Celebrating Your Body
Detox Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle
If at times you're feeling generally under the weather, physical and emotional toxins
maybe to blame.
Avoid eating wheat
This means cutting out biscuits, bread, cakes and pasta and checking the labels on the food you buy, because wheat is found in many processed foods. Even if you are not intolerant to wheat, it remains one of the most difficult foods to digest. Instead, eat oatcakes, rice cakes, rye bread, wheat-free bread, rice, quinoa, buckwheat and spelt.
That means milk, cheese, ice cream and cream. Don't worry about your calcium intake; you get more calcium from green vegetables! Small amounts of butter and eggs are fine. Instead of cow's milk drink soy milk, rice milk, quinoa milk, oat milk or almond milk and eat soy yogurts. Goat's products, such as feta cheese, can still be eaten in moderation.
One of the ways in which animals remove toxins is through their milk, which is why
dairy products contain toxins. The average cow is given chemicals designed to make
it gain weight faster. The toxic cocktail includes steroids and antibiotics as well
as pesticide residues.
Organic produce is free from pesticides and harmful additives. It is also cultivated according to the principles that ensure it contains more vitamins and minerals than non-organically farmed food.
Do not consume food or drink that contains artificial sweeteners, coloring, flavoring and preservatives. This is 'fake' food that the body does not recognize and it therefore becomes toxic.
Read the label
If packaged food includes hydrogenated fats, do not eat it. Trans-fats, the dangerous by-product of the chemical process to create hydrogenated fats, are found in most processed foods yet have been deemed so dangerous that some countries (and, at the time of writing, the city of New York) are banning their use. They are deemed to be carcinogenic (cancer forming) and can promote heart disease.
Cut down on meat
If you choose to eat meat then buy the absolute best you can afford by opting for organic. Bacon tends to contain a lot of salt, so be careful to eat it only very occasionally. As an alternative, try beans, peas and lentils and tofu. They are cheap and easy to cook.
Don't get toxic while making yourself beautiful!
Traditional beauty products, such as perfume, nail-varnish remover, make-up, skin care, hair care, hair removal creams and aftershave, all contain potential skin irritants as well as chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. Instead, choose natural alternatives from companies that use non-toxic, organic ingredients.
Try to store food in glass or ceramic containers rather than plastic or plastic-style wrap. Food can absorb chemicals from the container or wrapping it is stored in. Cooking equipment should be stainless steel or ceramic if possible.
Drink more pure water
At the very least go for a jug filter, but if possible install a water purification system in your home. Bottled water is a good option, but try to buy glass bottles rather than plastic. Carbonated drinks, including water, contain carbon dioxide, which often leaches calcium from reserves in the body, so carbonated drinks should be avoided.
Boost your body's natural detox capabilities with supplements. Specialist detox supplements are the best option for short-term use. However, long-term support can be provided by a good multi-mineral and vitamin supplement. Psyllium husks help with the removal of toxins.
Cook foods lightly
Traditional frying creates damaging trans-fats and should be avoided. Browning food through grilling and baking creates harmful free radicals. Try to keep cooking light (as in rapid stir-frying or steaming) and keep roast dinners for special occasions only.
Boost your intake of detox nutrients
Include a serving of a detox 'superfood' (e.g. alfalfa or spirulina) in your diet daily. There is a wide range of foods available to suit different tastes and budgets that can be included in meals and snacks with ease.
Cut out caffeine, reduce your alcohol and/or nicotine intake
If going 'cold turkey' seems too much then try to reduce your intake little by little each day. Your body will adjust gradually, and, if combined with a nutritious diet, some of the cravings may subside.
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Taking care of your health and get better care for less money
Just as people put small amounts away for retirement and reap the rewards at a future
date, you need to save in a similar way for your health!
Here are the basic steps for taking care of your health and get better care for less money:
Find a primary care provider you can stick with.
Every time you need to move to a new doctor, you pretty much have to start from scratch. If you can find one primary care provider and stick with them, it helps because the doctor can really get to know you and your health issues that you come across in your everyday life.
Be a smart shopper.
Choose a physician like you would choose any other service you're paying for, if you're not satisfied with your primary care physician, you may want to look around. Talk to your friends. Who likes their doctor, and why? When you're at the doctor's office, ask questions about treatment options. Why are these tests necessary? How much will they cost? Ask about treatment options — is this the lowest-cost alternative? Even if your insurance is paying for it today, it may not tomorrow. If you're prescribed a pricey drug, ask if there's a generic equivalent that's cheaper or even free (for example, some large supermarket chain pharmacies have programs that offer free or heavily discounted generic medications).
Do what you can to avoid chronic conditions.
Chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease account for a whopping 84 percent of all health-care spending in the United States. If you want to save money on health care, it's more important than ever to make the lifestyle changes that can keep these illnesses at bay as chronic diseases are extremely expensive. Quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a good diet, and getting enough exercise are key.
But if you're not sure how to start, rather than making a sweeping overhaul that may not stick, try small tweaks you can live with — like swapping butter for olive oil, replacing meat with fatty fish a few times a week, giving up soda for flavored water or green tea, and improving the quality of your sleep. It's the little things you do day by day that will ensure you're living healthy for years to come.
Relax about some things, but be proactive about others.
Back pain, colds — you probably don't need to run to the doctor's office to treat these and other aches and pains of everyday life, as in many cases, they'll go away on their own. On the other hand, if you are living with a condition like heart disease or diabetes, it's important to keep it under control with the right treatment — and regular doctor visits. "Chronic disease leads to complications, and those are things that really run up the health-care bill, you should also see your doctor for any worrisome symptoms, especially if you have a coexisting illness.
Know when to draw the line.
It's all too easy to fall into the trap of being overly worried about your health and obsessing over every little twinge or ache in your body. While it's always important to check out unexplained bleeding, unusual lumps or other skin growths, and other potential problems, it's also wise to trust your doctor's opinion about your condition in most instances.
Womens Health is for the woman who want to reach a healthy, attractive weight but do not aspire to becoming the latest super model. We know that exercising and eating healthy will make you happier and stronger. Also we understand that life can be stressful since there's never enough time, and by having a little more help will make a balanced life more achievable.
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