TURNING NEGATIVES INTO POSITIVES MAY SEEM EASY, HOW CAN THIS BE DONE?

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How you view what happens to you in life, whether you see it is positive or negative experience is all in how you personally interpret it – it is an interpretation in your mind based on past experiences and your internal programming from your external environment.

Your brain works like a biological super computer, it assesses information and responds to it, how we respond depends on the information we receive and how we interpret it. Once our brain accepts information it becomes a belief, in other words the body, mind or soul accepts it as real and it becomes a programme, it does not necessarily mean that it is real.

These programmes can other be to our benefit or to out detriment – in society we tend to label things as positive or negative, good or bad but in actual fact it is our response that is positive or negative not the event or the emotions. If we decide things are negative it can have an adverse affect on our heart, mind, body and soul but do you know what the best thing about this is ……. It is optional! You can change your thoughts, beliefs and experiences and observe what happens and let it go without labelling them positive or negative. Trust that you can change your situation.

Think about what you expect to happen – What do people tell you? What did your parents tell you? As mentioned we are good at labelling things but what if you changed the way you look at things and decide that everything that happens to you is good in the sense of it being a lesson. Of course it is okay to have preferences for certain things to happen but the lesson is to observe, release and be happy regardless. Happiness then becomes a state of mind, and is not based on anything outside of you but is internal.

Often, things will not go according to our plans because we have made a mistake, but the point is not to judge, it is fair to say that some mistakes have greater implications than others but everything is a lesson and part of the learning is to never let it happen again.

Turning a negative into a positive is just recognizing that everything always works out for your highest and best. As annoying as it may be we have all either used the expression or had it quoted to us “everything happens for a reason” or that it was a “blessing in disguise”. Most often, those things that we thought were the worst things in fact turned out to be the best, it is just because of our programming that we label them as positive or negative, good or bad when in fact they are just experiences guiding us on our path.

A classic example is a breakup, this can be a very gut-wrenching experience but a break up with the wrong person is needed to open the path for the right person to enter your life.

 Look for the Lesson

If you are REALLY stuck ask yourself this question “how does this get any better?” Sit quietly and ask yourself this question, ask yourself what lesson you are supposed to learn, once you understand the lesson, acknowledge and release it. This allows something different to enter your reality, it allows you to observe, and release any feelings associated with the experience and to move on.

Work through It
Sometimes we need to grieve, cry, scream, shout and curse. Often we just need to feel it, truly feel the feelings. If you bottle up your feeling they will show up sooner or later and will impact your life in some other way affecting your health and happiness. You will find that by not resisting your emotions, you allow yourself to fully enter the healing process.

In our modern society I think negativity is becoming an addiction, most of what we see and hear is negative, we begin thinking negative thoughts and find it hard to stop and before you know it you are stuck in a negative reality. Have you ever had a conversation with a negative person? It can be difficult to change the conversation, but ask them these two questions “how can you change it?” and “how does this get any better?”, this turns the conversation into a place where they see the possibility of taking action to change their experience rather than allowing society, government, neighbors, friends to dictate what happens.

I admit when I was extremely ill I did not see my illness as a blessing and at the time I did not see the lesson but I found a mentor and I worked through it and it set me on my path to help others achieve optimal health and happiness and live their best lived. I would not be on my journey to help myself and others had it not been for my illness.

So when something you perceive as negative happens to you always observe how you feel and find the lesson that you can take from the experience, I promise this will be life changing. Trust me when you take responsibility for your actions and your experiences, things ALWAYS turn out for the best.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE?

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE_

as published on Watchfit

A QUESTION WORTH THINKING ABOUT FOR THE NEW YEAR

If you are like most people there are things you would like to change in your life, these could be anything from improving your health, wanting to be happier or to be more successful.

As the year draws to a close and we are faced with making the usual New Year’s resolution it may be time for you to think about what you should be doing with your life.

What do you really want? Often we focus on what we don’t want, we all know what we don’t want but in my experience very few people sit down and think about what they really do want. I think often we are taught that it is bad to want things and we feel guilty for wanting things but I give you permission it is OK to think about what you really want, to be clear I am talking about wanting things for yourself such as improved health, more money, more free time, financial freedom, to be able to travel more often and not about coveting things that other people have.

