Will Cleanse Help My Digestion And Make Me Feel Less Bloated?

As we age, we develop so many little complications with our health, like fine cracks on porcelain that are only visible under the clearest light. And while it is important to pay attention to these minor and gradual changes that are taking place inside our body, it is not always easy to.

We stay busy and involved with our lives. We put our health on the back burner and forget. And these fine cracks spread and develop into major complications. They start showing quite obviously. And we know something is very wrong!

This is why Health Coaches around the globe are recommending that you must take up a Cleanse at least once in every six months! With a focus on gut health and scrubbing clean your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, Cleanse improves your digestion. It helps you feel less bloated. It re-energises and rejuvenates you. You feel more like yourself, and more connected with the inner you.

Here in this week’s blog post, I cover some basics – What is Cleanse? Why must you take it? What is the impact to your body and your overall health and wellness? And finally, will Cleanse help your digestion and make you feel less bloated?

 

What is Cleanse?

Everyone has a different definition for Cleanse, but I’d like to think all definitions are essentially the same as they converge on some point.

Cleanse is a detox program that focuses on a cleaner diet, more nutritious and simply cooked food, better exercise, prebiotics and detoxifying foods, and, most importantly, on your body, mind and spirit.

You include foods that bring value to your life. You pause and breathe in deeply. You disconnect from smartphones and gadgets and do things with your hands. You cook simple meals. You exercise. And you think about what your body is signalling you.

 

Impact on health and wellness

Since Cleanse helps you re-establish the connection with your inner self, there are a number of positive and encouraging health benefits. For example, you choose the healthiest foods and cook them using artisanal practices – simply and uncomplicatedly. This healthy food with all the wholesomeness intact nourishes you deeply. Similarly, when you exercise during Cleanse, you focus on simple routines that bring you the most pleasure.

Some Cleanses, like the one I conduct, are guided. This has multiple benefits too. Now you know which foods to eat, how to decide which way is better and if you have any questions or confusion, it is easy to reach out and ask. This way your Cleanse is more thorough and effective.

 

Cleanse, digestion and bloatedness

Ever experience that feeling of bloatedness and heaviness? Especially around the belly and midriff. This is most likely due to toxicity build up in your body. Some ladies experience constipation, aches and pains, problem passing motion, flatulence and similar issues with the gut. For all of you, I recommend taking a Cleanse as soon as you possibly can!

Cleanse will focus on cleaning and repairing your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. With suggested supplements – hemp seed oil, prebiotics and charcoal – your gut will feel less bloated. Added to all this, is the essential light exercising and proper meal planning.

My Cleanse also comes with group support. You join a group of ladies going through the same experience as you and you share the journey. You can discuss issues and problems and find common resolutions. This also helps you feel motivated and supported to no end.

 

Join my Cleanse!

Liked reading what I had to say? Then you are sure to love my Cleanse. It is about re-centring yourself and restoring the balance. It is about bringing your health and wellbeing to the forefront.

Take my Cleanse periodically – once every six months. It is your best bet to safeguard yourself against toxicity build-up. With my simple DIY tips and guided approach, that you can follow from anywhere you are, you can detox on the go. And, joining a group does wonders for your morale. Try it.

Join my Cleanse now. Stay refreshed, rejuvenated and 100% Cleansed.

3 Benefits Of Exercising During A Cleanse

Planning on participating in Cleanse? Worried that your exercise routine may suffer? Or that you may not be able to cope with its energy needs on a low energy plan?

Draw in a long calming breath. And relax. You can do both – Cleanse + Exercise.

Exercising regularly is essential for your health and wellbeing. It helps your body get rid of waste and flush out harmful toxins. It improves your metabolism. It promotes better digestion and circulation. It also helps your moods, keeping you feeling more motivated and positive. For all these reasons and more it is essential that you continue exercising even during your Cleanse.

I understand that you may be on a very specific low-calorie diet and it may not be possible to meet the demands of a full-fledged exercise routine during such a time. But while you may cut out caffeine, gluten, sugar, carbs, alcohol etc. you don’t need to cut out exercise too. In fact, you can alter your exercise routine to fit in properly with your Cleanse. Interested in knowing the secret?

Read more. In this week’s blog post I’ll show you just how to do both – Exercise and Cleanse simultaneously, without compromising on anything. What will surprise you are the incredible benefits of doing both together.

 

1. Pick the right exercises

Exercise can jumpstart the natural cleansing processes. It stimulates the organs into a thorough self-cleaning mode.

When you pick the right exercises that complement your Cleanse – like stomach crunches, abdominal twists and brisk walks in the park – you can enhance its effectiveness. Yoga is another great option as it doesn’t put stress on the heart or the body but, just the same, it works your body and generates sweat.

