OK, SO the summer holidays are not quite over yet, but we are nearly there.
Maybe we have a few more weeks left of sunshine, or maybe you still have your summer holiday to look forward to.
But the school children are all picking up exams results, the evenings are getting noticeably darker (boo hoo!) and before we know it we will be shopping for new school uniforms and starting to think about autumn.
I actually love September. For me it’s a bit like January. It feels like a new start, and a new beginning after the over indulgence of the summer. Even though we want to look in our best shape in the summer months, and may spend weeks preparing for that bikini body, don’t you always find that it ends up with a continuous over indulgence?
Garden parties, barbecues galore, camping, drinking, etc.
So, for me, preparing for September is all about cleansing foods. Immediately we do this, our skin looks amazing, our energy is re-gained and our focus and determination can come back with extra vigor!
There are many ways to cleanse the body. You can do juice dieting, eat raw, live on smoothies, cut our carbs, don’t eat after 6pm, and the list goes on. But I think when you have over indulged; you need to introduce the good stuff slowly. Each day you can just add some health enhancing foods into your diet and see the difference it makes. This is not only going to boost your immune systems, but help you to shed any extra pounds too.
Remember small steps makes big changes.
Try adding these foods into your diet daily and see what happens.
1. Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil: these are loaded with essential fatty acids, particularly the omega 3s.
They are essential for many cleansing functions and maintaining a healthy immune system. They are also critical to maintaining a healthy brain. The health of every cell in your body is dependent on getting adequate amounts of essential fatty acids.
2. Garlic: this helps cleanse harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites, and viruses from the body, especially from the blood and intestines. It also helps cleanse build-up from the arteries and lowers blood pressure.
Garlic has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties that help detoxify the body of harmful substances. It also helps cleanse the respiratory tract by expelling mucous build-up in the lungs and sinuses.
I am referring to fresh garlic, not garlic powder, which has virtually none of the above properties.
3. Kale: this dark green leafy vegetable contains powerful anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds that help cleanse the body of harmful substances.
It is also high in fibre, which helps cleanse the intestinal tract. Like cabbage, kale helps neutralize compounds found in cigarette smoke and contains a substance that jump-starts the liver’s production of cleansing enzymes, which trust me, most of us could do with a boost of!
4. Legumes (don’t forget you can sprout these too): they are loaded with fibre that helps lower cholesterol, cleanse the intestines, and regulate blood sugar levels. Legumes also help protect the body against cancer.
5. Lemons: these are superb liver detoxifiers. In addition, they contain high amounts of vitamin C, a vitamin needed by the body to make a substance called glutathione. Glutathione helps ensure that phase 2 liver detoxification keeps pace with phase 1, thereby reducing the likelihood of negative effects from environmental chemicals.
Vitamin C and other antioxidants found in lemons are integral to ward off cancer, fight the effects of pollution and cell damage. Fresh lemon juice contains more than 20 anti-cancer compounds and helps balance the body’s pH levels.
6. Seaweed: this could be the most underrated vegetable in the western world.
Studies have showed that seaweeds binds to radioactive waste in the body so it can be removed. Radioactive waste can find its way into the body through some medical tests or through food that has been grown where water or soil is contaminated.
Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them from the body. In addition, it is a powerhouse of minerals and trace minerals.