Everyone knows the word Superfoods. And everyone is aware of some of the more popular items such as acai, spirulina, cacao, chlorella
and other well known products. Those are all valid and important
superfoods, yet there are many others that have just as many amazing
health benefits that are not talked about in magazines or mainstream
media that I feel are just as important to our health.
These are my top 5 health ‘powerhouses’ that I love to use
in my clinic. I use them with men, women, children and even animals.
Having lived on a 2,000 acre farm in a rural setting, I’ve helped all
kinds of animals in the area: dogs, cats, horses, cows, even alpacas.
It really is worth giving these nutrients a try. Experiment
with them in your foods, your smoothies, your raw puddings, raw ‘ice
creams’, salads, on your kale chips, or other dehydrated foods, dips and
more. They are so versatile and only limited by your imagination. For
more ideas, remember to pop over to our Facebook page as we regularly post up meal ideas, nutritional information and more.
Bee pollen is the most complete superfood found in nature. It contains all 22 essential amino acids.
One little known fact about bee pollen is that it has high
antioxidant levels that help increase longevity by neutralising free
For women who are looking to either increase their
fertility or optimise their hormones would benefit from consuming bee
Bee pollen is amazing at building up the stress defence
shield and increasing longevity in humans and animals. The most famous
record of bee pollen use in animals demonstrating enhanced longevity is
with Bluey the cattle dog who lived to 29 years of age. This was
reportedly due to the fact that Bluey regularly consumed wild harvested
organic honey and bee pollen. If it works in our animals friends, it
certainly works for us humans.
Bee pollen is a source of 18 vitamins, including nearly all
the B vitamins (except B12), C, D, E, rutin, carotene, beta carotene,
lecithin/choline, the 22 essential amino acids, 14 fatty acids, 11
carbohydrates, RNA & DNA, a plant hormone similar to the human
pituitary called gonadotropin and there is still more being discovered!
Pollen contains up to 11 major enzymes such as diatase,
phosphatase and transferase, high amounts of catalase, amylase and
pectase – all of which aid in digestion. Just 130mg of bee pollen can
assist in the digestion of 1.5kg of food.
According to research by doctors in France, Italy and USSR,
pollen is one of the richest sources of bio-available protein in nature
being approximately 25% protein.
Always start off slowly with the smallest amount of bee pollen and build up your use.
Warning: on first trying pollen, some people and animals may
occasionally experience minor gastro-intestinal irritation and a
laxative effect due to the richness of the product. Please cut back use
of the pollen, and if need be, cease for a few days and then try again.
IF symptoms persist, it may indicate an allergy to bee pollen.
Another potential yet RARE allergic reaction can involve
swelling, heart palpitations, and minor to moderate difficulty in
breathing. For those who are new to using bee pollen, it is wise to
start out with a SMALL dosage – about 1/8 of a teaspoon and work up from
is an under-used superfood. It is especially abundant in beta-carotene,
niacin and iron with significant amounts of calcium and phosphorus.
The beauty of lucuma is its versatility. I love to use it
in combination with mesquite to create a divine maple like caramel
flavouring in my smoothies, raw ‘ice creams’ and raw chia puddings. It
is naturally sweet, often used as a sweetener.
The State University of New Jersey reported a study that
evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of lucuma extract on wound
healing and skin aging. Results of the trial determined that lucuma
significantly increased wound closure and promoted tissue regeneration.
The report of the study concluded that lucuma may have
anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and skin-repair effects on human skin.
has been used safely by diabetics as it has a low glycemic indext of
25. Because its sugar is in the form of fructose, which does not require
insulin for metabolism, mesquite helps maintain a constant blood sugar
level for a sustained period of time.
Some of my clients have used mesquite in breads, biscuits,
pie crusts, and other raw or baked goods. I’ve even had some report
using it in coffee and tea to provide a delicious molasses caramel like
Mesquite is rich in Lysine, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc
Maqui berry (pronounced mock-ee) is a relatively new superfood to the Western World though it has been consumed by the Chileans for thousands of years.
There is limited but continued research showing enormous
potential in many areas of health such as an anti oxidant, in cancer
prevention, diabetes, as an anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, in heart
health and even in weight loss.
