Lemon Detox Part 2: The Ingredients

May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

Lemon Detox: The Ingredients

Lemon Detox: The Ingredients

In our first article in this series of 3, we introduced the Lemon Detox. Here, we will actually go through the ingredients that make up this lemon drink. It is very important that you gather all the ingredients you need. Check what you will need for your Lemon Detox and buy enough for the duration of the entire detox before you start. If you have to run in a grocery store in the middle of your detox and find yourself surrounded by food, you may be tempted – I advise you to avoid this situation.

Ingredients of the Lemon Detox

The main ingredients for the Lemon Detox:

  • Filtered water
  • Grade B organic maple syrup free of formaldehyde
  • Organic Cayenne Pepper
  • Organic lemons
  • Non-iodized sea salt or Epsom salt

First, let’s talk about the main ingredients:

Filtered water

This is probably the most neglected step of the Lemon Detox , but also the most important if you want to cleanse your body.

Some people won’t touch non-organic fruits or vegetables, but will continue to drink and cook with it unfiltered tap water. Your local water treatment facility is not effective in providing you with clean, safe water. The standard practice for water treatment is to throw chlorine into the water in order to kill bacteria and viruses. Chlorine is a poison whose links to cancers have been proven. This water also contains chemicals that come from industrial waste and farm runoff – as well as sediment and toxic metals found in pipes that bring water to your home.

On the other hand, bottled water is not a better choice. In addition to being very expensive, the manufacturing processes associated with bottled water are not strictly regulated. Sometimes the bottled water we buy is no better than city tap water – and sometimes it’s just regular municipal water!

The solution is to use a water filtration system. If you are currently drinking bottled water, choosing this solution is likely to be profitable within a few months. You must be careful when buying a quality water filter because many are not effective at filtering the contaminants present today in the water we drink. If you don’t have a water filter, most grocery stores sell filtered water. Generally, this water is filtered by by a process called reverse osmosis, which is not the best filtration technology, but it’s always better than tap water.

Amazon offers a large number of filters ranging from low price decanters to systems that can be used in an entire house. You should consider investing in a good water filter, and even after completing the cure, you’ll want to continue drinking clean water. We’re going a little off topic here but water is a really crucial element for good health. For people who make an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle, a simple water filtration system is as important (and less expensive) than organic meat from a free range animal or than nutritional supplements.

Lemons

Do not use concentrated lemon juice – concentrated lemon juice is filled with sugar and preservatives. As every other ingredient on this list, try to find organic lemons.

Grade B maple syrup

It’s important that you use B-grade organic maple syrup. Some commercial brands used for pancakes don’t use real maple syrup… It’s actually artificially flavored high-fructose corn syrup. Most high quality grocery stores, such as Trader Joe’s, sell Grade B organic maple syrup. You also buy it online if you can’t find isome at our local store.

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper is usually sold in powder form, but some stores sell a liquid cayenne pepper extract that will be just as effective. If you’re having trouble drinking spicy drinks, you can also use cayenne pepper capsules – you can find them in the Food Supplements section of most health stores.

Sea salt

Make sure that the sea salt you buy is not roasted (not iodized). It will be used as laxative. 

The recipe of Lemon Detox is very simple

You must drink at least 1.7 liters of this lemon drink per day, but not more than 3.5 (depending on your weight). I suggest you drink the equivalent of your weight multiplied by 30ml. So if you weigh 124 lbs or 56 kgs, you should drink 3.75 liters of water.

Here is the recipe that should be used for the Lemon Detox. No. 1 is for one portion (or for 1 glass) and No. 2 is for 1.8 liter.

No. 1 – A single serving

  • 300ml of filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Grade B)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1/10 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

No. 2 – 1.8 liters, for a daily portion

  • 1.8 liters of filtered water
  • 12 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Grade B)
  • 12 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

There are two important things you need to remember when using this recipe. The lemon juice you use must be freshly squeezed. Canned juice will be inefficient and will negate most of the benefits of the detox cure. In addition, the maple syrup must be grade B. Mixing herbal teas with the recipe is a good way to add some flavor. You must choose a low caffeine tea, such as Hibiscus, as caffeine can tighten the blood vessels. Also, it would be greatly beneficial to consume  2 tablespoons of wheat grass per day.