What do you really want? You need to answer this question with passion and with clarity in order to decide what you should do with your life. The second question I would ask is why, what do you really want and why do you want it?

Everyone I know wants to have or create better circumstances than they have right now for themselves and for the people they care about. Understanding what it is that you truly desire is the key to taking the first step to change your life. If you don’t know what you want, you don’t know what action steps to take in order to get there. It is natural to have hopes and dreams, when we have hopes and dreams we start to take action to make those hopes and dreams come true. When we lose hope, we lose our enthusiasm and no longer take the required action needed to make our dreams come true. So knowing what you really, really want drives you forward; if you know what you want, you know where you are going and therefore you know the steps you need to take in order to get to where you want to be.

Practical Steps to Decide: What to do with your life

  1. Get a blank piece of paper, write at the top – My perfect Ideal day
  2. Take at least 5 deep breaths and relax
  3. Ask yourself this question “if I could have anything, what would I want?”
  4. Don’t be logical, practical or realistic, let your imagination run wild
  5. Write down whatever comes to mind
  6. Spend at least 15 to 20 minutes on this

When I did this a number of years ago for the first time, I really struggled so if like me this is the first time you have done this and you are struggling to think about and imagine what you really want here are some questions to help you:

  • Where would you like to be living? country, city, farm, woodlands, by the sea
  • What kind of house would you like to be living in?
  • How many rooms, bedrooms, outside space etc?
  • Who would you like to spend your time with?
  • What type of food would you like to be eating and with whom?
  • How many hours do you want to be working?
  • What work would you like to be doing?
  • What will you do in your leisure time?
  • Who would you like to spend your leisure time with?

The first step in this process is to make sure you have a clear understanding of what success means to you. Many of you reading this have been conditioned by your parents, family, peers, and society to think that success should look a specific way (house, car, family, money, etc.)

Some people have no interest in making a lot of money, buying a big house, and working all day in an office, they would rather live a simple and humble life others may love to work twelve hours a day six days a week

To each their own, just make sure you are being true to yourself and not other people’s definitions. As Steve Jobs said “The only way to do great work is to love what you do”

Step two is to relax and have fun, make sure you turn off all distractions and have nothing to do and nowhere to be.

I 100% guarantee you that when you love what you do you will have so much energy that you won’t be able to contain yourself. So I ask you again:

What do you really want? and Why do you want it?

When you can answer these questions with clarity and passion – Congratulations!! Follow your dreams; you will know what you want to do with your life.

TIPS FOR PROTECTING SKIN DURING THE COLD WEATHER

Winter Skin Tipsas published on Watchfit

As the colder weather arrives do you find that your skin starts to get dry and flaky? You need to pay attention to what you skin is telling you no matter what time of the year and all you need to do is tweak your skin care routine depending on the season.

You should always protect your skin and supply it with beneficial nutrients inside and out to keep it healthy all year-round but as the weather changes in the winter you need to adapt your skin-care routine as the air becomes drier inside and out.

Don’t forget your skin is an outer reflection of your inner health, I believe that a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet, with particular attention paid to certain vitamins, minerals, and other compounds, is a powerful tool helping your skin stay supply and moisturised throughout the winter – many people miss the opportunity to make major improvements in their skin simply by changing what they eat.

Flaky, chapped lips are common in the winter months and may require some extra TLC, use a gentle exfoliate to remove dry, dead skin cells and follow up with a nourishing lip treatment for super smooth lips.

Two effective remedies against dry, itchy winter skin:

  • Getting sufficient amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats in your diet, and
  • Using coconut oil to moisturize your skin

Top Tips for protecting skin in the winter

  • Stay active — it benefits your mind, and body, work out at home, or bundle up and go for a long walk outside. When the weather turns cold, it is tempting to curl up with a good book, but maintaining an active lifestyle will keep you healthy from the inside out.
  • When going outside, protect your skin from the elements by wearing a hat, scarf and gloves. Cold, dry weather can wreak havoc on your skin, but by wearing the proper attire is an easy way to prevent exposure.
  • Introduce more nourishing skin care products for the face and body.
  • Start the winter season with refreshed skin, slough off the summer residue to start with refreshed skin that may be dry from too much summer fun in the sun – do a gentle exfoliation on a weekly basis.
  • Coconut oil or Almond oil: both natural home remedies that keep the skin smooth and moisturized – massage almond oil over the dry areas. Can also be used for the lips
  • Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera provides all the essential nutrients to the skin and makes it smooth and glowing.
  • Homemade Sugar Scrub: mix sugar with coconut oil and use as a scrub. You can add some honey – this mix will exfoliate and moisturize the skin.

