Even though you’ve probably just had some time off over the
festive season, you may still be feeling sluggish. Struggling with skin
problems, aches and pains, or digestive problems? Can't seem to lose
weight? It might be time for a body detox.
Detoxification means cleaning the blood. This is done by removing
impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for
elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines,
lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities
aren't properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely
You can start the detoxification process by lightening up your toxin load.
Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all
of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process.
Also, minimize use of chemical-based household cleaners and personal
health care products (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes),
and substitute natural alternatives.
Another deterrent to good health is stress, which triggers your body to
release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can provide
the "adrenaline rush" to win a race or meet a deadline, in large
amounts they create toxins and slow down detoxification enzymes in
Lifestyle practices to help detoxify your body include:
1. Eating plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh
fruits and vegetables. Beetroot, radish, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina,
chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as milk thistle, and
drinking green tea.
3. Drink at least two liters of alkaline fluid per day. Add apple cider
vinegar, lemon, cucumber or herbal teas to your water.
4. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions. Exercise and
breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your
5. Sweat in a sauna or steam bath so your body can eliminate wastes through
An excellent way to detox the body is with Reflexology treatments. When
the reflex and meridian points are stimulated during a Reflexology treatment,
circulation is increased which causes toxins to break apart and be
eliminated. These toxins cause blockages in the body which leads to ill
health and if not removed can manifest in infertility, depression, chronic
conditions, auto-immune disorders & even tumors.
Make a positive start to 2015 by adding a detox regimen and reflexology to
your new year’s resolution.
Natalie Holme - Therapeutic Reflexologist
It's back to work and school.
For me the worst about going back to school & work are the
lunch boxes. Perhaps it’s because I’ve run out of ideas or because I am
too tired to prepare them the night before and end up throwing something
together in the morning. So my new year’s resolution is to try to get
more creative and save time by doing things in advance so that lunch making doesn’t
become a chore filled with guilt due to my lack of effort. My youngest
is also starting school this year, which means she will no longer be having a
cooked lunch at nursery school. Panic! She is a fussy eater and
would happily not eat anything if unsupervised.
I would like to exclude wheat in the form of bread, wraps and pastries and
also rather include sugar in the form of fruit than in cupcakes, biscuits
& crisps. So in the quest to make healthy interesting lunches that the
kids and adults will enjoy, I decided to consult the internet.
Here are some ideas I found.
- Rainbow veggie salad: carrot, cucumber & celery
sticks, baby tomatoes, sliced sweet peppers (yellow & red) with a
dip such as cottage cheese, hummus or basil pesto.
- Soft fruit salad: berries, kiwi, mango, peaches,
plums & grapes.
- Cut fruit: apples can be sliced and placed in lemon
water to prevent them from going black. (1Tbsp lemon juice to 1cup
water) They can then be dried and packed in zip lock bags for a few
days, ready for use. 2 Tbsp of Almond nut butter can be included
in a little container for dipping the apple pieces.
- Homemade sweet potato chips can be made in advance
for the whole week.
- Cook extra meat at dinner time that can be used
throughout the week in the lunch boxes such as diced chicken breast,
sliced roast chicken, sausages, meatballs, gammon and Sunday morning
- Chicken or tuna salad with gluten free crackers
(Woolies) or rice cakes. Don’t forget a cake fork so that the salad can
be placed on the crackers.
- Diskem has a range of gluten free muffins which can
be made & stored for use during the week.
- Caprese skewers: place a cherry tomato, folded basil
leaf & a cube of mozzarella on toothpicks. Include a small
container of balsamic vinegar for dipping.
- Ham & grape skewers: roll a slice of ham &
cut into four segments. Alternate ham segments & grapes on
- A container of olives & baby gherkins.
- Raw almonds. These are a good source of protein
and are alkaline as opposed to peanuts or cashew nuts which are acidic.
- Fill a flask with water instead of using a plastic
bottle. This not only keeps the water cooler, but also prevents the
nasty cancer causing chemicals from leaching out of the plastic into
your water. Don’t send fruit juice. Not only is it full of sugar,
but it also doesn’t quench the thirst and if the bottle had to leak,
makes a sticky mess.
So with a little planning perhaps lunch making won’t be such a dilemma and
maybe the family will actually eat them :)