Anti aging is a complex process, which requires from you a number of ways to overcome it. One of the means to not only look and also feel younger is detoxing, which we will describe in this article.
Do you feel tired and sluggish and just our of sync? Are you experiencing digestive distress or problems with your skin? It’s quite possible you’re suffering from toxic build-up. It may be time to consider doing a detox. Detox (short for detoxification) has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a naturally anti aging and very effective way to cleanse the body from the inside out and is the key to achieving and maintaining optimal health and well-being. Detoxing allows the body to flush out toxins and contaminants that have built up over the years in our cells, bloodstream and organs.
Detoxing can help relieve these problems:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Low Energy
- Digestive Problems
- Bloated / Gassy
- IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Candida -Yeast Infections
- Skin Disorders such as Eczema and Psoriasis
- Bad Breath / Body Odor
- Loss of Concentration
- Muscle / Joint Pain
- Overweight / Underweight
There are a number of detox programs to chose from (depending on your needs) from Colon and Parasite Cleanses that use herbs, fiber and vitamins to Colon Hydrotherapy (also known as Colonics) which uses gentle water to cleanse the colon.
Following a Detox Program, you can continue to cleanse your body with these healthy, healing, anti aging practices to assist the bodies natural detoxification:
- Eat a Nutritious Antioxidant Rich Diet – fruits, vegetables (preferably organic) and high in fiber
- Drink 8 Glasses of Water Daily – to help flush out toxins and keep you hydrated
- Cleanse and Protect your Liver – with herbs such as milk thistle and dandellion root tea
- Vitamin – C is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for any detox program
- Practice Diaphragmatic Breathing – Deep breathing has a very powerful impact on your health! Clikc on the link to learn more about Diaphragmatic Breathing.
- Dry Skin Brushing – Used for centuries, dry skin brushing not only helps to exfoliate the skin, but is one of the most underated practices for healthy skin and the entire body! Click on the link for the many health benefits of Dry Skin Brusing.
- Hydrotherapy – Also used for centuries this practice of alternating hot and cold water produces many healing benefits. For more information on Hydrotherapy.
- Exercise – Is the # 1 anti aging secret in the world! For the numerous anti aging benefits of Exercise.
- Sauna – Sweating in a sauna is excellent for eliminating waste through perspiration
PLEASE NOTE: For vibrant health, it’s recommended to do a detoxification cleanse at least once a year. After your cleanse is complete, it’s recommended to take probiotics to replace the good bacteria you lose while cleansing your colon. DO NOT take probiotics during the cleanse as they’ll just get washed out. Consult a health care practitioner if you have any questions regarding detoxing.
I think we’re all familiar with the term “you are what you eat” – meaning to be healthy you need to eat healthy. When you eat a diet of processed foods, high in saturated fat, salt, white sugar and flour, it can lead to a host of health problems, low energy levels, and depression.
There are specific foods (groups) that have a key role in anti aging, while restoring your vitality and vigor:
- ALLIUM FAMILY – Garlic, onion, shallots and leeks all help to detoxify the body and restore liver function.
- BEANS/LENTILS – Low in calories and fat, but packed full of protein, high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, folic acid, and omega 6 fatty acids, beans/lentils are an anti aging dietary necessity!
- BERRIES – All berries including the *acai berry are loaded with powerful anti aging antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids (EFA’s). The phytonutrients found in berries help discourage the growth of cancer cells and the high Vitamin C content helps lower the risk of heart disease.
- CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES – Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, among others are considered super veggies containing phytochemicals that have excellent cancer fighting properties.
- GREEN FOODS – Barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, and blue green algae are all very anti aging and are shown to have beneficial effects on cholesterol, blood pressure, and cancer prevention.
- NUTS/SEEDS – Almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and so on are tremendously nutritious and an excellent source of protein, potassium, fiber, and EFA’s. Nuts have numerous anti aging and beauty benefits! One caveat: Consume nuts in moderation if your’e trying to cut calories as they are high in fat.
- OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – These “good fats” are found in foods such as salmon and tuna, flax seed (oil), hemp oil, olive oil, avacado, and nuts. EFA’s are essential for brain, cardiovascular, skin health and so much more!
- SOY – Tofu, tempeh, miso and so on, contain cancer fighting compounds known as isoflavones which possess antifungal, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which help reduce bad cholesterol, maintian bone density, and help reduce hot flashes and night sweat in postmenopausal women. NOTE: Because soy mimics estrogen, women who have had breast cancer should consult their doctor about whether to include soy in their diet.
- SPICES – Used for centuries for their medicinal as well as culinary purposes – Cinnamon, tumeric, ginger, paprika, rosemary, cayenne, oregano, and basil actually have more disease fighting antioxidants then most fruits and vegetables.
- SPROUTS – Sprouts are one of the most nutritious foods that exists! They’re extremely high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and have a high enzyme content – making them easy to digest. Sprouts are best eaten raw as cooking destroys much of their nutritional content.
- YOGURT/KEFIR – Containing live cultures – these foods are vital for replenshing healthy flora in the digestive tract. Adding fermented (probiotic) foods to your daily diet will boost your immune system and increase your energy!
- WHOLE GRAINS – Complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal, barley, brown rice, quinoa (keen wah) and popcorn are not only high in fiber, but a good source of vitamins, iron, and antioxidants. Whole grains have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and many types of cancer.
These delicious anti aging foods provide your body with the nutrients it needs, and may help reduce your risk of disease. So, if you’re serious about preventing disease, boosting your immune system, increasing your energy, looking younger, and feeling better, then adding these anti aging foods to your diet is a must!