Cleansing

Jan13

Dry Skin Brushing: A Simple Tool for Health and Beauty

Categories // Cleansing

Your skin plays an important role in eliminating toxins. One third of the body’s wastes rely on the skin as an elimination route and the skin can release up to a pound of waste each day! The skin is the largest organ in the body and will often be the first organ to show any imbalances internally. To help keep your skin in balance, you can help it exfoliate, which is the removal of dead skin cells and debris. Dry skin brushing is a simple and quick way to exfoliate and help the body detox naturally. It helps support the waste that may clog pores and helps you achieve a vibrant complexion. It also feels great, like giving yourself a mini massage.

Besides its role in exfoliation, dry skin brushing boosts the immune system, increases circulation throughout the body, and supports a healthy nervous system. Dry skin brushing may assist in eliminating cellulite by stimulating circulation. It helps to stimulate the skin and begins to break up the toxic fatty deposits underneath the skin that pucker the overlying skin into cellulite. In order to see results for decreasing cellulite, daily brushing for several months is required.

Dry skin brushing also helps to stimulate thelymphatic system. The lymphatic system is important to the immune system and the body’s natural cleansing process. Dry brushing carries nutrients to cells and stimulates the flow of the lymph which will move the waste out. It will also helps relieve organ congestion.

Always use a brush with natural fibers. A brush made with Tampico fibers from the agave plant is very effective. Use a softer brush on your face, neck, breast and other sensitive areas. Body brush twice a day for 5 minutes to achieve optimal results.

How To Dry Skin Brush

  1. Dry brush your skin before you shower or bathe.
  2. Start at your feet and brush towards your heart using long, even strokes.
  3. Brush all the way up your legs, then over the buttocks, back and abdomen. Concentrate on any areas that have cellulite.
  4. Be sure to brush lightly on sensitive areas, like the breasts
  5. When you reach your arms, begin at your fingers and brush up your arms toward your heart.
  6. Brush your shoulders and chest down, always toward your heart.
  7. Avoid brushing anywhere the skin is broken or where you have a rash, infection, cut or wound.
  8. Finish with a shower alternating between hot and cold to continue to stimulate your lymphatic system and boost circulation. Finish with cold water.
  9. Moisturize the skin with olive, sesame, or coconut oil to seal in the moisture.

Dry skin brushing is a great addition to any daily routine. This along with hydration, and good nutrition will ensure a lifetime of healthy, vibrant skin. Nutrients that are important include healthy fats, plenty of protein, whole grains, dark leafy greens and a variety of non-starchy vegetables. Finally, be sure to get your beauty rest. Sleep is essential for your cells and skin to repair.

 

 

Mar15

Tips for Gently Cleansing the Liver & Gallbladder

Categories // Cleansing

Tips for gently cleansing the liver & gallbladder

 

It is important to cleanse the liver occasionally because it can become backed up with bile & toxins from a poor diet and exposure to chemicals in the environment.  A toxic liver can make us feel cranky, moody, angry, and out of balance; it can also play a role in developing environmental and food allergies. Similarly, skin problems (rashes, dry, itchy, acne, etc.) are often related to a stressed liver. One of the common signs of liver congestion is difficulty waking in the morning and general lack of appetite in the morning. Nausea is also attributed to an over-worked liver.

 

Your liver is located on the right side of your body under your ribs.  The liver’s role is to filter & clean all of your blood.  It is your largest internal organ.  The liver also helps you to digest food by secreting bile to the gall bladder; it also affects your glands and hormones.

 

Here are some tips for helping the liver to ‘open up’ and release the stored toxins & bile so that it can heal and help you better digest your food. You may also want to meet with us to develop a personal "liver cleanse" protocol.

