Happy Healthy New Year

With another new year upon us I thought it would be useful to provide some healthy tips to assist you to a healthy, happy new year. During the festive season you most likely indulged in alcohol and rich, sweet and fatty foods, increasing the toxic load for your poor livers to process. This can result in weight gain especially around the abdominal area, bloating, reflux, sluggishness and fatigue.

Consider a Detox to Kick Start Metabolism

For those of you who may have overindulged and put on a few extra kilos, you can always benefit from a post Christmas detox to kick off the new year and get rid of any excess weight. I recommend a two week detoxification program including supplements such as liver and digestive tonics, blood cleansing and antiparasitic herbs; dietary changes including avoiding processed foods, sugar, wheat products, alcohol, coffee and pesticides and healthy lifestyle recommendations such as exercise, yoga, meditation, and time outdoors in nature.

Detox Your Home Environment

Many of you may not be aware but your home is one of the greatest sources of toxins. These toxins come in the form of dust and dust mites, bacteria, moulds, chemicals from cleaning products and even cosmetics; flame retardants and formaldehyde from mattresses and furnishings; off gassing and fumes from floor coverings, paints; gas heating and air conditioning systems; pesticides used in weed killers. Not to mention electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices including wireless routers, ipads, computers, mobile phones, cordless phones, baby monitors and microwave ovens.

What to Do?

  • Ensure your home has good ventilation and air it regularly.

  • Clean air conditioning and gas heating vents regularly.

  • Wash and air your clothing and linen outside in the sunshine on a regular basis as UV is a great sanitiser.

  • Switch off your wireless router over night or whenever possible.

  • Get rid or your cordless DECT phone and switch to a corded phone.

  • SMS instead of talking on the phone where possible and use hands free or a shielded headset when making phone calls. If you need to use your mobile phone as an alarm switch to airplane mode to block radiation.

  • Ensure your sleeping area is located away from wireless routers and fuse boxes where possible.

  • Switch to natural cleaning products such as microfibre cloths, white vinegar, baking soda, colloidal silver and essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree and clove oil and natural cosmetics and personal products.

Ensure you consume adequate “ real foods” and supplements to protect against the effects of toxins. These include:

  • Antioxidants such as vitamin C, selenium, lipoic acid, grapeseed, resveratrol, and curcumin;

  • A good quality multivitamin and mineral with activated B vitamins:

  • Super foods such as chlorella, spirulina, wheat and barley grass, organic green tea

  • Purified fish or krill oil.

  • Eat More Vegetables: no matter what type of diet you embark on it should include adequate amounts of fresh vegetables. In fact you should be aiming for the equivalent of 5 cups of raw vegetables per day. My top picks are broccoli, broccoli sprouts, onions, garlic, spinach, kale, asparagus, zucchini, squash, celery, snow peas, rocket, beans and watercress. Avoid starchy vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, corn, peas, sweet potato and pumpkin especially if trying to lose weight or if you are diabetic

  • Herbs and spices are also a great addition to the vegetable category as they have a wealth or antioxidant and other health benefits. My top picks are parsley, coriander, basil, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. These are great added to juices or smoothies.

Make Exercise a Priority

Exercise has so many proven health benefits apart from weight control. These include improving cardiovascular health and fitness and bad cholesterol reduction, preserving muscle, joint and bone health, reducing pain and inflammation and the risk of developing diabetes, improving brain function and feel good chemicals such as endorphins; improving immune function and reducing cancer risk.

If you are new to exercise, aim to start slowly at least twice weekly for 30 to 40 minutes with the aim of building up to 1 hour 4 times weekly. It is recommended to include a variety of cardiovascular exercise such as walking, jogging, cycling or swimming with strengthening and toning exercises such as yoga, pilates, weights or taichi.

Remember :Use it or lose it”!