Maqui berry has been reported to increase metabolism. To
keep you energized and going, you will need something to keep you up
with all your activities. Maqui berry can help in boosting the energy
levels of a person to help them become physically active.
people are familiar with Wheat Grass powder, chlorella or chlorophyll
and often overlook barely grass powder. Barley grass is an intensely
enzyme rich live food with naturally occurring co-factors and
synergistic compounds. It’s a life giving whole food containing hundreds
of nutrients with more being discovered constantly.
Nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron,
copper, manganese, beta carotene, phosphorus, vitamins B1, B2, B5 and
B6, Vitamin C, folic acid.
Barely grass is very high in organic sodium which dissolves
calcium deposits on the joints. It also replenishes organic sodium in
the lining of the stomach. This is valuable because it aids digestion by
improving the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. When you
have the correct ratio of hydrochloric acid, heart burn disappears.
Barley grass contains 18 amino acids, of which it contains
the 8 essential amino acids. It is also extremely alkaline. A body that
is alkaline has a greater resistance to disease.
Organic cold pressed Apricot kernal Oil or cold pressed avocado oil for garnish
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor – blend
until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle apricot kernal/avocado oil
on top. Dip veggies and enjoy!
Try adding some lucuma and mesquite to your smoothies
with some frozen bananas, some cold pressed avocado oil and or cold
pressed virgin coconut oil, a cup of mixed berries (frozen is fine), a
dash of coconut nectar and the flesh & water of one young drinking
EVENT - Brisbane, Gold Coast & Canberra
Dr Gabriel Cousens 'Enduring, Radiant Health'
Gabriel Cousens, MD, at 70 years, is the picture of enduring, radiant health.
He has cultivated his health through a lifestyle he now shares with audiences around the world.
This is a lifestyle inclusive of organic,
plant-source foods in their live, natural state. It is a lifestyle that
includes regular prana-building exercise (yoga, qigong), service and
charity, spiritual inspiration, meditation, and shaktipat (energetic
transmission from a liberated teacher).
Listen as Dr. Cousens shares his wise perspectives
on how to integrate these components into a holistic lifestyle for a
length of days full of vitality and joy.
"Enduring, Radiant Health" offers gentle
instruction of how we can be like the biblical Moses, who, when he
passed on at 120, "his eyes had not dimmed, and his natural powers had
not left him".
One of my favourite aspects of a raw diet, is that my clients and I can gain a much greater variety of nutrition with significantly less effort. The Harvard School of Public Health recommends 6.5 cups of vegetables and 2-4 cups of fruit per day for general health while the Queen's University of Belfast Medical Research Department agrees 8 cups of vegetables per day is vital for a healthy lifestyle. Vegetables do not include starchy vegetables such as potato.
What does this mean for you? Imagine the amount of chewing that is required to consume 8 cups of vegies and 4 cups of fruit a day – for general health and wellbeing. If you wish to have greater health and vitality, that means increasing the amount to up to 12 and even 15 cups a day as some studies tout.8 cups is the equivalent of 1 large cucumber, 2 tomatoes, 1 avocado, 8 cos lettuce leaves, 40g sunflower sprouts, 12 English Spinach leaves, 8 kale leaves, 1 carrot grated, ½ beetroot grated, ¼ pumpkin cubed, ½ a head of broccoli, 1 apple, 1 banana, 250g blueberries, 2 peaches and 16 lychees. That makes for a lot of chewing!
By now I'm sure most of you have heard about the benefits of green smoothies. But have you thought about trying other types of smoothies? Being in a liquid form, these are quickly absorbed in the stomach and easily digested. They are also a fabulous platform for the potential to include some incredible superfood additions such as Maqui berry, lucuma, acai berry, chlorella, camu camu, spirulina, noni, Marine phytoplankton, maca and so much more!
One smoothie recipe I have been experimenting with lately is my Vegan Powerhouse Smoothie with Merry Berry Blend. I particularly like this blend as it has a unique powerful combination of fruits, herbs and superfoods. It contains acai berries, macqui berries, noni, maca, camu camu, goji berries, beetroot, rosehip, carrot, pineapple and raspberry powders. With the addition of probiotics and enzymes, the Merry Berry Blend is a very important addition to a raw food lifestyle.
