Thursday, April 09, 2009
1. Eat fresh, whole organic foods.
Processed foods contain preservatives, artificial colors and flavors and many other additives that are not good for your body. To really give your body a break, cut back on processed food and focus on whole, natural foods instead.
Adding more raw foods to your diet is also a popular way to start a detox, as eating raw foods is said to increase energy while boosting mood, slowing aging and fighting chronic diseases.
And as much as possible, choose foods free of pesticides, genetically modified ingredients and other additives.
Choose organic versions of the most heavily polluted produce
It will help you relieve stress and improves your circulation and overall health.
3. Quit smoking.
Cigarettes contain over 4,000 different chemicals.
4. Drink more pure water.
Drinking pure water helps flush toxins from your system while helping your cells function more efficiently. But be careful not to drink just any water. A recent Environmental Working Group study found 141 unregulated chemicals, and 119 regulated ones, in U.S. drinking water supplies. And bottled water, which typically comes in BPA-containing bottles and may in fact be nothing more than bottled tap water, is not a safe alternativ. Use a good water filter.
5. Remove contaminants from your shower.
When you step into your hot shower, you are inadvertently exposing your body to a slew of toxins that can damage your health, inside and out.
These toxins stem from a chemical that is added to the water supply on purpose, ironically to kill bacteria. The chemical is chlorine, and it's added to all public water supplies to kill disease-causing bacteria in the transport pipes and the water itself.
By taking a hot shower you end up absorbing over 600 percent more chlorine and other chemicals than you would from drinking the same un-filtered water all day!
If at all possible, use a home water filter.
6. Use natural cleaning products in your home.
Using typical cleaning sprays and air fresheners at least once a week can increase your risk of asthma by 30-50 percent.
Instead, opt for safer home cleaning products for all of your cleaning needs that contain toxins.
Suggested organic products: those made by Melaleuca, the Wellness Company
7. Be careful of what drugs you take.
Sometimes medication is necessary, but you may want to think twice before constantly popping pills for every ache and pain. Many can cause side effects and may contain chemicals that can damage your kidneys.
8. Limit your alcohol intake.
Alcohol is a poison, and in excess amounts it will cause harm to your body. How much is too much? According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, most adults can use alcohol moderately -- meaning up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people -- and not experience problems. (One drink equals one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.)
9. Switch to natural personal care products.
The vast majority -- some 89 percent -- of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products (products that you rub into your scalp and skin, spread onto your face and trust on your body) have never been evaluated for safety by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other institution.
• Use environmentally friendly moisturizers to pamper your skin.
• Use organic soaps and shower gels
10. Meditate and focus on the positive.
It's a simple (and free) way to detoxify your mind and spirit.
Recommended reading: The New Testament
Taken in part from sixwise
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Air fresheners can cause irritation to the eyes and mile to moderate lung irritation including asthma-like symptoms.
All purpose cleaners can cause mild to moderated damage to the eyes and can even cause weakness and dizziness!
Automatic dishwasher liquids and concentrated powders can cause skin irritation, and the fumes can cause tearing and even chemical pneumonia not to mention they are poisonous.
Basin, tub and tile cleaners are often chemical acids that can burn the skin and cause corneal damage. Vapors can cause respiratory problems.
Bleach is just like Automatic dishwasher liquids and powders! Either of these mixed with other cleaners or ammonia can even create fatal fumes!
Carpet deodorizer powders can cause asthma symptoms.
Carpet shampoos can burn your skin and irritate your nose, throat and lungs.
Carpet stain removers can cause respiratory distress.
Disinfectant cleaners can cause permanent corneal damage and they can irritate the nose, throat and lungs.
Drain cleaners are wicked and can even cause blindness if accidentally splashed into the eye!
Fabric softeners can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea.
Laundry detergent powders can cause headaches, dizziness labored breathing and in severe cases even death!
Oven cleaners are wicked too! They contain lye which is highly corrosive.
Toilet bowl cleaners contain hydrochloric acid that is highly corrosive. It will burn the skin, and the vapors can irritate the nose, throat and lungs. If splashed in the eyes it can cause blindness!
There are safe chemical free products available. Read labels and avoid those that can cause health problems to yourself or children.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal, its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, 'When I get to heaven, I will ask Jonah.'
The teacher asked, 'What if Jonah went to hell?'
The little girl replied, 'Then you ask him.'
A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing.
She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.
As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
The girl replied, 'I'm drawing God.'
The teacher paused and said, 'But no one knows what God looks like.'
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, 'They will in a minute.'
A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, 'Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.'
'Yes,' the class said.
'Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position, the blood doesn't run into my feet?'
A little fellow shouted, 'Cause your feet ain't empty.'
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:
'Take only ONE. God is watching.'
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note, 'Take all you want. God is watching the apples.'
Monday, March 23, 2009
You can choose food to tame your appetite. The way NOT to do this is with fatty foods such as salad dressings, cheese, fried foods, etc. They may well kill your appetite, because they slow down the emptying of the stomach; and they disrupt the muscular motions that normally guide foods along your digestive tract, like squeezing a tube of toothpaste at both ends at the same time. These fatty foods also pack so much fat; they add the pounds in a hurry.
A different approach uses fiber. You know the old saying about eating at a Chinese restaurant – you are hungry again in an hour? Most Asian restaurants serve white rice, which has been stripped of its natural fiber coat. Without fiber the roughage is quickly absorbed and hunger soon returns. If you were to make the same meal using brown rice, it naturally makes the nutrient absorption slow and steady, which is not only better for your health but also delays the return of hunger.
Fiber reduces your appetite and helps you lose weight. On October 27, 1999, the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the diets of a large group of people in Alabama, California, Illinois, and Minnesota and found that even modest increases in vegetables, beans, and other fiber rich foods led to weight loss. People whose diets were richest in fiber weighed eight pounds less, on average, than those with the least.
Many people imagine they will lose weight by eating low-fat yogurt or skinless chicken breast. However, animal products have no fiber at all. A cup of low-fat yogurt gives you 4 grams of fat and plenty of sugar, but not a speck of fiber. Chicken breast, fish, egg whites, and all other animal products provide calories but no fiber at all.
How much fiber should you get in a day? A good rule of thumb is around forty grams. Nutritionists have investigated whether fiber interferes with the absorption of calcium or other nutrients. In fact, even with their generous fiber content, the calcium absorption from most green leafy vegetables is high, over 50 percent, compared to about 32 percent for milk.
Certain kinds of fiber have special effects. Soluble fiber, in oats, beans, and fruits, lowers cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber in wheat, for example, helps keep digestion running smoothly. Many plant foods have a mixture of both types.
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