Food Which Help us Cleanse the Liver

Foods Which Help Us Cleanse Our Liver

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The liver performs many essential functions related to digestion, metabolism, immunity, and the storage of nutrients within the body. These functions make the liver a vital organ without which the tissues of the body would quickly die from lack of energy and nutrients. The liver plays an active role in the process of digestion as it produces bile and filters out and destroys wastes and harmful substances such as toxins, bacteria and by products from the metabolic processes in the body.

The health of our liver in many ways determines our overall health and it is therefore crucial that we look after our liver – if you place your right hand over the area under the ribs on the right side of your body it will just about cover the area of your liver. Although the liver is the only organ that is able to regenerate if it is even moderately impaired a host of symptoms can occur such as gas, bloating, skin problems, low energy, poor sleep etc,

  • A few of the Liver functions include:
  • Processing digested food from the intestine
  • Controlling levels of fats, amino acids and glucose in the blood
  • Combating infections in the body
  • Clearing the blood of particles and infections including bacteria
  • Neutralising and destroying drugs and toxins
  • Breaking down food and turning it into energy
  • Manufacturing, breaking down and regulating numerous hormones including sex hormones

As mentioned the liver is able to regenerate but constant exposure to toxic substances can cause serious and sometimes irreversible harm. The source of toxic substances is listed below:

  • Alcohol: drinking large amounts can lead to inflammation in the liver
  • Sugar: can cause as much damage to the liver as alcohol
  • Processed and Packaged foods: contain additives, fillers and chemicals
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers: Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can damage your liver, especially if taken frequently or combined with alcohol.
  • Prescription medications: Some medications are linked to serious liver injury as well as certain antibiotics and anabolic steroids.
  • Chemicals: Chemicals you may be exposed to can cause liver injury such as chemicals in your cleaning products, the dry cleaning solvent carbon tetrachloride and a group of industrial chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls.

In Chinese medicine the liver is known as the green organ, one of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver is leafy greens. These can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced and are extremely high in plant chlorophylls which suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream and offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.

There are a number of other foods that support the liver:

Garlic: activates liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins; it contains two natural compounds allicin and selenium, that aid in liver cleansing.

Grapefruit: High in vitamin C and antioxidants which increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver.

Beets and Carrots: Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene and can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

Green Tea: full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to assist liver function.

Avocados: helps the body produce glutathione, a compound that is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins.

Apples: High in pectin, apples aid the body in cleansing and releasing toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.

Olive Oil: Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body.

Cruciferous Vegetables: broccoli and cauliflower increase the amounts of glucosinolate in your body, these natural enzymes help flush carcinogens and other toxins out of our body.

Lemons & Limes: contain high amounts of vitamin C, drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.

Walnuts: high in the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. They are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, make sure you soak the nuts first.

Turmeric: the liver’s favorite spice, add this detoxifying goodness into your next stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up.

There are some specific supplements that have been specially developed to help nourish the liver. Supplements that contain key ingredients chosen for their antioxidant, bitter, and soothing properties, all of which help to keep the liver in good condition.

If you would like help choosing the right foods and supplements and getting started on a specific programme to get your liver healthy or keep it healthy connect with me by clicking here, I can help create a bespoke plan for you, and get you started straightaway.

 

 

 

 

 

WHY MEDITATION IS THE NEW “IN” THING

WHY MEDITITATION IS THE NEW _IN_ THING-1As published on Watchfit – Expert Contributor

Meditation is about purposefully practicing mindfulness in a way that flexes your mindfulness muscle making you more in tune and mindful. It is a means of transforming the mind.

Meditation is gaining popularity but in fact has been around for 1000’s and 1000’s of years and its health benefits have been known for centuries by those who practised it. It is now entering what I call the “main stream” as people’s lives get busier and busier and people are more and more stressed and looking for ways of stress relief and to find some area of calm in their lives, to be able to switch off from the pressure and find inner peace.

Many scientists conducted studies to understand the benefits of mediation and initially most experiments were conducted to find out the benefits of meditation on stress. However, they discovered that meditation helps to lower blood pressure, improves heart rate, breathing and most areas of the brain. Some studies have shown that meditation produces long lasting changes in the brain and helps with attention, memory, learning and conscious perception

If you are like me and tried to meditate and found it difficult, if you had the same experience I initially had thinking that I had to clear my mind of all thought, sitting in silence with no thoughts and what in fact happened was I felt more stressed and thought about all the things I could and should be doing and got very uncomfortable and I gave up – then I encourage you to keep reading.

I was fortunate enough to come across a FREE 21 day guided mediation that was 10 – 15 minutes a day and I learnt that contrary to what I thought, I could allow my thoughts to flow, the aim was to bring them back to a central point, this particular meditation used a mantra, but you use a candle and focus on the flame, or simply focus on your breath. Meditation can be simple and easy if you allow it to be and benefits can be seen in as little as 5 to 10 minutes a day.

I practice meditation daily and used two different techniques:

  • Transcendental Meditation and
  • The ThetaHealing® technique which is a meditation technique and spiritual philosophy – that creates a positive lifestyle.

7 BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

These are just some of the scientifically proven benefits, although sometimes it is not all about science and more about how you feel, connecting mind, body and spirit.