The ingredients (in addition to probiotics and enzymes):
Acai builds and strengthens the immune system, fights infection, protects the heart, it has been shown to be a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction. Acai was also revered as an energy food, and traditionally pulped to make wine. Acai contains omega 3, 6 and 9 and vitamins A and C and calcium and iron. The acai berry is extremely high in antioxidants and anthocyanin, rich in protein fibre, vitamin E and iron. It is reported that acai helps promote vascular and digestive functions. Acai is naturally low in sugar and the flavour is described as a mixture of red wine and chocolate. It has been reported that acai reduces cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Boosts the immune system, improves cardiovascular function, improves skin clarity, restores skin rejuvenation thus helps to make you look younger, increases energy levels, helps with weight loss
Goji has long been believed to enhance circulation and the immune system, and also boost liver function, it contains high doses of Vitamin C, vitamin E, B1, B2 and B6, beta-carotene, it is rich in iron, having 15 times as much as spinach. Other minerals include manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, calcium, potassium along with the anti cancer and age rejuvenating trace mineral germanium. There are no fewer than 18 amino acids in goji berries, and they are also rich in polysaccharides which boost the immune system and abundant in unsaturated fatty acids. Other fabulous benefits include improved vision, increased energy, enhanced libido and better sleep.
The camu camu berry is the highest natural source of vitamin C that we currently know of on the planet. Traditionally, camu camu berry is used to support the immune system, maintain excellent eyesight, rebuild damaged tissues, purify the blood, creates beautiful skin, defends against viral infections, aids healthy liver function, boosts energy, supports strong collagen, tendons and ligaments, decreases inflammation, improves respiratory (lung) health, and helps maintain optimal clarity of mind in times of stress and anxiety. The camu camu berry is also an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and amino acids
Maca contains a class of chemical compounds known as glucosinolates, which are often associated with herbs known as aphrodisiacs.
"Maca is the great superfood coming out of Peru.... Maca is found growing at elevations of over 10,500 feet in the Altiplano region of the Andes. Its natural zone is an inhospitable region of intense sunlight, violent winds and below freezing weather. With its extreme temperatures and poor rocky soil, the area rates amongst the world's worst farmland, yet over the centuries, maca flourishes under these conditions. Maca has been used as an immunostimulant, for anemia, to stop bone-mineral loss, enhance memory, fight stomach cancer, as well as to alleviate depression, menstrual disorders, menopause symptoms, sterility and other reproductive and sexual disorders. Maca increases overall vigour -- especially sexual stamina and appetite." p. 109 (David Wolfe & Shazzie, Naked Chocolate)
Maca was domesticated about 2,000 years ago by the Incas, and primitive cultivars of maca have been found in archaeological sites dating as far back as 1600 B.C. Maca's health benefits are highly regarded - as Maca nourishes the glands and encourages the function of all the glands of the body such as the ovaries, testes, adrenals, pancreas, thyroid, and thymus. For energy, stamina, anaemia, immunity, and improved memory. For hormonal imbalances, to relieve hot flashes, menstrual disorders, youthful skin, improved sexual desire, normalising vaginal lubrication and improved emotional balance. Maca was sacred food given to warriors as a source of strength. "Dried maca powder contains more than 10% protein, nearly 20 amino acids, and 7 essential amino acid. As a root crop, maca contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fibre. Although maca is not a complete protein it is such a great source of hormone precursors and amino acids that it provides many of the same effects created by a high-protein diet. Maca also helps the human body to produce more hormone precursors. Sufficient hormone precursor levels help improve bone and tissue mineralisation. Maca is also known to contain up to 20 trace minerals.
Noni has been touted as an all around “cure-all”. I often use it in my clinic to help those with coeliac or Chron's who are just not responding to a gluten & grain free diet. It has been used extensively for allergies, arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, cholesterol, fibromyalgia, depression, diabetes 1 & 2, digestions, enlarged prostrate, heart disease, high blood pressure, immune system, kidney disease, pain, respiratory problems, skin disorders, sleeplessness, stress, Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis and even assisting people to give up smoking.
Beetroot is a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C, and betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health. It functions by acting with other nutrients to reduce the concentration of homecysteine, a homologue of the naturally occurring amino acid cysteine, which can be harmful to blood vessels and thus contribute to the development of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Betaine functions in conjunction with s-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), folic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12 to carry out this function.
Beetroot juice has been shown to lower blood pressure and thus help prevent cardiovascular problems
Rose hips are particularly high in Vitamin C content, one of the richest plant sources available. Rose hips contain plenty of lycopene, an important and strong antioxidant that is an integral part of low density lipoprotein (LDL) as well as of many cellular membranes. Rose hips also contain some vitamin A and B, essential fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids.
