Detox – What Is It, and Who Needs It?

This article is not about a drugs or alcohol detox; it is about detoxifying our bodies from all the harmful toxins we have absorbed over the years, through poor eating habits and living in a polluted environment. We live in an environment full of chemicals that are found in water, food and the very air we breathe, with the result that our bodies suffer from chronic illnesses, allergies and poor health. Processed foods, having already been stripped of their nutrients, contain refined sugars, chemicals and artificial food additives not originally designed for human consumption, which add to the already heavy burden on our systems that are trying to keep a healthy balance.

We can help the body to detoxify itself naturally, by eating nutritious food, and drinking lots of clean water. When we avoid toxic food, our kidneys and liver can eliminate harmful toxins, and restore a natural balance and health to the body so that we can function better, and live a healthier life.

Do you suffer from:

* being overweight

* fatigue and low energy levels

* indigestion and acid reflux

* allergies or food intolerances

* constipation

* high cholesterol

* arthritic aches and pains

Do you:

* have food cravings

* drink a lot of coffee and caffeine drinks

* drink alcohol every day

Would you like to:

* reach an ideal weight for your body type

* have a clear and rejuvenated skin

* have increased energy

* have improved digestion

* sleep better

* make lifestyle changes to escape from addictions to sugar, coffee, salt, alcohol, junk food

If you answered “YES” to any of the above, then read on!

Our bodies are trying to detox all day long, but we do not help by adding to the load every day. It is hard work for the body to eliminate harmful toxins. When we stop overburdening our body with toxic food, we allow our system to detox naturally.

Reclaim your health with a 30-day detox. A detox maintenance lifestyle program is not about giving up certain foods for a month – it is about making small, permanent changes, different choices – and getting huge results. This is not a diet – there are no weighing of portions or calorie counting – it is a health program, a lifestyle. It is not an extreme weight loss plan, nor is it a fast and low-calorie fad diet. In 30 days you will be able to alter your mindset and change your eating habits; to train your body to want to eat “clean” food – vegetables, fruit, legumes, fish, and nuts, and to not want sugar, meat, dairy, wheat, coffee or processed foods. In these 30 days you will also learn to distinguish between when you are really hungry, when you THINK you are hungry, or when you want to eat for emotional reasons, and introduce yourself to smaller portions and no second helpings.

Before you begin your detox, you need to prepare yourself both mentally and physically.

The mental preparation is perhaps the hardest. You have to take that decision, and make the commitment to give it you best for 30 days. Just 30 days. Set a starting date. Tell you partner, best friend, someone who will support you and hopefully join you, and share the journey towards better health. The first three days are the hardest, so plan to begin when you know you can have total control of what you eat – preferably not when you are going to parties or eating out.

Physical preparation:

Clear out “toxic” foods from your refrigerator and kitchen cupboards – eg wheat products (bread, pasta, cookies), sugar, meat, chicken, dairy products, processed foods.

Make sure you have:

a skin brush with natural bristles for dry skin brushing (your skin is an organ too, and eliminates toxins).

moisturizing creams.

Essential shopping – food you need to have in the house before you begin.

drinking water – 1.5 liters per day

vitamins – multi-vitamin supplement

whole grain rice – contains manganese, is rich in fiber and selenium, and helps lower cholesterol

goat's cheese and yogurt – (milk, cheese and yoghurt) contain less lactose than cow's milk and cheese, and have smaller fat globules making it easier to digest. A serving of goat cheese is a valuable source of protein and contains few harmful substances while providing similar if not more vitamin and mineral content. Lower in calories and sodium and higher in vitamins D, K, thiamine and niacin than cow products

olive oil – is a good source of vitamin E, contains vitamins A and K, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, amino acids. Great for eye, skin, bone and cell health as well as immune system

fresh garlic – boosts immune system, improves circulation, reduces cholesterol and high blood pressure

honey – fights bacteria, natural energy, protects immune system,

fresh lemons – contain vitamin C, antioxidant, clear the digestive system, help prevent osteoarthritis

coconut oil – rich source of lauric acid which has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Source of medium-chain fatty acids. Improves heart health, boosts thyroid, increases metabolism, promotes a lean body and weight loss, supports immune system

grapes – powerful antioxidants, protect the heart and good for circulation, fiber, liver tonic

reactions – stabilize blood sugar levels, reduce risk of heart disease, boost immunity

carrots – lower blood cholesterol, increase levels of beta-carotene, boost immune system, good for teeth, hair, bones, eyes, improve skin condition, improve and condition the skin, good liver tonic, promote general all-round health, good for the blood, heart and circulation.

broccoli – lowers risk of heart disease, cataracts, combats anemia, high in nutrients and anti-oxidants, good for digestive system and liver, skin,

spinach – anti-oxidant, lowers risk of heart disease, good source of iron, combats anemia, high in potassium which regulates blood pressure.

tomatoes – strong antioxidant, improve digestion, strengthen immune system, reduce liver inflammation,

cabbage – red or white – strong antioxidant, good for the heart, improvements digestion, fights bacteria, tones liver, boost immune system.

This is the Daily Routine

First thing in the morning, drink hot water with lemon (no coffee!)

Dry brush body scrub. Take your body brush, and brush your legs, arms, back and tummy with firm, even strokes toward your heart – never away from your heart, as you might faint.

Take a hot shower, and then stand for a few moments under the cold water. This helps eliminate toxins from your skin, and stimulates a general feeling of well-being.

Moisturize your skin. Use up all those half-finished bottles that are lying around in your bathroom.

Eat three meals a day at regular times. Always eat breakfast within 90 minutes of getting up. Your have been fast all night, and your body needs to replenish its energy. It is preferred to eat your evening meal as early as possible, to allow the digestion process to work before going to bed.

For a healthy snack if you really need it – a piece of celery, half an apple, a carrot.

Do not just eat thoughtlessly, mechanically, because it's there – be consciously aware of what you put into your mouth.

Drink lots of water – at least 1.5 liters per day. To help keep portion sizes down, try drinking a glass of water 15 minutes before your meal. It will fill you up, and you will eat less.

