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A Heavy Metal Detox Juice for Your Next Cleanse

heavy-metal-detox-juice-768x1024Heavy Metal Detox Juice. What? And, no, I don’t mean like the music. Heavy metals, like mercury and lead, can accumulate in your system and cause all kinds of problems. You get them from the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the food you eat. You can’t avoid them. The problem is that they build up in your system and your body can have a hard time getting rid of them. Heavy metals have been implicated in hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems, neurological disturbances, learning problems, depression and food allergies.

Cilantro –  it’s also called Chinese Parsley, and, when dried, coriander – is a powerful natural chelator. Studies have shown that if you consistently eat small amounts of cilantro, you can reduce the heavy metal load in your system. You can do this in any way you want. Cilantro can be used in a multitude of foods from soups and stews to guacamole or Coconut Chicken with Lime and Cilantro.

One of my ways is to add some cilantro to this Heavy Metal Detox Juice.



  • romaine lettuce – 1 bunch
  • celery – 4 stalks
  • parsley – 1 cup
  • cilantro – 1 cup
  • apple – 1/2 (optional)


Wash your greens thoroughly.

Put them through the juicer.

If you find the juice too strong, add 1/2 an apple. That will take the edge off.


Originally published on my website, Tapp’s Tips.

4 Tips to Spring Clean Inside and Out

Street Cleaner in Beijing

Spring is the perfect time to clear away the old and begin anew. In Feng Shui we want to clear out the physical space. In the spiritual world of metaphysics we want to clear out our interior. Here is a simple check-list to maximize your spring cleaning:

1. Clear out closets and junk drawers of unwanted items and things that no longer serve you. This helps you think more clearly – it truly does. After all, stuff is just stuff. Ask yourself; does this reflect who I am now and who I want to become? If so keep it. If not, chuck it!

2. Space cleanse using Dragon’s Blood Aura Cleanse spray or candles. Stuck stagnant energy needs to be cleared out after the winter. Space Cleansing has many techniques including Karen Kingston, the space cleansing expert. Do not use sage, because unless you are a Native American and this is your magic you will amplify whatever negative energy is in your space. Better to clear it out using Aura Cleanse (visit your local spiritual shop or visit www.AnitaRosenberg.com.)

3. Clear out toxic relationships. Yes, friends and other people carry with them toxic vibes as much as your environment. Take a moment to list the positive loving people in your life and those who constantly drain and depress you. You don’t have to be mean about it – but it’s time to release those toxic relationships so you can attract fabulous new folks into your life.

4. Get an astrology reading. Knowing what is in store for you according to your astrology chart is powerful. It helps you tap into your true potential and create a good solid game plan. Western Astrology is more popular here and you will surely find someone at your local spiritual book store. Vedic Astrology is what they use in India. BaZi Chinese Astrology is my area of expertise. As one of the few people in the West doing this type of work, I will tell you it was originally used to personalize your Feng Shui. I use it as a stand-alone practice and it is extremely accurate. Whatever you pick – create your game plan for success.

Have a super Spring!

Juicing-Have you heard?

The building blocks of health are derived from how we care for our bodies and the nutrients we obtain from the food we consume. However more often than not the foods we eat do not supply our body with the nutrients it demands. The result for some is over consumption. When our bodies are unsatisfied with the nutrients we provide, we get food cravings even when our stomachs are full. Juicing is an excellent way to immediately improve vital nutrition. Once your body can absorb the nutrients needed to carry out cellular function and start performing at an optimum level, you will benefit from healthier skin, improved digestion, potential fat loss, and greater energy levels.

Through juicing, the body is provided with minerals, nutrients, enzymes, and vitamins, which are easily absorbed. These elements work synergistically to improve cellular function. With improved cellular function your body’s ability to repair, renew, and fight disease increases significantly. Your body will exert less energy on recovering from damage and digesting, resulting in an abundance of energy for you.  Juicing can also be used as a tool to combat acute health problems.

