- LEMONS for your liver – eat lemons – drinking a glass of hot water with lemon in the morning helps to cleanse the liver and a fully functioning liver helps you to metabolise food effectively.
Lemon juice is a great helper for your liver as a decongestant and blood cleanser. Digestion of fats and proteins are accelerated along with greater absorption of important minerals. Lemons are naturally antibacterial and can help wind and indigestion and kill bad bacteria that cause bad breath and overgrow in the intestines such as candida.
Add a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger to a glass of warm water with fresh organic lemon slices first thing in the morning to really stimulate the digestive juices and give a kickstart to your metabolism and aid detoxification.
Limonene in lemon juice and pith can help dissolve gallstones. Lemons are full of vitamin C and also contain pectin which can bind to toxins helping the liver remove them from the body.
- RED OR BLACK GRAPES for your kidneys – eat red grapes, good for detoxifying the system, full of vitamins and low in calories.
Red grapes have long been associated with detoxification to help urinary infections. Studies have shown antiviral and antibacterial properties which help to cleanse the kidneys and all the body’s systems. Darker grapes can help to ward off anaemia.
Quercetin in red grapes helps lower blood cholesterol levels and is anti-inflammatory. They also contain immune boosting anthocyanidins for good lung health. Resveratrol – a phytonutrient with antioxidant properties is found in the skins of red grapes – protects cells from damage by ageing free radicals, a factor in chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
- YOGURT AND MILK for your bones – drink full fat milk – A2 milk from Guernsey cows is best, it’s also good for dieting because calcium helps you burn fat.
Plain full fat yogurt contains more calcium – great for bones and teeth – than semi-skimmed milk. Eating 8 oz of live yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus every day is known to decrease both candida colonies and infection as well as controlling diarrhea and helping to reduce overly high cholesterol levels.
Calcium is commonly deficient in teenage girls who diet along with iron which needs calcium to make use of it. Fizzy drinks containing high levels of phosphorus and yo-yo dieting both leach calcium from the bones so you need to make sure there is plenty of calcium and other bone friendly nutrients such as magnesium, boron, vitamins D and K in your diet.
Calcium is also needed for nerve transmission and muscles to contract. It also induces sleep, so warm milky drinks at bedtime help beat insomnia.
- SPINACH for healthy blood cells – eat spinach, a good source of iron, folic acid and the mineral choline which is said to have good effects on digestion and cholesterol respectively).
Homocysteine, a blood protein linked to risk of heart disease and stroke when levels are high, can be lowered by plenty of spinach in the diet. Spinach contains a natural source of vitamin A, beta-carotene, which is non-toxic even in large amounts and contributes to good vision, it contains lutein, and skin health.
Vitamin A also helps boost metabolism through enhanced thyroid function. Research in the USA points to underactive thyroid being the primary cause of weight gain especially among women.
Spinach helps keep hormones balanced and is a great gentle laxative for constipation.
- LINSEEDS for your digestive system – eat linseeds (flaxseeds) a good source of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) which help to burn fat and also keep your digestive system regular.
Soak a tablespoonful of linseeds (flax seeds) in water overnight and drink the oil to combat constipation or grind the seeds in a coffee grinder and sprinkle over breakfast muesli, yogurt or cereals.
Linseeds are great for sensitive stomachs and irritable bowels as they contain mucilage that soothes ulcers and the digestive tract lining absorbing toxins
The Omega-3 essential oils in linseed help to displace stored fats in the body, they also improve memory, mood and stress response. Linseed oil can help arthritis sufferers and improves skin problems like acne and eczema.
- ALMONDS for your nervous system – eat almonds, rich in B vitamins and magnesium, there has been much research to show that tree nuts help reduce heart disease and even help to increase metabolic rate.
People who regularly consume nuts reduce their risk of heart disease and circulatory disorders. Mono-unsaturated fat – high in almonds – has been clinically proven, in U.S. studies, to lower over-high cholesterol levels. Almonds are rich in fibre and together with walnuts, are the best nuts for keeping blood fat levels healthy.
Vegans, or those who are dairy intolerant, should eat plenty of almonds as they are high in calcium together with magnesium. Lack of magnesium can lead to fatigue and depression, learning difficulties or even muscular spasms and convulsions.
Almonds contain 75% more protein per gram than eggs as well as a natural source of antioxidant vitamin E, important for energy production and can increase endurance and stamina. Women have a high requirement for vitamin E as oestrogen is an antagonist to it.
- CHICKEN for muscle tone – eat lean chicken, a good source of protein which helps boost mood and balances blood sugar.
A National University of Singapore study found that a type of chicken soup can help keep the heart – which is a major muscle – healthy. They believe this effect is from a specific peptide found only in chicken.
Other benefits from chicken soup – home-made is best, canned soup often contains high sodium levels – are from an amino acid, cysteine which thins mucus to breathe better if you have a cold.
Chicken contains tryptophan which converts to serotonin, a feel-good nerve transmitter, in the brain to improve mood. Eat chicken with complex carbohydrates such as brown rice to make the pancreas produce more insulin, which rids other competing amino acids trying to reach the brain.
©Lynn Alford-Burow Dip ION, fNTP
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