Ensure that you don’t engage in HIIT workouts and save them for after your Cleanse. Keep the exercising to simple and easy routines that are low intensity and low impact.

 

2. Pick the right foods

Eating the right foods is essential for Cleanse to work successfully. Incorporate dried fruits, nuts and seeds in your diet. Lentils and lentil sprouts are highly nourishing. Avocado, banana, papaya, sweet potato, eggplant are high energy nutritious foods that can also be considered.

Pick the foods that match your energy requirements, even during Cleanse. Up your protein intake if your exercise routine is strenuous. And consider incorporating some high energy nutritious foods.

In the end, if your exercise routine during Cleanse is making you feel faint or tired, talk to a trusted health coach. Do NOT stress your body unnecessarily. You may create complications for yourself! 

 

3. Listen to your body

Cleanse is a rewarding and beautiful experience. You can imagine your GI tract being restored to a state of pristine health. Your skin will gleam. Your organs will thank you and you will feel energised and reinvigorated.

But remember that your body is working extremely hard during Cleanse. It can feel tired and strained. So, periods of rest and sleep are vital to keeping the balance. Pair this with light exercise and good nourishing food, and you have a winning combination.

And finally, Cleanse is as much about your physical health as it is about your mental and spiritual health. So, don’t forget to work on those areas. Introspect. Reflect. Breathe deeply. Practice self-care and self-love. And listen to your body as it tells you what makes it feel happy and cared for. What makes it shed old skin and bloom like a flower.

 

Join my Cleanse!

Liked reading what I had to say? Then you are sure to love my Cleanse. It is about re-centring yourself and restoring the balance. It is about bringing your health and wellbeing to the forefront.

Take my Cleanse periodically – once every six months. It is your best bet to safeguard yourself against toxicity build-up. With my simple DIY tips and guided approach, that you can follow from anywhere you are, you can detox on the go. And, joining a group does wonders for your morale. Try it.

Join my Cleanse now. Stay refreshed, rejuvenated and 100% Cleansed.

7 Essential Healthy Foods For Your Gut

Gut health matters! Ask the hundreds of little microbes housed there that boost your immunity and optimise your digestion. The gut helps in the absorption of nutrients and in the elimination of toxins from our body. And, it also keeps our inflammatory response in check.

It was Hippocrates – the father of modern medicine, who said that “all disease begins in the gut.” And, even if we don’t believe in the wisdom of those words from over 2,000 years ago, we know today that many things can go wrong with our health and metabolism when there is an imbalance in our gut.

Studies have shown that there are correlations between good gut health and the state of our immune system, mental health, and emotional health, as well as our risk of contracting autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions, and even cancer.

So, how can you make sure your gut is in good shape? I recommend eating foods that strengthen the gut, repair the gut lining, and feed the good bacteria of the gut. Seven of these essential healthy foods are mentioned here in this article. 

 

 

1. Fibrous foods

The fibre in foods feeds the good bacteria and promotes gut health. Whole foods are particularly rich in fibre and prebiotics. Fibrous foods such as asparagus, leeks, beans, legumes, oats, bananas and berries show a positive impact on gut health in numerous aspects.

Wherever possible go for organic, seasonal and local produce. Support your local farmers and shop from your local farmers markets.

2. Fermented foods

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, tempeh, miso and kefir are soothing and nourishing for the gut. They contain all the gut-essential nutrients – a healthy dose of probiotics, and the fermentation process makes them particularly gut-friendly.

These foods also make for great side dishes with your regular meals. For example, add some sauerkraut or kimchi side to your meal and sip on a fruit-flavoured kombucha or kefir drink in place of wine or sugary carbonated drinks!

3. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can help in the break-down and digestion of complex foods by stimulating the digestive juices and enhancing the acid production in the stomach. It has powerful antimicrobial and antiviral properties that are effective for removing the bad bacteria in the digestive tract, as well as for getting rid of the excess yeast from the body.

Mix a spoonful of apple cider vinegar (not more than 2 tablespoons or 30ml) with a glassful of warm water and gulp it down every morning. Preferably, on an empty stomach. Drinking apple cider vinegar this way can help you balance your gut, boost gut health as well as aid in controlling your weight if you have weight-related issues. Apple cider vinegar can also be added to salads as dressing.

4. Collagen-boosting foods

Collagen rich foods can be beneficial for the gut. But most foods in this group are of the non-vegetarian variety – such as oysters and salmon – that are unsuitable for vegetarians. Vegetarians and vegans can try leafy greens, citrus fruits, broccoli and red peppers that contain nutrients essential for the synthesis of collagen in the body. Mushrooms can also help in collagen generation in the body, and therefore aid the gut in this way.