Daily eating program: this is where we really get down to food choices:

Include at least one of the following “super-foods” every day – beet, broccoli, cage, carrots, garlic, grapes, honey, onions, spinach, tomatoes – have one portion of whole grain rice, three portions each of vegetables, raw fruit, and salad, at least one portion of olive oil, and non-dairy cheese or yogurt, and two portions of any of the following – fish, nuts, legumes. In this way you are covered – with sufficient nutrients, vitamins and minerals to maintain your healthy, glowing body.

Exercise – 20 minutes a day

Swim, walk, jog, play sport, go to the gym, dance … whatever is your preferred exercise. Walk to the local market rather than drive to the super – more fun anyway, and avoids the temptation of all processed junk foods.

Relaxation – at least 10 minutes a day of total relaxation – take your siesta the Mexican way in your favorite hammock.

Smile or laugh – it is so good for you.

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Is It Important To Use A Colon Cleanse As Part Of Your Thrush Treatment?

The reason why a colon cleanse is used in thrush treatment is to get rid of as much of the Candida yeast from your gut as possible. Flushing your colon removes a large proportion of the Candida yeast cells as well as the toxic metabolites it produces. The numbers of Candida remaining in the gut area are then small enough for probiotics and anti-fungal medicines or natural anti-fungal products to work more effectively to bring the Candida under control.

There are many different colon cleanses available on the market but it is advisable to find a product such as “Complete Candida Colon Cleanse” which has been formulated specifically to kill the yeast and remove the toxins and other bi-products. Candida Colon Cleanse is made up of caprylic acid to eradicate the yeast and Psyllium powder and Bentonite which are natural purgatives.

You may well ask why it is important to use a colon cleansse as part of your thrush treatment even when the symptoms involve the external areas of the body such as the vagina (Vaginal Candidiasis), the groins (jock itch), the mouth (oral Candidiasis), the nails (paronychia) or the skin areas.

The reason is that 80 -90% of the population carry Candida naturally on their bodies in areas such as the oral cavity, the vagina, warm moist areas of the skin, and the gastro-intestinal system. Candida species are part of the body's normal flora but usually the growth of Candida is kept at bay by the competitive growth of the bacterial species which also respite normally on the body as part of the normal flora.

The normal flora, which is often referred to as “good bacteria,” competes with Candida for space and nutrients and release metabolites which inhibit the growth of pathogens. Normal flora can also release acidic bi-products such as lactic acid which helps to maintain an acidic pH which is required for a healthy functioning body. Actually normal flora have many rods to help maintain a healthy body – they help in the digestion of our food; they regulate stomach, vaginal and skin acidity; they create an acidic pH in the vagina which is required for fertilization to take place; they prevent pathogenic microorganisms from establishing themselves on the body; and enhance and support your immune system.

If the balance in your body is affected by things such as hormone changes, the use of antibiotics or steroids, pre-existing diseases such as diabetes or even physical irritations if you wear tight jeans or synthetic underwear, the ratio of the normal flora balance will alter and it is then that opportunistic pathogens such as Candida can overgrow and cause infections.

When the body is out of balance and experiences local symptoms of thrush eg yeast vaginitis, you may also develop a number of non specific symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches and fatigue which may be due to yeast overgrowth in the gut. This is caused by the toxic metabolites which are released and then absorbed into the blood stream. When Candida yeast cells die and deteriorate they release many different toxins which can also be absorbed into your blood-stream. It is the combination of these toxins which cause the short-term symptoms like headaches and fatigue. This is called yeast overgrowth or yeast overgrowth syndrome.

For this reason it is important to use a colon cleanse in combination with any thrush treatment you are using. The colon cleansse reduces the population of Candida cells in the intestine and flushes out the toxins. There is then a much higher chance of eradicating Candida when you then go on a Candida diet and eat foods which have an anti-fungal property, eggarlic. If you also use a probiotic at the same time to replace the normal flora which has been affected, you will be able to re-establish the natural balance between normal flora and Candida. This results in a good holistic approach to thrush treatment.

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The Power of Detoxing And What You Stand To Gain From Trying One

Are you familiar with the term “detox”? This is the word that has been filling email newsletters, Facebook feeds, and wellness centers everywhere. The word that makes you wonder if in fact you need a detox, or if by chance somehow you needed one for years and just were not sure what they were or what the reason for them was. Let's remember what the trend is all about, how you can start your own detox plan, and start feeling amazing in your body once and for all.

The term detox is generally used when a person changes their diet in order to give their body a break to allow its natural detoxification systems to take over. This break allows your body to get rid of built up toxicity that has detected itself in your cells, tissues, muscles, and joints. There are many types of detox diets, including incredibly extreme ones like drinking nothing but a combination of water, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper to the much more relaxed but still incredibly effective whole foods detox plans.

Many of the side effects of toxicity in the body appear as small symptoms that are easily pushed away and forgotten about. We can become so used to living with these symptoms that we actually get comfortable with them and do not even remember what it was like to live without them. The symptoms can vary in size and scope, and are different for everyone, but a number of them can be summed up in the following list:

  • Feeling tired, sluggish, lethargic
  • Trouble concentrating and staying focused
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Catch colds easy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant body odor
  • Frequent gas, bloating or indigestion
  • Allergies and / or food sensitivities
  • Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, eczema
  • Constipation and other gastrointestinal irregularities
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Recurrent respiratory problems
  • Back pain
  • Mood changes
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sinus congestion

You might be wondering – well if I have some of these symptoms, then what do I do? The answer is simple and that is – do a short-term detox to get your body back on track and functioning in its optimal state. Doing so can produce the following results:

  • Dissolves and eliminates toxins and congestion that have formed within your body
  • Cleanses the kidneys and digestive system
  • Purifies the glands and cells through the body
  • Eliminates unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles
  • Relieves pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries, and blood vessels
  • Helps to kick unhealthy cravings
  • Builds a healthy blood stream
  • Symptoms of toxic overload are eliminated
  • Helps to prevent chronic degenerative diseases
  • Improvements immunity
  • Increases mental clarity and energy

All that is necessary to reap these rewards is simply cutting out some of the foods that contribute to holding on to that toxicity in the body. These foods are: wheat, dairy, sugar, soy, alcohol, and caffeine. For some, a detox can be taken a step further by removing other common food allergens, such as meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, corn, nightshade vegetables, citrus fruits, other tropical fruits, and grains.