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Vipassana Meditation

May 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

A young woman practicing Vipassana meditation

A young woman practicing Vipassana meditation

Vipassana is one of the oldest meditation techniques in India. Long lost to humanity, it was ‘rediscovered’ more than 2500 years ago by the Buddha, which he used as a method to attain enlightenment.

Seeing things as they really are

Vipassana means “seeing things as they really are”: this is the process of self-purification through self-observation. You begin by observing your normal and natural breath in order to focus the mind. Once your attention is fine tuned, you begin observing the changing nature of the body and mind, thus experiencing the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and the non-self. It’s this realization through direct experience that constitutes the work of purification. The path as a whole (Dhamma) is a universal remedy for universal problems and is in no way related to an established religion or sect. Therefore, it can be practiced freely, regardless of race, background or religion, anywhere and at any time, and it will also prove beneficial to all.

Vipassana meditation is not:

• A rite or ritual based on blind faith;

• A form of intellectual or philosophical entertainment;

• A cure, a form of excuse to take holidays or to meet people;

• A way to escape the vicissitudes of life.

Vipassana meditation is:

• A technique that aims to eliminate suffering;

• A kind of lifestyle that allows you to enjoy a positive role in society;

• A kind of mental purification that allows you to face, in a calm and balanced way, the problems and tensions of life.

An old stone statue of the Buddha practicing Vipassana meditation

An old stone statue of the Buddha practicing Vipassana meditation

Target the source of your suffering

Vipassana meditation aims for the highest spiritual goals: total liberation and enlightenment. Since the goal is never the cure for physical diseases, mental purification can have the positive side effect of eliminating many psychosomatic diseases. In fact, the practice of Vipassana meditation dissolves the three causes of all our sufferings: greed, aversion and ignorance. With regular practice, Vipassana meditation releases the tensions that you develop in the daily life and loosens the knots created by the old habit of reacting in an excessive way to pleasant or unpleasant situations.

The Middle Way: The Vipassana Path

Excessive reactions to life’s events, either good or bad, positive or negative, is of the great sources of our misery. Real happiness is experienced through stillness and equanimity, and not through excitement. Although this takes a lot of practice, Vipassana meditation allows us to experience every event with a similar form of reaction, one which is not swayd in any direction.

Although Vipassana meditation was developed or reintroduced as a technique by the Buddha, its practice is not restricted to Buddhists alone. There is absolutely no question of religious conversion: the technique is based on the principle that all human beings share the same problems, and that eliminating these problems must be applicable universally. People from a wide variety of religious backgrounds experienced the benefits of Vipassana meditation and found no contradiction with their faith.

The correct hand position of Vipassana meditation

The correct hand position of Vipassana meditation

HOW TO PRACTICE VIPASSANA MEDITATION

Sit in a comfortable but alert position. The traditional and popular lotus position is not necessary but it is encouraged… What matters is that you are in a comfortable position. This may be with your legs extended in front of you or on a chair. Your hands should be a specific position: place your right hand in your left hand, and let them rest on your legs.

Then stay that way for 40 minutes. The spine and neck must be straight. Close your eyes and breathe normally. Stay as still as possible, only change your posture if it is absolutely necessary. You will experience discomforts and aches[ but these are part of the process.

The essential thing to observe is the movement of the belly, just above the navel, with each inspiration and exhalation. This is not a concentration technique, so your attention will be solicited by many other things, such as pains, thoughts, sounds, etc.

In the practice of Vipassana meditation, nothing is considered a distraction. In other words, when something happens, stop watching your breath, focus your attention on the moment’s event until you can return to the breath. These may be thoughts that cross your mind, feelings, judgments, physical sensations, impressions caused by external stimuli, and so on.

The important point is vigilance and not the object of attention. So be careful not to identify yourself with what enters your consciousness. Just stay aware and simply observe.

This technique is not necessarily obvious to learn and practice; it can calm the mind as much as it can be an obstacle if it’s not adapted to you. Try it, and if you feel good, continue. But if you don’t, then stop and try another, more active method, such as walking mediation.

Meditation and personal discipline

Of course, the work of self-purification through introspection is never easy. We must work intensely. You will achieve results through your efforts; no one else can work for you. That is why meditation will only be appropriate for those who want to work seriously and observe the discipline, which actually exists for their own good and protection; Discipline is an integral part of the practice of meditation.