The most important thing when it comes to juicing is to find a way to incorporate it into your life and routine. Healthy habits are formed when you enjoy doing something and when it tastes great too.  First thing you will need is a juicer; find one that can handle the tough skin and pulp of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. A decent juicer should not require you to peel any fruit or vegetable. Then find a time of day that you that you can freely dedicate an additional 10 minutes for juicing. This time should also be when your stomach is empty, generally shortly before (about 20 minutes to ½ hour) a meal or about 2 ½ to 3 hours after a meal. This is an important step, because in order to properly absorb the nutrients, your body needs an empty stomach (the acids that aid in digestion may inhibit full absorption). Also avoid juicing too closely after eating, since your body is busy digesting. The nutrients will not absorb quickly enough, so the nutrient dense juice will end up creating unwanted gas and potentially distress your stomach.

Once you have your juicer, and a plan for when you will juice, you’ll need fresh fruits and veggies. The fresher the vegetable the richer the nutrients. When it comes to combinations you can experiment with what tastes good to you.  Juicing leafy greens is a must for optimal health.  Here is a quick shopping list, to give you a variety of juicing options to start with (It’s ideal to buy organic and pesticide free fruits and veggies). 

  • Kale
  • Pineapple
  • Ginger
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Lemons
  • Carrots
  • Oranges

These are very good basics that can make tasty juices. You should enjoy the taste of your juice so experiment with combinations based on your desired taste.

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started:

Green Lemonade

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 bunch of collard
  • ½ cucumber (with peel)
  • 1 granny smith apple (with peel)
  • 1 lemon (with peel)
  • Small piece of ginger
  • 1 to 2 wedges of pineapple cut lengthwise (with the peel)

This should yield about 16 to 20 oz (enough for 2 servings)

Lemon Ginger Zest

  • 1 small bunch of collard
  • 2 wedges of pineapple (with peel)
  • 2 lemons (with peel)
  • 1 apple (with peel)
  • Medium size piece of ginger root (about 2 inches long)

You can always add carrots, apples or oranges to sweeten any juice. Different fruits and vegetables yield different amounts of juice, so if you are juicing green leafy veggies only, it will take a lot more to get 8 ounces of juice.  However, if you combine the green leafies with celery or a cucumber (which have a higher water content), you will get 8 ounces much quicker. The more you juice, the more you will discover what works for you.  Soon you will find yourself juicing veggies that you may not have even thought of eating before. 

Achieving optimum health doesn’t have to be a struggle. It’s within arms reach.  You have the control to make the difference in yourself.

– By Sara Fredrickson of Prana Fit, Inc.


Share Your Story

May 2005, Miami, FL


“So, what happened with your father?”

I am standing in front of a small crowd in the bookstore and the question comes from an older woman sitting in the front row. This is the 2nd most popular question I get at book signings, right after “How did you get your book published”.

Everyone wants to hear a happy ending. They want to know that after writing that letter to my father and forgiving him for everything, he came back into my life and we all lived happily ever after. But that’s not exactly how the story goes…

As I said in my book, I realized that I had been waiting my entire life for this imaginary father figure to ride in on his white horse and make everything okay….. and he wasn’t coming. I realized that I had to figure out how to fill myself up and nothing ‘out there’ was going to do that for me. Not my husband, or my kids or my career. I had to fill myself from within. That moment, with my father, was the catalyst for me getting really serious about writing a book. That began the journey of figuring out what fills me up. The act of writing, as much as I resist it, writing is part of what fills me up.

But the bigger ‘a-ha’ came many months later, when, at yet another book signing, a woman raised her hand and asked;

“So what happened with your father? Have you heard from him since your book came out?”

My response was not planned and surprised me. After giving her the normal monologue I wrote in the book about filling myself up with good energy, blah, blah, blah… new words came tumbling out of me.

“Beyond your greatest pain, lies your greatest purpose. If I hadn’t been so hurt by my father leaving us, if I hadn’t been so driven to heal that part of me that felt broken because of it…. There would be no Journalution. And I know for sure that starting the Journalution is part of my highest purpose.”

That has become a bigger part of what I teach today. Whatever it is that is the most challenging to you in your life, whatever situation you are going through, that is where you begin to look for clues to your highest purpose. That is where your greatest lessons will come. And you are meant to go out and share your life lessons with the world. Each one of us comes to this earth to share our story. Your story is important. And whether you share your story in a book, or through a song or painting or in your business or just sitting around a dinner table with family and friends, I encourage you to view your life from this ‘larger lense’ and glean the lessons so that your life can be an inspiration for others.

Standing in front of almost 100 women in Santa Barbara this weekend and seeing the recognition of this truth in their eyes was confirmation. That no matter what you are experiencing in this moment, it is part of the purpose of your life. And you must go out and share this purpose with the world.