When these foods are removed for one to three days, you may begin to notice a feeling of malaise, which is actually a great signal from your body that it's pulling the toxins out and repairing itself with the healthy food you're adding during your detox. After the third or fourth day into your detox, you'll begin to start feeling much better in terms of mental clarity, and you may even notice that you lose a little bit of weight.

What's important to remember during detox is that while you're removing those food offenders that trap toxicity in the body, you should be replacing them with high quality organic produce, meats, and grains. One other amazing perk of doing a detox is that with those foods removed from you diet, you can start adding them back in one by one to take note of which ones you might have a sensitivity to. Often when a food is removed, the body begins to heal itself, and the reaction to a food is much greater when it comes back into the body if sensitivity is present. The reaction will be much more pronounced than before so you'll be able to see it clearly This is really valuable, so you are able to get a clear line of vision as to how your diet should look moving forward.

Detoxing is a simple process you should undertake at least twice per year, with the seasonal change into spring and into fall. Doing so can help drastically reduce your chances for coming down with any virus, cold, or flu bug. It will also improve your digestion dramatically and have you feeling your best in no time.

To find out more about detoxing, come check out my detoxing 101 series where I cover everything from how to choose a detox that's right for you to how detox other areas of your life (not just your diet).

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De-Cluttering – Making Space for Change in Your Life

In order to bring change into your life you need to make space for that change. If your life is already 'cluttered', be that with work, family activities or your home environment then you are not giving yourself space for clarity, to see what it is you really want. Or maybe you are hiding behind this clutter as an excuse for not recognizing what is staring you in the face, or for not facing up to and dealing with your unhappiness.

So below I am going to outline an exercise designed to make more space in your life. You might want to tackle one or more of the following areas.

Home Environment

Here we focus on your home or living environment. Walk around your home, visiting each room and asking yourself which space needs the most attention. Which room is the most cluttered, untidy, unattractive or disliked room? Choose a room (or part of a room if the thought of tacking a whole room is too daunting) to work on.

You are going to thoroughly clean this room. This may involve just a good clean and tidy up or it may involve complete re-decoration and new furniture; that will be your choice. But essentially go through these steps: Decide on what the real purpose of this room is? For example is it a room for relaxing, a room for working, a family room? What things are in the room which should not be? For example if this is a room for relaxing there should not be any items relating to work, or computers, or a basket of ironing for example. If it is your office there should not be any kid's toys and so on, you get the idea. If it is the spare room is it full of old clothes which no longer fit you? Get rid of anything which no longer serves you.

What are the most powerful things you can do to improve this space? For example clearing the dining table of accumulated papers and making it a space just for mealimes will bring a whole new dynamic to the process of eating.

Set aside a specific time to do this work and do not be distracted by other tasks or your family. Whilst you are doing this reflect on how you are feeling, what memories and feelings are coming up. How does it feel when you are finished?

Family

Here we focus on your family. Just take a few minutes to focus on your family activities. Is all your time bound up doing things for your family? Do you put off spending time and resources on yourself because you have a sense of duty to your family? Make a list of the activities you undertake on their behalf, such as running the children to their various clubs and activities, acting as a taxi service. Maybe you have elderly people to look after. Are you an unpaid secretary / PA for your husband? See how this makes you feel. Are these activities all strictly necessary or could someone else do them. Are you shielding behind them and using them as an excuse not to focus on yourself.Try and identify where you could find yourself some space by giving up certain activities, changing the way you operate or enlisting some help.

Work Environment

Here we focus on your work. Just take a few minutes to focus on your working life. Do you busy yourself with work, taking on extra responsibilities or overtime? If this is you, ask yourself why you are really doing it? We can all find reasons for why we do things, and tell ourselves certain stories, such as; I need the extra money, I will get overlooked for promotion if I do not show willing to undertake extra duties. Do you use this as an excuse for not focusing on yourself? Try and identify where you could find yourself some space by giving up certain activities or changing the way you operate. You need to work smarter not harder, and quite decide what is really important to you. When you come to the end of your time will you look back and say 'I wish I'd spend more time at the office'?

Information

Here we focus on information overload. These days we are all bombarded with information from TV, the Internet, E-mail, Social Media, newspapers, magazines and the like. How much of your day is taken up with keeping up with your friends on social media, browsing the internet, dealing with e-mails, keeping up with magazines and newspapers.

Try keeping a record of how long you are spending each day. You might be quite shocked. Try having an internet / mobile phone free day and seeing how that feels. Could you make more effective use of your time. Maybe you have magazines, journals, or on-line newsletters that you subscribe to and never seem to have the time to read. Consider getting rid of some of these.

Does this strike a chord with you? Can you identify the clutter in your life? Have a go with some of these exercises and see what it frees up for you.

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Detox Programs – What Are They and Do You Need One?

“Detox” is one of those terms which is now seen everywhere. You can not open a woman's magazine or newspaper health column without the word 'detox' being mentioned somewhere. Indeed you or your friends have probably been on a “detox diet”. The term is often applied to short term regimes, usually with the aim of losing weight, especially after a period of over-indulgence or as a quick fix before an important event such as a wedding or holiday.

Such diets may certainly help, and certainly any period of cleansing and lightening the load on the body helps but this approach to detoxification is often superficial and does not really make the most of what is a very powerful rejuvenating and healing technique when applied properly.

Almost anyone can benefit from detoxification, from those individuals who have a history of poor diet and lifestyle with resulting ill-health and below par performance of their body systems, through to those who follow healthy regimes but who want to specifically intensify their body's natural mechanisms and achieve even greater health.

There can be many ways to approach detoxification. It depends on how fast you want results, to what lengths you are prepared to go and what tools and mechanisms you choose to support you.

What is Detoxification?

Detoxification is a natural physiological process used to rid the body of unwanted chemicals which are capable of harming the body system. Such chemicals include those produced by the body's own metabolic processes and those we are exposed to in our environment (pharmaceuticals, plastics, metals, pesticides, and fumes). The body has a sophisticated system of circulating fluids to pick up and transport toxins, and organs to neutralize and excrete them from the body, including the liver, kidneys, and skin.

