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6 Secret At-Home Stress Relievers

6 Secret At-Home Stress Relievers

As a caregiver,  you know you need to de-stress. But who has time to go to five yoga classes a  week or the money to indulge in a professional massage? There are ways to lower  stress without leaving your home, and without spending money. You’re surrounded  by everyday household items right now that have the power to help you relax and  unwind. You just have to know where to look!

Hand towel

Soak a hand towel in water and then microwave it for two minutes until its  steamy. Place the towel on the back of your neck and then over your face. As the  soothing heat hits your skin, your body will instinctively relax.

Water

Not only is running water a great noise muffler, but the sound and feel of  water is therapeutic. For maximum effectiveness, focus on the task at hand. The  goal isn’t to scrub down and towel off in under 30 seconds. Take 10 minutes for  a hot, unhurried shower or a steamy bath and feel the stress melt away. Massage  your head as you shampoo, use a scented body wash, loofah your skin gently. When  you emerge, you will feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of your  day.

Paper

Don’t keep your anger, fear and frustration all bottled up. Vent it by  putting pen to paper. Studies show that writing  about stressful events in your life for just 10 minutes dramatically lowers  your perception of your personal stress. Experts aren’t exactly sure why it  works. Perhaps it’s because writing gets your worries out of your head and into  the real world where it’s easier to do something about them. It could be a more  transcendental explanation: the transfer of your stress through your hand, out  your body and onto the paper. Or maybe the exercise simply stops you from  ruminating about your problems. No matter what the reason, the result is the  same: Less stress and a better mood.

Tea

Skip  the coffee and opt for tea instead. Research has shown that drinking tea on  a daily basis can help lower stress hormones and inducing greater feelings of  relaxation. Try proven stress-busting brews, like Chamomile or black tea.  (Leesa recommends Organic India Tulsi Green Tea available at your local WholeFoods  (www.wholefoods.com) or order direct from Organic India at  www.organicindia.com.)

CDs

How often do you turn on the TV for “background noise.” Instead of reaching  for the remote, pop in a CD. Music has proven therapeutic benefits and does  wonders to alleviate stress. Experts suggest that it is the rhythm of the music  or the beat that has the calming effect on us even though we may not even be  consciously listening to it.

Candles

Aromatherapy is, well, therapeutic. Lavender, jasmine and chamomile scents relax  the mind and relieve stress. Give yourself several minutes of slow, deep,  even breathing. Imagine that with each breath, the scents are entering your nose  and spreading throughout your body, relaxing tight muscles and alleviating  tension. ( Leesa recommends Votivo candles!  Visit www.votivo.com. ) 

Tese moments will soon become one of your favorite times of the day.

Caregiving can be mentally and physically demanding. In the Caregiver Burnout  forum you can ask questions, find helpful answers or give your support.  Visit the Caregiver  Burnout Forum on AgingCare.com.

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com

6  Secret At-Home Stress Relievers originally appeared on AgingCare.com.   AgingCare.com provides online  caregiver support by connecting people caring for elderly parents to other  caregivers, elder care experts, personalized information, and local resources.  AgingCare.com has become the trusted resource for exchanging ideas, sharing  conversations and finding credible information for those seeking elder care  solutions.

Describe Your Pet in One Word…

Describe Your Pet in One Word

Sanchez

If you could describe your pet in one word, what would it be?

I was recently asked to describe both of my dogs in one word. “Determined” is  the word I used for Sanchez (pictured above).  I’ve actually never known a  dog who could focus so intently on something of desire and not forget about it  no matter how many distractions are present. When he was a puppy in training for Guide Dogs for the Blind, many people observed that he would  monitor a room for hours, find a missing loop hole where he could do something  forbidden, and then perform that behavior in the most creative of ways. His “down” is admirable. However, while in a “down”, he has been known to crawl  across an entire room to get a crumb on the floor. You can see the look of  determination on his face. It’s honestly quite entertaining, especially as he  looks at me as if he’s thinking, “Well, I’m still in a down.”

Gina’s word is “playful”. She is ready to play at any hour of the day or night.  Unlike Sanchez, it doesn’t occur to her that there are loop holes, because  everything is just good all the time. OK, it was really a toss-up between the  words “playful” and “happy”. She never complains about anything, and is much  more a typical Lab than Sanchez. Everything is just good all the time.

