Whole body cleansing tips from Au Naturel

Get your body ready for the festive season

Did you know that, each year, there is on average 10lbs or more than 4.5 kilos of pesticides per person in our food supply? The average person has approximately 200 different toxins in their body at any one time. There are more than 70,000 different synthetic toxins present in our environment and found in our food, the air we breathe, and the products we put on our skin.

Signs and symptoms of over-toxicity include fatigue, headaches, joint and muscle pain, poor skin quality eg dullness, foggy head, nausea, and body odour.

The body has five excretory systems: the skin is the largest organ and helps eliminate toxins through sweat; the kidneys filter waste products from the blood and eliminate them from the body; intestines - the digestive tract packages and removes a wide variety of toxins from the body; the liver is responsible for processing toxins such as heavy metals eg fluoride in the body and transporting them to the digestive tract; and the lungs eliminate carbon dioxide and other toxins from the body and help maintain the body’s pH balance.

Good lifestyle tips include: eat plenty of fresh organic vegetables, as these are not sprayed with pesticides; drink between 1.5 and 2 litres of non-flouridated water per day, preferably at room temperature; drink organic herbal teas such as fennel; avoid excess alcohol, sugar, and caffeine; avoid smoke and other fumes; and exercise regularly.

It is important to never rush a cleansing programme. If you are heavily toxic, quickly burdening your excretory organs can lead to severe headaches and is not good for your body. Ten to 14 days is an ideal timeframe to detox.

NEW ME from New Horizon is a cleansing detox drink and is very well priced at €14.50. It is a complex of 18 natural ingredients including chlorella, birch sap, mullein, desmodium, fennel, and wild pansy.

Chlorella is an algae which acts as a natural cleansing agent. It binds to toxins such as heavy metals, aiding their removal from the body. Birch sap is especially popular in Eastern Europe and is a great kidney tonic and is also useful for cellulite. Mullein removes catarrh and other impurities from the lungs. It can also help with cravings when giving up smoking or caffeine. Desmodium is a very popular herb across Europe and is particularly cleansing and nourishing for the liver and gallbladder. Fennel is a known digestive aid and is a gentle cleanser of the digestive tract helping to prevent blockages of the excretory tract. Wild pansy is one of the oldest skin remedies used in Anglo Saxon times to soothe and cleanse the skin. It is also useful for draining toxins from the body.

For further information contact Susan in Au Naturel, Irishtown, Athlone on (090 ) 6487993.

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