 

Incorporate these foods into your meals and eat only until you are 80% full at meals, leaving 20% room for digestion and assimilation:

 

Apples (especially tart ones such as ‘Granny Smith’; eat alone)

 

Lemons & lemon juice (drink Star’s Lemonade, add lemon juice to salads)

 

Apple cider vinegar (unfiltered is best; add to salad dressings)

 

Olive oil (take 1-2 Tbls at bed-time or use liberally with vegetables & starches)

 

Flaxseed oil (add to brown rice and other whole grain dishes, salads, and soups)

 

Beets (roast beets for a nice flavor, or drink fresh beet juice with other vegetable juices)

 

Dark leafy greens (arugula, kale, basil, spinach, chard, parsley, cilantro, etc.).

 

Herbal teas that support the liver such as red clover and milk thistle

 

Activities that help the liver include exercises such as waist rolls & yoga poses (bridge pose), a mellow attitude towards daily stressors, meditation, relaxation, colonics/enemas with coffee or lemon.

 

Things to avoid:

Large portions of nuts, seeds, dairy, or meat

Alcohol

Sugars

 

Please join us in our Spring Liver Cleansing Events posted below. We are providing free lectures that discuss formal "Liver Cleanses" and the emotional energies related to the liver/gallbladder and spring.

Nov03

To Go or Not to Go? Giving it an Answer

Categories // Herbs and Supplements, Cleansing, Nutrition

Part 1

We've all had those days when we've wanted to throw up our hands and say, “I don't give a crap!” But what happens when that's all you want to do and you just can't? Constipation can disrupt, or even ruin, a perfectly good day, but there are many ways to improve digestion, aid in elimination, and relieve yourself of this frustrating problem. We will look deeper into constipation in this two-part article series.


Before we look into some ways to address constipation symptoms, let's look deeper into some reasons why things stop flowing in the first place…


There are numerous reasons why an individual can become constipated, including: poor bile flow and fat digestion, low hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach, low fiber or water intake, under-stimulated peristalsis, stress, laxative dependence, and hypothyroidism. Additional reasons include painkillers—specifically narcotics, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, depression, a diet rich in chocolate, bananas, dairy or black tea, calcium and iron supplements, antidepressants, antacids, blood pressure medications and diuretics, antihistamines, pregnancy/postpartum, and others.


Let’s look at some of the main issues in more detail...

Bile Flow and Fat Digestion:

Bile is the alkaline fluid produced by the liver and secreted by the gallbladder to aid in digestion of fats in the diet. Often the liver is overburdened by toxins, hormones, and metabolic waste which can result in a lack of bile production. Other times there is a blockage in the gallbladder that prevents an adequate amount of bile from being released. In turn, the body will have a difficult time digesting fats because it is bile that emulsifies and breaks fat molecules down into a size that can be assimilated by the small intestine. Without the necessary lubrication that fats provide, the stool can become hard and stuck in the colon.
Here are some things you can do if poor bile flow is the reason for the backup:

  1. Support the liver by decreasing the amount of toxins in your diet and lifestyle by: limiting alcohol intake, eliminating foods of the processed variety, and eating lots of veggies (such as dark leafy greens, broccoli, artichoke, cabbage, root vegetables, and plenty of fiber).
  2. Make sure there is an adequate amount of healthy fats in the diet such as fish, krill, and olive oil. An average adult needs at least 2 TBS of fat with each meal. When constipated, try taking more oil in addition to sea salt in the diet. 3000Mg of fish oil daily may also be added or 1000Mg of Krill oil. A Flow System at our office could help determine if you are eating enough healthy fats and which kinds you need more of in your diet.
  3. Salt water remedy: 1 tsp sea salt to 2 cups warm/hot water for mild relief. 2 tsp to 4 cups is standard for laxative effect. The salt water in combination with fat help improve bile flow. It works as a gentle laxative without being habit forming.
  4. Effective herbs for this type of constipation include: dandelion root, burdock root, and yellow dock. These help support the release of bile containing waste (hormones, cholesterol, and toxins) from the liver and the gallbladder to be excreted into the intestines and eventually eliminated from the body. Human Nature carries a product called Beet Flow from Empirical Labs that helps the liver/gallbladder release enough bile to digest foods properly.