My belief is that pets are brought into our life to teach us many life lessons. It’s different for everyone and  even changes at various times in our lives. I don’t find it accidental that  Sanchez was brought into my life at the same time I was on the verge of creating  music that calms dogs. He was actually the  inspiration for it, as he was a very high energy, rambunctious puppy and was  calmed easily by the right prescription of music. His determination that he  carried in his own personality was something that I learned from and still apply  to my life today. Now that I devote my full time career to helping improve the  lives of dogs with music, his reminder to be patient, determined, and never lose  sight of my dream of helping relieve anxiety issues in millions of dogs through  sound therapy is something I carry with me daily.

Gina, on the other paw, was brought into my life at  a time when I was working way too much and needed persistent reminders to “play”. She is a constant reminder that you don’t need a reason to be happy and  it’s always a good time to play. Even during the most stressful or depressing  life events, she can have me laughing and playing with a tail wag.

I love and still need my continuing reminders from Sanchez and Gina. What is  your word for your pets? Have they helped you apply that word to your own life?

Have you tried Sound Therapy for your dogs? Through a Dog’s  Ear is the  first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine  nervous system.

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By Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a  concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music  expert. She is Co-founder of Through  a Dog’s Ear,    the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the  canine nervous system. Their new Canine  Noise Phobia series is  a breakthrough treatment and prevention program for  canine noise  sensitivities. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two  “career  change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and   Gina. Follow Lisa’s  blog here.

Main Photo Credit of Sanchez: Gracie Slegers

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Liver

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Liver

We devote plenty of time and energy into spring  cleaning our homes, but what about our bodies? As you rid your home of  clutter and dust this year, consider cleansing your body of toxins, too.  Everyday we encounter high levels of chemicals—from the food we eat to the  personal care products we use each morning. Our bodies remove these chemicals  through its natural waste system, but because we live in such a chemical-laden  world, this system can get bogged down.

Your liver is arguably one of the most important organs in your body’s  natural detoxification system. To prevent our fat tissues and cells from  absorbing them, the liver turns fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble toxins,  from which point our bodies can easily flush them. This is just one small role  that liver plays in our body, however; the liver has more than 500 functions,  from metabolizing fat to regulating hormones, and if it spends too much time  working to remove toxins, your health can falter.

To support your liver and aid your body’s natural detoxification process,  follow these tips:

Don’t overburden your liver. Your liver works hard enough  without having to process things like alcohol and over-the-counter painkillers,  which are unnecessarily hard on this vital organ. In fact, taking regular, small  doses of painkillers is the leading cause of drug-induced liver disease and  failure. (Learn  more about how over-the-counter painkillers are wreaking havoc on your  body.)

Drink plenty of lemon water. Water is important to the  natural detox system; it’s one of the method by which our bodies remove toxins.  The citric acid in lemon juice encourages the liver to produce bile, which is  another vehicle that our bodies use to excrete toxins.

Take liver-support supplements. Turmeric, milk thistle and  dandelion are all known to be helpful at cleansing and protecting the liver. Try  50 milligrams of turmeric, 500 milligrams of dandelion extract, or 500  milligrams of milk thistle daily. You can also steep fresh dandelion roots into  a boiling water to make a tea. (Note: If foraging for wild dandelions, only pick  them from areas that you know are free from chemical pesticides.)

Eat cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, cabbage, kale,  arugula, collard greens and other cruciferous vegetables are recommended foods  when doing a liver detox. Be sure to eat at least one serving a day.

Get enough minerals. Minerals are essential to the liver  detoxification process, so make sure you’re eating plenty of mineral-rich foods  or taking a good mineral supplement (look for a liquid-based supplement with  both macro and trace minerals). Important minerals for liver detoxification  include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, copper, iron, selenium, zinc,  manganese and others.

Keeping your liver in top shape is essential to good health.

By Susan Melgren,  web editor of Natural  Home & Garden magazine. She enjoys writing about natural health,  nontoxic homes and tips for green living.

