Sunday, March 25, 2012

Vegetable and Fish Detox

Detox diets comprise low-fat, high-fiber foods, which aid in the removal of toxins from the body. After a one-week detox, you should begin feeling more energized and less bloated.

A strict detox diet involves the elimination of processed foods, preservatives and additives, starches (pasta, bread), gluten, high-fat foods, dairy, refined sugars, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and all meats from one's diet. A less strict detox diet may include one cup of coffee per day to avoid any headaches and certain types of fish.

Detox Duration and Frequency, To achieve maximum results, a detox should last one week and should be made into a habit in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Those who are detoxing for the first time may experience headaches that are associated with the withdrawal of caffeine and other foods that are avoided during a detox. How often you should detox is dependent on your lifestyle, metabolism and regular diet. You should consult a health care provider to determine your detox frequency.

Cardinal Detox Rules -Since the main purpose of any detox is to cleanse one's body by eliminating toxins, ideally, all foods should be organic and fresh. During a detox, all foods should be sautéed with extra virgin olive oil, broiled, steamed or baked. Most important, drinking lots of water will help flush out toxins. Water will also cut unnecessary food cravings by keeping you feeling full.

"Must Eat" Vegetables and Fish - Increasing your vegetable intake is good, but replacing any red meats and other foods on the "to avoid during a detox" list with vegetables is great. Although all vegetables have some sort of nutritional value, the colorful ones offer the most health benefits. There's a good reason why mom wanted you to always finish that broccoli. Broccoli not only has high levels of Vitamin A, B and C, but it also contains a plant chemical, which acts as a liver detoxifier. Cauliflower, cabbage and brussel spouts, along with broccoli, all belong to the cabbage family and provide nutritional benefits similar to that of broccoli. Spinach, kale, chard and collard greens are high in antioxidants, while red, yellow and orange bell peppers are packed with Vitamin C.

All of these vegetables, in addition to tomatoes, onions, garlic, shallots, chives and leeks, are cancer-reducing foods. The next time you add these foods to a dish, remember that they not only add spice but also reduce the risk of cancer. Ideally, saturated fats should be avoided altogether, because they are toxins that build up in cell membranes and increase the risk of heart disease. During a detox, saturated fats should be replaced with nutritional fatty acids such as those found in olive and flaxseed oils and salmon and tuna.

Salmon and tuna contain the highest levels of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and are therefore the preferred fish for detox diets. Considered essential nutrients for the development of healthy cells, these fatty acids cannot be made by our bodies and must come from foods. A lack of these fatty acids can result in chapped lips, cracked or dry skin and brittle hair. Beyond skin conditions, these fatty acids can also improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Overnight Acne Remedy

There are many highly effective overnight acne treatments that work to fight acne while you sleep. Although some overnight acne treatments can be costly, here are a few inexpensive treatments that really work.

Calamine Lotion - Calamine lotion is extremely effective at drying acne lesions fast. Simply dot a little bit of Calamine lotion on a blemish and let the lotion stay on overnight.
Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal that is just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the side effects. Soak the tip of a cotton swab in tea tree oil and apply it sparingly to the blemishes.

Baking Soda - Baking soda fights a bacteria called Candida, which can cause acne that resists other treatments. Soak a cotton swab in a mixture of baking soda and water, and apply the solution to your acne spots.

Mud Mask - A mud mask dries out acne blemishes and draws out the impurities in the skin. To leave on overnight, apply a small amount of mud mask only to the acne spots. Make sure you use an all-natural mud mask.

Effects - You should start to see the effects of using these natural overnight acne treatments pretty quickly--within 1 to 2 weeks of consistent use, you skin will show marked improvement.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Eat Organic Foods

Eating organic food goes back to basics. Research shows that there is clear evidence that organic foods contain higher nutritional levels. It is not just a marketing campaign: Eating organic has a positive effect on your health in addition to the well-being of the environment and future generations.

Features - Organic foods contain more nutrients, cancer-fighting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals than conventional foods. Studies show that organic farming boosts biodiversity throughout the food chain. Eating organic promotes good health and minimizes environmental impact.

Benefits - Consumers avoid pesticides, additives and genetically-modified foods. By eating organic, consumers reduce their exposure and their children's exposure to chemical laden foods. There is a decrease in the likelihood of cancers and other diseases, developmental delays and behavioral concerns in children.

Significance - Organic farmers must undergo stricter government regulations for product integrity than conventional farmers. Organic produce and meat are untreated and free of harmful contaminants and additives, significantly reducing toxin exposure. Consumers are more apt to find their foods at a local farmers market. It not only benefits the local economy, but ultimately there is less fossil fuel consumption.

Effects - Going organic improves soil quality. Organic farmers do not use synthetics and chemicals to fertilize. This helps safeguard the climate and water quality. Animals raised organically are given organic feed without hormones or antibiotics.

Prevention/Solution - Organic farming methods do not employ genetically modified practices. The food is free from chemicals, synthetics and additives. Produce is not artificially ripened. Soil is cleaner, with less residual elements left behind; run-off water is not tainted with pesticides or chemicals.

Misconceptions - Organic food is assumed to cost significantly more than nonorganic products. However, It is possible for a shopper on a budget to replace peppers, strawberries, spinach and potatoes, which all have higher risks of poisoning, with organic options.

Potential - Eating organic is gaining acceptance globally. Organic food is more readily found in grocery stores versus specialty or health food stores. More local farmers have changed to organic and are being supported in communities. The importance of eating organic is that you are not only benefiting yourself. As a smart consumer, you are imparting a healthier lifestyle that can sustain the environment for future generations.