Hemp is a good vegan substitute for collagen. Hemp seeds and hemp oil can be added to meals to make them richer and more nutritious.

5. Garlic and onion

Garlic has numerous effective – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-cancer properties. It has a two-pronged prebiotic effect, one that promotes the growth of the friendly gut bacteria and another that hampers the growth of disease-promoting bad bacteria.

Onion too has several effective – antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-cancer and antibiotic properties. It helps the gut flora, aids in the break down of fats, and boosts the immune system.

Chop up onion and crush garlic to add to a salad. Or, lightly roast onion and garlic on medium flame and drizzle with a little coconut oil for flavour, before adding them as seasoning to your favourite dish.

5. Dandelion greens

Dandelion greens are a great detoxifying agent. They also contain fibre, nutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammation and prebiotic properties. They are rich in vitamins – A and K and minerals – calcium and iron.

Dandelion greens are available as supplements in local supermarkets, or even as powders that can be mixed with water. 

6. Pineapple

Pineapples contain healthy enzymes and fibres that aid in digestion. The enzyme – bromelain, can breakdown large molecules of protein from complex foods into smaller peptides. It can also counter pain and inflammation throughout the body. And reduce the secretions that damage the gut lining.

Pineapples are so versatile in that they can be cooked as well as eaten raw or even blended into smoothies. Avoid eating canned, packaged and/or pre-processed foods, including pineapples this way.

7. Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is not really food but it has some very positive impacts on gut health. Activated charcoal can help you counter bloatedness, pain, gas, and diarrhea. It absorbs and binds with the toxins in the food as well as the toxins in the digestive tract and dismisses them from the body through faecal matter. This way toxins don’t enter our bloodstream at all and are conveniently excreted before they can do any real damage.

Activated charcoal is available in powder form or as tablets. You can have up to 1 tablet a day or the equivalent in powder-form (not more than 50gms, or as per the instructions on the package) to improve your gut health and flush out toxins.

Diet and health are closely related. I highly recommend that you start incorporating these foods into your diet at the earliest if you haven’t already. I assure you the moment your gut feels balanced and renewed, your overall health will also improve.

After all, a healthy body and a healthy mind can only be when there is a healthy gut supporting them both.

 

 

Nutritional Support for Perimenopausal and Menopausal Women

Hello ladies, I help super busy professional women lose weight, maintain great gut health, and experience wellness during your perimenopausal and menopausal years.

My new FB group is taking healthcare support and health-coaching to the next level!

I have created a beautiful and safe environment, perfect for busy ladies. Start your health journey in the comfort of your home, feel comfortable to discuss issues, and take away new knowledge.

Send me a request to join now!

 

 

3 Ways To Reverse Diabetes Naturally!

If you have diabetes (or have seen a loved one suffer) you know the emotional roller coaster you’re on – the ups and downs of feeling really high on energy at one instant and then completely drained the next. This fluctuation between extremes can take a toll on your health and wellbeing.

And even the symptoms are worrisome – the constant craving for sugary foods, mood swings and dullness, fatigue and anxiety. Internally, some of these symptoms can stress your organs and cause wear. Externally, you don’t look and feel your best – your skin loses its lustre, your hair its shine and you may put on or lose weight drastically.

What is really concerning is that diabetes is now becoming more and more common the world over, with numbers expected to reach a staggering 500 million by 2030! 500 MILLION! We’ve really caused something awful to happen with our unhindered adoption of the “Western Diet and lifestyle”.

However, I still think not all is lost just yet. A few natural steps have been successful in breaking the vicious cycle of diabetes and setting you free. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease but it is possible for some people to reverse it.

Here in this article, I give you 3 steps – (1) Regulating your meals and steering away from junk foods, (2) Controlling your blood sugar through regular exercise, and (3) Staying positive, committed and motivated through it – that are definitely worth a try. As a bonus, it is totally possible to do all this without the aid of medication or pills, but I’ll recommend that you have a word with your doctor before making any permanent or sudden changes.

Step 1: Regulating your meals and steering away from junk foods

Start by analysing your meals – What are you eating? Fast foods or wholesome healthy meals? Do you cook or buy packaged foods? Are you addicted to junk foods or sugary drinks?

Veer away from packaged foods completely. If you are a diabetic or at risk, there are a few foods that you can’t have – make sure you know what they are. The idea is to regulate your meals. Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and so lifestyle changes are completely necessary in order to reverse it.