3 Chocolates Making a Difference!

3 Chocolates Making a Difference

 

When we think of decadent indulgence, we often think of chocolate.  And  with the antioxidants present in dark chocolate, this indulgence (in moderation,  of course) has some health benefits, as well.  But there is a growing trend  in the world of chocolate towards offering products that are socially and  environmentally responsible, as well.  Below are three chocolate companies  that promote fair  trade practices and use organic  ingredients.  All products are available at most Whole Foods locations, as  well as online and at many independent health food stores.

Theo Chocolate

Seattle based Theo  Chocolate was the first producer of organic chocolate in the United States.   Prior to the company’s launch in 2006, all organic chocolate available in  the U.S. was imported, primarily from Europe. Theo prioritizes fair trade  practices, and purchases its cocoa directly from farmers and farmer  co-operatives.  The company also strives to maintain long-term  relationships with farmers, in order to support the economic health of the  communities in which the farmers live and work.  And the ingredients for  the chocolate bars are cultivated using sustainable farming practices.

Theo uses only simple, natural ingredients.  The chocolate doesn’t  contain emulsifiers like soy lecithin, which many chocolate companies use to add  artificial creaminess to their products.  The result is a bar with an  intense cocoa flavor – perfect for the chocolate purist.

Equal Exchange Chocolate

Equal Exchange is a  Massachusetts company that offers a range of fair trade, organic products  including chocolate bars, coffee, tea, cocoa, bananas, olive oil, and  almonds.  The cocoa is sourced from farmer co-operatives in the Dominican  Republic, Panama, Peru, and Ecuador.  Similarly, the sugar comes from  co-operatives in Paraguay.  Even the vanilla, from Madagascar, is fair  trade.

In addition to being organic and ethically sourced, Equal Exchange bars cater  to the chocolate connoisseur.  They are produced using the same methods  made famous by the Swiss, resulting in a gourmet bar that will win over the  toughest chocolate snobs.

Alter Eco Chocolate

Like Equal Exchange, San Francisco based Alter  Eco offers a variety of fair trade, organic products.  Alter Eco works  exclusively with small-scale farmers to ensure equitable trading  relationships.

The company works with chocolatiers in Switzerland, but with flavors like  dark quinoa chocolate, its bars are sure to appeal to the health nut as much as  the chocoholic.

By Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from  Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political  Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of  publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary  Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

4 Natural Treatments for Spring Allergies

4 Natural Treatments for Spring Allergies

 

Are you looking for a way to ease spring allergies without taking any antihistamines or  getting an allergy shot? Not all natural remedies have been shown to be  effective, but there are a few that are show promising results.

Neti Pot

Rinsing your nasal passage is a great way to relieve your allergy symptoms  that’s also inexpensive. It’s just important to use water that’s distilled and  sterile, so consider boiling the water and letting it cool in an airtight  container before use. You should also wash your neti pot after each use.

Butterbur and Spirulina

Preliminary studies have shown that butterbur extract and spirulina may help treat hay fever symptoms, so look for remedies that include  these ingredients. However, just because a supplement is natural doesn’t mean  it’s safe. If you’re taking any medications, it’s best to check with a doctor or  pharmacist about any potential contraindications before taking a herbal  supplement for allergies.

Local Raw Honey

There’s a commonly held hypothesis that the pollen content in local honey can  inoculate you against allergic rhinitis, however there isn’t really enough  evidence to prove or disprove this theory. One problem with this theory is that  honey may not include the specific pollen that affects you. On the other hand, raw honey has been shown to be as effective at soothing sore  throats as over-the-counter cough drops, so if allergies have you coughing you  may want to try a teaspoon.

Fish and Whole Vegetables

More and more research is showing the advantages of eating whole foods, so it’s no surprise that a  healthy diet may ease allergies. A study recently published in Pediatric Allergy  and Immunology found that children who eat a diet rich in fish and “fruity” vegetables are less likely to  suffer from allergies. Fruity vegetables have seeds and come from flowering  plants, such as zucchini, eggplant, green beans, butternut squash and  tomatoes.