Apart from taking adequate care of your skin during winter, it is also necessary to focus on what you eat. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Keep the body well hydrated and drink plenty of pure water
  • Keep away from junk and processed foods
  • Citrus fruits can strengthen the body and keep the skin healthy – they are filled with Vitamin C which is a great anti-oxidant for the body and skin
  • Lemon: Lemon is rich in vitamin C – drinking a cup of warm water with fresh lemon added helps to detox the body and balance the pH which helps to ultimately give you skin a natural glow.
  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables high in antioxidants.
  • Add ginger and turmeric to your food.

Six steps you can follow to ensure healthy skin in the winter and all year-round:

  1. Watch Your Environment: remove as many toxins as possible from your environment
  2. Enhance Your Digestion: make sure that your digestion is working optimally – your skin is a reflection of your internal health
  3. Ensure Outstanding Detoxification: make sure all your detox pathways are working effectively, I recommend doing a natural supported cleanse at the change of each season.
  4. Balance Your Blood Sugar
  5. Keep Your Hormones in Check
  6. Boost your Nutrient Intake

Top Tips for Supplement to Protecting Skin in the Winter

  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Probiotics
  • Zambroza – an all round antioxidant formula
  • High Strength Multi Vitamin and Mineral

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Recommended Skin care Products to Protecting Skin in the Winter

Use good quality natural and organic skin care products, I personally use Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic products and recommend them to my clients, the benefits of using natural and organic skin care products is that they nourish and treat your skin, allowing your skin to breathe and stay healthy. Most conventional skin care products are made from by-products of the petroleum industry and are not nourishing or healthy for your skin and your overall health so choose your products wisely. If you want a free, no obligation skin care consultation please contact us at health_vlf@btinternet.com.

I believe that the best way to protect your skin during the winter, along with a nutrient-dense diet and pure water, and using a truly all-natural, organic moisturizer can help you achieve a clear and radiant complexion all winter long.

EPSOM SALTS : Uses and Health Benefits

EPSOM SALTSas published on Watchfit

Epsom salts have numerous health benefits as well as many other uses such as beauty, household and gardening-related uses, it has been used as a natural remedy for a number of ailments for hundreds of years.

Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul and helps with the following:

  • relaxing the nervous system
  • curing skin problems
  • soothing back pain and aching limbs
  • easing muscle strain
  • healing cuts
  • treating colds and congestion, and
  • drawing toxins from the body

Using Epsom Salts

The simplest way to use Epsom to ease stress and stress-related problems is to soak in a bath full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom Salts and add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil

When we are stressed levels of adrenaline rise and levels of magnesium go down. When we bath in warm water with Epsom salt, magnesium is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. Magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical that creates the feelings of being calm and relaxed. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells.

Experts recommend bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week to help you look better, feel better and gain more energy, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.

To heal cuts

Mix a thick paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply to for soothing comfort, or Soaking your aching, tired (and smelly) feet in a tub of water with half a cup of Epsom Salts

Treating Constipation

Taken internally, Epsom salt acts as a detoxifying agent for colon cleansing – however, do not use Epsom Salts to relieve constipation without the consultation of a qualified professional

Eliminating Toxins

The sulfates help to flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.

Make using Epsom salt a part of your daily routine and experience the numerous health benefits of Epsom salt.

Epsom Salt bath

2 cups Epson Salts in a warm bath and soak for at least 12 minutes. For the added benefit of relaxation add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oils and for moisturizing your skin, add 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Do not use soap as it will interfere with the action of the salts.

Epsom Salt Foot Bath

Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water, relax and soak your feet for 20 minutes.

