Are you too nice?

Time to ditch the look and put on some­thing a bit more sassy

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - March Contents -

while the body does a pretty good job of detox­i­fy­ing it­self, every now and then our kid­neys and liver need a help­ing hand. With all the ad­di­tives, preser­va­tives and hid­den in­gre­di­ents in food and drink, our bod­ies can’t al­ways ef­fi­ciently re­move the tox­ins at the speed they are com­ing in. That’s when a detox is timely. GO GREEN

If you’re feel­ing slug­gish, ir­ri­ta­ble, and a bit ‘blah’, then in­tro­duce a daily dose of su­per greens. Spir­ulina and chloro­phyll flood your body with nu­tri­ents and an­tiox­i­dants, while also al­ka­lis­ing the gut. They’re gen­tle on the stom­ach and can help im­prove men­tal clar­ity, en­ergy and even bloat­ing.

LOVE YOUR LIVER

Liver func­tion can sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact your meta­bolic rate and en­ergy lev­els. While the liver per­forms a range of crit­i­cal func­tions, one of its main roles is detox­i­fi­ca­tion. It’s easy to keep your liver healthy with a good liver tonic and many ev­ery­day foods can help. Bit­ter and sour foods stim­u­late the se­cre­tion of bile, as­sist­ing di­ges­tion and pro­mot­ing nor­mal bowel elim­i­na­tion and me­tab­o­lism, while also help­ing to elim­i­nate any ex­ces­sive build-up in the liver. Con­sum­ing foods such as beet­root, ap­ple cider vine­gar, lemon, lime, onion, gar­lic, leeks, chives, fresh herbs in­clud­ing mint, co­rian­der, wa­ter­cress, basil and rocket, en­dive, chicory and radic­chio, as well as broc­coli, cauliflower, kale and cab­bage, can help sup­port detox­i­fi­ca­tion.

HEAL­ING HERBS

Bit­ter herbs have been used for hun­dreds of years as a rem­edy for a slug­gish liver. Some herbs and nu­tri­ents that sup­port the liver in­clude milk this­tle, dan­de­lion and turmeric. They all as­sist the liver to pro­duce healthy bile and help it to flow out through the gall­blad­der, sup­port­ing detox­i­fi­ca­tion. The amino acids tau­rine and glu­tamine com­bined with vi­ta­min Bs and mag­ne­sium as well as the min­eral se­le­nium are also im­por­tant for op­ti­mum liver func­tion. For sup­port while detox­ing, go to healthylife.com.au

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