Category Archives: Detoxing

How to give your body a spring clean detox.

A to Z of natural living. Letter B.

Hey lovely people, I thought it would be a great idea to do an A to Z of natural living, including remedies, ailments, healthy tips and idea, alternative therapies etc, I think this could be fun and I want you to feel free to add your own in the comments.

Today I bring you the letter B.

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Backache:

Backache affects so many people now, from sitting in offices most of the day to car journeys, sitting down a lot can increase the lack of moveable muscles in the back and the core is not properly supported. Not being aligned properly, having one leg shorter than the other, throwing you out of balance or an injury can cause back ache too. Sometimes stress and inflammation can make the problem worse. Read More →

A to Z of natural living. Letter A.

Hey lovely people, I thought it would be a great idea to do an A to Z of natural living, including remedies, ailments, healthy tips and idea, alternative therapies etc, I think this could be fun and I want you to feel free to add your own in the comments.

Today I bring you the letter A (I feel like Count von Count from Sesame street!).

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Ageing:
Aging affects us all from the time we hit adulthood until we die, but we have a choice over how we age. I think aging is beautiful and so are the lines on someones face that map their lives to the world, but sometimes its nice to slow down the process a little. There are many things you can do without going to drastic lengths like botox or plastic surgery. I mean who seriously wants botulinum toxin pumped into their face, the warning on the box says ” may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening”, the main reactions that have been reported are itching, rash, red itchy welts,breathing difficulties. – nice, that will improve your glowing skin!

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Top 5 tips to a healthier YOU!

To help you on your way to living purer without toxins I have compiled a handy top 5 tips guide to enhance your health for you to browse through, if you can do all 5 then you get an A star, but seriously even changing one thing makes you awesome and on your way to detoxify your body from years of nasty chemicals.

1. Avoid contact with synthetic pesticides, this is a biggy and impacts your life in many ways, things like flea treatments, head lice shampoo, non organic fruit and veg, insect repellent, bleach, some swimming pools and some paint. Look for alternative chemical free treatments such as essential oils and coconut oil. Wash non organic veg in cider vinegar.

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2. Always filter tap water before drinking it to remove impurities, we have a Brita filter and can tell the difference when drinking un-filtered tap water, we get sore throats and it taste quite chemical.
3. If you eat fish avoid farmed Salmon ,Tuna, Swordfish (the older and bigger the fish the more mercury and chlorine they have ingested) Eat an apple or wholegrain beans with the fish as it binds with the mercury in the intestine and most of it comes out in your poo. Take chlorella or psyllium husks,you can also get mercury free omega 3 oils.

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4. Don’t microwave or heat up food in plastic containers particularly if they have a high fat content as the heat will make the plastic chemicals leach into your food and this can cause fertility problems, cancer, asthma, brain and nervous problems and obesity.
5. Avoid mercury in dental fillings, ask for porcelain or white fillings ( the dentist will try to convince you they don’t last as long as amalgam ones but stay firm) Mercury has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, kidney and brain damage.

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Do your best and just change what you can, when you can, just start now for a healthier you!

Detox foot soak recipe

I love learning new things and I haven’t ever really done much with my feet until I went to a retreat and a lady gave me an amazing peppermint and salt foot scrub and massage. I learned to love my feet and am grateful for all the hard work they do on a daily basis, helping me to get around, supporting my body and taking me to new places, aren’t feet amazing!

I was looking for some new ideas to pamper my feet and I came across this lovely detox recipe by Wellness Mama, I am going to try this tonight, I treated myself last week to some amazing clay from Nurturing Soul an independent maker who lives in Scotland with her lovely family in glorious natural surroundings.

At home detox foot soak recipe

Photo credit: Wellness Mama

Post below taken from Wellness Mama:

I’m a big fan of healing clays. I put them in my own bath and in my children’s bath water. I use them on my face as a face mask and my armpits to help detox and avoid odor.

Another way I love to use them that is much easier than a full bath is a foot detox. This provides many of the benefits as a clay or salt bath without the mess and extra work.

Pamper your feet…

Our feet are a hard working part of our body. Whether we are walking, chasing kids, working at a standing desk, wearing high heels, cooking, or any other daily activity, our feet take a beating.

This is the reason a foot massage or pedicure is so relaxing. Our feet often hold more stress that we realize and relaxing our feet is a great way to help relax the whole body. Even just a regular foot soak in hot water with epsom salt is relaxing, but I’ve found that adding a few additional ingredients can increase the relaxation and health benefits.

I love to add Bentonite Clay which is beneficial to the body in several ways:

Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals.

Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.”

Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.