A study of a rose-hip preparation for treating rheumatoid arthritis concluded that there was a benefit, apparently due to both anti inflammatory and anti oxidant effects.
Rose hips are used to help prevent colds and influenza
Carrots have many important vitamins and minerals. They are rich in antioxidants Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, phytochemicals and glutathione, calcium and potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and E, protecting as well as nourishing the skin. They contain a form of calcium easily absorbed by the body. You also find copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous. and sulphur.
Carrot can enhance the quality and quantity of breast milk. It can improve the appearance of the skin, hair and nails. Studies have shown it can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Carrot can help improve eye health, increase menstrual flow, regulate blood sugar and promote colon health because it is rich in fibre. Often used in cases of obesity, poisoning of the blood, gum disease, insomnia, inflamed kidney, liver, gallbladder, Alzheimer's disease, colitis, ulcer and painful urination to it's amazing nutrition and healing properties.
Pineapple has some amazing anti inflammatory properties such as the fabulous Bromelian enzyme. The enzyme also speeds up recovery after external injuries and reduces swelling and has been known to reduce 'ulcerative colitis'. I've used it with my cancer patients in certain conditions as well as those who have had MS.
Pineapple is really quite high in manganese, Vitamin C and B1.
Raspberries are in the top ten fruits and vegetables highest in polyphenol antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory ingredients include anthocyanins that improve eyesight and memory. Raspberries are gaining interest in the cosmeceuticals (healthy skin products) industry. Their tiny seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, affording a natural skin protection factor (SPF) between 25 and 50.
Article - "Cacao: The Cream of the Superfoods Crop"
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includes the following powders Acai Berry, Maqui Berry, Goji Berry,
Organic Raw Cacao, Camu Camu, Maca, Beetroot, Rosehip, Carrot,
Pineapple, Raspberry, Noni. It also includes: Probiotics and Enzymes.
While you’re tucking in to your favourite
chocolate treat, think about this - chocolate is, in essence, a nut.
Just like an almond in fact, and contains a stack of super-dooper
properties that keep your body ticking over nicely just as it should.
But before you get too excited, the mass-produced chocolate tempting you
at the supermarket checkout is by no means the same thing as the
fabulous foodstuff that is the cacao bean… sorry!
Whereas most people are aware of the
health benefits of good quality dark chocolate (eaten in moderation, of
course), with its antioxidants, polyphenols, protein and host of
vitamins and minerals like zinc, calcium, chromium, iron, potassium and
magnesium, the true hero, cacao, is finally ready to take the spotlight
as the new kid on the superfoods block. And about time too!
chocolate products originally derive from the cacao bean, which comes
from the Amazonian cacao tree. This unusual variation of standard fruit
or nut trees forms football-sized pods in various colours on its trunk,
inside which grows the precious cacao seed. This raw, unprocessed seed
is the most basic form of chocolate, and contains a host of
naturally-occurring vitamins, minerals and chemicals that make it a
veritable superfood that’s a far cry from the majority of chocolate
products we are bombarded with in stores today.
Cacao is derived from theobroma cacao
beans, which literally translates as ‘food of the Gods,’ and that’s not
an exaggeration - these little beauties contain over 300 cracking
compounds, including protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, iron, zinc,
copper, calcium, beta-carotene, amino acids, omega 3, essential fatty
acids, potassium and magnesium, one of the best sources of stress
Another cheery chemical found in cacao is
the lipid anandamide, also known as ‘chocolate amphetamine’. This
causes changes in blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, leading to
feelings of excitement and alertness, and is naturally present in our
bodies when we’re feeling great. Legend has it that the Mexican Mayan
kings drank up to 30 pure chocolate drinks each day to maintain their
sprightliness, and thought so highly of the bean that it was even used
Yet with the 1800s came the advent of
machinery to crush cacao beans and, finally, the highly-processed
product loved across the world, milk chocolate. Making chocolate as we
know it is a complicated business, beginning with the roasting of the
cacao beans to kill bacteria, remove bitterness and develop flavour. But
this heat actually changes the bean's chemistry and dramatic reduces
the product’s antioxidant qualities. If alkaline chemicals or milk
products are used, as is the case in much mass-produced chocolate, the
chemistry is altered even further. Many of dark chocolate’s health
benefits remain, in fact, because there is no milk added during its
creation, allowing more natural antioxidants to remain.