The modern environment and lifestyle adds additional burdens to the body and its natural processes of detoxification can be overwhelmed. Such congestion and dysfunction may be a key barrier to health.

Symptoms of Toxicity

Symptoms can be anything which affects your general well-being from lack of energy and sluggishness to more sever chronic illnesses such as cancer or ME.

The following symptoms are the most common:

Digestive symptoms – indigestion, heartburn, cravings, loss of appetite, nausea, bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, halitosis, and covered tongue.

Skin – acne, boils, sweating, dry itchy skin, cellulite, and puffy eyes with dark circles.

Musculo-skeletal – cramps / aches, joint inflammation

Cardio-vascular – palpitations, rapid pulse poor circulation, raised blood fats

Poor immunity – regular infections, allergies, respiratory infections

Hormonal imbalance – fluid retention, PMT, low sex drive, and difficulties conceiving

General symptoms – tiredness, insomnia, and headaches.

Detoxification Programs

Detoxification is a very effective naturopathic technique when used appropriately.

It can range from gentle to more powerful techniques and a program should be matched to the individual's level of need and ability to handle the treatment.

There are several phases to detoxification. First the body must be able to have the space to respond to detoxification. So it is important to avoid adding any more toxins to an already burdened body by cutting out unhelpful foods, drink, drugs etc. Then we add in helpful nutrients which will assist the detoxification process. The body can then start to release the toxins from the cells and body tissues. This can be done slowly, eg by generally adopting a different diet, or more intensively such as with a juice fast. Once the toxins have been released from deep within they still need to exit from the body, otherwise they will continue to circulate and cause different problems. So, further nutrients are required for these chemical processes.

This is why simply not eating as a method of detoxification is not helpful, you need certain nutrients (vitamins and minerals) to facilitate the chemical processes of detoxification and elimination within the body. Cleansing procedures such as skin brushing, enemas and colonics are also useful and help to speed up elimination of toxins from the body.

A detoxification program can be done intensively and can be very successful in clearing the body of chronic and serious conditions. Cancer support programs such as the Plaskett therapy or the Gerson therapy are good examples of this. Unsupervised, such rapid and deep cleaning may be dangerous. Serious and deep detoxification should always be underaken under the guidance of an expert.

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Techniques to Aid Detoxification

Sometimes when we are following a detoxification diet we can experience uncomfortable side effects such as headaches, tiredness, abdominal pains, skin rashes and the like. Often this is due to the fact that toxins are released from deep in the body tissues but are unable to escape to the outside fast enough with the result that they continue to circulate in the blood and lymph, causing these unsuccessful symptoms.

When this is the case then there are some Naturopathic techniques which can be employed to help remove those toxins from the body.

Here are a few you could try.

Enemas

An enema is self-administered colon cleansing. Enemas help to create movement in the colon and by doing so help to clear any congestion. In this process, water (or the prescribed liquid) is inserted into the rectum through a colon tube or nozzle. The colon tube or nozzle is connected through a hose to an enema bag or tub which holds the liquid.

The effect of the enem depends on how long the enema fluid is retained and the nature of the fluid. Types of enema include:

  • Coffee: these stimulate the liver to release toxic bile
  • Herbal: These have a milder effect than coffee
  • Garlic: very potent and good when strong cleansing is required, such as with candida, parasites or worms.
  • Linseed tea: this is hydrating, soothing and anti-inflammatory
  • Water: cleansing and hydrating and useful to clear the bowel before administering other types of enema.

Enemas are particularly useful and effective when strong detoxification programs are being followed and you may experience side effects such as headaches, nausea or abdominal discomfort.

Colonics

(Also known as colonic irrigation or Colonic Hydrotherapy).

A colonic is a cleansing procedure which is administered by a trained practitioner. It is performed less frequently than an enema, but is more powerful. Robert Gray MD estimated one colonic treatment to be the equivalent of thirty enemas.

A colonic is a safe, effective method of cleansing the colon of waste material by gentle, repeated flushing with water. Water is introduced into the bowel which then stimulates the muscles to contract so encouraging the bowel to empty itself. Colonic Hydrotherapy has the ability to release waste from all areas of the colon.

Skin Brushing

Dry skin brushing helps to promote detoxification in several ways:

  • It stimulates the flow of lymph which in turn helps to drain the toxins from the body.
  • It stimulates the skins ability to excrete toxins
  • It helps to increase blood circulation to the undering organs and tissues of the body
  • And it is a very powerful way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin.

Dry skin brushing is carried out with a firm, natural bristle brush like that illustrated. The skin is brushed firmly all over with long, smooth, strokes. You cover the entire surface of your skin working from the extremities of the body towards the heart. It's important to brush in the right direction (always toward the heart) starting with the soles of the feet and working upwards. If you have cellulite and dimpled skin then pay extra attention to the hips and thighs. Do not brush over damaged skin or over varicose veins.

Finish the sequence with clockwise circular strokes over the abdomen. The process should be carried out daily for about 5 minutes, preferably first thing in the morning before you take a shower or a bath. Start off with gentle strokes but gradually increase the pressure after the first few days or weeks as you get used to the sensation.

Hot / Cold Showers

When showering, use the technique of alternating hot and cold water. This really stimulates the skin's eliminative capacity. It also stimulates blood flow and the circulatory system, as well as stimulating the lymphatic system. See if you can manage 30 seconds of each of hot and cold for up to 7 cycles.

Sauna / Steam

A hot sauna or steam room session really opens the pores of the skin.

By promoting sweating and encouraging circulation a sauna or steam session assists the body in getting rid of toxic waste products.

Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt is the common name for Magnesium Sulphate. Sulphates have the ability to help process toxins and help them to leave the body. Magnesium sulfate helps the detoxification process by encouraging sweating, which then draws out toxins at a cellular level. By drawing out toxins in this way the stress is taken off the liver and kidneys.

Several of the symptoms which are a natural by-product of the body's detoxification process such as headaches, nausea, tiredness or body odor can be helped with Epsom Salt baths.