And finally, make clear and conscious choices. Carry food with you, don’t go hungry or skip a meal. Eat as healthy as possible but if there is no choice, find the best compromise. For example, if you are at a fast-food shop buy a bowl of salad (or two) instead of something fried and when buying packaged foods, stick to meals with the minimum number of ingredients and the least cooking time.

Step 2: Controlling your blood sugar through regular exercise

When you have your meals in order, look at other aspects of your lifestyle. Do you have a desk job or an active field job? Are you getting enough exercise? Do you take time to indulge in some healthy hobbies such as sports, swimming or dancing?

Add movement to your life. Exercise regularly especially if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. Simple routines such as taking a brisk walk in the park every morning, or exercising in your own backyard for a few minutes every day, can make a huge difference.

You can use up the extra sugar in your blood through exercising. And exercising helps you moderate your blood sugar levels without straining your kidneys.

Step 3: Staying positive, committed and motivated through it

Life can get stressful and lonesome when you are dealing with a disease that people are only beginning to understand now. There are mental, emotional and physical pressures of being a diabetic. This is why I recommend taking all possible measures for staying positive, committed and motivated.

Finding a friend to talk to and share your journey with can be a great way of unburdening. A good friend can help you set reminders for your mealtimes, doctor’s appointments and other crucial tasks. And you won’t feel like giving up.

Indulge in good music and constructive hobbies, practice yoga and meditation that strengthen your mind and spirit, and nurture yourself with good food and TLC – Give yourself everything you need to heal and re-emerge.

 

 

Nutritional Support for Perimenopausal and Menopausal Women

Hello ladies, I help super busy professional women lose weight, maintain great gut health, and experience wellness during your perimenopausal and menopausal years.

My new FB group is taking healthcare support and health-coaching to the next level!

I have created a beautiful and safe environment, perfect for busy ladies. Start your health journey in the comfort of your home, feel comfortable to discuss issues, and take away new knowledge.

Send me a request to join now!

Creating Your Very Own Blood Pressure Reducing Meal Plan

Keeping a tab on your high blood pressure, or hypertension, is not an easy task. It is a silent condition that often comes unannounced, presents no symptoms and escalates quickly.

It is a leading risk factor for more serious heart ailments – heart attack and stroke, disability and even death. And in Australia alone, close to 6 million adults suffer from it.

Over two-thirds of people over the age of 65 have high blood pressure. The people over the age of 55 who do not suffer now, have more than 90% chance of developing it at some point in their lifetime. These are staggering statistics.

However, with some systematic changes and healthy lifestyle improvements you can beat the statistic. All you need are some simple guidelines to follow – including exercising, eating healthy and practising moderation. Also, consider not smoking and reducing daily stress.

The foods we choose to eat every day are vital to our heart’s health. Some foods can help us lower our blood pressure and boost our health and vitality.

In this blog post, I give you some pointers to help you create your very own blood pressure reducing meal plan. I discuss the healthy ingredients to include and the unhealthy foods to skip. I talk about ways to cook and eat these foods without destroying their innate goodness with overcooking. And I give you a sample meal plan that you can try for yourself.

If you’re looking to spend minimum time in the kitchen but want to maximise the flavour in your food. If you want to lower your blood pressure and want to know how to prep and plan meals for your condition – This blog post is just for you!

1. Vegetables and fruits

Vegetables are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. Include 4-5 serves of fresh fruits and vegetables with your meals. Avoid processed and packaged foods to the maximum possible extent. Also, avoid junk foods and sugary drinks.

Buy produce from your local farmers markets. Go for seasonal produce and wholefoods. Buy organic certified foods wherever possible.

It is better to include a variety, however, a few vegetables and fruits are better than others for your heart. Such as beetroot, blueberries, dark beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, red pepper, squash, spinach, oranges, papaya, rockmelon, tomatoes, asparagus and broccoli to name a few.

2. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids and lots of nutritional support for your heart. Include healthy amounts of nuts and seeds in your daily intake.

Ancient grains such as quinoa and amaranth are considered superfoods. Almonds and walnuts are great to snack on and curb hunger. Flaxseeds contain phytoestrogens that boost heart health. Cacao nibs are delicious as well as healthy.

3. Lean Protein and Healthy Fats

Healthy amounts of lean protein are required for a meal to be balanced and nutritious. Tofu, tempeh and bean-curd are great options for vegetarians and vegans. Try a stir-fry with veggies for a heart-healthy meal. Non-vegetarians can consider portions of fish like salmon and tuna.

Similarly, healthy fats too are essential for a meal to be truly nutritious. Consider sweet potato and avocado. For those of us with a sweet tooth, dark chocolate with cacao and no added sugar can be a great natural substitute for a sugary dessert.

Keeping your heart health in mind and as a general rule-of-thumb consider dairy free and gluten free alternatives wherever possible.