It is said that habit takes between 20 and 30 days to be done and undone. At first, these daily 40 minutes will look long and difficult, but after a few weeks, the practice will begin to settle into your routine and your mind will begin to change. The continuity of the practice in isolation is the secret of the success of this technique.

The Chicago Vegan

May 15, 2018 § Leave a comment

A Quick Guide To All Things Vegetarian In The City

Explore the vegan life in the windy city. They grow, they eat, they drink, they shop, they read, they wear… Vegetables, fruits, plants, algae and cereals, these products given to us by Mother Earth that many have chosen over meat, fish or poultry. Are there many vegetarians and vegans in Chicago? More than you think: vegetarians and vegans are here and live the good life in our fair city.

We usually focus on Thai massage, meditation and herbal remedies, but nutrition is responsible for 80% of our health. It would therefore be silly for us to ignore this hugely important element of our life.

The Vegan Jargon

Vegetarian, vegan, fruitarian… What’s all this? There’s more to not eating meat than one would expect. One might eat eggs, drink milk, only eat fruit or consume all fruit and vegetables in their raw form.

Vegetarian

Vegetarianism means not eating meat products, this fact is well known. But besides consuming vegetables and fruit, a vegetarian might also eat some animal products, such as eggs, milk and honey. The vegetarian does not eat meat or fish, or any of their by-products such as gelatin or beef and chicken stock.

Don’t confuse…

A vegetarian and a rabbit: a vegetarian eats plants, certainly, but these plants are not only composed of the obvious green leafy vegetables and bright fruit. Vegetarians also eat algae, mushrooms, seeds, yeasts, roots…

Lacto-ovo vegetarian

On top of fruit, roots, nuts, seeds and vegetables, the lacto-ovo vegetarian eats eggs and drinks milk. People with a sweet tooth will delighted as cakes are allowed. Furthermore, there can be 2 Lacto-ovo vegetarian sub categories… You’ll encounter the lacto-vegetarian (who consumes plants and milk) and the ovo-vegetarian (who consumes plants and eggs). Not too lost I hope?

Vegan

The vegan never eats any animal products and only consumes plant based products. Say goodbye to eggs, milk, honey, cheese, seafood, which are enjoyed by vegetarians. You might think that it doesn’t leave much, but think again, the choice can actually be quiet surprising! On top only consuming fruits, roots, seeds, nuts and vegetables, the vegan is usually very aware of any kind of cruelty performed towards animals. He or she will often stay away from places that might exploit certain animals such as sea parks, where orcas and dolphins are trained to perform tricks, and elephants camps, where tourists enjoy rides on poorly treated elephants.

Raw Vegan

Raw veganism is the strictest lifestyle in all of the vegetarian categories. It’s essentially the same as veganism with the exception that all foods are consumed raw.

Let’s Eat

Where to shop for food and eat vegan in Chicago

Grocery Markets

Food Smart

Probably one of oldest grocery store in Logan Square, Food Smart has a great selection of vegan, organic, local, gluten-free products.

FoodSmartStores.com

Good Foods Vegan / Vegetarian Deli

Everything is in the name; this deli (which also has a restaurant), offers vegan and vegetarian dishes, desserts and drinks, to enjoy on the spot or to take away.

Facebook.com/GoodFoodsDeli

Green Grocer Chicago

A small neighborhood store that has everything to make your average vegan happy; great, local and organic products, all presented by an adorable staff.

Greengrocerchicago.com

Whole Foods Market

Located all over the US, as well as in Canada and the UK, Whole Foods is now infamous for high quality produce and its wide selection of vegan and vegetarian products. Organic honey, raw apple cider vinegar, gluten-free breads, goat’s milk, Whole Foods has it all. There are currently 15 Whole Food Markets in the Chicago area.

WholefoodsMarket.com

Traders Joe’s

Another American favorite with more than 450 stores in the US, 17 of which are in Chicago, Trader Joe’s offers vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or fat-free products. “Fake” chicken beef without beef, vegan mozzarella, free range chicken eggs, Trader Joe’s is essentially in the same league as Whole Foods..

