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Keep detoxing your health

Friday, February 8, 2008


Many of us can recall the morning shock when we see a haggard looking person in the mirror. The excessive eating, binge drinking and sleep deprivation has started to take its toll on us. What we need, ladies, is a good detox. A detox is basically a process by which toxins are changed into less toxic or more readily excretable substances. Be warned ladies, it takes much discipline in order to make your detox routine a successful one! Beverly dishes on what we can do to get rid of the negative effects of our holiday indulgences:

Go on a Healthy Diet

Avoid alcohol, excessive caffeine, tobacco, red meat, dairy products, and preservative foods. Instead, focus on a wholegrain diet with fresh fruit, vegetables and plenty of water. Start by increasing your daily water intake up to 2 litres a day to wash out the toxins.

To truly purify your system while restoring essential vitamins and minerals, try a regimen of fruit juices in the morning and vegetable juices in the afternoon along with your normal diet. Select foods high in water content, such as cucumber, celery, and lettuce. Grapefruits are good metabolic stimulants; grapes are high in potassium (essential in maintaining normal kidney function); and bananas and avocados digest slowly and help maintain blood sugar.

Beautify Yourself

It is true that your face is one of the first body parts to show signs of aging. You wear your hard-partying history on your face, too: an unhealthy pallor, puffiness, dark circles.

Here’s a healthy beauty secret on how you can restore your natural color: form a paste by mixing 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and honey. Apply on clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes to allow these natural ingredients to work their magic. Yoghurt and lemon juice to work brighten the skin while honey softens and improves its appearance. Finally, rinse off with warm water.

Exercise

Last but nonetheless, keep up a daily strenuous activity to get your blood pumping healthily again. If you are unfit or stressed, start with tai chi or gentle yoga and light walks each day. Increase the intensity of exercise as your fitness improves. When you first try these exercises, don’t set time limits on any one portion. Rather, focus your efforts of the breathing and heaviness that should enter your mind and body. Here’s a simple yoga routine for you to try out:

Step 1: Standing Stretch

Stand comfortably with your feet shoulder-width apart. Raise your arms above your head with hands clasped and come up onto your toes, all the while inhaling deeply. Stretch your whole body upward. Exhale and bring your arms to your sides while lowering your heels to the floor.

Step 2: Child’s Pose

This pose helps relieve stress and fatigue, calms the brain and will bring you a step closer to relaxation. Start by resting on your knees. Sink back so that your thighs and buttocks drop between your knees. Spread your knees as wide as a yoga mat, keeping your big toes touching. Bring your belly to rest between your thighs and bring your forehead towards the floor. Either stretch your arms in front of you with your palms toward the floor or bring your arms back alongside your thighs with palms facing upwards. Remain in this posture for a few minutes. Allow all of your weight to sink to the floor and continue to focus on your breath.

Step 3: Corpse Pose

The corpse pose is a resting pose, but it’s not the same as sleeping. Usually you should stay present and aware during the five to 10 minutes of this relaxation. In this case, however, you may want to settle into bed and allow the relaxation carry you into sleep. Lie on your back and let your feet fall out to either side. Let your arms drop alongside your body with palms turned upwards. Focus on the breath and allow your thoughts to drift away before they take hold. Continue to focus on the breath and allow your body to sink deeper into ease.


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