and remove the toxins from your blood.

On average, kidneys process about 200 litres of blood and produce about the same amount of urine each day. Give these hard-working organs a chance by feeding your body only healthy, nutritious foods. Fewer toxins entering your system means they can get rid of them much faster.

For any questions on the treatments mentioned in this blog please just let us know or book for your 9 day cleanse or colonic now – It is only a phone call away 07515429008 or email us via the following:

 

April is IBS Awareness month

IBS is a chronic and unpredictable condition. Symptoms that change over time and are hard to talk about add to the challenge of living with it. IBS affects not only each of us who suffers, but also many others – family, friends, employers, students, teachers, patients, doctors, customers, constituents – everyone whose lives intersect with our own.

20121222-065925.jpgHaving IBS gives you something in common with literally millions of other people who live with their disorder every day. There is no cure, yet, but there are ways to manage though not always simple or straight forward. It may take some detective work before you find what works best.

Managing your own health is obviously important. Research shows that supportive relationships are also important. Here are some tips to help you and those close to you live with IBS.

Eight Guidelines for Living with IBS

  1. Don’t spend time and worry about what your symptoms may or may not mean. Start by getting a definite diagnosis from your doctor or investigating the triggers through testing we offer at the clinic.
  2. Take an active role in your own health care. Learn all you can about IBS so you understand the nature of the disorder and different management and treatment options.
  3. Use this web site to keep up to date with changes in understanding IBS and treatment advances.
  4. Try to identify things that seem to make your symptoms worse and work on reducing their impact.
  5. Investigate non-medication treatments that may help reduce symptoms, like diet, relaxation training, or hypnosis. Read more on colonic irrigation here
  6. Use medications or natural alternatives like ALOE VERA to relieve or avoid symptoms. You may only need them now and then if your symptoms are infrequent or mild. Or your therapist might suggest suitable natural remedies that can support you ongoing.
  7. Be sure to tell your therapist or health care provider about anything you take to treat your IBS.
  8. Find a health care provider who will work with you over the long term to help you manage and treat your IBS.

Wedding weight loss 2014

Wedding Season Offers

The start of spring can only mean one thing…. WEDDING BELLS!!!

We have already seen an increase of male and female parties joining in the challenge to lose the weight and also look and feel good for their big days.

Some useful tips when considering a detox / weight loss plan /course of colonics for your wedding party:

  • Make sure you do all of the work before your last adjustments (not your last fitting)
  • Book the package that you know is realistic – it might be that you need longer to get to your goal, so also  ask about our 30 day programme with guaranteed results.  This programme starts with the 9 day cleanse and can  be combined with a course of colonics.
  • Also ensure that you look after your skin.  The programme we offer has amazing results in making your skin glow.  We also advise our clients to try a course of Microdermabration to encourage skin elasticity and blood supply as well as remove old dead skin from the upper layer.
  • Set yourself a target in terms of weight you want to lose and dates you want to achieve it by.  Discuss this with our therapist in order to work on a plan that will allow you to achieve it.
  • Get active
  • Stay hydrated
  • Don’t turn into Bridezilla, the stress won’t do you any good.  We often see an increase in stress related IBS for our brides and grooms to be.  Delegate the jobs to the people directly involved in your bridal party.

If you want to discuss your specific goals and concerns with one of our qualified therapist then please do not hesitate to get in touch.  Either complete the form below or ring us now on 07515-429008.

World Plumbing Day

Did you know that the 11th of March each year we celebrate World Plumbing Day.?

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The sad thing is that when I plumbing at home is blocked, overflowing, on not flushing properly we call someone out straight away.

Why don’t we do the same for our bodies?

So to celebrate World Plumbing Day I am giving you links to a few interesting articles and blog posts that will explain more on how you can look after the plumbing of your body:

Aloe matters 10

http://www.foreverknowledge.info/aloematters/

Practical Tips for Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)—also called irritable or spastic colon—is a common functional intestinal disorder characterized by recurrent abdominal discomfort and abnormal bowel function. The discomfort often begins after eating and goes away after a bowel movement. The symptoms can include cramps, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and a feeling of incomplete emptying.

IBS occurs in about one in five Americans, more commonly in women, and more often at times of emotional stress. It usually begins in late adolescence or early adult life and rarely starts after the age of 50. In severe cases, it can result in missed work days and curtailment of social activities. Although effective help is available, many people with IBS are too embarrassed, pessimistic, or afraid to seek medical care. Even worse, some people who consult a doctor receive insufficient guidance and conclude that nothing further can be done for them.

