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Spring has arrived! Just when you thought winter would never end, the winds change, a bird chirps and a crocus begins to emerge from the garden. In nature, spring is a time of rejuvenation and renewal. It is an optimal time for us to shake off the toxins our bodies have built up during winter and start anew.
Toxins and free radicals cause us to age more quickly. They affect our appearance and our moods. They cause feelings of sluggishness and zap our energy stores. More importantly, toxins and chemicals in our bodies contribute to conditions such as heart disease and colon cancer while interfering with essential functions like digestion. Cleansing gently helps to alleviate this and improve our immunity.
It’s important to drink and eat foods that support digestion, circulation and elimination when cleansing. These processes help to assimilate necessary nutrients and move toxins out of the body. Sweating is another key element in cleansing. Impurities carried out in our sweat further lessen the burden of detoxification by our organs. Try some of these suggestions to begin your spring cleanse. Now is the time for your own personal rejuvenation.
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By Feed Life
Your liver is responsible for over 500 important functions in the body – a big responsibility. Alcohol, caffeine, environmental pollutants, food additives, pesticides, herbicides, cosmetic ingredients, pharmaceutical drugs, and much more are being filtered through our liver every day.
A stressed liver can lead to: hormone imbalances, painful menstruation, irritability, irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depressions, fatigue, headaches and migraines… and these are just a few!
Aside from doing the best you can to avoid the above mentioned irritants infuse your body with a feast of nutrients to help support your important and often neglected liver. Cleansing can be delicious and enjoyable. Drink these anytime of the day for a quick liver cleanse:
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How to make wraps without the wrap using collard greens, millet and smoked tofu, by ethicalDeal guest blogger Jenn Chic
(photo by Jenn Chic)
While on the Wild Rose Cleanse, I do experience some serious cravings. In the first few days bread and bread products were number one. Aside from the habit of having bread often, they are also a very convenient way to pull together a meal very quickly – think sandwiches, pizza, burritos and wraps.
While at the farmers market I saw these huge plate-sized collard greens and inspiration struck. I could steam them and use them as a wrap. They’re definitely sturdy enough for the job and packed with all kinds of goodness – I can’t really say the same for my old friend bread.
Collards are not only rich in calcium and potassium, they have all the right vitamins to make them super-powered anti-oxidants. Collard leaves fit perfectly in most bamboo steamers and only take a couple of minutes to steam. If over-cooked that’s when they begin to emit a sulfurous smell. Not so nice, so watch them carefully.
Like any wrap they can be filled with just about anything – scrambled eggs and salsa for breakfast or grains, tofu and veggies for dinner. That’s what I did.
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