Epsom Salt Body Scrub

Mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of coconut or almond oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly

Treat toenail fungus and Athlete’s foot

Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.

Gout

Add 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immerse the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.

Exfoliating face cleanser

Mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular organic cleanser and gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

Clean bathroom tiles

Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and use as a scrub on bathroom tile.

Hand wash

Mix Epsom salt with coconut oil and keep by the sink for an effective hand wash.

Fertilize your houseplants

Plants need nutrients like magnesium and sulphur to stay in good health and Epsom salt makes the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) more effective. Sprinkle Epsom salt once weekly to help nourish your houseplants, flowers and vegetables.

If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.

If You Believe You Can Heal Yourself You Can

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Would you like be healthy, happy and live your best life, with more energy and feel like a success?

Imagine knowing what you need to do to get to optimal health, avoid the confusion and overwhelm of all the information out there and just follow some simple steps.

If you Believe You can – You can heal, be happy and healthy, have more energy and live your best life.

If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, taking the next steps can feel daunting:

Put simply you won’t be able to enjoy your life, you will feel tired all the time, you won’t have the energy for basic day to day life, your symptoms will continue getting you down and you will continue to feel worse if you don’t do something and take control of your health immediately.

Using my 7 Steps to Optimal Health, you will be amazed at the results and wish you had started sooner!

The 7 Steps to Optimal health is helping others improve their health and reduce their symptoms and take control of their own health just by taking simple, small steps day-by-day. They have improved their health, their energy and their sleep in a way which they could only dream about doing before, they are taking action, changing their beliefs and feel in control of their health knowing the exact steps they need to take.

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What others think about If you Believe you can heal Yourself you Can.

“Fantastic. My eyes have been opened to how the food I eat affects my mood and general health and well-being. This is a “must read” for everyone who cares about their own health and wants to feel the best they possibly can. Highly recommended.” Sally Marshall, Marshalls Consulting

If you are suffering any long term health symptoms and have reached the point of pain that has triggered you to want to try something different Kerry has put together here a book that gives you a step by step guide to achieving a fully balanced mind body and spirit ‘The perfect all round guide to a better you’!    IF YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN HEAL YOURSELF YOU CAN! What if you could? Anything is possible ….. Ash Lawrence, “Changing Minds”

Congratulations to my friend Kerry Madgwick on publishing her book. Kerry is probably most knowledgeable person I have ever met in matters of health, lifestyle and nutrition and her advice has brought Patrick back to health, from persistent ill health. Go Kerry. X

Do Detox Diets actually Work?

Do Detox Diets workas published on Watchfit

Most people want to enjoy better health, people are living longer and want to look younger and enjoy their life to the full despite their age and for this they require energy.

Energy comes from our cells, these are little powerhouses in the body and there are over 75 trillion, working together to produce the living breathing you.

The recipe for healthy cells

  1. Oxygen
  2. Nutrients
  3. The ability to detoxify

It makes sense that in order to increase our overall health, maintain our optimal weight and assist in reversing or preventing aging and disease we must maximize the functioning and efficiency of each of the cells in our body but giving it the right nutrients and one of the easiest and most efficient ways to positively impact your health is through the food choices you make.

Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body, and some argue that because of this there is no need to detoxify.

However, we now live in a very toxic world, our bodies are being bombarded with toxins from processed and packaged foods, the water we drink, the skincare we use that is full of chemicals and toxins, our household cleaners and the air we breathe – most people are exposed to between 150 – 500 toxins before we leave the house everyday from toiletries and makeup. So we really need to support, improve and optimize the function of our body’s own detoxification systems.

The food we eat can add to the toxic overload as processed and packaged foods have additives, chemicals and preservatives – junk food, trans fats, the wrong salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine all add to the daily toxic burden. Not only do we need to reduce the amount of toxins that we put in and on our bodies, we need to support our body’s detoxification pathways at the same time and this is where a detox diet can be helpful.