I guess that is a happy ending, after all.



Detox Your Body: Bathing for Better Health

Bathing is as essential as anything we do as humans, yet baths frequently get overlooked in any list of healing habits. When prepared for and taken properly, a bath can relieve your toxic load — as well as mental and emotional stress — easily and at very little expense. The bath is your missing tool to better health.
As a longtime practitioner in the field of wellness and longevity medicine, I’ve found that empowering people to take conscious care of their physical bodies helps to ensure that their health care program succeeds. Yet there is one area, as essential as anything we do as humans, which frequently gets overlooked in any list of healing habits: bathing. I don’t mean merely washing your face, underarms and private areas; but more specifically the act — and the art — of total cleansing, by soaking and renewing the skin in the bath.
I come to the wisdom of bathing culturally as well as medically. I am Korean by birth. In Asia, the bath has an ancient heritage as a purification rite that is both practical and remedial. Growing up in Korea, my first experiences of bathing were of going with my grandmother to the local communal bath house. She had no bathroom of her own, and wouldn’t have thought that she needed one. I learned about bathing and hygienic skills from her at two years of age, with all the ritual attached to that journey: carrying my own bucket, towel and scrubbing cloths; the stages of cleansing; and the beautiful act of generations coming together, without vanity or inhibition, helping to take care of each other.
The key steps of traditional Korean bathing are easy to adopt, but they change the bath completely. The norm today, or at least the standard, in many Western countries, is to wash our bodies a lot — and not in the bath at all, but in the shower. Past the age of childhood, taking a bath is typically seen in terms of indulgence more than hygiene. A bath is virtually a psychological act. It is about stealing time away from the daily rush, for the sake of relaxation, solitude, sensuality, retreat or luxury. Still, a really phenomenal amount of health benefit gets lost in the migration from bath to shower, and from the spirit of cleansing to the behavior of clean.
The medical truth is that bathing is one of the most systemically corrective things that you can do for your body. When prepared for and taken properly, a bath can reduce real toxic as well as mental and emotional stress. The warm water in which you submerge gently stimulates detoxification through the skin and other organs of elimination (the kidneys, liver, colon and lungs) by inducing lymphatic flow, improving circulation, calming inflammation and encouraging sweating. Add scrubbing to the process as your dead skin layers naturally slough off in water, and you remove innumerable pollutants and metabolic waste products that have been collected there. Remember, the skin is the largest organ for detoxification and therefore a first line of defense for your body.
And we need to purify our skin more than ever in modern life. Toxins that are found in the skin include, but are not limited to: benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, styrene, deodorant, car exhaust, hydrocarbons, smog, household chemicals, perfumes, cosmetics, heavy metals including mercury, cadmium, aluminum, arsenic, lead, and nickel, dust mites, dust mite droppings, fungus, mold, bacteria, virus, parasites, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and hormones. It makes sense to rid the body of these elements as regularly as possible, in order to manage the toxic load we all carry to varying degrees.
Bathing has always helped our bodies do that, easily and at very little expense. In effect, a proactive bath once a week can replace certain types of doctor’s treatments, spa visits or other more invasive detox modalities.
I’d like to share some basic principles to help you transform bathing into a healing resource. All you need at home is a bathtub, a scrubbing mitt or cloth, a bucket and gentle, organic soap. Another option would be to find a local Korean sauna/bath house to visit on a regular basis, where you can soak and be scrubbed by an expert in the traditional manner. I’ve visited wonderful Korean bath saunas in many cities, and many offer hot rooms and pools of different temperatures, to intensify the ritual of cleansing. Following custom, these are communal places where you will have to let go of modesty. Most offer different sessions for men and women. Check your local city guide for information, or, you can visit my website for a list of reputable, classical Korean bath saunas across the country that I personally have experienced and highly recommend.