Traderjoes.com

Vegan Essentials

For who prefer to do their shopping from the comfort of their home. Vegan Essentials is now the most important online vegan store in the US and offers everything from food, to books and DVDs and to supplements.

VeganEssentials.com

Some of Chicago’s favorite vegetarian restaurants

Native Foods Café

Launched in California in 1994, Native Foods Café is America’s very first fast-vegan restaurant, serving fine and fresh cuisine. You can enjoy dishes from around the world, burgers, chili, wraps, Moroccan salads… Four locations in the Chicago area, Native Foods also offers a catering service as well as delivery.

NativeFoods.com

Karyn’s

Founded in 1983 by health expert Karyn Calabrese, Karyn’s mission is to transform the vegan lifestyle into sexy, while glorifying the power of nature and its wonders. She now has 4 restaurants and 1 spa in the Chicago area.

KarynRaw.com

Kitchen 17

Located just a stone’s throw from Belmont Harbor, Kitchen 17 serves all sorts of delicious foods you would of never thought possible for a vegan cafe: pizzas and burgers, that have nothing to envy to the “real ones”.

Kitchen17.com

Urban Vegan

Urban Vegan offers vegan Thai dishes with delicious Asian flavors. You don’t live in the neighborhood? No problem… For a small fee, Urban Vegan will deliver your favorite dishes to your door.

UrbanVeganChicago.com

Shop Vegan

Lush Cosmetics

Lush is now relatively famous for its natural and vegan beauty products and treatments. For 30 years, this British brand has branded itself around the fight against cosmetics being tested on animals and is boycotting all the companies that practice this.

LushUSA.com

MooShoes

In spite of the name, no leather is used in the manufacturing of these shoes. In fact, MooShoes is more than just shoes… The store also offers bags, wallets, belts, t-shirts and sweatshirts, jackets and accessories all made of synthetic microfiber polyurethane. And, as a bonus, veggie lovers can find books and DVDs to help them become a bit more vegan. MooShoes doesn’t yet have a Chicago location but its online store is pretty awesome.

MooShoes.com

Vaute Couture Fashion

This independent fashion house created by a former fashion model and Chicago native Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart offers stylish designer creations, crafted of recycled and recyclable fibers.

VauteCouture.com

The vegan state of mind: online ressources

Being vegan is much more than just a diet; it’s a whole state of mind, by which adepts clearly and simply indicate their refusal to use any product derived from animals.

American Vegan Society

The American Vegan Society posts interesting facts about the vegan lifestyle.

AmericanVegan.org

VegSource

There is also the VegSource, a true media outlet that covers a large variety of topics touching veganism, such as health, fashion, conferences and events. Want some crispy info on vegan celebrities? It’s also on VegSource.

Vegsource.com

Vegan Beauty Review

Learn everything about the ways to be beautiful naturally. The Vegan Beauty Review blog offers great tips about make-up, fashion, hair care as well as as host of information to live a cruelty-free life.

VeganBeautyReview.com

Vegan Chicago

The ultimate guide for anything and everything that’s vegan in the Chicago area. This great online database lists vegan businesses according their activity, ‘veganity’ and their location in the city. You can also suggests new businesses for them to list..

Vegan-chicago.com

Chicago Vegan

Many of us obtain information via social media and for this Facebook group pages are extremely useful. Chicago Vegans is such a group and anyone can join this group in order to inquire about all things vegetarian in the area.

Facebook/groups/chicagovegan

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Thai Massage: What’s The Ideal Frequency?

May 9, 2018 § Leave a comment

A woman receiving a Thai Massage

A woman receiving a Thai Massage

Can receiving a Thai massage too often be a detriment to your health? Can you damage your muscle, ligaments and nerves by receiving frequent massages? Apart from the known contraindications, and when performed appropriately by a trained therapist, Thai massages have almost no side effects. Also, the question of the ideal frequency is rarely addressed, but what about it?

Well-being ad infinitum

Do you have the time (and the means) to get a Thai massage almost every day, but are worried about possible side effects? Common sense dictates that relaxing massages, beauty massages or body health massages can be practiced and received at will. And the consensus echoes this: Thai massages as well as other ones can even become a daily experience. This is true as long as you don’t use accessories, such as oils, during the session. Let’s note that the most miraculous essential oils can be toxic in large quantities. So, yes to long sessions, but you have to be reasonable about using oils. This is great news for fans of Thai massages since the traditional form of it is practiced dry, without the need for any oils.