Why Symptoms Occur

During normal digestion, foods are broken down in the stomach and small intestine so that their nutrients can be absorbed into the body. Undigested or partially digested portions—mostly in liquid form—then enter the large intestine (colon) where most of the water is reabsorbed. Movement through the intestines results from peristalsis, a wavelike contraction of muscles in the intestinal walls that propel their contents forward. When all is well, the end result is stool that is solid but soft enough to be excreted easily.

Diet, eating habits, stress, and various environmental factors can disrupt the normal function of the intestines. If the intestines squeeze too hard or not enough, the partially digested food can travel too rapidly or too slowly through the digestive system. Movement that is too fast will result in diarrhea, because not enough water is reabsorbed. Movement that is too slow can result in constipation, because too much water is absorbed. Overly hard squeezing (spasm) can result in cramps. However, the diarrhea of IBS can also occur without pain.

IBS symptoms occur after eating because of the gastrocolic reflex—increased movement of the intestinal contents in response to food entering the stomach. The strength of this reflex can be influenced by the volume and temperature of the food and the number of calories. Large meals (particularly high-fat meals) and large amounts of cold beverages can trigger IBS attacks.

Medical Evaluation

A thorough history and physical examination should be obtained. The extent of further evaluation depends on the patient’s age, general health, and symptoms. If symptoms have been present a long time and have a typical pattern, the doctor may rely mainly on the patient’s description to diagnose IBS. If symptoms are recent in origin, testing may be needed to be certain that an infection, inflammation, or tumor is not responsible for the symptoms. The tests may include blood tests, stool tests, x-ray examinations, and endoscopy (examination of the colon with a hollow tubular instrument inserted from below).

Management Tips

The first step in managing IBS should be to identify what triggers the symptoms. The factors to consider include food intolerances, eating habits, dietary factors, emotional stress, exercise habits, use of laxatives, and vitamin C intake. It may help to keep a diary that relates symptoms to daily activities.

Many people with IBS have difficulty digesting lactose (milk sugar). This results from a shortage of lactase, an enzyme normally produced by cells lining the small intestine. Lactase breaks down milk sugar into simpler substances that are absorbed into the bloodstream. When there is not enough lactase, undigested lactose can ferment in the large intestine and cause nausea, cramps, bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea that begin about 30 minutes to 2 hours after consuming lactose-containing foods. The severity of symptoms varies with the amount of lactose the individual can tolerate. To determine whether lactose intolerance is a factor in IBS, the patient can experiment to see whether symptoms are related to milk intake. Laboratory testing may also be useful. If lactose intolerance is significant, lactase drops or tablets can be added to ordinary milk, low-lactose products can be substituted, or dairy products can be avoided (in which case the patient should take calcium supplements).

Bloating or excessive gas can also be related to eating habits and diet. Drinking carbonated beverages can introduce gas into the intestines and cause abdominal pain. Eating or drinking rapidly, chewing gum, smoking, nervously gulping air, or wearing loose dentures can cause some people to swallow a large amount of air, some of which reaches the large intestine. Gas can also be produced by such foods as beans, onions, broccoli, and cabbage. Eating more slowly or minimizing gas-forming foods may help.

Since caffeine can increase intestinal motility, people with IBS should avoid or minimize the use of caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee and caffeinated colas. Fructose or sorbitol (a sugar substitute) can induce diarrhea in some people. Since vitamin C supplements of 1 gram/day or more can cause diarrhea, patients with chronically loose stools should be advised to stop taking them.

Unnecessary delay in defecation should be avoided. When an urge is felt, leaving the stool in the colon may contribute to constipation because the longer the contents remain, the more fluid may be absorbed. Use of certain laxatives can perpetuate constipation because the large intestine can become dependent on them. People with IBS should not take strong laxatives.

Increasing the fiber content of the diet or taking a stool softener such as methylcellulose or psyllium may help regulate bowel movements and reduce both constipation and diarrhea. Increasing dietary fiber should be done gradually to give the body time to adjust. Prescription drugs are available to slow the movement of food through the intestines or to relieve intestinal spasm.

