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Detox Tips For The Summer

Why detox? Gentle detoxing can help remove the build-up of foreign substances and toxins from your fat stores in the body. These accumulated substances can sap your vitality and can be the cause of tiredness, headaches, constipation, allergies, low sex drive, skin problems and excess weight. Having an occasional clean out can help the body re-gain some of its lost vitality and give you renewed energy for a fun-filled summer.

Some of the following tips will help you get started:

Cleanse with Water

You should drink between 1 and 2 litres of bottled or filtered water per day. Drinking plenty of water is an important part of detoxification that will help cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body. Avoid fizzy drinks and reduce your tea and coffee intake.

 Top Tip = Start your day with a cup of warm water and lemon to flush out your kidneys. It will zest up the start of your day.

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 Out with the Energy Sappers (Caffeine)

Increase your energy levels by reducing your caffeine intake. Caffeine is an anti-nutrient and will rob your body of vital vitamins and minerals. It can reduce the absorption of iron and zinc by up to 50%, which can reduce the effectiveness of your immune system. Caffeine is a stimulant that overworks the adrenal glands leading to adrenal exhaustion and a more tired you.

Top Tip = Come off the caffeine slowly. Start by reducing the amount of coffee you drink by half. Experiment with alternatives such as Red Bush (Rooibosch) tea, Caro coffee alternative and herbal teas. Don't be put off by your first herbal tea taste, there are loads to choose from!

Reduce Sweet and Fatty Foods

We all know this, but how many of us have diets high in the wrong kind of fats and hidden sugars. Read food labels and become aware of what you are putting into your body. Too many sweet foods can play havoc with your blood sugar levels, immune system and mood. Avoid refined white sugar, dextrose, corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. Use healthier alternatives such as naturally sweet fruit juice, honey and molasses.

Top Tip = Sweeten your breakfast cereal with fresh fruits.

In the Raw

Try to include one raw food meal each day. This will help increase your intake of vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant chemicals. Raw food is also a good source of live enzymes, which aid in the digestion and processing of food.

Top Tip = Try different ingredients to jazz up your salads such as grated carrot, shredded red and white cabbage, grated beetroot, sliced mushrooms, black olives, spring onions, sun-dried tomatoes, marinated prawns, griddled chicken and small amounts of feta or goat's cheese.

Surround yourself with Fresh Fruit and Veggies

No excuse now, bright coloured fresh fruit and vegetables are everywhere and you need to make the most of it. Include salads, fresh fruit smoothies, chilled vegetable soups, fresh fruit juices, fruit salads, crudités with guacamole, or hummus dips (see recipes below.)

Top Tip = Snack on chopped vegetables such as carrots, cucumber, sugar snap peas, broccoli with a low fat dip or serve as starter.

Be Inspired by Colour

When shopping, try to include some form of fresh food in your basket from every colour of the rainbow. Your basket or trolley should be brimming with colour and freshness. This will help ensure you get a wide range of protective nutrients for your body. Try including berries (purple and red), apples and pears (green), mangoes (orange), pineapples (yellow). For vegetables try aubergine and tomatoes (purple and red), spinach (green), sweet potatoes and butternut squash (orange) and yellow peppers. With regards to the kids, try to encourage them to help find the colours.

Top Tip = Eat from the rainbow.

Learn to Love the Freedom of the Outdoors 

Get outside more and fill your lungs with fresh air.

Top Tip = summer is the perfect time to try a new form

of exercise and use up all your newly found energy! Try tennis at Les Quennevais (part of the Active card), a swim in Havre des Pas pool, cliff-path walking, cycling, jogging or try the new Trim Trail at Fort Regent.

Summer Recipes

Mango and Strawberry Fruit Smoothie (2)

1 ripe mango, chopped

6-8 strawberries

1 pint soya milk

4 tbsp low fat Bio or unsweetened soya yogurt

Mixed ground seeds

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth. If the consistency is too thick,

then add some filtered water and blend.

Hummus

400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil

120ml tahini (sesame seed spread)

Juice of 1 lemon

Pinch of paprika or cayenne pepper

Freshly ground black pepper

Puree the chickpeas and other ingredients in

a blender or food processor ingredients to make a creamy consistency.

Taste and add more black pepper or lemon

juice if necessary.

Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours

before serving.

Serve with freshly cut carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower or as a spread for sandwiches or tortilla wraps.

Written by Active at 10:49

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