Gallstones and Other Blockages:
Gallstones are hardened digestive secretions made from bile, cholesterol, and/or bilirubin that collect in the gallbladder. They range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball. If there is a blockage in the gallbladder due to stones, you can try to flush it out naturally by detoxing the liver and gallbladder through a cleanse. A specialist at Human Nature would like to oversee you during this time if you have never participated in this type of cleanse before. Contact us for an appointment by calling: (608) 301-9961. Supplements that gently assist the gallbladder are Psor Rbs (Lecithin and Borage Seed Oil) from Enzyme Formulations and BileMin from Apex Energetics. If your blockage is due to another cause, contact your physician for further screening.

Low HCl in the Stomach:
Inadequate stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) can also contribute to constipation. Overuse of antacids can suppress natural stomach secretions. Without proper HCl levels in the stomach, food is not getting fully digested before it enters the small intestine, which in turn makes the other systems of the body work much harder. This can slow digestion and bowel movements.
Luckily, there are remedies to help lower the pH of stomach acid, which helps the digestive system process food properly. Some remedies include: lemon water, apple cider vinegar, and Betaine HCl (available at Human Nature).


Hypothyroidism:
There are several imbalances that can occur in the body that can cause constipation in an individual, one of which being hypothyroidism—an underactive thyroid gland, slows the body’s metabolic processes, even the gut. Metabolic processes including digestion and elimination are slowed by the lack of stimulation by the thyroid gland. This lack of fire from the thyroid can make an individual feel tired, cold, and sluggish. The elimination organs are not being stimulated properly, therefore are functioning at a slower rate.
There are herbs that can help with stimulating the organs of elimination, such as black walnut, but because everyone has different needs, a one-on-one consultation is needed to determine the best direction for each individual.

Stay tuned to our next post for Part 2 on constipation! -Erin Liljegren

Mar16

Simple Detox Tip

Categories // Cleansing

Most of us are naturally inclined to be more active in the spring and consider our health in plans for the upcoming seasons. If a spring cleanse is on your mind, one simple thing you can add to even the most hectic lifestyle is the addition of fiber. One of my favorite sources of fiber for cleansing the colon is whole psyllium husk. This soft fiber gently absorbs and pulls toxins out of the colon and encourages the retention of water in the stool alleviating constipation. We now carry whole organic psyllium husk at our office.

1. Fill a glass with 5 oz water (or about half full) and add 1 Tbls of psyllium husk. Mix rapidly and drink.

2. Follow with another glass of pure water.

Do this once daily away from other foods for one month if you are continuing to eat a maintenance diet. If you are on a food-based cleanse, then the length of time may be shortened. (Contact us to schedule a time to design your cleanse.)

Note: If you cannot tolerate the plain flavor of psyllium, add a splash of tea such as ginger or peppermint tea or 1/2 tsp of Natural Vitamin C powder. Many colon cleansing enthusiasts suggest adding apple juice to the drink but if you have yeast or parasite issues then the less sugar, the better.

Liquid bentonite and liquid Caproyl may be added to the drink to increase it's effectiveness at pulling out toxins and eliminating yeast/Candida. This drink can work well to stop loose stools.

A daily herbal blend to help with detoxification of the digestive system may taken with meals such as 1-2 cups Liver Lover tea, tincture of Dandelion root, or Super Aloe capsules.

After 1 month on the psyllium husk drink, a parasite cleanse may follow.

If the gut flora are out of balance or there is leaky gut and inflammation, then psyllium may not be tolerated and may cause pain or bloating. In this case, vegetable sources of fiber should be increased and a plan should be developed to address the gut dysbiosis, reduce inflammation, and resolve leaky gut.

Cleansing with foods is our specialty, let us know if you have any questions or are ready to start your own cleanse.

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