To use add about 1-2 kilograms of Epsom Salt to a hot bath. When dissolved, soak yourself for about 20 minutes.

[Note, Epsom salt baths are not suitable for people with high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetics].

Castor Oil packs

External use of castor oil can be very effective for stimulating the liver, relieving pain, increasing lymphatic circulation, reducing inflammation, and improving digestion. Castor oil packs are a traditional naturopathic treatment for a range of conditions. They are made by soaking a piece of wool or flannel in castor oil and then placing the cloth on the skin. The cloth is covered with a sheet of plastic, and then a hot water bottle or other heat source is placed over the plastic to heat the pack. The pack is left in place for up to an hour.

A castor oil pack can be placed on the following body regions:

  • the right side of the abdomen to stimulate the liver
  • the abdomen to tie constipation and other digestive disorders
  • the lower abdomen in cases of menstrual irregularities and uterine and ovarian cysts
  • over inflamed and swollen joints

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Body Detox – 8 of the Most Effective Methods

The accumulation of toxins in your bloodstream is the primary cause of pain and illness. You need to clean out the trash in your body to rid yourself for good of those symptoms … do not just use medication for the symptoms but fix the source!

8 Ways To Support The Body's Natural Detoxing Processes:

1 … Clean up your diet to cleanse your lymphatic system

A healthy diet produces less waste for your lymph system to clean up, reducing your chances of congestion.

Cut out simple carbohydrates, white sugar and flour, and any fried foods . These are playing havoc with your body from the rise and fall of blood sugar and the deposit of preservatives and harmful substances resulting in toxins that can slow you down and extremely make you sick.

– Replace a meal a day with freshly squeezed green vegetable juice or a detoxifying smoothie eg. a green apple, some celery, kale and cucumber, 1/2 beet, ginger and tumeric. Yummy!

Eat more fiber in its most natural form. When you introduce a proper serving of fiber into your diet, it helps to keep the digestive tract working properly. This means that all toxins, excess waste, and anything else that has built up in the digestive tract will move through rapidly. Flaxseed meal is very nutritious and effective natural fiber.

Learn to incorporate superfoods into each meal. The great thing about superfoods is that they contain important nutrients and antioxidants which our bodies need to fight off infections. Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids include:

* Salmon, * Avocado, * Walnuts, * Almonds, * Olive Oil, * Flax Seeds

We have so many power packed foods on offer now to create absolutely vibrant health and well being. Why not do a bit of research, try some you like the sound of and see what your body likes?

  • goji berries, spirulina, chia seeds, maca powder, raw organic cacao, coconut oil, hemp seed and oil … all with amazing concentrated nutrients and healing properties.

Turn to natural herbs and holistic medicine to give your body what it needs. There are so many wonderful natural herbs out there that offer unique and amazing benefits. Not only can they enhance and improve your health, but they can also help you to feel better and operate better in the process. Some of the herbs that offer great cleansing in the body include: * Dandelion, * Turmeric, * Milk Thistle, * Cypress, * Hydrangea Root

2 … Drink 2 liters of filtered or purified water daily

Your body needs to be well hydrated to keep your lymph system operating properly.

3 … Practice deep breathing from your diaphragm and through your nose to keep your lymph fluids moving.

Learn proper breathing techniques to get the proper amount of oxygen through your body. Practice yoga and meditation to incorporate deep breathing and improve the cleansing of mind and body.

4 … Get regular physical exercise

Jumping up and down on a trampoline or playing jump rope for 5 minutes a day is great for your lymph system.

The perspiration, the breathing, and the movement of exercise all help the body to get rid of the bad and potentially harmful substances that have built up over time. If you opt to make exercise a regular function in your life, then you can assist the body in the cleansing process on a regular basis.

5 … Relax in a sauna or steam bath and let your body sweat out toxins to cleanse your system

6 … Deal with stress, depression and other emotional issues

Just like a congested lymph system can lead to emotional problems, so can the reverse occurrence. Sometimes when we are stuck in stress or other emotional issues, these feelings manifest in physical problems.

When you feel stress the body is holding onto the harmful toxins and therefore is slowed down. When you learn to manage stress properly you are taking a good measure at naturally cleansing the body.

7 … Consider alternative therapies Acupuncture has been found to do wonders for keeping our lymph system flowing. It works by helping to release zones in the body that may be blocked due to toxins or other harmful substances that can contribute to health problems.

This is a holistic practice and highly effective. You will feel better almost instantly and when it comes to a natural cleanse, this can be one of the best tools out there.

Regular treatment from a massage therapist who is familiar with lymph drainage massage is a great way to keep your body healthy and your lymph system running smoothly. To make it work effectively you want to drink a lot of water afterwards to flush out the system and be sure that the toxins leave the body immediately. Get into this as a regular habit and you will feel a very positive effect from it.

8 … Fasting for a day or two. Simply fasting for a day or two and replacing foods with natural juices made from fresh fruits and vegetables can really help. The organs do not have to be focused on digestion and breaking down food and potential toxins. So as they rest they have a chance to recharge … and you find you have a renewed energy and feel good afterwards.

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What Exactly Is A Hangover?

As the festival season approaches our thoughts turn to the inevitable parties and over indulgence that is associated with the Christmas season. Alcohol plays a big part in any party but while you are enjoying yourself what is it actually doing to your body and how does it cause a hangover?

The symptoms of a hangover are headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, lethargy, dysphoria, diarrhoea and thirst.

Alcoholic beverages contain ethanol. It causes a dehydrating effect by increasing urine production. The increased removal of water from the body causes headaches, dry mouth, and lethargy. It also causes a reduction of fluid the brain and is the cause of head associated with a hangover.

By drinking water before, during and after consumption of alcohol some of the lost fluid can be replaced which may reduce the headache symptoms. Alcohol's effect on the stomach lining can account for nausea.

Ethanol is broken down by liver enzymes. Ethanol is first converted to acetaldehyde, and then from acetaldehyde to acetic acid. Acetaldehyde (ethanol) is between 10 and 30 times more toxic than alcohol itself.

The breakdown of alcohol also interferees with the chemical reaction that produce the energy needed to sustain life. The body is forced to use an alternative pathway which is less efficient and reduces the ability of the liver to control the release of glucose into the blood. So the liver is unable to compensate for a drop in blood glucose.