By Margaret Badore for DietsInReview.com

Using Color to Empower Your Life

Using Color to Empower Your Life

Most of us feel passionately about color. We love some and are repelled by  others. Our tastes also change over time. I remember how passionately I loved  blue as a child and, as an adult I couldn’t get enough of yellows, golds and  earth tones. My most favorite colors now are  Indigo blue combined with  gold and pumpkin-orange. They absolutely make my heart sing and it never ceases  to cheer me up when I see this combination.

The ancient art of Feng Shui acknowledges the profound affect of  color on our  physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Colors are  connected to the five  elements from the natural world; fire, earth,  metal, water and wood. They play  a significant role in balancing and  healing every aspect of our lives. In  paying attention to the colors we  are attracted to, we are tuning into our  body’s natural instincts which can help us come back into alignment.

This is called the Five Elements theory and it is at the foundation  of Feng  Shui and Chinese medicine. These elements have objects, shapes,  seasons, body  organs, chakra’s and colors connected to them, but the color component is often  the most powerful.

The chart below lists the element, what it is about and what colors will  enhance it. Surrounding yourself with colors from the element that you are  working with will strengthen your energy field. You can do so  by wearing more of this color and/or bringing it into your living space. Just  make sure that you don’t overdo the fire or water element in the bedroom which  should always have more of the earth element to promote groundedness and solid  sleep. (See Feng Shui for the Bedro

The Colors of the Five Elements and How to Use them

  

Fire: when you are working with issues around decisiveness,  assertiveness, motivation and passion, or lack there of, bring fire colors into  your living space and wear some fire colors. Fire Colors: The  entire red spectrum which includes pink, red, orange, coral, purples. Red’s  however can come in many different hues. The ones closer to red will have more  energy, think fuchsia. Those with more blue will be cooler,  such  as purple. Pastel pinks are considered the metal element with a hint of  fire. Wear pink to inspire lightheartedness and romance (Feng Shui for Romance).

Earth: When you are working with fertility issues, being and  feeling more grounded in your life and getting organized. Earth  Colors: Taupe, gold, yellows, medium brown, terracotta and earth tones.  Gold is considered the happiest color on the planet. Think ‘sun‘.

Metal: When  you are working with mental  clarity such  as focusing on a new project at work, studying a new  subject or when you need  some back bone. Metal colors are important  when you feel the need to lighten up  and develop your child-like qualities and/or you are working with children. Metal Colors:  whites and pastels (pink, light green,light  blue, light yellow) and metallics.

Water: When you are  working on developing your  spirituality, practicing mindfulness,  connecting to intuition and learning how  to tune into the synchronicity  of the universe. Water Colors = Black, dark gray, dark and navy blue, dark green, deep  purple and Indigo. Blacks can be overwhelming so don’t overdo them, especially  in the bedroom!

Wood: When you are  working on personal growth, growing or  expanding your business, planting  the seeds for a new project or working with  health and/or family  issues. Wood Colors: medium green and  medium blue, turquoise. Medium blue is the most favorite color and actually  belongs to the wood element, not water. Darker blues  belongs to the water  element.

If you would like more information on how to work with color and the Five  Elements, I am offering my readers a free copy of my Color Five Elements  map (PDF format) like the one shown  above.  Click here for your free copy.

By Erica Sofrina, author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western  World.  Erica Sofrina is an Interior Design and Feng Shui specialist and founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. One of her specialties is  color consultations for home and business.

15 Ways to Boost Your Liver for Great Health

15 Ways to Boost Your Liver for Great Health

So, it’s no surprise that the liver can become sluggish, making it a factor  in many health conditions, including: allergies, arthritis, asthma, bad breath,  chronic fatigue syndrome, cravings for sweets,  depression, environmental  illness/multiple chemical sensitivities, fatigue, fibromyalgia, headaches and  migraines, hepatitis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels,  hypoglycemia, hormone imbalances, immune system disorders, irritable bowel  syndrome, overweight or obesity, poor digestion, recurring nausea and/or  vomiting, skin diseases, and ulcerative colitis. Of course there are other  factors involved in these conditions so it is important to see a physician if  you suffer from any of them.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the liver is its ability to  regenerate itself.  When it is given the critical nutrients, a healthy  whole foods diet, and herbs to help it function, it can be restored to health in  most circumstances.  Strengthening the liver is one of the ways to boost  energy, balance weight, and strengthen overall health.