In patients with abdominal pain, medication, a hot bath, or a hot water bottle applied to the abdomen may relieve an acute attack. Antispasmodics can also prevent attacks. If a certain type of activity is known to trigger an attack, taking an antispasmodic drug beforehand may prevent trouble. If modifiable sources of stress can be discovered, resolving them may help. Regular exercise can also help to normalize bowel action.

With special mention to Stephen Barrett, M.D. – http://www.quackwatch.com/03HealthPromotion/ibs.html

Top ten detox foods

Lemon
Lemons are a staple of many detox diets, and there is good reason for this. Firstly, lemons are packed with antioxidant vitamin C, which is great for the skin and for fighting disease-forming free-radicals. Furthermore, the citrus fruit has an alkaline effect on the body, meaning that it can help restore the body’s pH balance, benefitting the immune system. Try starting your day with hot water and a slice of lemon to help flush out toxins and cleanse your system.

Ginger
If too much fatty food or alcohol has caused problems for your digestive system, it may be worthwhile adding some ginger to your diet. Ginger is not only great for reducing feelings of nausea, but it can help improve digestion, beat bloating and reduce gas. In addition to this, ginger is high in antioxidants and is good for boosting the immune system. To give your digestion a helping hand, try sipping on ginger tea or adding some freshly grated ginger to a fruit or vegetable juice.

Garlic
Garlic has long been known for its heart benefits, however the pungent food is also good at detoxifying the body. Garlic is not only antiviral, antibacterial and antibiotic, but it contains a chemical called allicin which promotes the production of white blood cells and helps fight against toxins. Garlic is best eaten raw, so add some crushed garlic to a salad dressing to boost its flavour and your health at the same time.

Artichoke
If you have recently been overindulging in fatty foods and alcohol, adding some steamed globe artichoke leaves to your meals is a great way to help get your body back on track. Globe artichokes are packed with antioxidants and fibre and can also help the body digest fatty foods. On top of this, globe artichoke is renowned for its ability to stimulate and improve the functions of the liver – the body’s main toxin-fighting tool.

Beetroot
For those needing a quick health-boosting shot of nutrients, you can’t do much better than beetroot. Packed with magnesium, iron, and vitamin C, the vegetable has recently been hailed as a superfood due to its many reported health benefits. Not only is beetroot great for skin, hair and cholesterol levels, but it can also help support liver detoxification, making it an ultimate detox food. To enjoy its benefits, try adding raw beetroot to salads or sipping on some beetroot juice.

Green tea
While it’s not technically a food, no detox plan would be complete without regular consumption of essential liquids. Fluids are essential for keeping our organs healthy and helping to flush toxins from the body, and drinking green tea is a great way of boosting your intake. Green tea is not only a good weight-loss drink, but it is extremely high in antioxidants. Research has also suggested that drinking green tea can protect the liver from diseases including fatty liver disease.

Cabbage
Many celebs have resorted to the cabbage soup diet to help lose weight and get in shape quickly before a big event, however cabbage is not only good for weight loss – it is also an excellent detoxifying food. Like most cruciferous vegetables (including broccoli and sprouts), cabbage contains a chemical called sulforaphane, which helps the body fight against toxins. Cabbage also supplies the body with glutathione; an antioxidant that helps improve the detoxifying function of the liver.

Fresh fruit
Fresh fruits are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre= and are also low in calories, making them an important part of a detox diet. If you’re after brighter eyes and skin, shinier hair and improved digestion, try boosting your intake of fruit and eating from a wide variety of different kinds. The good news is fruit is easy to add to your diet, so try starting your day with a fresh fruit salad or smoothie and snacking on pieces of fruit throughout the day.

Brown rice
If you want to cleanse your system and boost your health, it is a good idea to cut down on processed foods. Instead, try supplementing your diet with healthier whole grains such as brown rice, which is rich in many key detoxifying nutrients including B vitamins, magnesium, manganese and phosphorous. Brown rice is also high in fibre, which is good for cleansing the colon, and rich in selenium, which can help to protect the liver as well as improving the complexion.

Watercress
Like most green herbs and vegetables, watercress is an excellent health-booster and detox food. Firstly, watercress leaves are packed with many vital detoxifying nutrients, including several B vitamins, zinc, potassium, vitamin E and vitamin C. Secondly, watercress has natural diuretic properties, which can help to flush toxins out the body. To reap the benefits of this nutritious food, try adding a handful of watercress to salads, soups and sandwiches.

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