Since glucose is the primary energy source of the brain, this deficiency of glucose (hypoglycemia) contributes to symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, mood disorders, and decreased attention and concentration.

The by-products of alcoholic fermentation, known as congeners, are thought to be responsible for hangover symptoms. They are present in higher concentrations in dark colored alcoholic beverages such as red wine but are less concentrated in colourless alcoholic beverages such as vodka.

Alcohol affects the brain by inhibiting glutamine which is one of the body's natural stimulants. When the drinker stops drinking, the body tries to make up for lost time by producing more glutamine than it needs. This stimulates the brain which disturbs sleep. Severe glutamine rebound during a hangover may also be responsible for tremors, anxiety, restlessness and increased blood pressure.

Alcohol is removed from the bloodstream by either metabolism (liver enzymes), excretion (via the urine), or evaporation (in breath). It takes approximately one hour to metabolise one unit of alcohol BUT only if you stop drinking. If you continue to drink then there is an accumulative effect and it takes much longer to metabolise the alcohol.

The legal limit for driving with alcohol in the blood for US and UK is 0.08%. That means 0.08% of a person's blood, by volume, is alcohol. At 0.06 to 0.09% the feelings become blunted, reasoning, depth perception, peripheral vision, and glare recovery are impaired.

The safest way to avoid drink driving is not to drink at all if you know you have to drive. So stay safe this coming Christmas and do not do anything you may live to regret.

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Why Fad Diets and Detoxification Diets Don’t Work Long Term!

There are stories in everything: Some of them are little ones, some of them are big and important ones; stories of people with great or no success. When we look at stories about detoxification and diets there are some good and some not so good ones.

There is a multitude of studies that shows all diets and detoxification will work, but after a certain time it may even take some years before people are back in the same situation as before. Many fall into the trap and are easily driven by marketing strategies on what is good for them and what is not. Fad diets and quick-fix solutions are not the answers. People often ask: “What is the easiest way to lose weight?” The honest answer is: “There is not one!”

What works for one does not work for the other? With all these miracle cures, lots of diets, fads and magic pills there is no guaranty that the same diet works for everyone, because every one's body reacts differently. It all has to do with our body's chemistry; everyone's chemistry functions different. This is one reason some diet programs do not work or continue to keep your weight down for ever unless you are a nutritionist or an exercise guru who is to know what works and what does not. We spend millions each year to lose weight and become slim but most of us fail dismally. There are all these great success stories how some have lost many kilos in a short time. The important question here is: “How do we keep the weight off for good and avoid the” kilo creep “going back up?”

How to find a workable diet solution! Permanent weight loss occurs when people adopt lifestyle changes and a healthy eating plan. Severe crash diets never work! In attempt to lose weight initially by cutting out important nutrients or minimizing your food intake becomes too difficult to do as the body starts to rebel against the changes because this kind of lifestyle does not allow such strict rules.

The answer to all of this is to make the right food choices, to learn and to understand what your body needs and it also must include some exercise. It does not hurt to give yourself sometimes a small treat of some food you love but you have to control this and minimize the size of it.

There are some good weight loss supplements that help eradicate cravings. During the process of dieting the craving for food can become overwhelming and this is a critical point we have to consider. To eliminate expectations and help in this situation is the result and effectiveness of a supplement specifically designed for this purpose

The endless benefits of losing weight! Through diet and exercise you not only lose weight but reduce risk factors to heart disease, type-2 diabetes; it also reduces cholesterol and blood pressure. Exercise not only burns calories, it boosts your metabolic rate and also helps prevent it slowing down. The benefits are endless. Choose a diet and exercise you can imagine yourself doing for a long time, instead something you can only manage for now. When we take all this into consideration how important simple exercise and diet is for weight loss and health, it is hard to understand why everyone does not do it!

There is more about food choices, also supplements that help eradicate cravings and at the same time supplies you body with all the right nutrients to help with your diet plan. Just follow the link below, information is free.

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Body Detox – How to Cleanse Your System After Drinking

There are a number of ways you can detox your system after drinking. Rather than list up all the different ways to do this, I first recommend consulting with your doctor about the best way to detox. You never know if you may have any under health conditions that may preclude you from doing what I am going to recommend.

The way I detox from drinking is by using dry sauna. Easier said than done, right? No. For me, if there is still alcohol in my system a dry sauna is not easier if I use it for more than ten minutes. Even if I drink lots of water before entering a sauna, it is still a challenge. Water is essential if you want to detox naturally. If you are inxicated it is even more difficult and not advised, so use caution.

Most health care professionals will advise against entering a sauna if you are suffering from a hangover. Their reasoning for this is that you will dehydrate. They are right. However, if you follow my advice I believe you will be okay. Let's begin with the kidneys. They need time to filter the liquid you consume which can take up to 24 hours depending on your size and weight. The liver is the same, it needs time.

Start with a 2 liter bottle of mineral water, not a sports drink. One reason is the less the liver has to break down during detox the better. Sit in a hot sauna for at least five minutes. Do not drink water in the sauna unless you absolutely have to; Let that be for when you are cooling down outside the sauna. You need to let your body draw from its own natural water table. In other words, liquid that is already in the body. Cooling down between sauna sessions are good for replenishing liquids, not for when you are in the sauna. This results you from over drinking and as a result feeling bloated later on. Just because your body temperature is high does not mean you are necessarily dehydrated if you are sitting in a high temperature sauna. You drink in moderation and as you feel the need to drink.

Cooling down in between sauna sessions is also essential. I highly recommend a cold water dunk straight from the tap or a cold shower for 1 to 2 minutes then a rest period. Some spas have cold water tubs you can sink your whole body under for this. A simple cold shower will achieve the same results too. Muscle retains body heat and just because you feel cold does not mean you core temperature has cooled down enough to re-enter the sauna. The skin reacts to cold water quickly giving you the sense that your body is cold when it is not, so you may want to reenter the cold water again just for good measure.

