Hello friends and Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a great weekend. Two weeks of being on the go 24/7 has left me POOPED so I’m getting some much needed R&R. I’m taking a break from blogging this week so I can work on some upcoming projects and re-charge my brain a bit.
But I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging, so I’ve rounded up some awesome bloggers to satisfy your health and fitness knowledge-seeking needs! Today’s post about cleansing is written by Brandi, a holistic nutritionist here in Vancouver. When Brandi agreed to write a post for you all I was super stoked she was on board to write about non-scary ways to cleanse!
So take it away Brandi! 🙂
You come in contact with toxins on a daily basis from the environment, the food you eat (yes, even if it’s local and organic), the water you drink, prescription drugs and from the metabolic waste your body naturally produces.
Doing some deep cleansing throughout the year as the seasons change (whaddup spring?) is never a bad idea, but because you are exposed to toxins on a regular basis, it makes sense to support your body’s detoxification processes on a daily basis as well.
Now it’s not necessary to imagine yourself as being deprived, hungry and stuck on the toilet for days. Cleansing may have this stigma attached to it but you can help your body cleanse on a daily basis without going to the extreme.
Here are 5 effortless ways you can make cleansing a fun and effortless daily ritual.
Drink a glass of room temperature water as soon as you wake up.
Leave a glass of water on your nightstand before you go to bed so it’s the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning and you remember to drink it!
If you want to show your liver big love, add the juice of ½ a lemon or lime, which promotes digestion and elimination of toxins.
Chlorophyll is responsible for giving plants and algae their green pigment and helps facilitate the process of photosynthesis. Plants and algae are considered superfoods for being so nutrient rich primarily for their chlorophyll content.
Eating green vegetables is one way to get your chlorophyll, but for detox support, chlorophyll can be purchased in a higher concentration in liquid form and is an excellent blood cleanser.
If you’ll allow me get nerdy chic on you for a second, chlorophyll has almost the same biochemical make up as human blood. The only difference between the two is an iron ion (blood) and a magnesium ion (chlorophyll). That’s right, chlorophyll is almost identical to human blood. It doesn’t get much more life giving than that!
PS: Adding a few drops of liquid chlorophyll to your nightstand water is a wonderful idea 🙂
Omega 3’s: Ground Flaxseed or Chia
Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids are found abundantly in flaxseed and chia seeds. It’s important to get these fats from your diet because your body cannot produce them on its own. They provide the body with antioxidants and digestive support while reducing inflammation.
Grinding your chia and flax seed helps your body digest and absorb them better (otherwise they just go right through you, if you know what I mean.) You can use a coffee bean grinder and always store them in the freezer to prevent oxidation.
One of the easiest ways to get your daily servings of antioxidant rich fruit and veggies is by drinking green smoothies. Blending your fruits and veggies breaks down the nutrients for you (essentially the work of chewing has already been done), which allows for maximum absorption and a healthy dose of energy.
A few of my favourite smoothie ingredients include romaine, celery, avocado, pear, basil, mint, zucchini, frozen banana, spirulina, matcha green tea powder and pineapple chunks.
Prepare Your Meals at Home
You don’t need me to tell you that processed foods are toxic to the body because they often contain additives, preservatives and obscenely high amounts of sodium and refined sugar. In addition, many processed foods are now genetically modified.
To avoid putting these toxins in your body and creating nutritional stress (because as if we don’t have enough stress already!) make your own meals from real, whole food ingredients. This is one small step that can make a seriously huge impact in your health. Try it and see for yourself.
Brandi Wagner is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver who specializes in helping clients achieve sustainable weight loss, hormone balance and heal digestive issues through a plant based diet.
She is the author of Eat Plants Be Sexy, a holistic health blog where she offers Online Customized Nutrition Programs to clients around the globe . Sign up to her newsletter and receive a free copy of her eGuide: 11 Natural Ways to Heal Acne Through Your Diet.