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Life can be demanding. Juggling time between work, maintaining a social life, and taking care of our families can often leave us little time to take care of ourselves. Too often we find ourselves grabbing a convenient packaged food item to conserve time. We indulge in fast food, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and foods high in sugar, salt, and saturated fats. Not only are we a victim to our delicious cravings but our bodies are also a victim to stress, pollution, and other outside toxins.

People are familiar with the external consequences of leading an unhealthy lifestyle such as weight gain, but in the long-run we begin to feel the effects spreading. Bloating, indigestion, cramping, heartburn, gas, and a lack of energy, plague those of us who take on a poor diet. In some cases, our diets can even lead to chronic health conditions. Here are a few lifestyle changes that will flush out toxins and reset your body to make room for new, healthy habits.

CLEANSE YOUR BODY OF TOXINS
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We shower and bath our outer body daily, we brush our teeth daily, and we change the oil and filter in our car regularly. Why don’t we give our digestive systems the same love and care? Our bodies work hard to digest, absorb and eliminate everything we put into it. Starting a cleanse supports our body’s natural detoxification process. The first step to resetting your body is by cleaning out the existing toxins in your digestive system.

A healthy cleanse should include a digestive detoxifier and a digestive cleanser. A digestive detoxifier should be taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Its purpose is to promote balance in the intestines. Animal by-products have binding agents that are difficult to digest, therefore, your digestive detoxifier should be natural and plant-based to work most effectively. A digestive cleanser should also be taken in the morning and mixed into water, a protein shake, or even a nutritious smoothie. Its purpose is to move through the digestive tract, bind to waste, and cleanse the intestines via a bowel movement.

Some detox programs give cleanses a bad name. A long-term cleanse should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet. Cleanses do not replace meals and should not leave you feeling low-energy, grumpy, or hungry. It is recommended that people who have never tried a cleanse start with a longer, 90-day program. This will ensure that the toxins and waste that have built up over time are flushed from your system.

 

DRINK MORE WATER
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You have heard it time and time again but do you know why? Without enough water your body cannot properly absorb nutrients, breakdown foods effectively, or flush out toxins. This means that waste builds up and leaves you bloated and constipated. Dehydration also slows down your metabolism, which leads to sugar cravings and fatigue. Throughout the day you should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water. Mix sliced fruit, cucumber, or mint to your water to add a little extra flavor. More water means less cravings and more energy.

STOP DRINKING EMPTY CALORIES

People pay more attention to what they are eating than what they are drinking. Alcohol, soda, energy drinks and juices are only a few of the many sugary drinks that are scientifically proven to be a leading contributor to obesity. Drinking your calories in the form of sugary beverages does not only leave you prone to bloating and weight gain, it also provides no nutritional value to your diet. These “empty calories” could be replaced by foods high in vitamins and minerals to leave you both full and energized.

CHANGE THE WAY YOU EAT FOOD

Eating is so habitual sometimes we are unaware that we are doing it wrong. It's time to change your relationship with food:
-Pay attention to the pace at which you eat, and slow down. Eating and chewing slowly helps with both digestion and absorption.
-Schedule your meals so that you are eating at the same time every day.
-Don't go for long stretches of time without eating or you will end up with low energy levels and be more prone to craving foods high in fat and high in sugar.
-Don’t snack and eat meals while doing other activities. We often watch television, check our phones, or even work while eating. Next time you have a meal, give your full attention to the food and the signals your body is giving you. This will help you slow down, enjoy the flavours, and prevent overeating.

BREAK UP WITH FOODS THAT ARE:
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-High in starch (fast food, pizza, bread, cereal, pasta, processed potatoes)
-High in saturated fat (high fat dairy products, dark meat, tropical oils)
-High in sugar (candies, dry fruit, cookies, cereal, sauces)
-High in salt (bacon, cheese, instant soup, dressings, sauces)
-Condensed
-Refined
-Deep fried

These food groups are incredibly hard for the digestive system to break down. When food is not properly digested it can be more difficult to eliminate waste, which leads to constipation and/or diarrhea. These foods are also low in vitamins and nutrients. Therefore, your body is expending energy to break down the foods and gaining little energy in return. This will leave you feeling sluggish and craving more food.

FALL IN LOVE WITH COMPLEX CARBS

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Complex carbohydrates such as green leafy vegetables, whole grains, quinoa, oatmeal and beans, are very beneficial to your health. Complex carbs are often rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. Simple carbs such as soda, candy, or table sugar are rapidly absorbed, which causes a spike in blood sugar and a short-term boost in energy often called a “sugar-rush”, followed by an energy crash.  Complex carbs take longer to digest and allow energy to be conserved and distributed throughout the day. If you replace simple carbs with more complex carbs you will be replacing a short-term sugar-rush with a longer, more sustainable form of energy.

A LITTLE EXERCISE IS BETTER THAN NO EXERCISE

After a large meal sometimes all you feel like doing is laying or sitting down and relaxing. This actually slows down the process of digestion. Get up and walk around to promote the movement of food through your digestive system. Working out also increases your metabolism, which leaves you with more energy. Try to fit 30 minutes of physical activity into your daily routine.

RELAX

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When the body is in a state of stress the heart rate increases, muscles are tensed, and the digestive system works less effectively. In very high-stress situations, the body diverts energy away from the digestive system. Sometimes we need to take a moment and relax to allow our body to go about its natural process and digest food while eliminating waste. At the end of the day, relax with a cup of DR-HO’s Sereni-Tea. This is a tea that contains 11 natural ingredients including, Chamomile, Fennel, Peppermint, Ginger, Cinnamon, which help the process of digestion by promoting relaxation. This will prevent constipation and keep your digestion moving smoothly, while simultaneously allowing you to have a restful sleep.

 

YOU ONLY HAVE ONE BODY
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Although your workload, family, and other responsibilities easily become main priorities, taking care of yourself and your body should always remain your top priority. We only have one body, and if we neglect ourselves, we won't be available for all of the responsibilities and people that are important in our lives. Ordering in a greasy pizza or going to a buffet can be temporarily satisfying, but food is meant to nourish, provide vitamins, minerals, and energy to our bodies. It's not too late to clean out your digestive system and start changing your life by changing the way you treat your body.

 

 

 

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