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    Top 10 Detox Foods to Eat for Better Health and Beautiful Skin

    by Tracy Neely

    The body is continuously working to stay in an alkaline state and the body’s acid-alkaline balance adjusts throughout the day depending on the types of foods you consume.  In today’s fast paced society, we consume high amounts of refined foods that contain sugar, cow’s milk products, excess salt, alcohol, wheat as well as meats that contain high amounts of saturated fat. Over time these foods can cause increased inflammation in the body and can wreak havoc on the skin causing acne, psoriasis and eczema.  Adding more detoxifying foods to your diet will not only keep your body in an alkaline state, but depending on which detox foods you include in your diet, will help to eliminate toxins that have accumulated over time.

    Adding the following foods to your diet, will allow your body to detox naturally and improve your skin and overall health and energy:

    *Apple contains pectin which helps to excrete heavy metals and is cleansing for the liver and the kidneys.

    *Artichoke increases bile production and purifies and protects the liver and has a diuretic effect on the kidneys.cauliflower for detox

    *Asparagus is a great diuretic that helps to support and maintain restorative properties that promote good bacteria in the intestines.

    *Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, Sprouts, Cabbage and Cauliflower) increase levels of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that supports the liver in releasing toxins.

    *Fennel has strong diuretic properties that help eliminate fats from the body.

    *Garlic known as nature’s pharmacy has powerful antioxidants properties that convert to sulphur based compounds which bind to mercury as well as food additives.  It also activates liver enzymes that help to filter out refined foods.

    *Ginger for some, is known as a panacea that relieves bloating and nausea, but also helps to stimulate digestive enzymes which supports healthy digestion.

    *Lemon stimulates the release of enzymes and helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that’s easily excreted from the body. Drinking lemon water, which is alkaline- forming first thing in the morning, will help to balance out the acidity foods we’ve consumed.

    *Pardandelion for detoxsley contains powerful phytonutrients and is a diuretic and helps the kidneys to release toxins.  As a side note, parsley will help to reduce the flavor after eating raw garlic.

    *Leafy Greens (Kale, Chard, Dandelion and Spinach) are considered a powerhouse of nutrients that are probably the number one food missing from the American diet.  They are a rich source of minerals and provide a variety of phytonutrients.  They are super antioxidants that support cleansing of the digestive tract.

    *Sea Vegetables, often called seaweeds are powerful antioxidants that help to alkalize the blood and strengthen the digestive tract.  The algin in seaweeds absorbs toxins from the digestive tract in much the same way that a water softener removes the hardness from tap water.  Sea vegetables offer the broadest range of minerals of any food, containing virtually all the minerals found in the ocean-the same minerals that are found in human blood.

    *Watercress a natural diuretic purifies the blood and encourages enzyme production.

    Adding these detox superfoods to your diet will help to reduce the toxic load on your organs and will also help to reduce the amount of acidity and inflammation in the body.

    *** Tracy Neely is the founder and owner of  Nourish & Flourish Healthy Living, a holistic nutrition and wellness consulting business located in Orlando Florida. Tracy’s love for raw foods led her to implement raw food cooking demonstrations within her consulting business. Tracy is a mother of a wonderful little boy and a wife to an amazing man and enjoys doing yoga, juicing and creating green smoothie recipes, reading books and going for walks with her family.

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    Jo's Brilliant Idea

    Occasionally (OK, most days) I head over to the UK Times Online website, to check out current events in the Old Dart.

    This week, I came across a very interesting article, and it’s given me an idea.

    The article is about a couple of rather exclusive “mum and baby” members’ clubs that have opened in London. They each have a slightly different focus, but they provide food, massages or other relaxation treatments (for parents) and fun (for kids). They’re touted as being a great way to connect with other parents – mostly mums, I’m guessing – and children. Oh, and they’re super luxurious. And therefore, pricey.

    When my girls were born, I was automatically included in a mothers’ group for new mums in our area. About nine of us would meet up every week for a couple of hours, bringing our babies to each other’s houses and watching them while we chatted. We provided each other with fantastic support, and some of us became good friends. We knew that, as first-time mothers, we could blather on endlessly about sleepless nights, sore breasts, baby bellies and mysterious baby ailments without boring each other. Once the babies became mobile, we began meeting at a local mothercare nurse’s centre, and the group eventually became a playgroup.

    But we certainly didn’t have massages. Nope. Food? Yep – someone would bring a nice little naughty nibbly thing each week. And the nurse’s centre itself, while very pleasant, wasn’t what one would call luxurious. But, really, it was the support that made it so much fun. Being a mum on your own at home, with young children, can be pretty lonely.

    Just imagine, though, if there existed in every town, in every city, a kind of gorgeous “Raw Parents’ & Kids’ Club”? A beautiful refuge where parents of young children could head not only for company and support, but for a lip-smacking raw nosh-up (and with take-home salads made to order)?

    And for a reasonably priced aromatherapy massage or reflexology session, knowing that their children were being well cared for in a fun children’s club, just a few rooms away? A place where children could run wild through nature (with their mums keeping an eye…) or get their hands dirty in all sorts of fun, creative activities; where lively debates were held; where stimulating lectures were given for parents; and where inspiring raw-food creation classes were offered every week? An aesthetically pleasing, groovy haven that soothed the senses and made you feel as though you’d come home? The sort of business that received local government subsidies so that everyone and anyone could afford to drop in for an energy boost and dose of lovin’ care?

    I’m melting, just thinking about it. Maybe I’ll file this away as one of my “brilliant ideas” (well, an idea I’ve borrowed and tweaked) that might – just might – come to fruition one day. Or maybe this is something YOU could build in your neighborhood? Dream big, baby!

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