One note of caution: Bathing in this way is a form of mild detoxification, which involves raising your body temperature and increasing your metabolic rate through the steps of skin purification. For any bath or detoxifying regimen, get your doctor’s approval first if you have a physical condition or you are in a weak state. Contraindications may include, but are not limited to, diabetes, low or high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, adrenal exhaustion, recent illness, pregnancy, nervous system deficiencies and severe fatigue. Also, if you have just been out in the sun and gotten a burn or even a tan, scrubbing is not recommended.
1. Wash your body first. This is when to take that shower! It doesn’t make sense to enter a clean bath with dirty feet and a sweaty body. The bath is not for washing, but for soaking in fresh pure water in order to open the systems of the body and exfoliate old layers of skin. Plus, in order to exfoliate properly in your bath, all oils and creams need to be completely removed from your skin first. Washing first can also reduce contamination and prevent possible bladder infections when in the bath. Not cleaning before bathing is a major omission in the Western concept of the bath.
As part of a general skin care regimen, I recommend that my patients use a probiotic soap for best cleansing. Like oral probiotics and cultured foods for your digestion such as Korean kimchi or yogurt, this type of soap is naturally anti-microbial and works on the skin in a similar way: The presence of good bacteria helps to diminish the ill effects of the bad. In his book, "Life on Man," bacteriologist Theodor Rosebury estimates that 50 million individual bacteria live on the average square centimeter (5×107/cm2) of human skin! Probiotic soap will optimize healthy skin flora and help remove harmful pathogens as well as dirt and sweat.
2. Make sure your bathtub has been cleaned with natural, nontoxic products. Draw your bath at a comfortably hot, but not scalding temperature. You want to feel very warm, to the point that you may be perspiring from your face, but not so hot that you want to get out of the tub to cool off. If you have a Jacuzzi tub with jets, you can use them for soothing muscles.
3. Stay in the bath for at least 20-30 minutes. You can stop here after your soak, and still derive beneficial, passive healing from the bath. Dry yourself vigorously with a clean towel to add a light amount of lymphatic stimulation.
Do not scrub after 8 or 9 p.m., as it may keep you awake. If you do choose to exfoliate, check your skin after about 15 minutes of soaking. Can you feel some debris sloughing off? If so, your skin will be ready soon to be scrubbed, to remove all the toxins which are embedded in the dead outer layers. Sweating also brings these toxins to the surface.
4. To begin exfoliating, finish your bath and jump back in the shower. Keep your body wet; the room should still be warm enough from your bath that you should not feel chilled or uncomfortable. If you do not have a separate shower, drain your bathtub and sit inside the tub to scrub there. It is best if you have a stool to sit on. You should have your small plastic pail or shallow bucket to fill with fresh hot water, a scrubbing mitt or cloth, and your mild or probiotic soap at hand.
5. Scrub each section of your body and then fill the bucket with hot water and splash it clean. However, do not scrub: all genital and rectal areas, eyelids and lips, or your whole face if you have sensitive skin. You can start from your feet and go up or from the arms and work down. Use linear strokes, back and forth: do not make circles. Practicing will show you how much pressure you need to use. Notice areas where you will always find dead skin, such as the back or inside of your forearms. Be aware that rinsing in the traditional way with a bucket is gentler on your skin and body than using a shower spray. Never use cold water before or during scrubbing. This will cause the skin to tighten so that it will not slough off, and may cause pain. You may be perspiring during the scrubbing process, or you might feel a bit of energy releasing. This is all normal. It just means your body is at an elevated metabolic state to aid in the detoxification process.
6. After one sweep over the entire body, you can go over any area again with a lighter touch to ensure you have removed all the dead skin. Your skin should feel baby soft, slightly pink with color, and vitalized. Wash your body one more time with soap, and rinse. Dry yourself well, and liberally apply a nourishing moisturizer to both body and face.
7. Lay down if you can for 15 minutes to relax and return to your regular temperature and heart rate. You will feel invigorated, clean, fresh and ready to go!
I often prescribe additional types of bath therapies for specific health conditions, using different medicinal salts, herbs and detoxifying agents. In future articles, I will discuss how to create bath programs for healthy and preventive skin care, chronic illness, injury, heavy metal toxicity and other ailments, as well as ways to assure that your bath water itself is pure and clean.