Sample Meal Plan

Here’s a sample “blood pressure reducing meal plan” that is also dairy free, gluten free and vegan. It includes all the healthy ingredients that we discussed above.

Breakfast: almond yogurt parfait with smashed avocado.

  • 3/4 cup of non-dairy almond or coconut yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. of slivered almonds

Top yogurt with almonds.

  • ½ medium-size avocado
  • Seasoning
  • Parsley to garnish

Smash the avocado into uneven pulp and season mildly. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Drink option: Green smoothie with celery, mint, spinach and cucumber.

AM Snack: ¾ cup of fresh blueberries.

Lunch: garlic grilled mushrooms and steamed brussels sprouts.

  • 2 cup fresh whole shitake mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Diced red pepper

Lightly drizzle the ingredients with butter and grill in an open pan.

  • 1 cup fresh brussels sprouts
  • Seasoning

Steam brussels sprouts and season mildly.

PM Snack: 2 cups cubed rockmelon.

Dinner: Mixed greens salad bowl with black beans and lentils, and a side of baked sweet potato

  • 1 cup mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup boiled black beans and lentils
  • ½ small brown onion diced
  • Coriander to garnish

Toss ingredients in a bowl and season with olive oil.

  • ½ small sweet potato

Slice into fine chips and bake in an oven until crisp.

5 Natural Remedies For Hot Flushes For Women Over 45

It is quite common for women between the ages of 45-55 to experience hot flushes and night sweats as a symptom that they may have hit a stage in their lives called “perimenopause” – or the years leading to menopause.

As many as 75% of the women experience hot flushes and night sweats. A lucky minority experience nothing at all. And a small number of women experience mild symptoms only.

For those who are affected, the signs can be intense and overwhelming. During a hot flush, pangs of heat start in the chest and spread to the head. Beads of sweat trickle down the face and neck. And while it takes anywhere from five to ten long minutes for them to wear out, women have been known to have as many as 20-30 such episodes in a day!

Some women experience only hot flushes without any sweating. While others sweat profusely. Doctors have linked hot flushes and night sweats to the changing levels of estrogen in the female body.

While hot flushes are common, a few natural remedies have been known to reduce their impact considerably. In this week’s blog post I discuss 5 natural and powerful remedies that can reduce your symptoms and bring you calming respite. Here they are:

1. Exercise Regularly

Exercise regularly and include diverse routines that work every part of your body. Go for a brisk walk out in the open. Include some form of physical activity, movement or dance in your every day. Exercising properly like this has been known to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flushes and night sweats.

Note: For women with weight management issues, controlling your weight through planned diet and exercise may help you reduce symptoms. Overweight women have a higher chance of experiencing acute episodes of hot flushes and night sweats.

2. Include Protein and Healthy Fats

Incorporate protein and healthy fats into your meals. Make your breakfast as healthy as possible as this is the most important meal of the day. Eliminate carbs – bagel, toast and bread – altogether. 

3. Right Clothing

Wear comfortable clothing that is light and that absorbs sweat. This may be especially useful during nights when copious sweating can make it impossible to get a proper shut-eye and restful sleep. Wearing layers of clothing has been recommended by many women as it helps in regulating temperature and you may shed the extra layers when the need arises.

4. Drink Water

Keep yourself hydrated. Keep a bottle of water on your person and carry it wherever you go. Drink plenty of water. This will help you regulate your body’s temperature and make up for the lost moisture during a hot flush.

Add infused waters, teas and drinks to your list of fluids. Vegetable and fruit smoothies are great during the hot summer months, as are stews, soups and broths during the cold winter season.

5. Learn to Relax

Remember that heightened stress can make you particularly susceptible to hot flushes and night sweats. Practice meditation and mindfulness. Practice yoga. Keep away from potential triggers such as coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and spicy foods.

6. Bonus tip

Begin by getting a blood test done. Get your hormones and thyroid tested as well. The results from these tests will help you get an accurate idea of your status and how sensitive you are. Then, talk to a trusted Health Coach or healthcare professional about these tests, your issues and concerns to get guidance on how to manage your situation better.

3 Steps To Feeling Good With A Complete Liver Cleanse

Our gut, liver, lungs and kidneys are superheroes that work together tirelessly to flush out toxins from the body, boost our immunity and keep us fighting fit. They are the reason we are able to survive every day (and everything) from bad diets and light pollution to hard-core substance abuse.

They cleanse our systems and rejuvenate us. They help us maintain a healthy state of being. But, as they perform their critical functions, toxins that aren’t flushed out accumulate in our systems and over time we experience heavy toxicity build-up.

