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About detoxing

I often hear about people detoxing, especially after big festivals such as Christmas and New Year, or before a big event such as holiday or a wedding. But what exactly is a detox and what does it do?

Basically, a detox is a way to cleanse your body, to give it a break and a chance to rejuvenate before you carry on with your life. This means that, during a detox, you reduce the intake of toxins as much as possible so that your body can concentrate on getting rid of the rubbish that’s already in your system. There are different kinds of detoxing plans from fasts to cutting out a particular type of food.

As for fasting, fasting for one day won’t do the body any harm and has been recommended since ancient times. Fasting means you abstain from food, but water must be allowed, at the very least. If you do a longer fast, make sure you research it well. Water alone won’t be able to keep you going, and you’ll need to understand what nutrients to put into your body, how long to fast for and how to ease your body into eating again.

You might feel a bit daunted by going on a complete fast but are still interested in detoxing. In this case, cut out food that may cause your body trouble. You can cut out wheat, all grain, sugar, processed foods, cooked foods, non-organic foods… whichever suits you at the time. The more food groups you cut out, the more effective the detox will be- within reason. You don’t want to deprive your body, so make sure you know what you’re doing. If you’re not sure how to feed your body well whilst doing a detox, it’s best to keep it short so you don’t suffer any nutritional side-effects.

As for me, when I detox I cut out wheat, sugar and processed foods. I focus on eating as much raw food as possible, particularly concentrating on vegetables. If I want to go a little further I cut out all grains and try to buy everything organic. I aim to include raw vegetables and some protein (egg, raw cheese or some organic meat) in each meal. Ideally, I’d like to eat like this all the time, but until I feel confident enough to do so, detoxing helps me to adjust to a cleaner diet and get used to eating less of those foods that aren’t beneficial for me.

One pleasant side-effect of detoxing is weight loss. My own sister recently dropped two jean sizes just by following an all-natural detox programme for 9 days (she did the programme twice). Her husband also lost two stone. This particular detox programme can be bought on my health shop here: https://www.foreverliving.com/retail/shop/shopping.do?task=viewProductDetail&itemCode=007

It comes with loads of personal support and advice every step of the way, and also has a 60 day money back guarantee. So if, in just 9 days, you haven’t lost excess weight and felt the benefits of the detox you won’t even be out of pocket. There’s still time to get that body you’ve been aiming for…

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Favourite places

Have you been to a place so beautiful and magical you will remember it forever?

Here are some of the places I have been to which have really left an impression on me, and I’d like to share them with you.

The Isles of Scilly

These are small islands about 30 miles off the coast of Cornwall, England. There are hardly any cars on the island, and you can easily walk around the biggest of the islands in a day. Beautiful beaches, woods, hedgerows, harbours, rock formations, ancient Celtic sites and a wonderfully safe, friendly atmosphere make this place unforgettable. Camp there and go for a walk around under a clear sky filled with stars- I’m not sure anywhere can beat this place.

St. Nectan’s Glen

Another magical place in Cornwall, this is an old sacred site and you can definitely feel there is something different about it. Near to the ruins of Tintagel castle, part of the legend of St. Arthur, you pass through what looks like a part of Lothlorien, with a gentle river trickling through tall trees and rays of light. St. Nectan’s Glen itself is a little clearing where a waterfall falls through a circular rock into a pool below. If you’ve ever wanted to feel as though you are in an enchanted fairytale, this is the place for you.

Tolox, Spain

I stumbled on this little village accidentally whilst on holiday in Spain. There are flowers everywhere, overflowing from hedgerows and windowboxes, perfuming the air. It’s stayed in my mind years later and I can’t wait to visit it again someday.

Venice, Italy

 

 

 

 

There are a lot of places in Italy I love (Assisi and Rome were so special) but there’s something about Venice that just stands out. I felt like I wasn’t on planet Earth. I think everyone should visit this beautiful place at least once in their lives.

What are your favourite places? Let me know!

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The benefits of drinking tea

We all know the importance of hydrating ourselves throughout the day by drinking lots of fluids, and the benefits that certain plants can have on our health.

Drinking tea is the perfect way to combine the benefits of water with the health properties of plants. Warm or hot water also helps cleanse and relax us more than cold water, gives special relief for when our throats are dry or sore, and is extra comforting. It’s a great addition to a regular habit of drinking pure, fresh water.