Benefits of A Detox Diet:

  • Feel Great
  • Increase Your Energy
  • Have More Mental Clarity
  • Sleep Better
  • Have Regular Bowel Movement
  • Have More Flexibility
  • Enjoy Clearer, Softer Skin
  • Have Less Aches And Pains

DETOX DIETS

Detox Diets can be dangerous and can be as faddy as all the other well known diets out there, while you do need give your digestion a rest, it is not necessary to do some weird and wonderful juice fast with weird and wonderful drinks and half starving yourself.

Celebrities do tend to promote all kinds of eating regimes and crazy nutritional ideas, many of which may work in the short term, but inevitably are not nutritionally balanced or support our overall health in the long term.

What we are looking at is removing and reducing the foods that the body treats as toxic and replacing these foods with wholesome REAL organic foods which are as nutritionally supportive as possible. As mentioned we live in a chemical age, many of us are suffering from the effects of poor dietary and lifestyle choices

Eight signals your liver is telling you that you need to detox

Did you know that besides your heart, your liver is probably the hardest working organ in your body?

Eight signs your liver is telling you it needs help:

  1. abdominal bloating
  2. excessive abdominal fat; pot belly; or a roll around the upper abdomen
  3. trouble digesting fatty foods
  4. acid reflux/heartburn
  5. dark circles under the eyes
  6. overheating of the body & excessive perspiration
  7. acne/rosacea or itchy, blotchy skin
  8. unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight even with calorie restriction

These are signs you need to take action and follow a detox as well as alter your diet and lifestyle. Detoxing helps our bodies cope with the onslaught of toxins and stress which are an unavoidable part of modern day life.

How Do You Do A Detox?

A detox program has to address both internal and external toxins. Not only do we need to deal with the toxins we eat, drink, breathe and put on our bodies, it is just as important to address the internal toxicity created by the body as it performs its normal everyday functions.

A comprehensive detox program must supply the appropriate nutrients to do this

– and should include nutrients specifically to support the two most important detoxification organ systems, the liver and the gastro-intestinal tract. It is essential to have a programmes that is based on sage, effective, all natural herbs and nutrients and work with your body’s own detoxification and elimination pathways

  1. Remove the Number of Toxins Going In
  2. Assist the Body’s natural Capacity to Neutralize and Eliminate the Toxins
  3. a) Support Gastro-Intestinal Function
  4. b) Support Liver Function

There is a lot of research documenting the detox diet’s role in health, weight loss and disease. There is even a scientific term for chemicals and substances that are foreign to the body and come from the external environment – xenobiotics.

Health experts recommend that we should do a whole body cleanse at least 3 if not 4 times a year – at the change of the season, spring summer autumn, post Christmas and then an additional time in the year if you are going on holiday or for a special occasion just to refresh the system and improve vitality.

 

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WHY YOU SHOULDN’T EAT ON THE GO

on theThe number one reason why you shouldn’t eat on the go is because of the effect it has on your digestion, the second reason is that it may lead to weight gain….. Many scientific studies have explored the benefits of eating more slowly and chewing food longer and this is difficult to do if you are eating on the go.

Eating on the go does not allow you to relax and eat mindfully and therefore can cause stress in the body and affect the way your digestions works.[bctt tweet=”Eating on the go causes stress on the digeston”]

Amongst many other states, the body has two states where it is either in “fight or flight” or “rest and digest”. These states work opposite to each other like a see-saw, so similar to a see saw where you can only be either up or down, not up and down at the same time you can only be in “fight or flight” or “rest and digest” now you may be wondering why and how this relates to eating on the go…… when we eat on the go we are in “fight or flight” mode, simply because you are on the go, you are moving and do things so the body is prepared for movement and is not in a state of “rest and digest”, we need to be in a state of “rest and digest” in order for the body to break down or food properly, so we can absorb and utilise the nutrients.

Digestion under Stress – Eating on the Go

Our digestion is controlled by the enteric nervous system; this is composed of hundreds of millions of nerves that communicate with our central nervous system. As mentioned stress activated the “fight or flight” response and our gut is especially vulnerable to the presence of any form of stress. Digestion can shut down because the central nervous shuts down the flow of blood to the digestive system and this affects the contractions of the digestive muscles (gut motility), decreases gastric secretions, and increase mucosal permeability. This all means that the food that we are eating is not being properly broken down and digested and this can lead to issues such as gas, bloating, belching and acid reflux and worst case scenario if you are always eating on the go this can lead to inflammation of the gastrointestinal system.

