Thursday, June 24, 2010

THE STARTING LINE By : Valerie Hould-Marchand

Health-conscious citizens I congratulate you, as you have clearly taken responsibility for improving or maintaining your well-being. In case you didn’t know… What we eat is extremely important and can extend our lifespan. As a Holistic Nutritionist, I value the quality of the foods I eat. I choose organically grown and whole foods because they provide the natural, and correct balance of nutrients required by my cells to achieve optimal health.

As we embark on this journey together, I will provide guidance pertaining the building and maintenance of nutritional well-being. So we now find ourselves at the starting line… Lets get started, shall we?

Our first topic: Detoxification & Cleansing

Our world is increasingly toxic. Harmful substances are all around us and they can adversely affect our health. Many health experts are convinced that regular cleansing is part of a healthy lifestyle. There are numerous methods of purification and detoxification and although fasting can be effective, I prefer an ongoing effort to cleanse the body rather than drastic methods.

To maintain and restore health, it is crucial that we support our detoxifying organs. Here are a few daily tips that can lighten the load on your kidneys, lungs, liver, skin and bowels.

• Upon rising, squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon in a glass of lukewarm water
• Eat fruit alone! Fruit leaves the stomach within 20 to 40 minutes. Combining them with other foods delays digestion and can cause fermentation to occur which in turn, may cause bloating, stomach discomfort, gas and other digestive problems.
• Drink water away from meals to avoid diluting digestive enzymes and stomach acids. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. Sufficient fluid intake will support the eliminating function of the kidneys, the skin and the bowels.
• Eat small, frequent meals
• Exercise at least 3 times each week for a minimum of 30 minutes.
• Allow at least 12 hours between your evening meal and breakfast to allow your digestive organs to rest.
• Use natural skin and hair care products
• Dry brush your skin! This popular European practice will not only improve your skin function, it will also stimulate detoxification and improve circulation. The proper technique to dry brush the skin is to start with the extremities and work inward towards the centre of your body. It is preferable to move in circles, avoiding all damaged skin areas.

Fun Fact:

Indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air! This is due in part to plastic and synthetic building materials, dangerous fumes and the air-tightness of modern buildings, which prevents these fumes from escaping. Numerous houseplants can be effective for filtering the toxins, pollutants, and carbon dioxide out of the air, replacing them with pure oxygen. Here are a few examples.

Boston fern
Dwarf date palm
English ivy
Gerbera daisy
Peace lily
Rubber plant
Spider plant

Until next time,
Heal yourself, heal the planet!

Source: Alive Academy

Valerie Hould-Marchand

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