So what teas could you be drinking? Here is a list of some of my favourites!

Black tea

Black tea

Yes! Even regular, black tea is good for you. Here in the United Kingdom, we drink a lot of black tea with a splash of milk, or Earl Grey tea without milk (and maybe a slice of lemon). It’s not often thought of as a health food. The fact is, however, that black tea is rich in antioxidants and may even help reduce against stroke and cardiovascular disease. So, enjoy!

Green tea

Green tea

Everyone now seems to be aware of the fact that green tea is good for you, but why is it so popular? Rich in antioxidants, it has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney stones, cancer, dental cativities and eye disease. It increases your metabolism and may also help to increase bone density and mental functioning.

Chai tea

Chai tea

I love Chai tea. It’s such a comforting warm drink, especially when it’s cold outside. Chai is a blend of black tea, spices and milk. Chai tea uses a variety of different Indian spices which are great to include in your diet for their health benefits (particularly to help fight infections).

Redbush/Rooibos tea

Rooibos

A popular drink from South Africa, this tea can be drink with or without milk. It has a lovely smooth, refreshing taste, is high in antioxidants, low in tannin and caffine and has anti-fungal properties. It is also linked to the decrease of allergies, nervous tension, digestive problems, asthma and skin problems such as acne.

White tea

White tea

White tea is basically green tea, but younger and less fermented, allowed to dry in natural sunlight with a lovely delicate taste. I like to drink white tea in the morning when I get up due to its light, refreshing flavour. It has pretty much all the benefits of green tea, and can help the immune system, reduce cholestrol and decrease high blood pressure.

Camomile tea

Camomile tea

Famous for its ability to relax and soothe, this beautiful flowery tea is said to reduce anxiety and tension, aid sleep, soothe the digestive system, fight infections and ease mentrusal cramps. Try this tea if you’re feeling stressed, or before you go to bed. However, due to its relaxing effect on the womb, avoid it during pregnancy.

Jasmine tea

Jasmine tea

A very aromatic tea, jasmine has been linked to the treatment and prevention of cancer and anxiety and also reduces cholestrol and fights infection.

Nettle tea

Nettle tea

Nettle tea is a fantastic addition to a healthy diet, fighting infections, digestive problems, skin problems, allergies and urinary tract infections. It is also good for the muscles and joints and is often used to cleanse and detox.

Dandelion tea

This traditional infusion has been linked to aiding digestion, cleansing and purifying the blood, relieving bloat and water retention, reducing inflammation, reducing high cholestrol, boosting immunity, fighting infections, disease and memory loss!

My personal favourite tea company is Teapigs, at http://www.teapigs.co.uk. They sell really good-quality teas in spacious ‘tea temples’ to allow the tea to really get absorbed into the water.

Wherever you go to buy your tea, get experimenting! Drinking tea is a great way to add variety to a healthy, natural lifestyle.

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Miranda Kerr and Kora products

Here is another company you may be interested in. I find it really exciting when people introduce natural, healthy products into the global market, and this range of beauty products is surely one to recommend.

The model Miranda Kerr, who has a particular passion for all things organic and natural, has been working with a team of experts to create cosmetics from organic, plant-derived ingredients. There is also a great blog on the Kora site that you might be interested in if you’re into a natural, healthy lifestyle.

Check the website out here: http://www.koraorganics.com/

Have you tried any of the Kora products? What did you think?

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El Naturalista

I get excited whenever I find a company that cares about ethics and the environment, and takes inspiration from nature for its products. That’s the plan of Nemki, and its great that there are others who share my ideals.

I’d like to share with you some of these organisations. El Naturalista is one of them.

One day in winter, a few years ago, I was in Cornwall and saw some wonderful boots in a shop. I tried them on and they were perfect. I bought them, and still wear them today (they’re in great shape). I noticed the name on the box- El Naturalista- and wanted to find out more.

As it turns out, El Naturalista, a Spanish footwear company, places a great deal of importance in the natural world. The designs for everything they make are inspired by nature and our relationship with it. They focus on using natural, non-toxic and recycled material and consider their impact on the environment, encouraging more traditional and less harmful production methods, recycled and biodegradable materials.

Check out their site here and have a look at some of the great things they sell: http://www.elnaturalista.com/index.php/en/

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