So it is important to eat mindfully and with no interruptions to induce the state of “rest and digest” allowing your food to be broken down and absorbed properly and for you to process that you have eaten a meal otherwise as you can see below this can lead to weight gain.

Eating on the go may also lead to weight gain

A new study published in the Journal of Health Psychology has found that people who eat on the go may increase their food intake later in the day which leads to weigh gain. This may be because we are distracted which disrupts our ability to process the impact eating has on our hunger.

Eating on the Go Affects our chewing: The benefits of chewing

Most people chew and swallow their food without thinking about it, and this is more common with people who eat on the go, when eating on the go you are probably wolfing down your food and not chewing enough. What happens is by not chewing enough you shortchange your nutrition, because digestion actually begins in your mouth, the chewing process is an important part of the digestion as this makes it easier for you intestines to absorb nutrients from food particles

Chewing has many benefits:

  • Signaling: Chewing sends signals to your body to get ready for digestion; it starts the secretion of hormones, and prepares the body for secretion of hydrochloric acid, enzymes and bicarbonate are essential for good digestion
  • Saliva: Your saliva contains digestive enzymes which are necessary for the first phase of digestion;
  • Bacteria: Chewing discourages food-borne bacteria from entering your gut on plus-sized food particles. An overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria in your gut may lead to gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, and other digestive problems

So be mindful when you eat [bctt tweet=”Be mindful when you eat”]slow down, chew more and savour your food, this will benefit your body, mind and spirit and only eat on the go is you absolutely have to.

How Does Drinking Too Much Coffee Affect Your Health?

How Does Drinking tooAs published on WatchFit

Coffee dependency

In the UK people consume 70 million cups of coffee a day. Most of us understand that caffeine is habit-forming but we may not understand the affects it has on our health, and one of the reasons why caffeine is so hard to give up is that we may develop a strong dependency on it for a number of physiological, psychological and emotional reasons.

– Physiological: Caffeine has measurable physical effects in the body, increasing our pulse, heart rate and respiration.
– Psychological: We love to share the caffeine ritual with friends.
– Emotional: We look forward to the times of day when we consume caffeine as treasured, oasis-like moments.

Many of us develop deep-seated habits specific to our caffeine consumption: Some people drink coffee to wake up in the morning or right before an important meeting, others have a caffeinated drink after lunch because they think it keeps them awake.

Addiction

Over time, we find that our response to caffeine changes so that, ultimately, we aren’t in charge anymore – the body needs caffeine to feel “normal” or have energy. When we try to ignore the desire for caffeine, we find ourselves experiencing withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are often uncomfortable enough to cause some to surrender to caffeine dependency.

In fact drinking coffee has become so addictive that some people can’t get through the day without downing several cups in the morning, noon and night. It has even evolved into a social drink, with consumers spending generously on sugar-loaded concoctions from numerous chains of coffee shops that have become giant brands.

Coffee and toxins

Drinking coffee daily can compound toxins in your body. This toxic exposure and overload can increase your risk of insomnia, stroke and Heart Disease.

Unless you drink organic coffee, it is very likely that the plants and beans have been exposed to pesticides that contribute to several cancers and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee is also known to disrupt absorption of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body to function properly.

The caffeine doesn’t have any nutritional value either and has been linked to diabetes. In pregnant women, it increases the risk of having a miscarriage or a low birth weight baby.

Health hazards

– Heart disease
– High cholesterol levels
– Fluid loss in your body
– Rheumatoid Arthritis
– Stroke
– Damaged blood vessels
– Insomnia
– Anxiety symptoms

– Liver: caffeine is a drug-like substance and the liver immediately sets about clearing it from the system
– Brain: caffeine has some potent psychoactive effects that make it habit-forming, if you’ve been consuming a lot of caffeine every day, you’ll notice unpleasant symptoms as you reduce your intake.

On average, it takes the body about 5–8 hours to eliminate caffeine, and your caffeine intake can impact your liver function. If you are continuously drinking caffeine the body is continually trying to get rid of (detox) the caffeine putting your liver under strain as it has over 500 other tasks to perform and will begin to be overburdened.