Want to maximize the benefits of your massage sessions without multiplying the weekly sessions? Know that the effects of a massage session can last up to a month. To maintain the body and prolong the feeling of well-being, you can allow yourself regular massages without worry. Thai massages are known to give real boosts to your blood flow. In the long run, they also have a beneficial effect on the immune system.

The right rhythm for a therapeutic massage

It becomes a bit more complicated when massage sessions are practiced for the intention of being curative. The deep muscles and tissue work should not be performed more than four times a day. This is because the body needs time to respond to a treatment; in other words, your muscles need rest in order to recover. With therapeutic massages, treatment methods can sometimes be very painful. In this case, the frequency of the sessions can be reduced. The number of minimal sessions for a therapy can not be fixed. Often, therapists schedule fairly close sessions at the beginning of a treatment, when signs of progress are usually slow. The pace of treatment is reduced as soon as you and your therapist witness encouraging results. Your massage sessions are increasingly spaced as the healing progresses. In some cases, the therapist recommends maintenance sessions after stopping the treatment. They take place quarterly or twice a year.

What about muscle, ligament and nerve damage resulting from frequent massages?

We expose our body to injury on a continuous basis. In fact, most of us have endured a debilitating pulled muscle by simply doing the wrong move. Having said this, messages of any sort practiced by unqualified individuals could result in damage. This is demonstration of how both sensitive and fragile the human body is. Remember that Thai massages not only work on your muscles but also your nervous system, which is the main source of your strength. Knowing this knowledge should encourage you to choose an experienced Thai massage therapist with a spotless reputation. If you decide to receive frequent and regular treatments, we highly recommend that you stick with one therapist. She will work with you in order to tailor your massage sessions with your body’s intricacies.

9 Amazing Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea

March 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

Among the health benefits of the hibiscus flower (aka rosella), one can include the following: relieves high blood pressure, decreases high cholesterol and inflammation, helps treat hypertension and anxiety, and reduces issues associated with the digestive and the immune systems. It helps heal liver disease and helps reduce the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in weight stabilization, in a healthy and progressive way. Hibiscus tea is rich in Vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants.

Hibiscus tea is prepared by boiling the hibiscus flower. Hibiscus tea is a very popular drink around the world and is often used as a medicinal tea. However, hibiscus flowers have various local names but can be called by their other, more common name, which is “Roselle”.

A lovely ruby red in color, Hibiscus tea has an acidic taste. Therefore, it is also known as sour tea and has a taste similar to cranberry. This tea is low in calories and has no caffeine. This article examines the various benefits of hibiscus tea, which will help keep your body fit and healthy.

Health Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea

1. Helps Manage Your Blood Pressure

A report from the American Heart Association, published in November 2008, hypothesized that consumption of hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. It also suggests that about 1/3 of adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure. A study conducted by the Odigie IP concludes that the Hibicus flower contains antihypertensive and cardio-protective properties that can be beneficial for hypertension and for those at high risk of chronic cardiovascular disease. According to research done at Tufts University in Boston, Hibiscus tea is able to reduce blood pressure up to 10 points, partly due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In order for this drastic improvement to occur, you need to consume three cups every day for a few weeks. In addition, hibiscus tea has diuretic properties, which increases urination, simultaneously lowering blood pressure.

2. Decreases Cholesterol

Hibiscus tea also has quite impressive antioxidant properties. It helps reduce the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in your body, thereby protecting against heart disease and protecting the blood vessels from damage. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea can be beneficial for those suffering from blood sugar disorders such as diabetes. A study conducted on patients with type II diabetes shows that the consumption of Hibiscus acid lowers cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipo-protein cholesterol, which helps to manage this disease.

3. Protects your Liver

Studies have also shown that the antioxidant properties of Hibiscus tea can help in the treatment of liver disease. Antioxidants help protect your body against disease because it neutralizes free radicals in body tissues and cells. Therefore, we can confidently say that drinking hibiscus tea could increase your lifespan, maintaining good overall health in many of your organs.