In a healthy condition the liver can function optimally: scour out the toxins in the body, convert them into their water-soluble form and efficiently excrete them out. But when the liver is impacted it gets overwhelmed and is unable to perform. As days go on, the situation may compound and worsen.

When this happens and depending on the extent of the damage, you may experience bloating around your upper abdomen, sudden loss of appetite and general restlessness, weight gain, smelliness of the mouth and your breath, and itchiness and pigmentation on the skin. Of course, it would be ideal to take action before such a situation occurs!

A liver cleanse needn’t be extreme and you should be able to do it any time you feel. All it takes are 3 simple steps and a loving, gentle approach. I discuss these steps in my blog post this week that will give your body a detoxifying boost. Here goes.

Step 1: Eliminate and Reduce Toxicity

We are exposed to a number of chemicals, pollutants, stressors and toxins, like the ones we pick up from the environment, our beauty products and cosmetics, household cleaning products, or from packaged foods we consume. Eliminating and reducing the usage of all these substances is the first step in a thorough liver cleanse.

Check the labels on the packages of the products for ingredients and manufacturing processes. Household cleaning products have been known to include very corrosive and potent substances. Make sure you use organic, handmade, natural and non-toxic products.

At home, fill your space with natural light. Use natural soy and beeswax candles. Keep plants indoors, they add to the aesthetic appeal as well as contribute to your health and wellbeing.

Step 2: Consume Liver-friendly Foods

There are a variety of liver-friendly foods that are totally recommended when you are considering a liver cleanse. For instance, beetroot, broccoli and garlic are great. Use these in your meals. Raw vegetable juices and green smoothies are also very helpful.

Do follow my FB Live for some healthy recipes. You will also find ample recipes on my website that are delicious and good.

Fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, all these tangy treats encourage gut-friendly bacteria to colonize the intestines and promote health. So do probiotic foods: milk and yogurt. Include them in your meals.

Add a dash of turmeric to your food. The secret is to combine turmeric with coconut oil while cooking. This way the body is able to take in all of the root’s goodness. Munch on walnuts. Nothing beats the liver-boosting power of the mighty walnut.

Step 3: Take Milk Thistle and Dandelion Supplements

Milk Thistle is the single most effective tool of a natural liver detox. It helps eliminate the build-up of toxicity from heavy metals, medication, environmental pollutants and alcohol abuse. It even absorbs the harmful effects of chemotherapy and radiation after treatment.

I wrote a blog post on the merits of Milk Thistle and how to use it a while back. Infused teas and supplements are a great way to include this miraculous herb in your diet.

The root of a dandelion is equally powerful in keeping the liver functioning optimally. It is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Its natural diuretic effect fortifies the liver allowing it to eliminate toxins more effectively.

If you are experiencing stress, bloating, itchiness or irritation, talk to me today. The symptoms of liver dysfunction are subtle and it may be essential to reach out to someone you trust.

Simple Tips To Detox Naturally & Cleanse Your Body

Being constantly exposed to a growing volume of pollutants, toxins and stressors, our body feels uncomfortable and overwhelmed. We experience exhaustion and fatigue. And we are unable to perform at our optimum. It’s time we take a step back and Cleanse.

There are an increasing number of chemicals in our food supply, in the air we breathe, in the environment and surrounds, in the cosmetics and creams we use, in the household cleaning products…in everything we encounter and touch. That is why a good detox requires that we take deeper more thorough action!

True detox requires a thorough cleanse of the mind, body and spirit. We must include and touch on all aspects of our health and wellbeing – the Physical, Emotional, Mental as well as the Spiritual, or PEMS. 

There are a number of natural ways to detox and flush out toxins from our system. Drinking ample water is a good start. So is exercising regularly and practising mindfulness and meditation. But we must do so constantly in order to beat the toxins from building up and affecting us irrevocably.

It is recommended that we detox at least once every six months to maintain good health.

Cleanse By Gurmayll

My 10-day Cleanse program, that starts next week, is a perfect opportunity to help ourselves. Here, we make a conscious and sustained effort to avoid harmful foods and take in only the good stuff. We engage in exercises that are beneficial. And we practice the art in a guided manner.

Participating as a group, we find support in each other. This brings in accountability and motivation. We learn from each other as we progress and emerge – Cleansed.

Here in this week’s blog post, I give you a few simple tips to detox naturally and effectively. I talk about my upcoming Cleanse program and the tools we will be using then. And I encourage you to take note.

1. Green Tea

Green tea (or, herbal tea) is a great detoxifying agent. It is brimming with antioxidants that help boost your immunity. Green tea also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Warm tea can ease bowel movement and aid in digestive function.