Simple and effective ways to cut back or eliminate caffeine

– Time your quit date to coincide with a vacation, so you won’t fall under any peer-pressure

– Enjoy a massage or other treatment as a reward rather than caffeine

– Provide nutritional support — include good quality protein and good fats to keep cravings to a minimum.

– Drink at least 2-3 litres of pure water – water is the ultimate thirst-quenching, health-promoting drink.

– Go for a walk and listen to your favourite music – find ways to reduce stress – this will also ease symptoms of withdrawal. Consider acupuncture, gentle exercise and meditation.

For most people, it’s probably a lot easier and less painful to detox from caffeine a little at a time. Start the day with hot water and lemon rather than caffeine and if you need to have coffee ensure that you have it before 12 noon and then continue to reduce this over a few days. If your goal is total abstinence for health reasons you may decide to quit right away or taper off and then give up coffee altogether.

Common symptoms of caffeine “withdrawal”

Here are some common symptoms of withdrawal to be aware of:

– Headaches (A throbbing, pressure-type headache is the most common symptom of both “overdose” and withdrawal.)
– Fatigue
– Sluggishness
– Daytime drowsiness
– Inability to focus
– Irritability
– Depression
– Anxiety
– Reduced sense of well-being

You may notice these symptoms as your system adjusts to lower levels of caffeine, but most symptoms should disappear after a week without caffeine. You can also supplement with extra vitamin C and as mentioned above take regular breaks, enjoy a walk, and get to bed on time.

There’s more…

Note: For some people, the love affair with caffeine is complicated by its presence in many over-the-counter and prescription drugs, or by close associations with other habits like nicotine. In these cases, I would recommend a supported natural and herbal detox – remove the caffeine and add in more support

This is because it is your liver that breaks caffeine down so you can eliminate it from your body. I recommend you speak to a Nutritional Therapist about this and specific supplements that can support the liver as it goes through the detox process.

Detoxifying process

These include:
Natural and supported detox
vitamin C (also helps with withdrawal symptoms and supports adrenal function)
magnesium
zinc
-B vitamins
-trace minerals
-amino acids (may also help balance energy levels)
-milk thistle

You can greatly reduce stress on your liver by eliminating foods and drinks that are likely to contain toxins or allergens, and make sure to eat enough protein. An alkaline diet is good for your health for many reasons it provides the mineral salts and antioxidants that help during detoxification.

One of the best tips for cutting down on caffeine is to drink a big glass of pure water or a cup of warm water with half a freshly squeezed lemon immediately upon waking, before you take in any caffeine. That helps quench simple thirst. Then eat your breakfast as soon as possible, making sure it includes clean protein.

Stay on top

If you’re worried you might lose your edge if you quit caffeine, consider this: your body and mind are not designed to be ‘switched on’ all day, every day. Your body works best when you respect its natural rhythm, there are times for energetic activity and time for rest and relaxation.

The periods of rest and relaxation allow the body to detoxify and repair, so respect these natural rhythms and reduce your dependency on caffeine. This also ensures you reduce the damaging impact it may be having on your health.

So be good to your body, improve y0ur health and cut the caffeine!

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WINTER HEALTH

Toxins and Health

Did you know that women absorb an estimated five pounds of chemicals a year just from the makeup they use!

This toxicity adds to the toxic burden placed on our bodies and is one of the reasons at Kerry’s Natural Health Solutions that we recommend cleansing with the seasons. As we move from autumn into winter it is an ideal time to cleanse to prepare the body for winter, you know how you feel a little more sluggish in the winter, as the days get colder and darker A cleanse helps to boost your energy, put that spring in your step and keep you active and dancing all winter long, avoiding the dreaded winter weight gain!

We face numerous problems with toxins in our environment and it becomes very important that we support the body as it takes extra nutrients to help break down these toxins and eliminate them from the system, all the additional toxins we’re exposed to put an extra burden on the body’s nutrient reserves and when we are bundled up during the winter and not getting enough sunlight and fresh air there is an added burden on the body. 

There are two kinds of toxins the body has to eliminate:

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