4. Anti-Cancer Properties

Hibiscus tea contains protocatechic hibiscus acid, which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at Chung Shan Medical and Dental College in Taichung, Taiwan, suggets that hibiscus slows the growth of cancer cells by preventing apoptosis, usually called “programmed cell death.”

5. Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial Properties

Hibiscus tea is rich in ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. It’s an essential nutrient needed by your body to promote and stimulate your immune system activity. Hibiscus tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. As a result, it reduces the risks of you getting colds and flu. Hibiscus tea is also used to treat the discomfort caused by fever, thanks to its refreshing effect.

6. Menstrual Pains

Among the health benefits of Hibiscus tea is its ability to relieve cramps and menstrual pain. It helps to restore hormonal balance, which helps reduce other menstruation symptoms such as mood swings and depression.

7. Antidepressant Properties

Hibiscus tea contains vitamins and minerals such as flavonoids that have antidepressant properties. The consumption of hibiscus tea can help calm the nervous system, and can reduce anxiety as well as depression, creating a feeling of relaxation through your body and mind.

8. Weight Loss

Hibiscus tea is also beneficial for losing weight. If you eat high carb foods, this means that you’re consuming a lot of sugar and starch, which are associated to weight gain. However, studies have speculated that hibiscus extract reduces the absorption of starch and glucose and may help in weight loss. Hibiscus blocks the production of amylase, which contributes to the absorption of carbohydrates and starch. Drinking hibiscus tea would prevent this absorption from occurring. As a result, hibiscus tea is found in many slimming products.

9. Helps Digestion

Many people drink hibiscus tea to improve digestion. It promotes both urination and bowel movements. Since it has diuretic properties, it’s also used as a treatment against constipation, which promotes weight loss while improving the state of your gastrointestinal system and therefore reducing the chances of you contracting colorectal cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Thai Massage Helps Your Nervous System

March 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

The nervous system regulates all other systems of the body. Using Thai Massage to calm the nerves indirectly improves the functioning of all your organs.

Our autonomic nervous system, which controls the automatic functions of our body such as our heartbeat and digestion, consists of two types of fibers:

  • The sympathetic nervous system
  • The parasympathetic nervous system

The brain controls these two systems.

The sympathetic nervous system is activated when we face an emergency, shock or trauma. Our body automatically gets into the “fight or flight” mode:

  • Your breathing accelerates to provide more oxygen to the blood
  • Your heart rate and blood pressure increase to carry more blood to the muscles
  • Muscles contract to be able to cope with the action
  • The adrenal glands secrete adrenaline into the bloodstream to strengthen and maintain the activity of the sympathetic nervous system
  • The digestive system slows down, to save energy

Meanwhile the brain also triggers a chemical reaction: stress hormones are secreted, the main one being cortisol, which gives the body more energy.

When stress is eliminated, the brain switches to the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the system involved in the normal functioning of our body systems. When the parasympathetic nervous system is triggered, the sympathetic nervous system begins to rest.

During periods of low stress, you experience the following:

  • Your heart rate and blood pressure go down
  • Your blood pressure stabilizes
  • Your muscles relax
  • You digestion goes back to normal

Your body’s response to stress is originally designed for a short time, or to deal with an external (physical) situation. However, chronic stress (psychological or emotional) is more and more frequent nowadays. Financial problems, long-term illness in the family, or unsatisfactory work can all be causes of chronic stress.

During chronic stress, the brain can no longer trigger the activities of the parasympatic nervous system, and the body’s capacity to return to the state of rest and repair is greatly impaired or stops altogether:

  • Cortisol decreases the functions of the immune system
  • The sympathetic nervous system maintains high heart rate
  • Your blood pressure rises
  • Your muscles remain tense and painful as they are loaded with lactic acid and because of limited fluid circulation
  • Your digestive system is stops working
  • Your immune system can no longer fight infections or illness
  • Your adrenal glands are exhausted
  • Your body becomes more sensitive to cardiovascular disease
  • Your muscles and hormonal glands get tired because of constant stimulation, which can lead to stomach ulcers

So how to relax the nervous system? Can massage help?

When you receive a massage, “touch” messages are sent to your brain. Your brain then decides if the contact is positive. It does so by comparing it to similar experiences from your past.