Happy bathing!

Originally posted on The Huffington Post.

Photo: CC Flickr//Daniel KJ


New Year, New You Detox–Week 2: Cleanse Your Bowels and Urinary Tract

Over the next four weeks, I’ll continue to share a modified version of my detox plan outlined in my book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. If you missed, last week’s article, "Get the Junk Out," it’s not to late to start detoxing. The next four weeks include:


Week 2—Kidney and Colon Cleanse
Week 3—Lymphomania
Week 4—Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse
Week 5—Cleansing Your Blood, Lungs, and Skin
While it isn’t necessary to do all five weeks, it tends to provide the best results. As I mentioned last week, don’t detox if you’re diabetic, pregnant or lactating. And, always consult your physician before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding any herbs to your health plan.  You can start at any point in the 5 week plan or just do a single week to target specific organs.
The New Year, New You Detox

-Drink plenty of purified water (at least eight to ten cups per day). This is essential throughout the program because it helps to flush out the many toxins that will be stirred up and eliminated from fat stores and organs in your body. Drinking adequate water will provide the necessary fluid for your body to push toxins out of your lymphatic system (more on this important system next week) through the creation of lymph fluid. It also helps flush out your kidneys, which also require adequate water to function properly. Start your day with 2 cups of pure water with the juice of half a lemon to balance your body chemistry. Drink no more than ½ cup of water with meals otherwise you will dilute your body’s digestive enzymes, which can weaken digestion and overall health over time. Drink water throughout the day, ½ hour before or 1 hour after meals.
-After drinking your morning lemon water, wait 10-20 minutes (take your shower) before having a large fruit breakfast. Eat fruit all morning. The enzymes, fiber, and nutrients put your body on the fast track to cleansing. 
-Eat plenty of vegetables on this program, preferably raw, steamed, or lightly sautéed. The enzymes, fiber, water content, vitamins, minerals, and high-quality protein that fruits and vegetables provide will help ensure that your nutritional needs are met, particularly since the detox mechanisms in your body have specific requirements. Make bright and colorful vegetables the focal point of meals and snacks and eat as many veggies as you’d like until you feel full—you shouldn’t feel hungry on my detox plan or you’re doing it incorrectly. Limit your consumption of white potatoes however.
Start lunch and dinner with a large green salad since they are full of enzymes to help your body with digestion of your meals, instead of depleting your body’s owns supplies. Also, leafy greens are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll (the green colour in plants that also helps cleanse your blood), and many phytochemicals.
-For the complete article,  click here to check out my blog.
Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.  Adapted with permission of the author from the book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. (Wiley, 2006).  For educational purposes only.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROHP, DAc, DNM, is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.  Learn more at: www.TheLifeForceDiet.com.


New Year, New You Detox–Week 1

Imagine waking up without an ache or pain, cruising through your day with energy, and ending it by enjoying a refreshing night’s sleep.  Then, imagine waking up to do it all over again.  Think it’s impossible?  Think again.  The key is eliminating toxins from your body and your life.  Over the next five weeks, I’ll show you how to get rid of the toxins following a modified version of the detox diet I share in my best-selling book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.

            Toxins can leave you feeling sluggish, achy, heavy, and out-of-shape.  They can also be a factor in the development of chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, and many other serious conditions. 

            This week let’s get started by eliminating harmful foods and lifestyle habits and start to replace them with health-supporting ones. 

Start by lessening or eliminating:


-Alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs.  Of course, continue to use any prescription drugs your doctor has recommended.

-Dairy—milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, butter, buttermilk, etc. Many people are sensitive to dairy products but are not aware of this sensitivity. It may show up as digestive difficulties, bloating, cramping, seasonal allergies, joint or muscle pain, arthritis, and many other symptoms and disorders.  During the detox, it’s best to avoid dairy products to give your body a break.  You can begin them again after the detox if you wish.

-Fried foods—I think this one is self-explanatory.

-Sugar, synthetic sweeteners and food made with sugar or sugar substitutes.  If you’re craving sweets, start by eating a piece of fruit or sweeten herbal tea with stevia (a natural sweetener that does not impact blood sugar levels) or a small amount of raw honey or real maple syrup—no more than a teaspoon at a time.  Don’t confuse stevia, an herb that is naturally sweet with Splenda, which is not included in the detox.

-Reduce animal protein to no more than a few eggs per week and 1 meal of meat (preferably organic meat and eggs).  Obviously if you are vegetarian, you can ignore this step.

-What I call the “3 Ps”—processed, packaged and prepared foods.  Instead, you can eat simple home-made meals from fresh ingredients.  By eliminating or reducing these foods, you’ll automatically be lessening your exposure to preservatives, additives, colors, artificial flavors, and trans fats.