2. Water

Drink plenty of water. Water combines with toxins in the body and helps in flushing them out through urine. Water also replenishes and aids organ-function. Washing your face and body with water can have a lasting refreshing effect.

3. Exercise

Good physical exercise induces sweating. Sweat carries toxins from within the body through the pores and out. Even light exercises can be helpful in flushing out toxins. Exercising also activates and releases ‘endorphins’ or happy hormones. These hormones keep us feeling good from within.

4. Yoga

Yoga is as much physical exercise as it is exercise for the mind and spirit. Practice simple yoga movements daily. Spending 15-20 minutes practising yoga is sufficient. This will help strengthen you. Alternatively, you can also try dancing, aerobics, Zumba or any form of movement that captures your imagination.

5. Laughter

Smile often and laugh wholeheartedly. Laughing eases muscles and boosts immunity. It is a good idea to share a laugh with friends and family.

6. Gratitude

Gratitude can go a long way in strengthening you and flushing out ill-feelings and negativity. Maintain a gratitude journal. Share your gratitude and thankfulness through prayer or by talking to a friend.

7. Smoothies

We have a number of smoothie recipes that are tasty as well as healthy. Detox smoothies are effective in cleaning our systems and keeping us nourished. Try a smoothie for breakfast. Use natural, organic, and fresh ingredients.

8. Whole foods

Buy and eat a range of whole foods – fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Your local farmers markets are great places to shop for seasonal, fresh, organic and locally-grown produce.

9. Probiotics

The millions of tiny good bacteria that are housed in your gut help you with digestion and in boosting your immunity. Probiotics feed these bacteria. Include probiotic yogurt and milk in your diet. Fermented foods such as tempeh, sauerkraut, and kefir are equally effective.

10. Cooking

Avoid sugary, pre-packaged and pre-cooked meals. Avoid refined flours and breads. Cook your own food. Use quality ingredients and simple cooking techniques. Avoid overcooking. Always eat your meal at the dining table away from the distraction of your smartphone or telly. Savour what you eat.

I Tried The New Grain-Free Meal Plan, And Here’s How Amazing It Felt!

For me, it was the digestive distress that did it and I decided to take a leap and go grain-free. But for the many others who suffer from constipation, gut-related ailments, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, celiac disease and more, going grain-free can prove to be life-changing!

Not just for the disorders and ailments, but if you’ve been unable to shed weight and are constantly struggling with weight-gain or weight-loss issues, try going grain-free for a month and feel the difference.

Our typical meals have grains in them. Heck, we can’t imagine food without grains – bread, pasta, rice, roti or cereal. Grains are a staple ingredient. So why change?

Because our composition has changed. Our habits have changed. And so has our diet itself. This makes us more sensitive to gluten and prone to all its vagaries. 

Our meals do not pack as much nutritional value as they used to. This means we are receiving less with every mouthful and we are compensating the bulk of our meal with grains and carbs.

We don’t eat as many whole raw foods – fruits and veggies as we used to either. We have a lot of processed and packaged foods. We have our meals on the go, not giving our body enough time to actually break down the food properly. And even then, we are distracted by the glare of our smartphones and televisions.

Some would argue – going gluten-free is enough! I would say it is the first step. But going grain-free is really the whole package.

In this week’s article, I talk to you about my experience of going grain-free and how truly amazing it felt. I will be adding some interesting grain-free recipes to my website soon. FREE for download. Send me a DM and I can inbox them to you.

 

1. No Inflammation. No Digestive Trouble.

Gluten intolerance from grains is known to cause inflammation as well as trouble with digestion. It also hampers with immunity and general health.

Minus the grains, you will feel healthy and energized. Your digestive function will perform at its optimum. And you will have no bouts or troubles with inflammation.

Try adding probiotic and fermented foods to your diet such as yogurt and kefir. Also, fibre-rich foods such as lentils, green veggies, legumes and beans. These foods will strengthen your gut and improve your immunity further.

 

2. Beautiful Alternatives

Staying grain-free you can then concentrate on some beautiful alternatives such as toasted nuts and seeds – almonds, cashew, hemp seeds, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds. Dried or fresh fruits and berries – cranberry, blackberry, strawberry and whole fruits – watermelon, peach and kiwi fruit. Always try and buy organic seasonal produce from your local farmers markets and avoid fertilizer laden fruits and veggies.

You can also have amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat in moderation since these are considered seeds and not grains.

You will uncover ingredients that you overlooked earlier in your bid to fulfil your grain quota. And it is an eye-opening experience.

 

3. Better Balance. More energy.

People usually feel like they are losing their energy quotient by not eating grains and carbs, this is not true. You refocus and include foods that give you energy without causing you harm.