Your goal is to consume the entire two liters of water, which depends on the individual, will take five sauna sessions at 12 minutes per session. The goal here is to drink and sweat the toxins out. No better way to detox than by using the body's own mechanism to release toxins from the body. If you feel dizzy or if you experience some disorientation then stop. If you can not finish the two liter bottle then do not worry, just drink as much as you can and good luck.

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Most Effective Drug Withdrawal Treatment For Substance Abuses

What these pills and their addiction mean?

Oxycontin has been medically considered an opioid painkiller that is very highly addictive, if abusively used. It is comparatively cheaper than the other abusive drugs that are normally used. Added to the quick and powerful high that it creates, it contributes to a very highly grown abuse of the drug all across the country, more common among the teenage users. It is quite easy to snort or inject the crushed pills of Oxycontin, which ultimately causes the abuse. Now, after the body gets used to the Oxycontin missing a single dose may make you sick and call for medical attention. This is one of the main reasons that makes treatment for Oxycontin addiction quite a compulsion after Oxycontin withdrawal. Treatment for Oxycontin addiction is also important for the reason that the dependence of the body on this particular drug often leads to questionable and odd behaviors on the part of the addict. They may try to steal it, get it from their friends or maybe also try to buy them illegally.

Who needs treatment for Oxycontin addiction?

Everyone who takes the pills does not need Oxycontin detox medication or treatment for Oxycontin addiction. Being used medically and recommended by doctors, these pills if taken properly are very effective painkillers. The problem though, arises when one starts using the pills beyond the dose that is recommended by the doctors or on purpose to get high. You definitely are in need of Oxycontin detox medication, if you show any of the below mentioned symptoms:

1. You feel highly dependent on the doses, and if even a single dose is missed it makes you feel physically withdrawn.

2. You have started showing a deceitful or secretive behavior to obtain the drug. Have you been trying to obtain the drugs through prescriptions from more than one doctor or have you been trying to buy it off the street or illegally? If yes, it is most likely an indication that the addiction has started.

3. If you start feeling irritable, anxious or nervous just by thinking of not being able to use it.

4. You are making compulsive use, you crave the drug badly, try to do anything to get it and even despite all the psychological, social and / or physical consequences it causes.

5. You try to get more every time just to maintain the effects or gain on the desired effects.

You need immediate Oxycontin detox medication if you show any of the below mentioned symptoms:

  • Muscle rigidity
  • Nodding off
  • Mood swings
  • Irresponsibility
  • Infections
  • Slowed breathing
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Itching
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleep disorders

Oxycontin withdrawal

Oxycontin withdrawal is very painful, but do not let the pain keep you from getting the medical help that you might be needing. Drug rehab centers could best help you get out of the Oxycontin addiction. Some of the Oxycontin withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Coughing fits
  • Goosebumps
  • Runny nose
  • Sleeplessness
  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent nausea and vomiting
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Heavy sweating
  • Anxiety and agitation

The rehab centers keep you from sufferings and the pain that comes when you try to break your addiction. The Oxycontin detox treatments or treatment for Oxycontin addiction are specifically designed to make sure that you get over your addiction without a lot of pain.

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Alcohol Facts 101

For many people, alcohol is enjoyed responsibly and consumed in moderation. For others, alcohol in moderation is difficult and they fall prey to alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse can come in the form of binge drinking or chronic excess drinking. Every year more than 79,000 deaths in the US are related to alcohol abuse. Drinking responsibly can help save your life. Here are a few important facts about alcohol.

The US Department of Health and Human Services counselors moderation as one drink or less per day for women and two drinks or less per day for men. A drink is a 12 ounce beer, a 5 ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of spirits. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage consumed in the US and the fourth most consumed beverage overall, behind coffee, milk, and soda.

Drinking alcohol increases your risk of many chronic diseases and heavy drinkers are more likely to get cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, hypertension, and diabetes.

Drinking at an early age can increase the risk of addiction later in life. By the eighth grade, more than 50 percent of students have tried an alcoholic beverage. Five in ten adult Americans report drinking regularly. Twenty-nice percent of those who drank reported binge drinking at least once in the past year. Binge drinking is more than three drinks in a day for a woman and more than four drinks in a day for a man. Men and women metabolize alcohol differently and women are at greater risk of developing alcohol-related medical problems.

Alcohol poisoning is dangerous and can be life-threatening. Binge drinking increases the risk of alcohol poisoning. Alcohol is the leading cause of death for people under the age of twenty-one.

There are no safe drinking levels established for pregnant women. Women who are pregnant should abstain from drinking during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause physical and cognitive deformities in the developing baby. These deformities and disabilities are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).

Alcohol detox for someone who has developed a physical addiction to alcohol is more dangerous than drug detox. Alcohol detoxification for someone who is physically addicted should be done under the care of medical professionals who can keep a watch on the patient's vital signs and help prevent delirium tremens (DTs) from presenting.

If you or someone you know is suffering from alcohol abuse, seek treatment at a medical facility that specializes in alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation. Professional medical care can ensure a safe and effective detox and an individualized recovery program.

Source
US Department of Agriculture; Department of Health and Human Services. (2011). Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

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Detox Step by Step After a Few Weeks

How to decide on the best time for a detox cleansing program? At any rate, when these signals become intimate it suggests you bought to begin right to cleanse your system of toxins. Chronic digestive disorders, unexplained aches and pains, acne or any other skin problem, calls for a detox program that works to relieve any ailments described.

Detox generally cleanses the body system and the blood streams running. The detoxification process adds to the quality of healthy life style living along good adequate resting and routine habits. The round bout aim serves to eliminate all bad toxins found deposited among the vital organs of the body, extremely, improving circulation around the blood vessels, refueling the body like vital organs-lung, liver, heart, brain, kidneys, and pancreas-and adding good quality rest to sleeping patterns along with fast spells.

Detox practices will not only rejuvenate the body, additionally, it ushers on the preparation necessary to meet up with the fresh challenges ahead. A detox program startles an easier approach to any weight loss program than ever contemplated before. In any case, weight loss control ideally begins with detoxification.

Also, detoxification wages a strong hand against dealing with any number of existing maladies or phobias, strengthening the system at once in its adversity against emerging challenges.