-Wheat products (that includes foods made with white or whole wheat flour)—Instead eat brown rice, millet, oatmeal (not the packaged ones with sweeteners and salt—add a teaspoon of pure maple syrup and organic cinnamon for a delicious treat), wild rice, and other whole grains on this program.

-Margarine.  Contrary to common advice, margarine is not a health food.

-Salt—Switch to Celtic sea salt or Himalayan crystal salt, or another type that contains naturally-found minerals alongside the sodium.  Usually they have a grayish or slightly orange color due to the minerals present.  Of course, reduce consumption of salt if you’re a heavy salt user.

-Coffee and black tea—Reduce your consumption to a cup a day.  Try drinking herbal or green tea instead.  Sweeten with stevia if desired.


And remember: your efforts will be worth it.


Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook. Adapted with permission of the author from the book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. (Wiley, 2006).

Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROHP, DAc, DNM, is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.  Learn more at: www.TheLifeForceDiet.com.



The Body Divine

I love the thought of my body being a divine instrument. It makes me feel as though music is being played through me, like a flute, or an entire symphony orchestra at times. But I don’t always treat my body as such, and so…just more to nurturing self-love and compassion to be had. I’ll get there…eventually…perhaps when coffee and chocolate become exstinct! I’m learning though, that what I do to my body, is also affecting the Great Earth Body upon which I live.

Learning to awaken to our natural divine body is a journey, and it is in our very bodies that this nature is housed. Just like a daily ritual of a cleansing shower or bath, to nurture, adore, and care for our bodies is to recognize who we are.

This the ancients did through rubbing their bodies with healing oils, adorning themselves with precious jewelry, bathing in waters scattered with fragrant petals, dancing ecstatically with the divine, feeding it with nourishing foods prepared by loving hands, and engaging in holy acts of sacred sexuality. These were not indulgent rituals saved only for a special occasion, for the ancients knew something that we have so long forgotten. That our bodies feed the body of mother earth, and visa versa.

It is no accident that we were designed with feet to walk upon this earth. From the infinite Oneness above, this energy pours in through the top of our heads. From the magnetic core of the center of the earth, we are anchored here and fed these grounding energies up through our feet. Both energies meet in the middle, at our heart center, where they blend as One, then divide again to form a continuous loop, a never-ending delicious dance between heaven and earth.

Without our body how would we experience ourselves on this planet, or could we? We did choose to have this earthly experience for a reason. We wanted to know what it would feel like to be physical. And of the infinite possibilities of unknown realities we could have chosen from, there truly is none other than this earth’s perfect playground to do just that.

So, while it is a physical experience to pollute our bodies and our earth, it is also a physical experience to have honor and reverence for our bodies and our earth. What we give to one, we are giving to the other. I wonder what happen if we gave love?

What if we loved and cherished our bodies, these precious vehicles, to such an extent that along with heaven and earth nourishing us, WE began the reciprocal dance of nourishing heaven and earth? I think this is what unconditional love looks like. What we give to ourselves ripples outward in untold waves of either love or fear. Never again can we believe that what we feel isn

Top 15 Cleansing Foods to Detox Your Body of Harmful Chemicals

64311_10151349080785823_2020637278_nWhen it comes to cleansing your body of harmful toxins, food really is the best medicine. You’ll be amazed to learn that many of your favorite foods assist with cleansing your body’s detox organs like the liver, intestines, kidneys, skin, and more. Help ward off the harmful effects of pollution, food additives, second-hand smoke, and other toxins by reaching for delicious fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, and oil.

Apples–Because apples are high in pectin, a type of fiber that binds to cholesterol and heavy metals in the body, they help eliminate toxic build up and to cleanse the intestines.

Avocados–We rarely think of avocados as a cleansing food but these nutritional powerhouses lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least thirty different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals.

Beets–Time to whip up some delicious borscht soup since its main ingredient, beets, contain a unique mixture of natural plant compounds that make them superb blood purifiers and liver cleansers.

Blueberries–Truly one of the most powerful healing foods, blueberries contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain. Blueberries also act as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. They also have antiviral properties and help to block toxins from crossing the blood-brain barrier to gain access to the delicate brain.

Cabbage–Cabbage contains numerous anticancer and antioxidant compounds and helps the liver break down excess hormones. Cabbage also cleanses the digestive tract and neutralizes some of the damaging compounds found in cigarette smoke (and second-hand smoke). It also strengthens the liver’s ability to detoxify.