Good carbs from cauliflower, potatoes, pumpkins and other whole fresh foods are actually good for you. And so are fats from avocados, bananas and mangoes. While you are not taking in grains do take in nutrient-dense foods such as these.

At the same time, I recommend that you reduce your consumption of meat and eggs, avoid intake of sugar and dairy, and be careful to not consume other such foods that may override the good you are doing by keeping the grains away.

 

Again, if you are interested in trying out grain-free meals for yourself, I have some interesting recipes for you. I will be posting them to my website soon. FREE for download. Send me a message and I can inbox them to you straightaway!

Daily Skincare Tips For Healthy, Beautiful & Glowing Skin

Everyone wants healthy, beautiful and glowing skin. And we’ve all tried a ton of stuff – from facials, to face packs and stringent skincare regimens. But not everyone gets it right!

And, our skin is a mess. Dark circles after one late night, to dull and flaky skin that is growing lifeless because of stress and fatigue. Pimples, whiteheads, acne, blemishes – there are so many things to worry about. Added to this is the complication of managing your specific skin type – oily, dry, patchy, sensitive, normal or a combination.

What we don’t realise is that skin is the largest organ in the human body. Not to mention a vital organ that acts as the first line of defence protecting us from germs and disease. It is also a sensitive organ that reflects the state of our health, the level of stress in our lives and how happy and fulfilled we feel overall.

Take it from me, skincare is not difficult it is just a misunderstood art! That is why this week’s blog post is for you. Here I uncover skincare techniques that are simple and easy to follow.

I am also announcing my ‘Unpacking Your Skincare’ program that I will be running on the 25th of this month! It is free for whoever is interested to attend. Find more information here.

 

1. Hydrate regularly

Drink plenty of water and fluids, and keep yourself well-hydrated. It is recommended that you drink 2 litres or more of water every day. Smoothies can be hydrating as well as refreshing, especially during the summer months.

Water helps cleanse the skin from within, washing out effects of a late night and rinsing away worry lines caused by stress. Hydrating regularly will keep your skin supple and taut, as well as looking fresh and vitalized.

 

2. Mud face-packs

Using face packs on the skin has multiple good effects – they keep the skin looking youthful and lively, they have a nourishing effect on the skin, and they can keep the skin clean removing blemishes and marks.

Create your own face packs using natural ingredients such as berries, papaya, and/or cucumber. Mud packs can be soothing too. Wash off using rose water for that special effect. Try on new face-packs once every week and note the ingredients that work best for your skin type.

 

3. Good food for good skin

Good, healthy, gluten-free, organic, raw and nutritious food can go a long way in keeping your skin glowing. Choose foods high on the vitamins and avoid the sugary, packaged and processed foods.

Try water-rich fruits such as cucumber, orange, watermelon, and coconut; green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and rocket; and, dried seeds and nuts such as almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts.

 

4. All-natural exfoliants

Gently scrubbing and exfoliating your skin is important. This helps remove the dead skin, reduces blemishes and acne and keeps pimples from appearing. Moisturizing your skin is equally essential.

Use all natural exfoliants such as crushed walnuts and berries. Lentils soaked overnight can be crushed into a fine paste and used as an excellent exfoliating agent. Use soft and natural moisturizing creams and cosmetics only.

 

5. Sweat it out

Exercising is a great way to flush those toxins out through sweat, open up your pores and clean your skin through sweat. Exercising regularly keeps the skin looking youthful, taut and supple. As skin truly mirrors the state of your health, a healthy well-toned body will have healthy glowing skin.

Remember to engage all aspects of your health while exercising – your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Combine exercises that work each aspect such as a brisk walk for your body, meditation for your mind and spirit, and dancing or aerobics with a partner or friend for your emotional wellbeing.

 

6. Beauty sleep

Remember to get a proper shut-eye. The body works on itself taking the time to regenerate and rejuvenate while you sleep. This means the right amount of sleep can help your skin.

A good night’s sleep is a must. Keep your phone switched off or on do not disturb mode as you rest. Ensure that your mattress is firm and comfortable, and you have good sleeping gear. And, if you do get a chance catching up on that afternoon siesta every once in a while, that will do you some good too.

 

7. Say no to toxins

And finally, say no to toxins – alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, caffeine and drugs. These toxic substances take away the lustre and sheen from your skin and affect your health and wellbeing in the most serious way.

Other substances such as fast food, sugary drinks and processed food may also have a similar deteriorating effect on your health. If you are addicted, talk to a specialist and consider slowly and actively changing your behaviour. I understand giving up a habit can be tough, but there are healthy alternatives, good remedies and helpful advice available that can make a difference.