The grinding process is then undertaken by
a machine called a melangeur, which has large rollers to mash the cacao
into a paste. This then goes into a press which splits it into powder
and butter, before sugar, an emulsifier like lecithin and other
flavourings are added.
process is the mysterious process of conching, which turns the mixture
into a smooth liquid that can be easily poured into moulds. This
involves constantly grinding the mixture to evenly distribute the cocoa
butter within the chocolate mass, making it smoother. The friction
created polishes the cocoa particles and makes them smoother, whereas
the rotation introduces air into the mass, removing bitter acids and
compounds. Tempering is the next step, which makes chocolate shiny and
breakable, and involves getting the crystals of cocoa butter to the
Compare this lengthy process to the
simplicity of the raw product itself and it’s pretty clear why it’s best
to stick to the natural stuff. Although cacao is one of the most
powerful superfoods around, the processing steps between picking the
beans and the chocolate they create transforms the ingredient into
something with very few health benefits.
Just some of the nastiesfound in
milk chocolate include Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate, an artificial
emulsifier which helps manufacturers use a smaller amount of cocoa
butter whilst creating the same texture, artificial flavours, corn syrup
and partially hydrogenated oil, which contains trans fats. Chocolate’s
biggest villain, however, is sugar, which is often the main ingredient
in cheap chocolate bars. In fact, such products can have a cacao content
as shockingly low as 4 to 10 per cent, and can barely be classed as
chocolate at all!
Our conclusion? Raw chocolate
has many, many times more unique and powerful nutrients than highly
processed chocolate, and if you’re a sucker for a sneaky square of
choccy, consider small amounts of raw cacao as a better option or a raw
chocolate bar such as Righteously Raw.
But don’t overdo it - cacao is a powerful substance with ingredients
that can affect the entire nervous system, and whereas the correct
amount can do much to boost the body, too much can do the opposite. The
equivalent of 40g of pure raw cacao at the most is both beneficial to
your bod and a tasty treat.
ways to incorporate this wonderstuff into your regular diet include
adding it to smoothies and shakes for a quick boost, using it to to
create delicious dessert and raw cacao treats. Simply arm yourself with
some cacao and prepare to reap the benefits!
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Brisbane Meetup - Living Chemical Free
Guest Speaker: Merilyn Haines
"Fluoride is a Poison - Do you really want to drink it?"
Saturday June 23rd 2012 1pm - 3pm in New Farm, Brisbane
One of the things that I missed most about running Raw Power was the process of discovering great new products and then testing them out before offering them to our loyal customers. Well I am happy to say that this has now changed. Valerie has kindly agreed to send me new products to test and review for Raw Power. (Please note I am not being paid to write these reviews, though Valerie is kindly linking to our Live Food Education website)
Lets begin with the Righteously Raw Cacao Bars. I have noticed that up until now the raw chocolates being offered in Australia were pretty straightforward and nothing too fancy. They were delicious, but not really gourmet. I wondered when a more sophisticated, soft centered raw chocolate would appear on the market. I even considered making them myself, but I am way too busy! The Righteously Raw Cacao Bars fill this niche perfectly.
I first tried the Lucuma Caramel Cacao Bar and was immediately impressed by the smooth texture of the chocolate and the soft lucuma/caramel centre. If you are expecting the sickly sweet taste of conventional caramel chocolates, this bar is not for you. The caramel/lucuma flavor is subtle and not at all too sweet which I prefer.
Next I opened the Maca Cacao Bar. Like all the Righteously Raw Cacao Bars it has a soft centre. This time filled with maca powder, mesquite and date. When I took a bite the predominant flavour (apart from the cacao) was delicious maca powder with a hint of salt. Yum! I really enjoyed this one.
The Acai Cacao Bar was next. The subtle flavour of Acai berry enhanced the taste of the creamy smooth rich cacao. Again a very good bar, packed full of antioxidants.
The Goji Caco Bar did not disappoint. The creamy centre has crunchy Goji seeds through it and this was my second favourite of the 5 bars.
My #1 favourite, however, was the Rose Maqui Cacao Bar. With Rose hips, Maqui Berry Powder, Red beet powder to name a few, it tasted exotically and delicious and is packed with great medicinal plants. You can have your chocolate and eat it too!