  1. Increased Immunity: relaxation and mediation appear to boost immunity giving you greater resistance to viruses and even tumours
  2. Emotional Balance
  3. Lowers Blood pressure
  4. Boosts fertility
  5. Anti-inflammatory : stress leads to inflammation which is linked to ill health, mediation can switch off the stress response
  6. Reduces anxiety and social anxiety
  7. Improved concentration and memory

Whilst meditation is not the solution on its own, it is one of the tools we can use. There is a lot of evidence that it may do some good for those who practice it regularly and from personal experience I can say that my meditation practice has been life changing. There are many large corporations, actors and schools that are now including meditation into their schedules and finding significant increases in productivity, and reduction of anxiety and anti-social behaviour.

I certainly think is worth a short ad everyone has a few minutes in the morning and in the evening, if you say you don’t have enough time then think of all the time you spend on facebook or in front of the TV and I am sure you can find 5 – 10 minutes a day to start your mediation practice. Give it a try and see what happens when you can start to quieten the mind, pay attention to your thoughts, observe them and let them go rather than reacting to them

TECHNIQUES TO TRY

Try some or all of the techniques below, find one that resonates and works for you. The more regularly you can practise them the more benefits you will see.

Scanning: Sit or lie comfortably and starting with you head working down through your neck to your arms, torso, legs and feet, notice if you feel any tension and release this, relax all these areas as you work through them

Focus on the Breath: Sit comfortably and focus on our breath, notice your inhalation and exhalation, let your tension go with each breath. When you find your mind wandering just gently bring it back to your breath.

Mantra: sit or lie in a comfortable position and repeat a simple mantra, allow your thoughts to come and go and just gently bring your focus back to the mantra,

Visualization: Imagine being somewhere that has happy memories for you and imagine any tension being released and feel those happy thoughts washing away the tension. Make your images as vivid and colorful as possible, remember any smells – you might find this challenging at fist but it does get easier every time you practice.

If you would like any help with your meditation practice and to find out more about mediation and improving your health connect with me by clicking here, I will share a free guided mediation with you and you can also find out how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, and get you started straightaway.

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SMILING

the health benefits of

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Smile, it’s free, contagious and good for you!

Smiling has a positive effect on your wellbeing and we need to make more room in our lives for fun, laughter and smiling. Often as adults we tend to get caught up in the stresses of life and life gets too serious and we seems to have less and less time for fun and laughter.

Research has shown that there are many health benefits of smiling, when you smile and laugh there are a number of physiological changes that occur in your body, it activates neural messaging that benefits your health and of course your happiness.

Smiling activates the release of nueropeptides that work to fight off stress and the feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are also all released, these neurotransmitters help to relax your body, they lower you heart rate and your blood pressure – all good for your health. So when you feel your stress levels rising, it may be hard to find a reason to smile but find a funny video or a picture that makes you smile and you can counteract the effects of stress in your body.

Endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever, this makes it 100% organic with no negative side effects and serotonin is an 100% organic anti-depressant, again with no negative side effects.

So go on smile, you know you want to and as I mentioned before it is contagious. If you smile at someone, it is likely they can’t help but smile back and chances are it will change their mood and they will pass it on. You are then creating a relationship that allows both of you to release feel good chemicals and have a happier and healthier day.

Did you also know that you are better looking when you smile, try it out – people will treat you differently. One study reported that seeing an attractive face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, this is the region of your brain that processes sensory reward, so the study suggests that when you see a person smiling you feel rewarded. When you smile you are viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere, so keep smiling and see how it works for you.

Smiling raises your vibration; it can instantly change your mood. It’s impossible to sad, angry or depressed and smile at the same time. If you focus your energy on smiling and being happy, you raise your vibration and if you send out good vibrations you will receive good vibrations and attract positive circumstances. The brain can’t handle two emotions at the same time or two vibrationsit is one or the other, happy or sad, relaxed or stressed, accepting or resisting. Your smile is the switch that flips the vibration from lower to higher.

When your vibration is low, you don’t see the positive in any situation but rather focus on the negative, you don’t see things as they really are, you miss opportunities and you don’t experience life to its fullest.

Have you ever found that your day starts, something may go wrong like being stuck in traffic, you are then late for work or an appointment, you start to focus on what has gone wrong and things very quickly spiral out of control and your day seems to get worse and worse, your stress levels rise, what happens is that you are lowering your vibration and the more negative you are the more negative situations you attract. However, if you can switch that around, be grateful that you avoided the accident that made you late, you start to see the positives and the opportunities to have a great day, live in the moment and have a great day every day.

If you are still not convinced here are 7 Benefits of Smiling:

  1. It releases endorphins that that help lower stress
  2. The more we smile the more often we feel happier and relaxed
  3. Endorphins act as natural pain killers
  4. When endorphins increase, cortisol the stress hormone is reduced
  5. Laughing is good for us physically as it helps to expand the lungs, increase our oxygen levels and improve our pH levels
  6. Smiling make you more attractive and approachable
  7. It’s free and contagious, help others feel better too!

Simple Ways to Make you Smile Every Day

  • Watch funny films, video’s or the comedy channel
  • Look at pictures that bring back happy memories
  • Meet up with friends who make you smile and laugh
  • Focus on what is going right rather than what is going wrong
  • Be grateful and give thanks

To find out more about raising your vibration, improving your health and simple ways to release stress to enable you to smile more, find out how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, connect with me by clicking here and we can start straightaway.