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9 Detox Herbs That Will Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks

9 Detox Herbs That Will Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks

    Are you afraid of rising health care costs?

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    Are you worried about your ability to be healthy in our demanding world?

    Would you like to feel like a million bucks?

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    I personally believe that becoming healthy is a process which includes diet, exercise, good sleep and effective stress management. However, it is not possible to always do everything you need to do to be healthy.

    Unfortunately, we also live in a time where the toxins in our environment can overwhelm our bodies. Environmental toxins, plastics, the pollution caused by large amounts of carbon in the air, metals, and all the food toxins from pesticides, additives and dyes add to toxic stress in our bodies and invite disease.

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    If not dealt with, toxins will result in diseases that will be chronic and probably expensive. One solution is to detox regularly: in the spring and fall. Another is to take detox herbs on a regular basis. I have assembled a list of wonderful herbs that I have used for over a decade that are excellent for reducing toxins in the body and maintaining balance and health.

    In order to regularly detox you need to know what you need to do and what will get the job done.

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    1. Mangistha. To have a strong immune system, you need to clean the lymphatic system, which is the seat of our immune system. The lymphatic system is all over our bodies. It starts in  our intestinal wall. It is also found in the skin and all of our organs where it acts as a toxic waste removal system. There is a strong relationship between our digestion and our immune systems which means that when the lymphatic system is compromised, our immune systems cannot do their jobs. The herb best suited for supporting our lymphatic system is manjistha.
    2. Turmeric. The health of our digestive system affects our immune system. The mucus membrane of the gut, a part of the lymph system is compromised by digestive imbalances. These imbalances which can be caused by toxins, diet choices, stress and lifestyle manifest either as constipation or diarrhea depending on whether the imbalances are drying or creating congestion. Seasonal factors can add to the imbalances. These imbalances interfere with our immune functioning. Turmeric is an herb that helps with this.
    3. Beets and fenugreek thin the bile. When there is congestion in the mucus membranes of the intestine, toxins do not get processed by the intestines. Instead they back up to the liver which thickens the bile which in turn creates congestion in the bile and pancreatic ducts. The result is that fats cannot be digested, fat soluble toxins cannot be processed and digestive enzymes are not as available to do their job. This compromises both the immune system and digestion. Beets and fenugreek support the body’s bile as natural supplements or as part of a meal.
    4. Guduchi cleanses the liver so that it can process fat soluble toxins so that they do not end up stored in fat cells throughout the body.
    5. Shilajit is known for assisting cell regeneration. When you have a build up of toxicity in the body, your cells will be malnourished. Cell regeneration helps restore nutrition and energy to the cells of the body. Shilajit is the herb for rejuvenating the cells.
    6. Gymnema sylvestre balances the blood sugar which helps prevent diabetes. Even if you consume little sugar, it is in so many foods, that you may nonetheless have a blood sugar imbalance. Blood sugar levels when stabilized make it easier it use fat stores as fuel for the body, in addition to preventing a long term chronic diseases. Gymnena is a wonderful herb for stabilizing blood sugar.
    7. Ginger is a great herb for restoring digestion. When toxins impair the process of digestion and when the digestive enzymes have been weakened, they need assistance to restore their functioning. Ginger will stimulate the digestive system.
    8. Triphala is one of the oldest herbal formulations. It includes amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki, three detox herbs that support all systems of the body.  Triphala can be used as a mild laxative and it is safe to be used regularly as a gentle balancer to the body.
    9. Neem is a wonder herb from the neem tree. It is most commonly known as an herb for the skin and dental health. However, it is also antibacterial, antifungical, anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-diabetic, and blood purifying, and has many other practical uses.

    None of these detox herbs are expensive and all can help you improve your quality of life by removing toxins from you body and helping to feel like a million bucks.

    (Photo credit: Fresh Herbs © by Salvadonica, Chianti, Tuscany via Flickr)

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    Last Updated on December 13, 2018

    12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

    12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

    Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

    A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

    1. Eat Before Heading Out

    First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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    2. Select The Treats

    Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

    3. Avoid Skipping Meals

    Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

    4. Drink With Moderation

    It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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    5. Be Active

    You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

    6. Get Out Of The House

    Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

    7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

    Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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    8. Set Realistic Goals

    You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

    9. Enjoy Yourself

    Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

    10. Drink A Lot Of Water

    This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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    11. Eat Less And More Often

    Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

    12. Prioritize Your Workouts

    Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

    So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

    Happy Holidays everyone!

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