If the touch is perceived as a positive experience, the parasympatic nervous system is activated and cortisol levels are reduced. The body returns to its state of rest and restoration.

As you receive massage therapy, the following occurs:

  • Breathing and blood circulation slow down
  • Anxiety decreases
  • Your stomach may even gurgle as a sign that your digestive system is functioning normally again

In addition to having an indirect effect on the autonomic nervous and hormonal systems, a Thai Massage also has a direct effect on the body’s systems that have suffered from chronic stress:

  • Blood circulation is stimulated, improving nutrient transport and waste drainage
  • The touch received through massage stimulates and stretches muscle fibers to relax them and relieve aches and pains. A Thai Massage also removes lactic acid and other wastes to leave room for oxygen and nutrients required by the muscles.

After a treatment, you will feel more relaxed, with less tension, and your sleep will be improved. Your body as well as your mind will begin recovering from the effects of the prolonged stress response.

Regular massage treatments can help prevent chronic stress and promote long-term balance.

Lemon Detox Part 1: Introduction

March 13, 2018 § Leave a comment

The Master Cleanse Diet, also called ‘Lemon Detox’, has been around for decades. It was originally made popular by nutritionist Stanley Burroughs, a strong advocate of a natural approach to health and one of the first to promote the idea that the body has the natural ability to heal itself.

In this first part of a 3-part series about the lemon detoxification program, we will introduce you to a method that will result in great health benefits.

The results encountered with the Lemon Detox were simply extraordinary. There have been instances of problems associated with chronic disease, some of which have been suffering for years, disappeared in just 10 days.

The Lemon Detox involves drinking a lemon juice mixture that will help your body eliminate waste that has accumulated over time. There is more to it, and we will explain it in detail later on in this article, but you should know that it is a safe and effective way to achieve a balanced health. It’s also a great way to lose weight fast and a great start off point to a much healthier diet and lifestyle.

Doing the Lemon Detox can help you lose weight by eliminating internal waste. The number of pounds lost varies a lot from one person to another, but for some, the number can be huge. But the real benefits in terms of weight loss appear once you have completed the detox program. After finishing the Lemon Detox, most people find that they don’t have to force themselves to eat better; refusing unhealthy food becomes natural. In fact, processed foods high in calories will make you sick. You will suddenly crave for foods rich in nutrients, such as raw vegetables. Your appetite will also adapt, requiring less foods to feel satiated.

Why you need to detox your body?

We poison ourselves slowly. The food we eat is covered with pesticides and there are chemicals in the water we drink. In some cities, the air is so saturated with pollutants during certain days that authorities recommend staying home. Not eliminating the environmental poisons that accumulate in your body could even rob you of a couple years. It could also mean a lifetime of chronic pain, fatigue, obesity, and a plethora of other health issues. A Lemon Detox can help eliminate waste accumulated in your body. To better understand the Lemon Detox, you must first understand that it is based on detoxification.

Put simply, your body is filled with a lot of garbage that is very difficult for your system to eliminate normally. At this very moment, many people are walking with kilos of dense fecal matter piled up in their bowels. These are perfect breathing grounds for bacteria to proliferate, and if you do not eliminate this, you can slowly poison yourself. You will begin to have symptoms such as skin issues, extreme fatigue and loss of libido.

Here’s the source of this slow poisoning:

  • Processed foods
  • Sugar
  • Saturated fats and trans fats
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • No or very few raw vegetables
  • Toxins associated with alcohol, coffee and smoking
  • Not enough water

Through heavy branding and marketing, modern eating habits have evolved to become a bad combination of overly sugary, fatty and salty foods that overwhelm the body. Add too little water and the horrible life style habits that we’ve come accustomed to around the world, such nights out drinking, coffee and too little sleep, the results are disastrous. This is where the Lemon Detox comes into play. Although this may be reminiscent of something that a heavy drinker would use to unwind, it is really only about helping your body to free itself from this waste.

Following the Detox Lemon could result in the following:

  • Increase your energy levels
  • Help you to break your bad habits
  • Flush your body of harmful toxins
  • Promote weight loss through increased energy levels and a faster metabolic rate
  • Strengthen your immune system and protect you against diseases. Detoxification will reset your body.

In part 2 of this 3-part series, we will explore how to go about the Lemon Detox programme.

 

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