Here are 15 ways to give your liver a boost:

1.  The liver requires high amounts of vitamins and minerals to perform  its many functions.  Your diet should be high in fruits and vegetables and  fibrer-rich foods.

2.  Your liver must filter food additives.  Eliminate processed  foods, artificial food additives, colors, and preservatives from your diet to  give your liver a break.

3.  Eat plenty of fresh carrots and beets, both of which are powerful  liver cleansing and rebuilding foods.  In addition, eat plenty of green  foods.  The chlorophyll, which gives plants their green color, helps  cleanse the liver.

4.  Try to eat two heaping tablespoons of ground flaxseeds.  They  bind to hormone receptor sites, preventing excess hormones including synthetic  xenoestrogens from plastics and other chemicals, from floating around your  bloodstream.  One of the liver’s five hundred jobs is to filter excess  hormones.  By eating flaxseeds and flax oil you are helping it function  more effectively.  Flaxseeds can be sprinkled on cereal, toast, salads, or  blended into smoothies.

Keep reading to learn about the best liver-boosting herbs and  nutrients…

5.  There are many great herbs that help strengthen the liver,  including: milk thistle, dandelion root, globe artichoke, turmeric, slippery  elm, greater celandine, balmony, barberry, black root, blue flag, boldo,  fringetree bark, vervain, and wahoo.  I regularly use turmeric and milk  thistle to help strengthen the liver.  If you are pregnant, have a serious  health condition, or are taking medication, consult a qualified health  practitioner before using herbs.

6.  Significantly reduce refined sugar and avoid synthetic sweeteners  altogether.

7.  Lecithin helps the liver metabolize fats and reduce  cholesterol.  It contains a substance called phosphatidylcholine and  essential fatty acids that help keep liver cells healthy and help prevent fatty  deposits from building up in the liver.  Lecithin also helps reduce high  blood pressure by allowing the blood vessels to relax to allow better blood  flow. You can get lecithin in organic soyfoods like soy milk, tofu, and miso, as  well as organic eggs.  Alternatively, take 4000 mg of lecithin in capsule  form daily.

8.  Take a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement to avoid any  deficiencies.  The liver depends on many nutrients to detoxify  properly.  Even a single nutrient deficiency can be harmful.

9.  In addition, take 1000 to 2000 mg of vitamin C daily, even if there  is vitamin C in your multivitamin.

Keep reading to learn about the foods that ensure toxins are neutralized, not  made more dangerous…

10.  Eat lots of garlic, onions and broccoli since these foods contain  sulfur that is required to increase enzyme activity that boosts  liver  cleansing. Without adequate levels of sulfur, the phase 2 of liver  detoxification cannot keep pace with level 1, meaning that many toxins can  become MORE dangerous in your body.

11.  Avoid eating large meals.  Instead, eat small meals made up of  plenty easy-to-digest foods.

12.  Eat steamed vegetables, raw salad greens, raw fruits, and bitter  greens.  The bitter greens, especially, help to cleanse the liver.

13.  Eat whole, raw, unsalted nuts and seeds for their essential fatty  acids as well as their usable protein.

14.  Avoid eating heavy, fatty foods since they just create more work  for the liver. Avoid margarine, shortening or commercial oils or any foods made  with them.

15.  Avoid eating for at least three hours before bedtime to allow the  liver adequate time during the night to perform its many functions, unimpeded by  other bodily processes like digestion.

Adapted with permission from The 4-Week  Ultimate Body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, PhD, RNCP,  ROHP.

15 Ways to Boost Your Liver for Great Health

15 Ways to Boost Your Liver for Great Health

15 Ways to Boost Your Liver for Great Health

 Your liver must perform over 500 functions, making it potentially one of the  most overburdened organs in your body.  Our modern lifestyle, replete with  air pollution, food additives and high amounts of stress ensure that the liver  has plenty to do.