I’ve found that my favorite combination for a soothing detox foot soak is bentonite and epsom salts, but I have an unusual way of making the foot soak…

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A DIY Detox Foot Soak:

To get the most benefits from the clay and the epsom salts, I found an unusual way to start this bath. I began by mixing 1/2 cup of epsom salt into the water for a foot soak. I use a tub like this one, but even a three- dollar dishpan or a bucket will work just fine.

I dissolve the epsom salt in hot (but not boiling) water and set it on a towel.

Then, I mix 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Then, I add a little water to thin, if needed. I coat my feet in this mixture and let it dry for 10 minutes.

By this time, the water has cooled enough to put my feet in and the bentonite has dried. I add 10 drops of essential oils to the water at this point if I want to. When I put my feet in the tub, the hardened clay dissolves slowly and the benefits of the epsom salts take effect.

I continue to soak for about 15 minutes before gently scrubbing my feet with a natural brush.

I rinse my feet and pat them dry. Typically, I do this before bed since it is really relaxing, but it could be done anytime.

Foot Soak Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    water to thin mixture (if needed)
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 6 quarts of hot water (or enough to fill your container)
  • A few drops of essential oils(optional)

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Detox and cleansing juicing recipes

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Detoxing allows your body to rid itself of toxins that have accumulated in many forms, preservatives, colours, additives, heavy metals and chemicals we have been exposed to at home, work or outdoors. Also allergens in food and the environment, medicinal drugs and body products all add to the amount of toxins in our bodies, no wonder sometimes our systems can’t cope if we are run down, our poor bodies have to fight infection or illness on top of filtering out the junk and toxic overload.

A detox may last 6-12 weeks or you can do a quick cleanse for 3+ days, your body will thank you for the benefits no matter how long you do it for.

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A series of vegan and holistic wellness charts

I love charts, yeah I’m a bit sad like that, I think I learn better in pictures rather than reading loads of words so when I was seeing if the lovely Rachel from One part Gypsy had had her baby yet I found this brilliant post she had done:

“If you don’t know about Matthew Kenney Cuisine, they are a cutting-edge culinary academy based out of Santa Monica and own several raw and vegan restaurants across the country as well. We just finished this series of educational graphs for their online program-a project has has not only been super fun, but informative too!” Rachel from One Part Gypsy

A series of vegan and holistic wellness charts for Matthew Kenney Cuisine’s nutritional programs.

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Best morning routine for health

What do you do when you wake up?, do you jump out of bed, rushing round to get ready, not really living in the moment but thinking more about the day ahead and what work you have to do? STOP!, wait a minute. This is no way to start your day, if you want a wonderful life filled with happiness and health you need to adopt a better routine.

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So what is my morning routine?

Without fail, even if I have had a really crappy sleep I wake up and thank the universe that I am alive, I never used to do this but a few months ago in the middle of the night one of our dogs started being sick, I leapt out of bed, scooped him up (to take him to the bathroom) but because I was half asleep and dizzy I fell backwards onto the bed (thankfully my bum hit the mattress first) and whacked the back of my head on the solid wooden bed surround. In that moment I realised just how lucky I was to be alive, I was millimetres of the sharp edge of the wood, it could have been a fatal fall. We take it for granted we will wake up tomorrow, so I am thankful every day now.

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Low impact living in a town – what can be done?

We live in Blackpool which is a seaside resort in the Northwest of UK, population of roughly 142,000, so we are a large town. Contrary to popular belief from my photos, we live in a terrace house surrounded by neighbours and the normal trappings of large town life. So until we get our dream home in the countryside what do we do to have a lesser impact on the environment and to live a ‘back to nature’ way of life. A simple guide to our low impact living.

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Natural living coaching

Individual wellbeing and natural living coaching sessions

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I believe it’s very important that you choose the right coach to work with, I offer the opportunity to have a free, no obligation 1/2 hour meeting with me over the telephone/Skype before you commit to booking any sessions. This enables you to ask me any questions you want to about me, how coaching works and for both of us to see if we think and feel there will be a good “fit” between us. I live with a positive mindset and am honest and open.

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Healthy eating on a budget

As the prices of things go up a lot more people are being careful of what they spend or even making a choice of putting money on the electric or buying food, it’s all about budgeting and spending wisely, so I want to offer you a series of handy tip and ideas on how to budget and spend a little but still eat healthily, and make conscious ethical choices.

I have heard many times “we can’t afford to eat organic” or “we can’t afford to buy coconut oil at £6 a jar”, I understand this mindset but it is really all about prioritising and finding a way which works for you, you can do you best and that IS good enough for this moment in time, do consider though not only will you be saving money buy not impulse buying when there is nothing left for tea, you will also be making yourself and your family feel healthy and free of disease.

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