Celery and Celery Seeds–Celery and celery seeds are excellent blood cleansers and contain many different anti-cancer compounds that help detoxify cancer cells from the body. Celery seeds contain over twenty anti-inflammatory substances. It is particularly good for detoxifying substances found in cigarette smoke.

Cranberries–Cleanse your body from harmful bacteria and viruses that may be lingering in your urinary tract with cranberries since they contain antibiotic and antiviral substances.

Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil–Loaded with essential fatty acids, particularly the Omega-3s, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are essential for many cleansing functions throughout the body.

Garlic–Eat garlic to cleanse harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites and viruses from your body, especially from the blood and intestines. It also helps cleanse build-up from the arteries and has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties that help detoxify the body of harmful substances. Additionally, garlic assists with cleansing the respiratory tract by expelling mucous build-up in the lungs and sinuses. For the health benefits, choose only fresh garlic, not garlic powder, which has virtually none of the above properties.

Grapefruit–Add a ruby red grapefruit to your breakfast to benefit from pectin fiber that binds to cholesterol, thereby cleansing the blood. Pectin also binds to heavy metals and helps escort them out of the body. It also has antiviral compounds that cleanse harmful viruses out of the body. Grapefruit is an excellent intestinal and liver detoxifier.

Kale–Steam some kale to benefit from its powerful anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds that help cleanse the body of harmful substances. It is also high in fiber, which helps cleanse the intestinal tract. Like cabbage, kale helps neutralize compounds found in cigarette smoke and strengthens liver cleansing.

Legumes–Add a handful of cooked beans to your next meal since they loaded with fiber that helps lower cholesterol, cleanses the intestines, and regulates blood sugar levels. Legumes also help protect the body against cancer.

Lemons–Excellent liver detoxifiers, lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C, a vitamin needed by the body to make an important substance called glutathione. Glutathione helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (not the bottled variety) to pure water to support your cleansing efforts on a daily basis.

Seaweed–Seaweed could be the most underrated vegetable in the western world. Studies at McGill University in Montreal showed that seaweeds bind to radioactive waste in the body. Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them from the body. In addition, they are powerhouses of minerals and trace minerals.

Watercress–If you haven’t tried watercress add this delicious green to your next sandwich since it increases detoxification enzymes and acts on cancer cells in the body. In a study at the Norwich Food Research Centre in the United Kingdom, smokers who were given 170 grams of watercress per day eliminated higher than average amounts of carcinogens in their urine, thereby eliminating them from their body.Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables assists with detoxifying harmful substances from your body. Who knew cleansing could taste so good?

Adapted with permission from: The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook (John Wiley & Sons, 2006). Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.

Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROP, DAc, DNM,  is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. Learn more at: www.TheLifeForceDiet.com.


Listening to Our Bodies – Illness Lessons

 When our body, mind, and spirit are in balance, we experience good health. But sometimes we get caught up in life’s parade of change and movement, and things get out of balance. Just as there are seasons in nature, our bodies go through times of cleansing and times of activity. Illness is one way our bodies restore the balance they seek, as it cleanses the buildup of unwanted manifestations of negative energy in our system. When we are not feeling our best, we can go beyond addressing the physical symptoms to listen to our bodies as they tell us the changes needed to restore balance. 

Our bodies give us signals, but if we don’t listen when they tell us that they are tired or stressed, then the imbalance increases and a stronger message is required, one that is generally expressed by illness or dis-ease. The first step to regaining equilibrium involves slowing down, eating healthy food, getting more rest, and taking soothing remedies. Once we have nurtured ourselves with these things, we can begin examine our illness for the message. A heavy head may be a sign that we have been thinking negatively, harboring anger, resentment, or guilt. A sore throat may be telling us we have been speaking without integrity—gossip, insults, twisting the truth, or even speaking ill of ourselves, all of which can knock us off balance. A sore throat and swollen glands can also mean you are cleansing and processing some powerful emotions at present. Stomach problems could mean that we are having trouble accepting or “digesting” something. Only you have the knowledge of your thoughts and choices that will allow you to decipher the messages from your body. All it takes is time and attention. 

When we take the time to listen to our bodies we can learn how to restore our balance and improve our lives. By honoring the messages of our bodies, we can turn a time of illness into a constructive time of restoration, healing, and revitalization.

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