So, it’s no surprise that the liver can become sluggish, making it a factor  in many health conditions, including: allergies, arthritis, asthma, bad breath,  chronic fatigue syndrome, cravings for sweets,  depression, environmental  illness/multiple chemical sensitivities, fatigue, fibromyalgia, headaches and  migraines, hepatitis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels,  hypoglycemia, hormone imbalances, immune system disorders, irritable bowel  syndrome, overweight or obesity, poor digestion, recurring nausea and/or  vomiting, skin diseases, and ulcerative colitis. Of course there are other  factors involved in these conditions so it is important to see a physician if  you suffer from any of them.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the liver is its ability to  regenerate itself.  When it is given the critical nutrients, a healthy  whole foods diet, and herbs to help it function, it can be restored to health in  most circumstances.  Strengthening the liver is one of the ways to boost  energy, balance weight, and strengthen overall health.

Here are 15 ways to give your liver a boost:

1.  The liver requires high amounts of vitamins and minerals to perform  its many functions.  Your diet should be high in fruits and vegetables and  fibrer-rich foods.

2.  Your liver must filter food additives.  Eliminate processed  foods, artificial food additives, colors, and preservatives from your diet to  give your liver a break.

3.  Eat plenty of fresh carrots and beets, both of which are powerful  liver cleansing and rebuilding foods.  In addition, eat plenty of green  foods.  The chlorophyll, which gives plants their green color, helps  cleanse the liver.

4.  Try to eat two heaping tablespoons of ground flaxseeds.  They  bind to hormone receptor sites, preventing excess hormones including synthetic  xenoestrogens from plastics and other chemicals, from floating around your  bloodstream.  One of the liver’s five hundred jobs is to filter excess  hormones.  By eating flaxseeds and flax oil you are helping it function  more effectively.  Flaxseeds can be sprinkled on cereal, toast, salads, or  blended into smoothies.

Keep reading to learn about the best liver-boosting herbs and  nutrients…

5.  There are many great herbs that help strengthen the liver,  including: milk thistle, dandelion root, globe artichoke, turmeric, slippery  elm, greater celandine, balmony, barberry, black root, blue flag, boldo,  fringetree bark, vervain, and wahoo.  I regularly use turmeric and milk  thistle to help strengthen the liver.  If you are pregnant, have a serious  health condition, or are taking medication, consult a qualified health  practitioner before using herbs.

6.  Significantly reduce refined sugar and avoid synthetic sweeteners  altogether.

7.  Lecithin helps the liver metabolize fats and reduce  cholesterol.  It contains a substance called phosphatidylcholine and  essential fatty acids that help keep liver cells healthy and help prevent fatty  deposits from building up in the liver.  Lecithin also helps reduce high  blood pressure by allowing the blood vessels to relax to allow better blood  flow. You can get lecithin in organic soyfoods like soy milk, tofu, and miso, as  well as organic eggs.  Alternatively, take 4000 mg of lecithin in capsule  form daily.

8.  Take a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement to avoid any  deficiencies.  The liver depends on many nutrients to detoxify  properly.  Even a single nutrient deficiency can be harmful.

9.  In addition, take 1000 to 2000 mg of vitamin C daily, even if there  is vitamin C in your multivitamin.

Keep reading to learn about the foods that ensure toxins are neutralized, not  made more dangerous…

10.  Eat lots of garlic, onions and broccoli since these foods contain  sulfur that is required to increase enzyme activity that boosts  liver  cleansing. Without adequate levels of sulfur, the phase 2 of liver  detoxification cannot keep pace with level 1, meaning that many toxins can  become MORE dangerous in your body.

11.  Avoid eating large meals.  Instead, eat small meals made up of  plenty easy-to-digest foods.

12.  Eat steamed vegetables, raw salad greens, raw fruits, and bitter  greens.  The bitter greens, especially, help to cleanse the liver.

13.  Eat whole, raw, unsalted nuts and seeds for their essential fatty  acids as well as their usable protein.

14.  Avoid eating heavy, fatty foods since they just create more work  for the liver. Avoid margarine, shortening or commercial oils or any foods made  with them.

15.  Avoid eating for at least three hours before bedtime to allow the  liver adequate time during the night to perform its many functions, unimpeded by  other bodily processes like digestion.

Adapted with permission from The 4-Week  Ultimate Body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, PhD, RNCP,  ROHP.

 

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