If you are looking for a different raw chocolate experience I recommend giving the Righteously Raw Bars a go. Try one of each and decide for yourself.
I also enjoyed the new Berry Trail Mix. I always thought Raw Power should offer a trail mix but I didn’t get around to making it when I was running the show. The mix Valerie has developed has an excellent balance of raw cashews and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) providing energy, good fats, zinc and tryptophan and the Inca Berries and Goji Berries giving it an antioxidant zing. A perfect healthy addition for kids lunches, hiking trips or a quick healthy snack.
One other product I found particularly good was the 600ml Shaker Bottle with ball whisk. Runi was using the blender and I wanted to make a quick Sunwarrior protein shake so I grabbed the Shaker Bottle put in 2 scoops of Sunwarrior with some coconut water and gave it a good shake. To may amazement the result was a very smooth and drinkable shake. Now when I am making shakes using just powders i.e. Sunwarrior, spirulina, maca etc., I more often than not choose the Shaker Bottle as it is so quick to make a shake and easy to clean. It would be ideal for travelling too.
I will let you know how Bodhi goes with the Mild Baby Wash and Shampoo in another newsletter.
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CHEMICAL FREE LIVING GROUP - BRISBANE
Recently formed, the Chemical Free Living Group is a meetup group in Brisbane for anyone who:
wants to talk about what toxic chemical free living means to them
would like to improve their health and that of their families
for anyone who is sensitive to toxic chemicals to learn about safe alternatives
has products they know about that can help others
has experiences to share that can help others
is aware of groups that can support others
understands organic foods and other chemical free products
is a natural therapies practitioner
is a speaker and trainer in this area
has upcoming programs and events in regards to the subject
the last day of 2011 and it certainly was a memorable year. We were
delighted to take over the reigns of Raw Power from Anand and Runi in
July and we intend on continuing to provide you with the best value
living foods products you can find in 2012.
New Year often brings resolutions. We have an article from the archives
on detoxing. If you're thinking of a cleanse then take a look at our
Ejuva range - we think it's the best raw body cleanse on the market
always think that resolutions endure the most when you are able to
balance them with rewards. We are delighted to announce the arrival of
the Righteously Raw Chocolate Bar range. These are the first
100% raw chocolate bars with a delicious superfood truffle centre and
they are absolutely scrumptious. Being 100% raw organic, vegan,
gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free you can enjoy these amazing bars
as a guilt-free reward for your resolution achievements.
In today’s world we are all at risk of toxic stress– our bodies
naturally create toxins as a by-product of metabolism. When you add to
this stress, contaminants in our food and water, poor exercise habits
and exposure to industrial pollutants our hardworking organ of
detoxification, the liver is under a tremendous load. If you are feeling
tired, lethargic, depressed have aches and pains or are having
digestive problems your liver may be having trouble keeping up waste
The idea that many health problems are caused by accumulated toxicity
is not new. Nearly all ancient healthcare systems including traditional
Chinese and Ayuvedic medicine were based on simple cleansing and
detoxifying rituals which were used to enhance the natural processes of
the body, give energy and clarity of thought.
Cleansing or detoxifying is about resting, cleaning and nourishing
the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then
feeding your body with healthy nutrients, cleansing can help protect you
from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health and
Since the end of World War II we have been exposed to an
ever-increasing amount of toxic man-made chemicals. Of the 85,000-plus
industrial chemicals now registered with the US federal government, most
are completely unstudied and literally hundreds end up in our body.
While the ancients understood the importance of cleansing while
living in a relatively unpolluted world, in today’s polluted world it
has become critical that we cleanse to maintain our health.
How Does Cleansing Work?
Simply put, cleansing is primarily about cleaning the blood. It does
this mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where
toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins
through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when
our inner ecosystem is compromised and toxins aren't properly filtered
and every cell in the body can be adversely affected.
A cleansing program can assist the body's natural cleaning process by:
- Resting the organs through fasting;
- Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
- Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
- Improving circulation of the blood; and
- Refuelling the body with healthy nutrients.
Cleansing works because it addresses the needs of individual cells,
which are the smallest units of human life. Just as we need to change
the oil in our cars to keep them running smoothly our bodies need to be
cleansed to eliminate accumulated toxins and rebalance biochemical