How to Detox Your Body

There are several ways to start a detoxifying cleansing program here are just a few given points:

Use special body brushes for the removal of toxins across pores, its helps a lot in the detoxification process.

Unprocessed foods rich in fiber are important items to a successful detox. Fiber nutrient will thoroughly cleanse the body of most if not all body toxins. It is currently among the most viable antioxidant, including in brown rice, artichoke, radish, beets, cabbage and other plenty delicious foods.

Consume green tea to protect your internal vital organ-the Liver. Other sources additionally, milk thistle, dandelion root, and burdock.

Use supplement vitamins with Vitamin C to drain away toxins. Vitamin C is a great source of antioxidants that helps replenish the cells of vital energy. Any supplement vitamins added to your diet should be advised before before your clinical specialist or doctor.

H20-Water is very important, drink plenty every day.

Practice breathing exercises routinely to help increase circulation around the blood streams.

Sweat, sweat, sweat; helps drain bad toxins away from the system.

Try to emphasize positive emotions over bad ones in helping over signs of bad stress. It is healthy for you to gain a happier ground in positive emissions than among a cluster of negative emotions.

Do plenty of exercises, it is the best detoxifier known to release toxins through sweat. Plan at the bare minimum one hour each day, and feel incredibly satisfied after a routine work-out weekly. Yoga is the ultimate alternative for detoxifying the system, any other way-Yoga, the untouchable way.

Learn hydrotherapy, practice and learn some tricks — use it routinely in combination with any single other detox method listed and described above.

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Achieving Detox Is in Your Hands

Chances are people are living in the big city trying to fill their dreams with events while running the course of their lives each and every single day of their lives; Scenarios, one-by-one, all while tangled between a few reprisals, a few lost and then some found. But none equal to the happiness resulting from a detox program relieving most if not all wilted anxieties.

And from these, we start to see the begging from the clothed veil to see, a new form clean and demonstrated, scenery, close to a new landfill asking, begging us to clean itself. Of course, not without of any help found to relief itself and extremely find a way to tie toxins trapped deep inside and out our body.

Simply, all bodies are designed in the combat against viral and non-viral diseases. Nonetheless, adequate rest gives the body the energy required to face the number of these biological warfare “culprits”, better known as toxins.

Which is why many practices around the world emphasize around the “cleansing of the body”, to clean the roots of the body and let it sprout again freely and clean. Health practices usually call “fasting” or any “detox diet” as healthy recommendations.

What is a Detox Diet?

Basically, it cleanses the toxin residues build-up among the vital organs of the body. Stress typically builds organically, allowing for the accumulation of such toxin build-up and there, requires in relation, the accumulation between toxicity and weight, the over-all effect on the balance between the two, the former and the latter to re-stabilize amongst healthy and normal levels. For which weight loss and detox programs often aim in great result for.

Detox requires a strict diet and an exercise which you've followed persistently until disavowed for. Often for a couple of weeks or occasional work in a few days months for some substantial results without any faults of the kinds (not meeting goals a big example) or just in a matter of days. It's similar to fasting, only easier.

Clues for a necessary Detox phase

Whether you're over-weight or have skin problems like acne for instance, it's probably the best time to go on an all-detox program for the better, of course. Detox works miracles along any acne or weight prevention wages against in regard. To lose a few pounds or not is the question.

Otherwise, if you feel you have been lacking energy or have been feeling down as of late, detox might serve the right to lift your spirit from off the ground. Detox works where all tricks fail.

Any headings, pains, or headaches might be a sign as to work for against stress, in the best effort, against. Detox renews the synergies and haves you feeling new again.

Try it out; it's definitely worth it for the good of your health.

A lot of people will try it and go through all sorts of different detox diets. Usually, once they end up with the right detox diet, there's no going back without it once they get used to it.

It takes a lot of discipline, but the results are well deserved for it, trust.

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Contents Of Organic Royal Jelly And Why Is It Imperative

Have you ever seen organic royal jelly? This white, gelatinous substance is a secret of worker bees. It is precious food for the queen bee and her hatched larvae. This natural substance is very nutritious and contains many vitamins, amino acids, minerals and fatty acids. Its alternative name is bee's milk. Consistent users of bee's milk claims that it boosts their vitality and heals their mild diseases. Those who have chronic diseases like cancer use royal jelly to alleviate symptoms of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

It is true that the jelly's healing powers are not approved or disapproved by most health and food associations. This implies that the studies on the claimed powers of bee's milk are still going on. One thing you can be sure of is that organic royal jelly is full of nutrients. This is because of its natural form. It is harvested from the hive and sold as it appears. If you really want to get first-hand benefits of this bee product, get the organic form.

This has absolutely zero chemicals or additives. It comes straight from the maxillary and gullet glands of worker bees. Consuming any holistic cure in its natural condition is always recommended. If you eat royal jelly in its organic form, you will enjoy many benefits. One of these benefits is the ability to live longer. People believe that when they eat bee's milk they could live longer just like the queen bee. Since queens are fed this substance every day, their lifespan is about five to six years.

They produce eggs through their lifespan and still remain the heaviest and largest bees in a beehive. Another benefit of eating organic bee's milk rather than encapsulated powder is that it is not processed. Capsules contain dried royal jelly. In the process of drying it, some of the most imperative nutrients are lost. Those who eat natural pastes are in a better position to gain every nutrient that is found in royal jelly. Consequently, they consist of B complex vitamins, thirteen percent protein, fifteen percent carbohydrates and six percent fatty acids and lipids.

In addition one can get high amount of pantothenic acid from organic bee's milk. It contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, copper, potassium, silicon, and sulfur among other minerals too. It also has hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The jelly's concentration of amino acids is among the highest. People who have diseases of the liver, kidneys, stomach, pancreas and blood can use this bee substance as a holistic cure. Because of its antiseptic, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, royal jelly is the best cure for wounds.

It can heal wounds of all types naturally and quickly than most of you can expect. This is also the best solution for bad skin. Some people prefer to buy royal jelly creams and lotions for their skin. These are applied topically so as to remove wrinkles and other blemishes quickly. If you get into a habit of eating organic royal jelly , it will heal your skin from inside. Joint and bone diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis can also be healed by this natural bee product.

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